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8:00AM

Winning Awards - Part 3 (Feature Films)

At this year's Christian Worldview Film Festival, I was excited to see awards given to several films that I have had the pleasure to help with!

"POLYCARP" // camera operator, 2nd unit DP, editor, colorist
Movie Website

(Polycarp also won "Best Editing" at the 2015 Pan Pacific Film Festival)

"BOUND" // editing consultant, assistant colorist
Movie Website

8:00AM

Winning Awards - Part 2 (Promo)

At this year's Christian Worldview Film Festival, I was excited to see awards given to several films that I have had the pleasure to help with!

"WHO WE ARE" // cinematographer, editor, colorist
Movie Website

8:00AM

Winning Awards - Part 1 (Short Films)

At this year's Christian Worldview Film Festival, I was excited to see awards given to several films that I have had the pleasure to help with!

"WANTED" // editor, colorist
Movie Website

"ROSES" // on-set editor
Movie Website

"SET FREE" // editing consultant
Movie Website

8:00AM

CWFF - Awards!!

This past week was the first annual Christian Worldview Film Festival!! I am very pleased to announce that a couple of projects that I had the honor to be part of won awards!

 First, is the documentary I was the DP and co-editor for, Awakened!

...and the pomotional Missions in Haiti which was created for Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

1:41PM

Christian Worldview Filmmakers Guild

The Christian Worldview Filmmakers Guild will be held March 11-13, 2014 and the Film Festival will be held March 13-15, 2014 in San Antonio, TX.  
 
Christian Worldview Film Festival will have guest speakers Rich Christiano, Carl Kerby and a special presentation by Richard "Little Bear" Wheeler who will portray William Wallace. Get your kilts ready and come prepared to learn what it takes to be a real Braveheart! We will also have a special performance by actor Rich Swingle and music by the 4 Proches!

Tickets for this event are available at www.ChristianWorldviewFilmFestival.com Get quantity discounts and a 25% early bird discount on all tickets until December 31, 2013.

The Filmmakers Guild will have several keynote speakers including George Escobar, John Fornoff, Rich Christiano, and over 20 unique workshops that will reach out to Christian filmmakers with a variety of interests and skill levels.

The Christian Worldview Film Festival is looking for submissions from a wide variety of genres and categories including: Narrative Feature Films, Documentary Films, Narrative Short Films, Young Filmmakers Short Films, Promotional Media, Commercials, Music Videos, Missions Awareness, and Sanctity of Life Films. These should be produced with a distinctively Christian worldview. This does not mean that every film is expected to present a gospel message but that each subject, and the way it is handled, should manifest the filmmakers understanding of Biblical principles. Productions should reflect a solid foundation for the following: subject matter, good discernment and discretion in presentation, excellence in production, great storytelling, redemptive and edifying themes, building good character, persuasive and insightful documentary or promotional. This festival will be a family friendly event so we will be prioritizing films that are appropriate for all ages. We will thoughtfully consider films that are not appropriate for younger viewers but selections in this category will be limited. Read the submission guidelines here. Film submission deadline is Jan. 3, 2014

We are also holding a unique Short Film Music Scoring Competition
for composers. Find out more here.

11:47AM

Christian Worldview Film Festival

Guidelines and categories are up and the festival is now accepting film submissions!!

2014 Christian Worldview Film Festival Rules and Regulations

"Thank you for your interest in submitting your film to the Christian Worldview Film Festival.  The goal of this festival is to encourage Christian filmmakers to pursue excellence in their craft of filmmaking while communicating truth through a solid Biblical worldview. The Festival provides an excellent opportunity to showcase your work while networking with others in the industry.

The Christian Worldview Film Festival is looking for submissions from a wide variety of genres and categories including: Narrative Feature Films, Documentary Films, Narrative Short Films, Young Filmmakers Short Films, Promotional Media, Commercials, Music Videos, Missions Awareness, and Sanctity of Life Films. These should be produced with a distinctively Christian worldview. This does not mean that every film is expected to present a gospel message but that each subject, and the way it is handled, should be evidently informed by the filmmakers understanding of Biblical principles. Productions should reflect a solid foundation for the following: subject matter, good discernment and discretion in presentation, excellence in production, great storytelling, redemptive and edifying themes, building good character, persuasive and insightful documentary or promotional. This festival will be a family friendly event so we will be prioritizing films that are appropriate for all ages. We will thoughtfully consider films that are not appropriate for younger viewers but selections in this category will be limited.

If you think your film is in general alignment with the purposes and vision of the Festival, please read the following Rules and Regulations to ensure that your film has every opportunity to excel at the Festival.

