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First ever LA Film Prize this weekend

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The 1st ever Louisiana Film Prize will kick off Friday in Shreveport.

Phillip Brooks always knew he wanted to make films, but he never thought he would have that opportunity in his own home town.

"I never would have imagined in a million years that we would have the film business as a force in Shreveport," said Brooks.

Now, a short film he directed called "This is a Microphone" will compete for the LA Film Prize.

"I think our final product is both emotionally stimulating and engaging, and also intellectually engaging. I'm really excited to see what people think of it," said Brooks of the film.

What people think matters at this particular film festival. Anyone who watches all 20 short films can vote for their favorite. The judges scores and the fan vote will determine who gets the $50,000 first place prize.

Shreveport festival goers might find parts of the films familiar.

"It all takes place in one location downtown at the city's Community Development Center, and so they'll definitely recognize that," said Brooks.

The film festival will show 20 short films, and all of them were made in Louisiana.

"That was the main rule of the Louisiana Film Prize... Film makers came from all over the country to make films right here in the Shreveport-Bossier area," said Executive Director, Gregory Kallenberg.

Ten of the 20 finalists live in the Shreveport-Bossier area. The other half come from as far away as New York and L.A. 

"What we're trying to do is bring more film makers to the area with their own projects," said Kallenberg.

For information about tickets and showings, click here.

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