Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Vision Forum 2009 Jubilee Awards

Announcing the 2009 SAICFF Award-Winners Collection

From Alaska to New York, and Cairo to Shanghai, more than 2,400 Christian families, filmmakers, culture-changers, and movie aficionados journeyed to San Antonio for the 2009 Jubilee Awards — a record attendance!

This year’s gathering marked the fifth annual San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, and, by God’s grace, featured by far the best film lineup we have seen during SAICFF’s brief history. Out of more than 250 submissions to the 2009 SAICFF, 50 finalist and semi-finalist films were selected and screened, each providing inspiration, laughter, and encouragement to the watching crowds. Christ’s name was proclaimed through film, and God was glorified by visionary filmmakers who are daring to infuse both theological and technical excellence into their craft.

Now we invite you, too, to enjoy the best of this year’s SAICFF films, and at a special savings!

From now through January 28, purchase the 2009 SAICFF Award-Winners Collection for only $94 — a 30% discount off the $139 retail price. In this all-star package, not only do you receive six wonderful family films, but you will also enjoy two outstanding audio messages: What Hollywood Teaches About Manhood, by Dr. Voddie Bauchum, and A Biblical Worldview for Film, by Doug Phillips and Geoffrey Botkin.

A fantastic collection for every Christian family!

The Jubilee for Best of Festival: ‘The Widow’s Might’

We never saw this coming! The greatest lesson we have learned at this event over the years is to press on; keep moving forward. Always pursue excellence. The production was very tough; but it brought our families together, and we’re even closer now than ever. I dedicate this award to my father, the most inspiring man I have even known.” —John Moore, Director of The Widow’s Might

The “Best of Festival” Jubilee Award — with its $101,000 cash prize — went to The Widow’s Might, a feature-length comedy adventure detailing the plight of an elderly woman in danger of losing her home to the city. In addition to earning the festival’s top honor in 2009, The Widow’s Might was runner-up for “Best Feature” and came away with the “Audience Choice Award,” receiving more than twice the votes of its closest contender.

The Jubilee for Best Feature: ‘Fireproof’

The top honor in the “Best Feature Film” category was awarded to Fireproof, a film starring Kirk Cameron that explores a firefighter’s struggle to save his failing marriage. Fireproof — which was written, produced, and directed by Alex and Stephen Kendrick of Sherwood Pictures — was the highest-grossing independent film of 2008, earning more than $33 million at the box office. Fireproof also received SAICFF’s runner-up nod for “Best of Festival.”

Stephen Kendrick, who was at this year’s SAICFF and received Fireproof’s award, noted, “Sherwood Pictures is thrilled that Fireproof has won ‘Best Feature’ at a film festival that not only seeks to honor the pursuit of high production values, but also morally responsible filmmaking.”

The Jubilee for Best Documentary: ‘The Terri Schiavo Story

The Terri Schiavo Story, a two-part television series that follows the Schindler family’s long and highly emotional struggle to save their daughter’s life, received the “Best Documentary” Award. Their struggle came under the harsh glare of a worldwide media spotlight, the U.S. Congress and the office of the President of the United States. The final outcome leaves us with difficult questions about critical ethical issues. The film, hosted by Joni Eareckson Tada, was directed and produced by Ken Carpenter of Franklin Films.

The Jubilee for Best Biblical Family Film: ‘Binding Faith

The “Best Biblical Family” Award went to Binding Faith, a documentary that chronicles the persecution that Christian missionary and minister, Dr. Ajai Lall, encountered when he sought to share his faith in northern India. Upon his arrival in Rajpura, Punjab, he is met with violent opposition from local religious extremists. Fearing a pending riot, the police chief forbids Ajai from preaching in the city. Not willing to be deterred, the ruling is challenged. The only way Ajai will be allowed to preach is if he first signs a contract stating if there is any disturbance among the crowd, the police will have the right to shoot him at sight. An inspiring and insightful look into life for our Christian brethren in India.

The Jubilee for Best Creation Film: ‘Noah’s Ark: Thinking Outside the Box

Noah’ s Ark: Thinking Outside the Box — a film featuring Ark specialist Tim Lovett — took top honors in the “Best Creation” category. The film, produced by Answers in Genesis, applies new research to the contours of the Ark while maintaining an unwavering commitment to the Word of God. Dale Mason, publisher of Answers magazine and Vice President of Communications Division for AiG, commented:

On behalf of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, we are so very thankful for the vote of confidence that this Jubilee Award represents. Even more than that, we are humbled to be part of what God is doing to propagate the truth of Creation, especially to homeschool families.

The Jubilee for Best Dramatic Short: ‘The Prodigal Trilogy

“Best Dramatic Short” was awarded to The Prodigal Trilogy, a cinematic adaptation of acclaimed solo performer Jason Hildebrand’s monologues based on the Luke 15 parables of Jesus. Hildebrand powerfully portrays each of the stories’ characters in this short film in three acts.

Part of the inspiration for these acts came from a song by Christian musician Keith Green called “The Prodigal Son Suite”, a painting by Rembrandt entitled, The Return of the Prodigal Son, and a book inspired by the same painting, also called The Return of the Prodigal Son.

Two Feature Messages from the 2009 SAICFF & CFA

What Hollywood Teaches About Manhood, by Dr. Voddie Baucham, and A Biblical Worldview for Film, by Doug Phillips and Geoffrey Botkin, provide families with helpful worldview context for the 2009 SAICFF Award-Winners Collection. Together, these messages reveal the power that film has for good and for evil in our culture, helping both movie-watchers and filmmakers self-consciously utilize this important art for God’s glory rather than man’s destruction.

Due to limited stock, this special collection price is available only while supplies last. Sale ends at midnight on January 28, 2009 (CST), and is not applicable to phone and mail orders.

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