The 11th annual 168 Film Festival promises to be a stellar event, with an impressive lineup of star presenters, and a first-ever 1-million feature film budget Grand Jury prize.
The 168 Film Project is the brainchild of writer-director-producer John David Ware. Founded in 2003, the Project is an incubator for writers and filmmakers to explore scripture and to practice their craft. The 168 Project's challenge is for filmmakers to draw a random Bible scripture and in just 168 hours (7 days) shoot and edit a 10-minute film. The 168 Project also offers a "Write of Passage" competition, where writers craft a 12-page script in 168 hours. All work is based on a Theme, a Verse and a Week. This is one of the few hand-on opportunities for aspiring and established filmmakers, a type of “farm team” for artists to hone and perfect their craft with the encouragement of faith-based and grounding themes. In keeping with that theme, the films were chosen from 168 entries, with 84 of those selected for presentation during the festival.
John gave insight into the film selection process. "We have a programming group that does the initial quality ratings, and we judge on many categories, primarily how well they integrate the scripture. Everyone gets a score, and based on those scores we get an official selection. From that group the highest scores go on to the Grand Jury."
The Grand Jury prize is surrounded with excitement this year. The 168 Project has partnered with Dallas-based EchoLight Studios, a full-service film production and distribution studio that produces and distributes high-quality movies for families of faith. EchoLight has pledged up to 1 million to produce and distribute a new feature work from the 2013 Grand Jury winner. With a director's eye, John sees "an ongoing story as we look into making our first feature film with Echolight."
The 168 Film Festival will be held from Wednesday, August 8 through Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the Glendale Performing Arts Center, 1440 E. Broadway, Glendale, Calif. The closing night will include the Red Carpet at 5:30 p.m., and the Awards Show at 7:00 p.m. Among the star-studded presenters are Candace Cameron Bure of “Make It or Break It,” Jen Lilley of "The Book of Esther" and "Days of our Lives," Stephen Baldwin from “The Usual Suspects,” Erin Bethea from “Fireproof,” Rachel Hendrix of “October Baby”, and “Soul Surfer” director Sean McNamara.
Festival tickets range from $15.00 to $39.00, and can be purchased at the brand new 168 Project website. Student and senior discounts are also available.