SHREVEPORT, La., Oct. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Winners of the 2015 Louisiana Film Prize (www.lafilmprize.com) were announced at a sold out awards ceremony held on Sunday, October 4th. The Film Prize's top award of $50,000 cash – judged by a mixture of audience and celebrity judge votes and is one of the world's largest prizes awarded to a short film – went to "The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy" co-directed by Alexander Jeffrey (El Dorado, Arkansas), and Paul Petersen (Cheyenne, Wyoming).
The Top 5 films, as judged by audience and judge votes, receive iTunes Distribution through Shorts International along with automatic festival appearances around the country. Those films are: American Virgin by Tamzin Merchant, Honey and the Hive by Austin Alward, Hut Hut by Michael Allmon, Jackdaw by Travis Champagne and the Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy.
The Film Prize celebrity judges also awarded seven $3,000 Founder's Circle Filmmaking Grants to make a film for Film Prize 2016. The winners: "Con" by Travis Bible, "American Virgin" by Tamzin Merchant, "The Pickle" by Kyle Kleinecke, "Dandelion" by Mary Thoma, "Honey and the Hive" by Austin Alward, "Jackdaw" by Travis Champagne and "The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy".
The $1,000 Best Actress and Actor award was presented to Georgia Rose Bell of "Two Roads" and Stan Brown of "The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy."
This year's Louisiana Film Prize Festival was a sold out event with record breaking ticket sales with attendees from all over the country.
Preliminary economic impact numbers provided by festival organizers show that the festival's economic impact on northwestern Louisiana (from films produced for the Film Prize and the festival weekend) has grown significantly since the inaugural event in 2012. In the first three years, the Louisiana Film Prize brought in over five million dollars of economic impact. The estimated economic impact of the 2015 event is close to three million for the area.
"This year's Film Prize galvanizes our place as one of the preeminent regions for independent filmmaking and exhibition," said Kallenberg. "It was an amazing year for us, and we can't wait to see what next year brings."
Visit www.LaFilmPrize.com to enter and learn more information about the La. Film Prize
SOURCE The Louisiana Film Prize