reb•e•lu•tion (reb’el lu shen) n. a teenage rebellion against the low expectations of an ungodly culture.

10/03/2005

The San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival

A VISION FOR CULTURAL REBELUTION
It is with great joy that Alex and I bring to your attention the second annual San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (SAICFF), a project of Vision Forum Ministries. This growing festival, scheduled for October 27-29 of this year, is drawing maverick Christians from around the globe to challenge the status quo presented by Hollywood.

Says Doug Phillips, President of Vision Forum Ministries: “We live on the threshold of a revolution in independent Christian filmmaking. For the first time in more than half a century, Christians have the opportunity to change the terms of debate for this crucial medium of cultural influence by challenging the Hollywood giant.”

Over the last decade a quadruple convergence of affordable technology, alternative distribution and training, and the American public’s general disenchantment with “Babylon Central,” has fashioned a unique environment for a new form of cultural guerilla warfare against the elites who, according to Mr. Phillips, would “redefine the biblical family out of existence and present a dark and nefarious vision of reality to the future.”

As America becomes more and more discontent with Hollywood’s negative, monopolistic stranglehold on film and culture, the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival provides an avenue for Christians to cease cursing the darkness, and to start lighting candles.

With a grand prize of $10,000 for Best of Festival and numerous Best of Category awards, this year’s festival promises to attract even greater numbers of independent Christian filmmakers than it’s predecessor. Located in San Antonio, Texas—a beautiful city full of life, a rich heritage, and fine cuisine—the second annual San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival is sure to encourage and inspire all who attend.

For additional information regarding the SAICFF and its vision, please visit the official website. To view a short trailer submitted by a festival applicant, click here.
THE 2005 CHRISTIAN FILMMAKERS ACADEMY
This year, the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival will be holding its first-ever Christian Filmmakers Academy (CFA)—a technical boot camp for aspiring culture changers, on October 24-26.

Participants can expect to enjoy more than sixteen hours of formal classroom instruction from seasoned industry professionals, personal discussion and interaction with academy faculty and guest lecturers, and opportunity to network and build professional personal relations with like-minded individuals interested in independent Christian filmmaking.

The CFA’s target audience is aspiring filmmakers, home educators, Christian students, and industry professionals who want to broaden their grasp of diverse skills necessary for independent Christian film production. Anyone who is interested in taking back this crucial medium for Christ would benefit greatly from this opportunity.
For additional information regarding the CFA and its vision, please visit the official website.
SAICFF & CFA TO BE COVERED LIVE ON THE REBELUTION
Last November, Alex and I were privileged to attend the film festival on its maiden voyage. We were amazed at the artistry of the films presented and at the incredible balance of character and competence Vision Forum and its staff maintained. We came away thoroughly convinced of the commitment the organizers of the SAICFF have to powerful content and equally powerful aesthetics. We went to see Christian films and we saw Christian art.

For this reason Alex and I are absolutely delighted to announce that we will be returning to the beautiful city of San Antonio from October 24-29—this time with press passes to cover both the film festival and the filmmakers academy, live, on The Rebelution.

As visionaries ourselves for cultural reformation, we join the “rebels” as the battle lines are drawn. Vision Forum Ministries has targeted a strategic medium of cultural education and for this reason we applaud and support them in their vital work. We invite you, if at all possible, to join us in San Antonio later this month, to catch a vision for independent Christian filmmaking and for cultural rebelution of the silver screen.