SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Life has to be altered every day now due to the coronavirus. It’s how a person reacts to change that will make the most impact.
Film Prize switched to an online format this year because of COVID-19. And filmmakers had to refocus because the virus had significantly impacted their plans. Many were in the middle of shooting their short film for the upcoming film festival.
“We shot in May when we were still very much in early stages of Phase II, maybe even Phase I. We had big ideas of what was going to be bigger and better, but we were challenged to scale down.”
All three directors agree that being part of the online version of this year’s Film Prize will be important for the community because they have a unique way to show their support for something that’s grown each year, not just at home but throughout the country.
“Short films are about people who love films. And I think if you love films, whether you get to have the downtown Shreveport experience or you get to see them online, it’s for people who love films,” Esteb said. “You’re going to see all kinds of things with all kinds of clever, smart filmmakers trying to figure out how to make films for nothing.”
“I’m able to get people who wouldn’t normally come to Shreveport to watch films who are watching them, who have bought tickets, all over Los Angeles, who can support my lead actress and me and other people who came to help from all over the country and the world. So I’m really excited about this virtual aspect,” Hannah said.
“I think the Film Prize is such an awesome champion for themselves that I will be shocked if the whole world doesn’t know about it.”
Prize Fest did cut its film prize money to $25,000 this year, compared to $50,000 during a typical festival year. It’s still the largest amount for prize money for a short film festival.
Prize Fest starts at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 2. Click here for the schedule.