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After record-breaking festival, Film Prize Junior announces winners during virtual ceremony April 28

Film Prize Junior was created in 2017 and challenges students statewide to write, produce and...
Film Prize Junior was created in 2017 and challenges students statewide to write, produce and direct short films. Organizers said this year’s virtual festival was one of the largest student film festivals in the country.(Film Prize Jr. | Film Prize Jr.)
Updated: Apr. 28, 2021 at 7:22 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — After a record-setting online festival, Film Prize Junior came to a close Wednesday night. The young winners were announced during a virtual awards ceremony.

Film Prize Junior was created in 2017. It challenges students statewide to write, produce and direct short films. Organizers said this year’s virtual festival was one of the largest student film festivals in the country.

“Because of the dedication of teachers across Louisiana during this time, students have found a creative outlet when many activities have been canceled,” said Steven Knight, Film Prize Junior coordinator. ”The program has been nothing short of amazing. These students have exceeded all expectations; and we cannot wait to put their work on display.”

This year, 68 productions were submitted from 37 schools from Shreveport to New Orleans, Monroe to Lake Charles and everywhere in between.

“It’s incredibly inspiring to see these teachers and students produce films and be part of Film Prize Junior,” Gregory Kallenberg said. “Film Prize Junior was created by my son to give kids a chance to be creative entrepreneurs. I think he’d be proud of this year’s effort.”

Students and teachers follow a program where they learn how to create a screenplay, produce the film and promote the production to an audience.

There’s big money at stake, too. Winning schools receive a share of $10,000 in scholarship and media grants.

“I’m not sure we were fully prepared for the overwhelming response to Film Prize Junior 2021,” said Kallenberg. “These incredibly talented young filmmakers created some amazing films, and then they brought a massive crowd to the festival. We were blown away!”

Winners of the festival are as follows:

  • Top 5 films (directors of each film received $250 scholarships to be applied towards higher education expenses)
  • Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film - JUNKIES from Airline High School’s Talented Arts Program Winner (received a $1,000 equipment grant, $500 for student celebration and $500 to the sponsoring teacher)
  • Judges’ Choice Award - BROKEN BLACK HAT from L.B. Landry Walker High School and The COOL Cooperative (received a $2,500 media grant along with $1,000 for student celebration award, and $1,000 to the sponsoring teacher)
  • Best Comedy - JUNKIES from Airline High School’s Talented Arts Program
  • Best Drama - CHIONE from L.B. Landry Walker High School and The COOL Cooperative
  • Best Sci-Fi/Thriller - DARK from Bossier Parish School for Technology & Innovative Learning
  • Best Stop Motion/Animation - HYPOTHETICALS from Liberty Magnet High School
  • Best Documentary/PSA - tie between HOLDING BACK and IN MY EYES, both films from Bonnabel Magnet Academy
  • Audience Choice Award - ROYAL REBELS from Southfield School (earned a $250 award for the sponsoring teacher)
  • Judge’s Choice Award - NIGHT OF THE LIVING CHEST HAIR from Caddo Middle Magnet The school (received a $1,000 equipment grant and $500 to the sponsoring teacher)
  • Best Comedy - SNAP HEIST from Livaudais Middle School and The COOL Cooperative
  • Best Drama - CROWN from Broussard Middle School
  • Best Sci-Fi/Thriller - THE NEW KID from McKinley Middle Magnet School
  • Best Stop Motion/Animation - NIGHT OF THE LIVING CHEST HAIR from Caddo Middle Magnet
  • Best Documentary/PSA - NO BAD CHILDREN from Young Audiences Middle School
  • ENHANCED from C.E. Byrd High High School
  • RERUN from Captain Shreve High School
  • LIFE ISN’TGOOD, Living School
  • TURNING POINT from All That Kreations Homeschool
  • CONFETTI from McKinley Middle Magnet
  • I TOLD YOU SO from Neville Junior High School
  • LOCKER 317 from Ouachita Junior High School

“My team and I are so proud of all the winning films, but I’m just as proud of everyone who made films this year in these unprecedented times,” said Steven Knight, associate director and coordinator for Film Prize Junior. “It was amazing watching these young men and women become filmmakers and creative entrepreneurs. I can’t wait to start working with the students and teacher on next year’s Film Prize Junior.”

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