Christian indie film festival slated in Texas
Vision Forum Ministries announced recently the holding of the sixth annual San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, slated to be held from Oct. 25-30 in San Antonio, Texas.
The SAICFF will be in two venues, namely the Municipal Auditorium and the Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, according to its website. They will award the largest single grand prize in the world for a Christian film—a check of $101,000 for the Best of Festival Jubilee Award winning film.
The cash award was donated by a foundation that is committed to the development and growth of Christian filmmaking. SAICFF hopes to plant an excellent Christian alternative film body to compete with Hollywood, the website said.
Other winning categories include the Audience Choice Award, Best Feature Film, Best Film Short, Best Documentary, Best Commercial Advertisement, Best Film Treatment, Best Original Score and Best Young Filmmaker, the website reported.
From over 250 submissions, eight feature finalists and 53 semi-finalists were chosen based on theological accuracy, soundness of biblical worldview, acting, script, level of difficulty, editing, use of available technological resources and consistency with the film festival guidelines and objectives, the website said.
The films that were selected to be shown at the festival were arrived at after spending hundreds of hours viewing the films, and an enormous length of time for analysis and prayer, according to the website.
Eight culture-challenging feature finalist films were chosen, entitled “The Free Ride,” “Friday at Noon,” “Live to Forgive,” “No Greater Love,” “The Penny,” “The Runner From Ravenshead,” “Standing Firm,” and “Sybil Ludington,” the website reported.
Interested parties are encouraged to register. They may view the 53 semi-finalist films that will be viewed from four different screens. They can also join in talks and lectures from spiritual leaders who are experts in film, the website said.
Topics of discussion will revolve around the Christian world view with a purpose to equip people and challenge them, as well as enhance a biblical comprehension of film as a medium for entertainment and teaching, the website reported.
Participants may also meet with like-minded Christian families, individual culture changers; and intermingle with the actors and filmmakers of the various competing films, according to the website.
SAICFF is largely viewed as the premiere Christian film festival in the U.S. Sponsors include Samaritan Ministries, Foundation Entertainment, CollegePlus!, and ChristianFilmmakers.org.