By submitting a film (hereafter called the “Film”) to Christian Worldview Film Festival (hereafter called the “Festival”) the Filmmaker acknowledges that he or she has obtained all necessary rights and consent and has read and understood the Festival rules and regulations for submitting a Film listed below.

Section I: Rules and Regulations
Section II: Technical Submission Guidelines
Section III: Film Submission Categories
Section IV: Award Categories
Section V:  Film Submission Considerations

 Section I: Rules and Regulations

1) Films must be completed after October 1, 2012, to be eligible for the 2014 festival.

2)  It is the sole responsibility of the Filmmaker to secure authorization and permission from the copyright owners for any and all copyrighted or trademarked content.  The Festival will not be held liable for any unauthorized use of copyrighted or trademarked materials and reserves the right to disqualify any Film for copyright or trademark infringement.

3) By submitting a Film to the Festival, the Filmmaker agrees to allow the Film to be screened at the Festival and to allow short portions of the Film to be used by the Festival for promotional purposes.

4) Filmmakers must fill out a submission form and all fees must be paid before the deadline for a film to be eligible for the festival.  Submission fees will not be refunded if a Film is disqualified or not selected to be shown at the Festival. (submission fees are $35 for films under 40 minutes and $50 for films over 40 minutes)

5) All Films must be submitted according to the guidelines listed in Section II: Submission Guidelines and must be post-marked by the deadline to qualify. (January 3rd, 2014)

6) Films will be selected based on excellence in their work and alignment with the Festival guidelines and objectives as explained in Section V: Film Submission Considerations.

7) Filmmakers may submit multiple Films, however, each Film must be accompanied by its own entrance fee and submission form.

8) Once the Films have been reviewed and the selection process is complete, Filmmakers will be notified using the contact information included in the submission form.  It is the sole responsibility of the Filmmaker to insure that the Festival has the necessary and correct contact information.

9) The Festival is under no obligation to provide feedback on individual Films or on the selection process. Please consider our optional Christian Worldview Film Critique Program (see below for further details.)

10) Films that contain significant non-English dialogue must include English subtitles.

11) We strongly encourage you or a representative of the Film to be in attendance at the Festival to receive any potential awards.  Please notify us ahead of time if this is not possible.

12) Judges will present awards as outlined in Section IV: Award Categories.  Judges reserve the right to not grant a category award if none of the submissions meets the criteria for that category.

13) Judges reserve the right to present additional awards not outlined in Section IV: Award Categories.

Christian Worldview Film Critique Program (optional)

Reviewing film submissions and holding a film festival are daunting endeavors in themselves. It is not feasible to give feedback to each filmmaker regarding why their film was not selected or what made their film stand out from the rest to become an official selection. We realize that some filmmakers may wish to have that kind of critique so we are offering an optional program to provide a written review of their film after the festival.  We see this as an opportunity to come alongside filmmakers to encourage them in their pursuit of excellence and the production of films that are crafted from a distinctly Biblical worldview.  We would prefer that you consider this option when you complete your submission so that we can adequately gauge the time it will take for our staff to complete the reviews. This program is being offered at a discount when you opt in with your submission.

Films under 40 minutes in length: $50 ($100 after submission deadline)

Films over 40 minutes in length: $75 ($150 after submission deadline)

...Click Here to read the full Guidelines.

8:00AM

Christian Worldview Film Festival

COMING 2014!!!

Media Talk 101 has decided to add a new component to the ministry of teaching media discernment in the light of following Christ. 

Listen as Phillip Telfer explains why this is an important step and how you can stay informed as the plans progress.

Length: 28 minutes

 

Film Festival Website: ChristianWorldviewFilmFestival.com
Facebook Page: Facebook.com/ChristianWorldviewFilmFestival

 

8:01AM

2013 SAICFF Winners!

Press Release SAN ANTONIO, TX — February 12, 2013 — More than 1,800 participants from around the world were on hand in the Alamo City for the presentation of the Jubilee Awards during closing ceremonies at the 8th Annual San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (SAICFF), held at the Lila Cockrell Theatre in downtown San Antonio last Saturday night. An additional 5,000-plus registered users tuned in via the web to watch the free live broadcast of the event.

The ‘Best of Festival’ Jubilee Award — with its $101,000 cash prize — went to The Dropbox, a 72-minute documentary directed by 22-year-old Brian Ivie that chronicles the loving sacrifice of a Korean Pastor named Lee Jong-rak who built a wooden hatch on the side of his house in 2009 to collect disabled, unwanted babies. Ivie heard about Pastor Jong-rak’s efforts through a Los Angeles Times article and was determined to document the pastor’s story in the hopes of bringing him support.

The six judges for the SAICFF were so moved by Ivie’s vision — originally outlined in a Kickstarter Campaign and then brought to fruition through his film — that they each came to the podium when the award was given to explain why this documentary was chosen for ‘Best of Festival.’

