Free film education offered by Film Prize University

The Louisiana Film Prize gives everyone the opportunity to learn aspects of filmmaking, from script to screen, with free online courses through Film Prize University.

Film Prize is known for its competitive short film contest where contestants from around the world submit their short films in hopes of winning an impressive cash prize. Now Film Prize wants to teach you how to do that with its Film Prize University courses.

Film Prize University started at the festival to give filmmakers the chance to connect with judges and meet mentors so they could develop a relationship that would allow them to be better.

“The opportunity for them to elevate their skills not only makes them more viable as filmmakers, but also more marketable in the world and all that,” said Film Prize executive director Gregory Kallenberg. “That’s really where the Film Prize University started.”

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During the pandemic, Kallenberg and the Prize Fest team had to think things through and came up with Prize Cast to avoid skipping a year like other festivals. The daily show helped them establish an online presence and gave them the opportunity to reach out and give filmmakers the opportunity for a free education.

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“Free education is a magic trick, it’s a caveat. What I’m trying to do is say, ‘I’m going to teach you how to be a filmmaker, but you should come to Shreveport and shoot your movie.’ So as a recruiting tool, but what was extremely important was that these people were learning the skills from people who had incredibly high levels of those skills in a way that allowed them to commit to the path to success.”

Louisiana Film Prize filmmakers practice COVID-19 protocols while filming their short film submission.

The pandemic has opened the public’s eyes in the direction of creating a virtual space to connect with others. With this new way of the world, Kallenberg seized the opportunity and took the Film Prize Jr. program and reinvented it to fit this new model. The University will teach story and screenplay, pre-production planning, production planning, post-production, and then sales and marketing.

“The beauty is that it’s free. And even beyond that, it’s one of the most robust programs out there.”

Although some courses have already taken place, there is still time to register for the next one which will take place on Monday March 21st. Visit the Film Prize University event Facebook page for more information.

Meredith G. White is an arts and culture reporter for the Shreveport Times. You can find her on Facebook as Meredith G. White, on Instagram and Twitter as @meredithgwhite, and email her at [email protected]