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168 Film Festival Narrowing Christian Contenders for Grand Prize


By Jeremy Reynalds, ASSIST News Service, July 1, 2013

168 Film Festival Narrowing Contenders in the Hunt for the Grand Prize of a Feature Film Budget Up to $1 million
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LOS ANGELES, CA. (ANS) – Twenty-two short narrative films out of 152 submissions to the 11th annual 168 Film Project have so far been named finalists, eligible for the grand prize of a feature film budget up to $1 million.

According to a news release made available to the ASSIST News Service, in the 168 Film Project film makers got seven days-168 hours- to shoot and edit a 10 minute or less short film based on Scripture.

168 Film Project Director John David Ware said the prize comes from presenting sponsor EchoLight Studios.

The news release said names of the remaining winners for the 168 Film Festival will be posted soon at the project’s web site. While those movies will be screened, their makers will not be eligible for the reward. Screening schedules and nominations will be announced after July 4th.

“We congratulate our film makers who took the challenge and got it done in 168 hours,” said Ware speaking in the news release.

He added, “With the massive increase in talent and skill, absolutely every film is a must see.”

What is the 168 Film Project?


168 Film Project Director
John David Ware

So what is the 168 Film Project? According to an email to the ASSIST News Service from Ware, it is a Christian film making/writing competition that appeals to Christian film makers because of its opportunity, professionalism and faithfulness to the Bible.

Ware said, “We focus on the Word and how we treat each other in making films. We hope to enable film makers to become mature believers who make God honoring, excellent films of all types. If writers are told that it’s okay to write overt, fresh, authentic Christian characters, then these real portrayals will begin to replace one-dimensional Christian caricatures in our culture.”

168 Project Beginnings

The 168 Film Project had humble beginnings. According to Ware, back in 2003, he and a group of film makers which he led decided to create a faith-based, speed-production contest.

According to Ware, “Too many film makers kept saying ‘I’m gonna,’ which only works for so long. After that you become the boy who cried wolf. We wanted to let them put their money where their mouth was.”

Ware continued having meetings and spreading the word about what the group was doing. Word spread to film makers.

Ware said 13 films were made the first year and premiered to a standing-room-only crowd. The next year, he said, there were 53 films, “and it was recognized as a place to get started as a film maker of faith.” In eleven years, nearly 750 films have been created.

The 168 Film Festival will take place in Glendale at the Performing Arts Center, 1440 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA on Aug. 8-10.

The Sat. Aug. 10 awards show will include the grand prize presentation.

Festival tickets range from $15 to $59 for a VIP Pass. Student and senior discounts are available. Parental discretion is suggested for children 12 and under.

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Jeremy Reynalds is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, a freelance writer and also the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, He has a master’s degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His newest book is “A Sheltered Life.”Additional details on “A Sheltered Life” are available at Reynalds lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds

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