Judge Stephen Kendrick, producer of such films as Fireproof and Courageous, stated: “We [as the judges] talked about how Nehemiah heard about the walls being broken down and was so broken by it that he said, ‘I must go and do something about that.’ . . . Many times, we are moved with compassion and do nothing. [Brian] saw an article and said, ‘I am going to run to the battle.’”

Judge Curtis Bowers, who won ‘Best of Festival’ in 2010 for his film Agenda, remarked: “We saw in this young man someone who loved life so much; that loved the truth; that was willing to defend those that no one cares about and wants to get rid of. If he’s that passionate about that in a movie that he didn’t know if it’s ever going to make money or not . . . we could tell: That’s a young man we want to invest in, because he’s going to change the world with his films.”

Ivie, who came to Christ while producing The Dropbox, shared these pointed words upon receiving the SAICFF’s grand prize: “. . . I deified movies for 21 years of my life, and I made them my god, and it failed me. I’m done with that story. I’m done with that idol. And I promise in the fear of God that I will steward this investment, because I would rather tell the plainest truth with $100,000 than the most sophisticated technological lie with ten million dollars or one hundred million dollars.”

The film was also honored with ‘Best Sanctity of Life’ Award earlier during the ceremony, prompting these remarks from the film’s director, “[I saw] all these kids come through this dropbox with deformities and disabilities, and eventually — like a heaven flash — I realized that I was one of those kids too; that I have a crooked soul, and God is a father who loves me still.”

Ives further commented: “This world is so much about self-reliance and self-esteem, self-worth, and these kids . . . can’t be self-reliant, because they have these disabilities. The total illusion is that we can be self-reliant, because we rely on God for every breath that we take. And the day that we stop realizing that we are disabled is the day that we stop fighting for Christ as the only one who enables.”

The top honor in the ‘Best Feature Film’ category went to Return to the Hiding Place. The film — directed by Peter Spencer and produced by his daughter Petra Pearce — is set in Holland during WWII and follows Corrie ten Boom’s army of untrained teenagers as they navigate a deadly labyrinth of challenges to rescue the Jewish people. Return to the Hiding Place also garnered the Audience Choice Award and was runner-up for ‘Best of Festival.’

Upon receiving these honors, Spencer explained that the persecution of Christians in our own time compelled him and his family to make this film about persecution during the Second World War: “175,000 of our precious brothers and sisters will give their lives for Jesus Christ this year. We want[ed] to do this in remembrance of the martyrs of the faith.”

The Pink Room, a gripping expose of the sex slavery of young girls in Cambodia, garnered the ‘Best Documentary’ Award. Producer Shawn Small, who received the honor, put the project into context: “The Pink Room started in 2008, and it was never just a story. It was about exposing the problem, the atrocities that are happening in Cambodia to little children. It was about bringing solutions. It was about raising awareness and support for those who are doing it. On behalf of heroic women like Mien and those still trapped [through] sex trafficking, and organizations like Agape International Missions, we humbly accept this.”

The ‘Best Short Film’ Award was given to Useless, an 11-minute film based on Philemon 1:10–11. Written and directed by Brandon Adams, the film short previously won ‘Best Film’ at the 168 Project.

In winning ‘Best Short Film’ at the SAICFF, the film’s director automatically received a $250,000 opportunity to produce a feature film with Echolight Studios who sponsored this Jubilee Award category. Bobby Downs, President of Echolight, explained their vision in partnering with the SAICFF for this commendation.

“Storytellers have shaped our society in the way that we think for all of recorded history. . . . Stories are used for teaching, for entertainment, for passing on old knowledge and wisdom,” noted Downs.

“Tonight, Echolight is going to do something about encouraging storytellers. We believe that supporting this generation of Christians making movies will have a significant impact on lives in the years to come, so we are planting a seed here tonight by awarding the winner of the Jubilee Award for Short Film with $250,000 as an opportunity to make a movie with Echolight Studios and get worldwide distribution.

“The message is this: Those who are faithful in the little things will be better equipped to pursue bigger projects.”

Downs then passed the baton to special guest Sen. Rick Santorum, who presented the award on Echolight’s behalf: “It is my honor to be here with Echolight. I’m excited about them and what they’re doing, trying to nurture and build, to create a real powerful portal for this industry.”

Santorum also commended the SAICFF and the filmmakers in attendance for their important labors in the culture wars: “You are the ones who shape the culture, and Washington, D.C. is simply a reflection of that. So I just wanted to come here to encourage you and to thank you. . . . This country needs you. . . . [I] think that really great things are going to come in the darkest times and be lit . . . from this festival.”

