LOS ANGELES – TV5MONDE USA, America’s only 24/7 French language entertainment channel, has partnered with Create Louisiana to offer The French Culture Filmmakers Grant to a Louisiana-based filmmaker to create a groundbreaking new film which will showcase French culture and talent.

The prize-winning film will include English and French components that exhibit aspects of French Louisiana art, music and society.

The grant will be given to a short form scripted story or long form documentary that will incorporate elements of the French culture and history of Louisiana.

Create Louisiana, which consists of a partnership between Deep South Studios, New Orleans Films Society, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities was created to champion indigenous filmmaking talent and celebrate the diverse culture of Louisiana.

“We are truly excited to partner with Create Louisiana to help discover new content from Louisiana’s wonderfully inventive and highly committed community of visionary filmmakers,” said TV5MONDE General Manager Yves Bigot.

“This collaboration with TV5MONDE is a thrilling development for Create Louisiana and for our indigenous filmmakers in the state. We believe this new opportunity is a meaningful way to connect with Louisiana’s rich historical connection to Francophone culture,” said executive director Jolene Pinder from the New Orleans French Film Festival.

Applicants can begin submitting their entries immediately. Create Louisiana and its partners will judge the originality of each script and the representation of Louisiana Francophone culture in each submission.

After the first round of judging, five finalists will be invited to pitch their projects and to be interviewed before a panel of entertainment professionals one week before the New Orleans French Film Festival takes place April 21-27 at the Prytania Theater.

Last year’s Create Louisiana winner, a feature short titled “Plaquemines” - created by New Orleans native director Nailah Jefferson and producer Jon Wood - debuted at the 2016 New Orleans Film Festival. The new recipient of The French Culture Filmmakers Grant will be awarded $32,500 in cash as well as a number of additional services to support their short narrative project or feature length documentary. Additionally, the grant winning film is required to be completed within one year after receiving the bestowed endowment as the finished project will be screened at the 2018 New Orleans French Film Festival. Additional information and eligibility requirements can be found on Createlouisiana.com or by clicking here. Deadline for all submissions is: Monday, March 6, 2017, at 5 p.m. EST.

The new partnership with Create Louisiana represents yet another link with the state of Louisiana and its people.

Earlier this year TV5MONDE USA announced that its programming will now also consist of HD offerings in Greater Louisiana on Channel 1226 and in New Orleans on Channel 1335 via Cox Louisiana.

For more than a decade, TV5MONDE has been carried across Louisiana on Cox, which has enabled the channel to expand both its carriage and enhance its services to households throughout the state.

About TV5MONDE

TV5MONDE is the global French language entertainment network, broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without commercial interruptions.

TV5MONDE USA is a premium pay-tv channel reaching 1.5 million viewers in the U.S., and has been carried on COX in Louisiana since 2001.

American viewers enjoy a wealth of high quality French language programming, subtitled in English, including up to 300 classic, recent and never-before-seen in the U.S. French language films, around the clock newscasts live from Paris, the latest series and TV dramas, premium documentaries, cultural programs and international sports coverage.

To find channel information and more information about TV5MONDE USA and its programming, please visit: www.tv5mondeusa.com

About Create Louisiana

Create Louisiana initiative is designed to champion the indigenous entertainment talent of Louisiana and support the development of the region’s integral creative industries.

Through social media and grants, #CreateLouisiana will stimulate conversation and mobilize a communication network that shares the stories, information and resources contributing to our state’s vibrant creative economy.

#CreateLouisiana aims to collectively inspire an understanding of the value of our Louisiana creative and cultural community and the talented workforce that drives its development.

For numerous years, the aforementioned initiative has honored the local creative industries by supporting a range of projects and businesses designed to further economic and artistic opportunities for Louisianans.

About Deep South Studios

Deep South Studios is a new full-service motion picture, television and digital media production facility.

It is located in New Orleans, conveniently located a mere stone’s throw from the heart of New Orleans’ Central Business District (CBD) and the world-renowned French Quarter.

It is the largest design-built independent film and television full-service facility ever constructed in the Southeastern United States.

Deep South Studios is the lead sponsor and founding partner of Create Louisiana.

About New Orleans Film Society

The mission of the New Orleans Film Society is to engage, educate and inspire through the art of film.

Founded in 1989, the New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) is the producer of the annual New Orleans French Film Festival, which has grown into a major showcase of local, regional, national, and international films.

In addition to the annual Film Festival each fall, the NOFS hosts special events throughout the year: the French Film Festival, filmOrama, the New Orleans International Children’s Film Festival, Moonlight Movies, and other events designed to benefit local film audiences, artists, and professionals.

Throughout the year, the NOFS reaches approximately 40,000 people through its programming.

About Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to all Louisianans.

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ mission is to provide all Louisianans with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage through grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional development institutes, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, cultural tourism, public lectures, library projects, and other public humanities programming.

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