SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - 'Silo' has taken the 2013 Louisiana Film Prize, capping a festival weekend in downtown Shreveport with a short film showdown that brings the winner a $50,000 grand prize.
The festival, now in its second year, celebrates and encourages films that showcase Shreveport-Bossier, requiring only that they be shot in the area.
The finalists were narrowed down to 20 by a panel of judges in August. Screenings began Friday. To vote, attendees had to see all twenty short films. Those votes counted for half, while 10 film afficionados cast their votes for the other 50%. Voting closed at 2 a.m. Sunday.
The top five were announced at a brunch at ArtSpace late Sunday morning, with Silo taking the Grand Prize in the form of an oversized check.
Top 5 Louisiana Film Prize winners:
Red River Ode
Ruby and the Dragon
Top 5 winners also get help with distribution and screenings at other major festivals around the country.
New Orleans-based actor and filmmaker Kyle Clements wrote, and directed Silo, a process he says was 18 months of writing and re-writing. He co-produced the film with Samuel Macaluso.
According to the film synopsis, "'Silo' is a story woven in both the past and present, about how just as easily two people can come together, they can be pulled apart. It's a story about holding on, letting go, and how the pressures of the world and our own mind can shape our lives."
"Silo is a bit of a relationship film," Clements said in an appearance on KSLA News 12 This Morning last week. "It has many themes, but it's a bit thicker than that."
Click here to watch the 'Silo' trailer.
Accepting the grand prize Sunday morning, Clements recounted being brought to tears as he exported a final cut of the film some months ago, feeling that he had failed in some way. But with some revisions, he says his team came through.
Festival Executive Director Gregory Kallenberg wrapped up the 2013 Louisiana Film Prize festival with a reminder that entries are already open for 2014.