Prize Fest announces film, food, music, fashion and comedy festival winners


Prize Fest, a celebration of film, food, music, fashion and comedy, announced its Weekend 2 (Film, Food & Comedy) winners today at an awards show broadcast live nationwide and around the world. The festival, now in its eleventh year, showcased the work of independent filmmakers, fashion designers, musicians, chefs and comedians in a two-weekend festival at multiple venues across the center -town of Shreveport, LA.

“While Prize Fest was the most epic ever, the end of today’s Film Prize took our festival to the next level,” said Gregory Kallenberg, executive director and founder of the Louisiana Film Prize and Prize Foundation. “We’re proud to award the cast and crew of ‘They Grow Up So Fast’ the world’s richest prize for a short film, and we’re so proud of all the deserving winners of Prize Fest 2022!”

Louisiana Film Awards

The 2022 Louisiana Film Prize grand prize winner is “They Grow Up So Fast,” directed by John F. Beach. Beach walks away with $50,000, the biggest cash prize in the world for a narrative short.

The winning film was chosen from the top 20 short films finalists, all of which were filmed in the state of Louisiana, and determined by a unique 50/50 combination of votes from online and in-person entrants and a panel of industry judges from across the country.

Other shorts that joined “They Grown Up So Fast” in the Top 5 this year were: “Bamber Bridge” (Mark Bonner), “Betty Lou Had A Son” (David Long), “Credit” (Patrick & Susan Kirton) and “Unicorn Poop” (Lorna Street Dopson).

Best Performance went to John F. Beach for his role as Brian in “They Grow Up So Fast.”

The Film Prize Foundation also announced the recipients of its Founders’ Circle grants. Founder’s Circle is a $3,000 repayable film grant that allows filmmakers to return and make a film for the 2023 Louisiana Film Prize. The recipients of this award for 2023 were Josh Munds (“Peeping Todd”), Jaya and Jacob McSharma (“Please Scream Inside Your Heart”), Monique Morton Derouselle (“Rising Dawn”), Carlos Jiminez (“Strangers in Common”), John F. Beach (“They Grow Up So Fast”) and Lorna Street Dopson (“Unicorn Poop”).

food price

Food Prize 2022 again presented its first Come and Get It event. Seven local chefs were paired with nationally acclaimed celebrity chefs across the country to collaborate on creating a dish and then serve amazing tastings to attendees. These celebrity chefs, like Chef Tristen Epps, winner of Chopped, have traveled from all over the country to participate in this celebration of the culinary arts.

Come and Get It attendees voted for their favorite dish, crowning local chef Anthony Felan (Fat Calf Brasserie) and celebrity chef Denise Joseph (Dallas, TX) the People’s Choice winners. Entrants also chose Golden Shaker Champion, local voting mixologist Andy Flook of the soon-to-open Cypress by the Revenir as the winner. The Food Prize Mentor-Judges crowned this year’s Golden Fork Grand Prize Champion Team: local chef Sean Sullivan (Frank’s Louisiana Kitchen) and celebrity chef Eppie Connolly (Detroit, MI).

Food Prize also featured its inaugural Food Prize University event where Food Prize mentor-judges and guest celebrity chefs participated in a panel discussion with the audience about life in the industry and how to build a city. food that cultivates the community.

Comedy Award

In its second year, the Comedy Prize hosted 7 up-and-coming national touring comedians who each performed 10-minute sets to sold-out audiences. Son Tran from Houston, TX was crowned Grand Champion of the Comedy Prize for 2022.

Louisiana Music Awards

The 2022 Louisiana Music Prize, the GRAMMY-affiliated competition for up-and-coming musicians, saw 10 musical acts from across the country compete for the grand prize of $10,000. The grand prize winner, The American Hotel System of Grand Rapids, MI, was chosen by a panel of nationally recognized music industry professionals. The contest also featured a People’s Choice Award which was won by the Shreveport-based band Benedetto.

This year, the Louisiana Music Prize also saw the return of MPCon (Music Prize Conference), created to provide artistic mentorship and career development for up-and-coming musicians.

fashion awards

Now in its fourth year, the Louisiana Fashion Prize held a live presentation of 5 designers’ collections at the Phoenix. Sophia Omoro (odAOMO) of New Orleans was named the judges’ grand prize winner. The event also featured a capsule collection from 2021 winner Jessica Hall.

To learn more about the Louisiana Film Prize and Prize Fest or to attend the Louisiana Film Prize awards ceremony, visit


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