Last year's Louisiana Film Prize awards.
Last year's Louisiana Film Prize awards.

The Louisiana Film Prize launched its third annual filmmaking competition today, which awards five short filmmakers with cash prizes and distribution through a partnership with Shorts International. This year, the Prize will also give out best actor and best actress honors.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $50,000 -- one of the largest cash prizes for a shorts festival -- and the top five filmmakers will receive $3,000 for their submissions. Films must be shot in the Shreveport-Bossier area of Louisiana. The 2014 Louisiana Film Prize jury, a combination of film industry executives, filmmakers, and press, will be announced this spring. 

Last year, the festival drew 86 submissions. The deadline for submissions is July 7. Learn more here.