Award-Winning Film Prize Foundation Announces Memphis Film Prize

Most Unique Film Competition in the Country Launches $10,000 Short Film Competition in Memphis, TN

Film Prize Foundation Executive Director Gregory Kallenberg will join forces with FuelFilm’s David Merrill at LOCAL on the Square, on February 18th at 6 p.m. to launch the Memphis Film Prize, a brand-new short film competition and festival. Kallenberg and Merrill will announce how one filmmaker will take home $10,000 in cash with a chance at $50,000 more by simply making a short film. This event is free and open to the public.

Memphis Film PrizeThe Memphis Film Prize (, which combines elements of a film contest and festival, invites filmmakers from all over the world to create and present a 5-15 minute short film with just one rule – it must be shot in Shelby County, TN. Filmmakers may shoot their films beginning the night of the launch event on February 18th, but must finish by midnight on June 14th when a rough cut of the films are due to contest organizers. From the eligible submissions, ten filmmakers will be chosen to participate in the Memphis Film Prize Festival on August 12-14, 2016 and, through a jury vote and a public vote, will vie for a $10,000 cash prize. The festival will be held in conjunction with the long-standing On Location: MEMPHIS International Film & Music Festival, and FuelFilm will work to assist filmmakers and to promote the Prize.

“The Memphis Film Prize presents a great opportunity for filmmakers and for the city of Memphis, to foster  emerging talent and incentivize filmmaking while continuing to expand a network of film industry connections started by the Louisiana Film Prize.” said David Merrill of FuelFilm.

In addition to the Memphis Grand Prize of $10,000, the winning filmmaker will advance to compete at the Louisiana Film Prize Festival (September 30-October 2) in Shreveport, La, for a chance at an additional $50,000 grand prize – the largest cash prize for a short film in the world.

“We are incredibly excited to bring the Film Prize to one of my favorite cities in the country,” said Gregory Kallenberg, founder and Executive Director of the Film Prize Foundation. “Memphis has an amazing vibe and has a rich history in independent filmmaking. We can’t wait to see the amazing work that will come out of the Memphis FIlm Prize.”

 The Louisiana Film Prize 2015 garnered a record 127 submissions from around the world including cities like Los Angeles, Boston, Houston, Chicago, and Cairo, Egypt. Over 1,000 people participated in the production of Film Prize projects, and, over time, Film Prize Foundation hopes to bring a similar outcome to Memphis. These productions, along with the festival weekend, yielded over $7 million in economic benefit for the Shreveport-Bossier area since it’s inaugural year in 2012.

Visit to learn more information about the Louisiana Film Prize contest and festival. The deadline for submissions is June 14, 2016.

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