LA Judges Help Award $50,000 Short Film Prize

It’s a lot of money, especially for anyone toiling in the realm of short films shot in the qualifying region of Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana. Now, thanks to a panel of judges that included Movie City News’ Kim Voynar, EW‘s James Hibberd and USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Tara MacPherson, a lucky trio of filmmakers are $50,000 richer.

Thomas Woodruff, Noah Scruggs and Chris Armand (pictured, above) won the grand prize for their short Western The Legend of Luther Anderson. The film was was one of more than 80 entries and 20 finalists at the inaugural Louisiana Film Prize Festival Weekend (October 5-7). From today’s announcement:

The Legend of Luther Anderson is a Western comedy about a set of boots that transforms Luther Anderson, a meek cowboy, into a hero and an instant legend. As Luther blazes a trail across the frontier, his evil nemesis is in hot pursuit after the magical cowboy boots. In the end, the two men stand tall in a showdown to the death.

Other jury members included Washington Post reporter Hank Stuever, entertainment journalist Alison Bailes and filmmaker Brandon Oldenburg (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore).

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.