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Hundreds flock to first day of Louisiana Film Prized

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Movie lovers swarm downtown Shreveport for the 2013 Louisiana Film Prize.

The film competition already sees a good turn out. The first screening Friday was sold out.

"It will only get crazier from here," said Gregory Kallenberg, the Film Prize's executive director. "We had no idea we'd get off to this kind of start and it's all because of the community. It's an amazing, amazing place to be and we wouldn't be happier anywhere else."

What started with 86 films has been narrowed down to 20. The screenings of the finalists in the take place in downtown Shreveport Friday and Saturday.

"The audience gets to judge," said Kallenberg. "So there's a game going on here. Each film maker is trying to get the audience to try and get them to vote for them. So they're all over the street. They have tents out. They'll be having events tonight."

Meg Dudley and her team out of New Orleans works to promote Last Call—a zombie film that really focuses on how the character's get through some hard times. It's their first year competing in the contest.

"It has a great reputation and the prizes are nothing to scoff at," said Dudley. "It's a $50,000 first prize plus distribution. And the top five also get distribution as well."

For $25 dollars and five hours of your time, you can help award that prize. The films are broken down to the green and orange slate. Watch both of those and then cast your vote.

Tickets are available for both nights' screenings. You can get them at the festival center on Texas Street before the show.

For a link to the full viewing schedule, click here.

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