In the coming months, more than a dozen film festivals surrounding Christianity, faith, and hope, will take place all over the country, five of which are based in Southern California. These festivals are aimed at encouraging Christians of all denominations to express their faith, inspire, or motivate, through film and video. Some are aimed at youths, 12-16, young adults, 18-24, and others are open to everyone. The criteria for each range from short films, experimental, documentaries, web-based, while others must incorporate specific attributes.
The Christian Youth Film Festival, held in Bakersfield, CA, offers youths an opportunity to win cash prizes and showcase their work at a screening held for the entire community. Smaller festivals, such as the Brickyard Christian Film Festival was developed as a community outreach, exhibiting movies by acclaimed Christian filmmakers.
One local festival, 168 Hour Film Project, held in Glendale, CA, “is a faith-based, worldwide competition, in which teams make a short film in 168 hours (1 week)”. Each team is given a verse and have 1 week to plan, film, and complete an entire project. Films are recognized in categories such as: Best Scriptural Integration, Best Screenplay, Director, Actor and Actress, as well as Best Film.
These faith-based, spiritual festivals are an enlightening way for up and coming filmmakers to display their beliefs with fellow Christians without fear of religious criticism or discrimination.
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