FRENCH CULTURE FILM GRANT
From the early explorers to the dancehalls of Acadiana, the stories of French-speaking Louisiana have reached audiences around the globe, continually evolving and inspiring new generations to embrace this unique relationship.
In 2017, #CreateLouisiana launched a new partnership to showcase the state’s deep connection to French and Francophone culture. With support from lead sponsor TV5MONDE USA, the #CreateLouisiana French Culture Film Grant was born (more below on the inaugural grantee).
Two years later, #CreateLouisiana is excited to launch the 2019 French Culture Film Grant. The $30,000 cash grant supports one Louisiana filmmaking team to create a groundbreaking new film (a short scripted film or feature-length documentary) featuring French culture and talent.
All applications are due March 22, 2019 by 11:59 PM CST.
The film will be completed by February 2020, with the finished project set to screen at the 2020 New Orleans French Film Festival.
2017 FRENCH CULTURE FILM GRANT RECIPIENT
"LE GRAND REMIX"
Director and Writer Austin Alward and Producers Sam Claitor and Win Riley were the recipients of the 2017 #CreateLouisiana French Culture Film Grant for their short narrative film,“Le Grand Remix."
Faced with an immigration dilemma, Josephine (Marie Ba) is forced to choose between family ties back in Africa and her French immersion school teacher life in New Orleans. When a former student, Vietnamese-American DJ Casse-Tête (Chloe Nelson), spins a blend of French Touch and Cajun cowboy music, Josephine loses herself to dance. Sharing visions of how they imagine their worlds could be, each young woman inspires the other to forge ahead and brave her own reality. Featuring a cast comprised exclusively of real-life Louisiana-based francophones and an original score by Grammy award winning artist Louis Michot of Lost Bayou Ramblers.
The film premiered at the 2018 New Orleans French Film Festival.