Kevin Sizemore, one of the two lead actors in Useless, received the award on behalf of Brandon Adams, who directed the film, but who was unable to attend due to the recent birth of his son who was born five weeks early. Sizemore read a statement Adams texted him when he learned he had won this award.

“Thank you for this tremendous honor and opportunity,” wrote Adams. “I have spent the last ten years seeking to learn how to create art that glorifies God, which has included cultivating my craft; but, more importantly, growing in the grace and knowledge of my Redeemer. My hope is to express the work that Christ has done in us and in history through the medium of film, with the prayer that Christ will be exalted over all things. And this award and prize has granted the opportunity to do so.”

The ‘Best Promotional Media’ Award went to The Lamplighter Guild, a 5-minute film that explains the vision of this one-week art school founded by Mark Hamby in which students learn the elements of radio theater production, including voice acting, sound design, script writing, music composition, and more from experts in the industry. Producer Phillip Telfer offered these thoughts on receiving the award.

“John-Clay [Burnett] and I are both very grateful for what Doug Phillips and Vision Forum have done to invest in filmmakers,” Telfer said. “When I was invited to attend the [Christian] Filmmakers Academy back in 2007, I had no provision at all for filmmaking. Last year, John-Clay and I, along with Colin Gunn, had a feature documentary film, Captivated. That opened the door for [us] to take some of the things we have been learning here and share it at Mark Hamby’s Lamplighter Guild. So we talked about it and also took that time to make this promotional.”

The Founding Fathers App took home the top honor in the ‘Best Commercial Advertisement’ category. The 60-second spot promotes the Founding Fathers Project, a series of interactive iPad books allowing viewers to interact with and learn about each of the founding fathers. The goal is to teach American children who these great men were and what they did. The film was written, directed, and produced by Preston Cone, Daniel Walsh, and Jeremiah Warren.

Nathaniel and Jonathan Johnson received the ‘Young Filmmakers’ Award for Joseph in Egypt III, a 15-minute film that is the final chapter in their Joseph in Egypt Trilogy, which is told through Lego Stop Motion Animation.

The ‘Best Original Score’ Award was given to The Lost Medallion, a feature film starring Alex Kendrick in which his character, Daniel Anderson, visits a foster home to drop off some donations and is quickly roped into telling the kids a story which transitions into a heart-racing adventure of Billy Stone and Allie. These two teenage friends uncover a long-lost medallion and then accidentally wish themselves back in time as part of an exciting adventure. The Lost Medallion was also the runner-up for ‘Best Feature Film.’

Other winners included Ru: Water is Life, which garnered the runner-up award in the ‘Best Documentary’ category; and Static, which took second place for ‘Best Short Film.’ Runner-up for ‘Best Sanctity of Life’ went to BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here?; and Indescribable was tapped for second place in the ‘Best Original Score’ category. Mobile Mayhem took the runner-up award for ‘Young Filmmaker’ Award. The ‘Best Treatment’ Award went to Fire and Forgiveness, with Sola Fide getting the second-place nod in this category.
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8:00AM

Winner - BEST PROMOTIONAL MEDIA!

The ‘Best Promotional Media’ Award went to The Lamplighter Guild, a 5-minute film that explains the vision of this one-week art school founded by Mark Hamby in which students learn the elements of radio theater production, including voice acting, sound design, script writing, music composition, and more from experts in the industry. Producer Phillip Telfer offered these thoughts on receiving the award.

“John-Clay [Burnett] and I are both very grateful for what Doug Phillips and Vision Forum have done to invest in filmmakers,” Telfer said. “When I was invited to attend the [Christian] Filmmakers Academy back in 2007, I had no provision at all for filmmaking. Last year, John-Clay and I, along with Colin Gunn, had a feature documentary film, Captivated. That opened the door for [us] to take some of the things we have been learning here and share it at Mark Hamby’s Lamplighter Guild. So we talked about it and also took that time to make this promotional.”

8:00PM

Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Christian Movie (Nominees)

"It's our third day of announcing our nominees for the first-ever Plugged In Movie Awards. On Tuesday we rolled out our picks for Best Movie for Kids. Yesterday it was Best Movie for Teens. Today we're looking at the category of Best Christian Movie released in 2012.

This is our effort to recognize some of the work being done in the Christian film industry. As it grows, gaining momentum in terms of both box office clout and artistic merit, we're seeing more things every year that are worth taking a second look at. Or, as the case may be, handing out accolades to."

Award Nominees are:

- Blue Like Jazz
- Monumental
- October Baby
- Rogue Saints
- Unconditional

Be sure to head over to the blog and vote for your favorite! However if you want the vote to count...you'll have to create an account on their website, but hey it's Focus on the Family, so why not?