The mission of the Film Prize Foundation, Inc. (Prize Foundation) is to promote economic growth, workforce development, youth job training, creative class entrepreneurial buildout and increased tourism through education, entrepreneurship, conferences, competitions and festivals in Shreveport and Northwest Louisiana.
The goal of the Film Prize Foundation is to educate, energize and incentivize the local creative community and stimulate northwest Louisiana economy. Through immersive competitions, educational events and an annual festival, the Foundation draws in filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs and musicians from across the world to Shreveport and Northwest Louisiana. Film Prize Foundation supports the Louisiana Film Prize, Louisiana Music Prize, Film Prize Jr., Louisiana Food Prize, Louisiana Startup Prize and Fashion Prize. These events, collectively known as "The Prizes," occur throughout the year, beginning in November with the launch of Film Prize Jr. through its festival in April, continuing with Startup Prize and Food Prize events into the spring and summer, including Taco Wars.
Taco Wars' mission is to highlight and celebrate the region's rich Hispanic culture and community while also supporting and energizing local businesses. The region's only taco and salsa festival/competition, has quickly become one of the most well-attended, culturally authentic festivals in Shreveport-Bossier. Occuring in the spring, we offer up a selection of local taquerias vying for the coveted Golden Taco and also feature a free Salsa Competition where festival attendees vote for their favorite.
The Prizes culminate with the annual Prize Fest in October, featuring the final showdown for contestants of the Film, Music, Food, Fashion, and Comedy competitions.
Each of the prize programs has a qualification process, engagement with local economic and cultural resources, an educational component, and awards cash prizes to winning filmmakers, musicians, chefs, and entrepreneurs. Since its inception, Film Prize Foundation has overseen steady growth in submissions for all Prizes, has been a contributing factor in the opening of several area businesses, the relocation of talent to the community, and attracted thousands of visitors to Northwest Louisiana, generating more than $30 million in economic impact.