For years Christian films have been pigeonholed for their lack of production quality, sophmoric scripts and poor acting. But that all changed in 2008 with the release of Fireproof, starring Kirk Cameron.
Since 2008 we have witnessed a groundswell of outstanding feature films and documentaries portraying biblical principles and or the gospel message. Most of these films premiere at Christian Film Festivals, such as the Kingdomwood Film Festival offering believers a chance to see the latest in family friendly entertainment on the big screen. They not only provide profound encouragement of faith, but also serve to expand our awareness of the triumphs and challenges of the Christian life that we may never experience.
These festivals also give filmmakers a much needed competitive platform where they can win recognition with audiences and media alike; spurring them on to improve their craft.
Every year more and more of these film festivals are popping up all over the country. They represent a critical step in changing the face of entertainment through positive media. Sonoma Christian Home is committed to supporting these festivals, the filmmakers and the people who work hard to put them together.
October 5-7 in Atlanta is the 5th annual Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival (KCFF), a not-for-profit enterprise designed to showcase films and filmmakers that promote, educate, and inspire faith-based values.
I was honored to serve on this year’s KCFF judging panel, along with a distinguished group of industry professionals including Emmy Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker Joani Livingston of Livingston-Mckay Productions, Director Wes Llewellyn, Music Composer Jurgen Beck, and Actresses Jennifer Van Horn and Shannon Fields.
Founded in 2006 by CEO Audrey Thomas, the primary goal of KCFF is to encourage filmmakers, as well as those aspiring to held this distinction, to write, produce, and direct Christian films that minister to entire families and their communities.
In addition to cinematic showcases, KCFF nurtures filmmakers with a variety of workshops. Some of this year’s workshops include: How To Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul) by Dr. Ted Baehr, Unified Storytelling by Brennan Smith, and Movie Financing by Entertainment Law firm Wakhisi-Douglas LLC.
The mission of KCFF is to encourage seasoned filmmakers to produce films with family friendly spiritual values; motivate and inspire young filmmakers to produce films with high moral standards; and most importantly, showcase films that honor Christ.
I frequently hear people complain there is a lack of good Christian films. After judging all the films for the 2012 KCFF, I can tell you that there are many outstanding new Christian films you won’t want to miss.
Most importantly, please be sure to go out and support your local Christian Film Festival. You will be blessed by the uplifting and powerful messages through the celebrated art of filmmaking God’s way.KCFF will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Ravina, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30346. Phone 770-551-3888.
To register and buy tickets online visit Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival