By Indiewire | Indiewire November 9, 2004 at 2:00AM
Christian Film Fest Gets Texas Governor's Blessing
by Eugene Hernandez
Texas Governor Rick Perry has signed on to support the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, launching this week in San Antonio, TX (November 11-13). The inaugural event, comprised of a program of short films, is aimed at fostering filmmaking among people of faith and countering images from Hollywood.
At the festival's Jubilee awards a first prize of $10,000 will be awarded. Twenty narrative films and eight documentaries are in competition, while two special sections are set for this year's event: four films are screening in the Political section and six are showing in the Creation section.
"The fact is that America is discontent with Hollywood's negative, monopolistic stranglehold on film and culture," stated Doug Phillips of Vision Forum Ministries, which founded the event. "The humanistic religious worldview of Hollywood elites and their intense hatred for Christianity and the value system which it embodies has created a rift in American culture and profoundly damaged the American family."
Continuing in a statement, Phillips said, "We intend to respond, not by cursing the darkness, but by lighting candles. Building a community of independent Christian filmmakers is one such candle."
Festival films will be judged using a criteria that includes a project's "sound biblical worldview," its theological accuracy, the quality of the project, production values and the "holiness in presentation."
[ For more information, please visit: http://www.independentchristianfilms.com. ]