“The Man From Mars” directed by Jonnie Stapleton (Valley Village, California) is the winner of the 2016 Louisiana Film Prize top award of $50,000 cash.
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: Memoir, co-directed by Alexander Jeffrey and Paul Peterson, The Man from Mars, directed by Jonnie Stapleton, Native, co-directed by Travis Champagne and Stephen Kinigopolous, The Stand, directed by Eva Contis and Ya Albi, directed by Christine Chen.
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: “The Verses” by Jency Griffin Hogan, “Ruthless: A Hip Hopera” by Tanesha Morris, “The Stand” by Eva Contis, “The 30 Year Deal” by Travis Bible and “He Could’ve Gone Pro” by McGhee Monteith.
The $1,000 Best Actress and Actor award was presented to Frances Watson of “The Importance of Sex Education” and Kemerton Hargrove of “30 Year Deal”.
“The Film Prize has once again shown that we are the preeminent indie film showcase in the country,” said Kallenberg. “These 21 films have been created by some of the most talented filmmakers on the planet, and that’s why we’re especially proud of our winner Jonnie and his film ‘The Man from Mars.”