Out of six finalists, the narrative short film “Le Grand Remix” took home a $32,500 cash grant for a narrative short film about a young teacher at a French immersion school in New Orleans who forges an unlikely bond with a Vietnamese student over heartbreak, music, and a shared love of vintage French vehicles.

NEW ORLEANS, April 28, 2017 ― #CreateLouisiana announced today the recipient of the French Culture Film Grant, an opportunity designed in partnership with lead sponsor TV5MONDE USA, America’s only 24/7 French language entertainment channel. The recipient, a narrative short film entitled “Le Grand Remix,” was announced before the closing night screening of Personal Shopper at the 2017 New Orleans French Film Festival last night at the Prytania Theatre.

Directed and written by Austin Alward and produced by Sam Claitor of Fable House, “Le Grand Remix” tells the story of Cass and Felicia, two francophone New Orleans denizens. Faced with the possibility of being banned from the country if she leaves for the summer to attend her sister’s wedding, a young teacher named Felicia working at a French elementary school bonds with a Vietnamese student, Cass, at their end of school year party. Heartbreak, music, and a shared love of vintage French vehicles lead the unlikely duo on an imagination-fueled journey where they discover that sometimes life’s songbook just needs a little remix.

“All of the six finalists brought such fascinating, original stories to the table. It was an excruciatingly difficult decision to select just one. The ‘Le Grand Remix’ team presented a very compelling story that explores new territory both in terms of theme and approach,” said #CreateLouisiana executive director Jolene Pinder.
This first-time French Culture Film Grant awards $32,500 to one Louisiana-based filmmaking team to create a groundbreaking new film that showcases French culture and talent. The grant opportunity required that all film proposals include English and French components that exhibit aspects of French Louisiana art, music, and society.

“After years of scraping together resources to make short films, it is immensely gratifying to feel for the first time that we are not alone on this one, that there is a committed structure of supporting organizations behind us to help bring this project to life. We look forward to bringing something very special to the screen at the 2018 New Orleans French Film Festival,” said “Le Grand Remix” director and writer Austin Alward.

“Le Grand Remix” was chosen from a pool of six finalists. Each finalist delivered a live pitch to the grant review committee yesterday. The finalists included three scripted short films and three long-form documentary projects: “AMÉDÉ” (Dir. Brian Richard | Prod. Conni Castille | Writer C.E. Richard); Après Nous (Dir. Lily Keber | Prod. Camille Lenain); On Va Continuer! (Dir. Bruno Doria | Prods. Lizzie Guitreau and Louis Michot); “Revis” (Dir. Ahmed Siddiqui | Prod. Adam Hengsens | Writer Chasah West); and Servant Saint: The Life of Henriette Delille (Dir. David Michael Warren | Prod. Walter Schneider).

The #CreateLouisiana French Culture Film Grant is supported by TV5MONDE USA, Deep South Studios, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and the New Orleans Film Society. The funding opportunity aims to champion indigenous filmmaking talent and celebrate the diverse culture of Louisiana. When finished, “Le Grand Remix” will premiere at the New Orleans French Film Festival (produced by the New Orleans Film Society) in Spring 2018 and will be considered for an international broadcast on TV5MONDE.

“The quality and diversity of the projects we saw speak to the limitless stories there are to tell about francophone culture here in Louisiana. We are thrilled to see ‘Le Grand Remix’ as a finished film at next year’s French Film Festival,” said TV5MONDE USA’s chief operating officer Patrice Courtaban.

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 #CreateLouisiana
#CreateLouisiana is designed to champion indigenous talent and support the entertainment industries that are integral to the region. Through the use of grants, development programs, educational initiatives, and social media, #CreateLouisiana is able to share the valuable stories, information, and resources that contribute to our state’s vibrant creative economy. This organization celebrates our diverse culture and the talented workforce that drives the growth of creative industries statewide. Louisiana has left an undeniable footprint on the global arts and entertainment community; inspired by this rich history, #CreateLouisiana recognizes the potential to expand upon this tradition by showcasing the economic and artistic value of the state’s creative industries.
For more information, visit www.createlouisiana.com.

About Deep South Studios
Deep South Studios is a new full-service motion picture, television and digital media production facility. Located in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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. For more information, visit www.deepsouthstudios.com.

About New Orleans Film Society
The New Orleans Film Society celebrates the transformative power of film to inspire, delight, and enrich our lives. Our destination film festival offers a cinematic taste of place unlike any other, where vibrant new films, filmmakers, and voices are discovered and cultivated. Founded in 1989, NOFS’ programming focus is its signature event—the Oscar-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival—which is held each autumn, typically in October. The festival has grown into a major showcase of local, regional, national, and international films and attracts hundreds of filmmakers each year. To provide year-round benefits for local audiences, NOFS also hosts the French Film Festival in the summer and regular screenings and events, attracting thousands to high-quality films around the city. For more information, visit www.neworleansfilmsociety.org.

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. For more information, visit www.leh.org.