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The Community Foundation Offers $5,000 Philanthropy Film Award

Posted on: Saturday , March 26 , 2011
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Margo Shideler

The Community Foundation Offers $5,000 Philanthropy Film Award

Award will go to Films Showing Impact of Philanthropy in North Louisiana

SHREVEPORT, LA (March 26, 2011) – At a press conference held at the Robinson Film Center today, The Community Foundation of North Louisiana announced a new film prize, the Philanthropy Film Award. The first of its kind for this area, the Philanthropy Film Award also offers a considerable reward: $5,000 to the film best capturing philanthropy in North Louisiana.

"Through the Philanthropy Film Award, we want to tap into the incredible creativity of those in the film industry to show how important philanthropy is to our community in North Louisiana,” said Paula Hickman, executive director of The Community Foundation of North Louisiana. "We expect this prize, which is open to filmmakers nationwide, will also draw more attention to the ever-growing film industry here.”

The Foundation also released guidelines for those wanting to submit entries for the award. Stipulations included that entries must be in the "documentary short” category, meaning they are nonfiction and 40 minutes or less, and that they focus on North Louisiana.

Arlena Acree, director of film, media and entertainment for the City of Shreveport, spoke at the event and said, "We are very excited about the opportunity to be a part of this great Philanthropy Film Award, and we commend The Community Foundation of North Louisiana for their generous winning cash prize. Our offices will offer any assistance to all the filmmakers involved in this project, which will be very fun and rewarding for all.”

The announcement of the Philanthropy Film Award comes the same week The Community Foundation is sponsoring programming at the Robinson Film Center. Fittingly, one of the films being shown, "A Small Act,” illustrates the power of philanthropy in a village in Kenya. A young Kenyan's life changes drastically when his education is sponsored by a Swedish stranger. Years later, he founds his own scholarship program to replicate the kindness he once received.

"This documentary promises to offer a great model for filmmakers interested in competing for the Philanthropy Film Award, and we're happy to be helping in this effort,” said Alexandyr Kent, executive director of the Robinson Film Center, which is providing administrative and exhibition support for the film prize. "We want great, inspiring work, and can't wait to see what the independent film community offers.”

Submitted entries will be judged by a jury of five individuals from the film industry and the local community. The top three entries will be screened at the Robinson Film Center on April 24, 2012. The $5,000 prize will also be awarded to the winning filmmaker at that time.

Filmmakers interested in the Philanthropy Film Award can access more information, including entry forms for download, on The Community Foundation's website at They are also encouraged to contact Margo Shideler at The Community Foundation at 318-221-0582 with any questions on the guidelines for the award.

About The Community Foundation of North Louisiana

Established in 1961, the Community Foundation of North Louisiana's mission is to strengthen communities through philanthropy. By bringing together fund donors, their financial advisors and nonprofit agencies, the Foundation is a powerful catalyst for building charitable giving and effecting positive change in our area. Through the generosity and vision of our family of donors, both past and present, the Foundation has granted nearly $40,000,000 to vital nonprofit organizations since our inception. In our shared endeavor to build a more robust, vibrant community, we fund a variety of critical initiatives, including education, health, arts and culture, and poverty alleviation. Through integrity and sound financial practices, the Foundation has successfully stewarded the philanthropic interests of past donors and is poised to lead the next generation of givers to address the challenges facing our region.



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