12 March 2008

The Largest Film Cash Prize in the World

For Immediate Release
San Antonio, TX, March 10, 2008

Christian Filmmakers to Receive The Top Cash Prize in World:

The San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival to Announce $101,000 Grand Prize “Jubilee Award”

On Monday, March 10, the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (SAICFF) will unveil plans to give away the single largest first place cash prize in the world awarded by any film festival—secular or Christian.

Thanks to the generous donation of a private foundation, the cash prize payout for their annual “Best of Festival” Jubilee Award is being upped to more than $101,000, giving it the top rank for cash prizes among film festivals worldwide. In addition, it is expected that other cash, product and service related prizes will bring the total value of awards for the next SAICFF in excess of $200,000. Doug Phillips, founder of the SAICFF, will make the announcement at an official press conference to be held at 1:30pm at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

The unprecedented announcement comes during a sustained crescendo for independent Christian films. In recent years, the industry has enjoyed mainstream praise and box office success for low-budget indy films such as Facing the Giants. Privately-financed blockbusters like The Passion of the Christ have challenged the conventional wisdom on issues of marketing, distribution and ticket sales.

“Purse strings of liberal filmmakers have financed anti-Christian values and moral decadence through film for decades,” remarked Phillips. “They have had their day, and now is the time for a Christian reformation in filmmaking.”

Phillips noted, “We at the SAICFF are endeavoring to spearhead this reformation by giving the largest cash prize award in the world to our ‘Best of Festival’ Winner—to reward that filmmaker who best communicates a Christian worldview with artistic excellence through their work. Because a private foundation has chosen to invest, the future of Christian film making in America, the SAICFF is able to offer independant Christian film makers a signifigant incentive.”

“Our mission is not to infiltrate Hollywood, nor merely to temper its distasteful agenda,” Phillips said, “but to replace it altogether. We are about the business of building a replacement industry—one that is distinctively Christian in message and methodology. This world class grand prize sends a message that Christians are serious about investing in those independent Christian filmmakers who are willing to work outside of Hollywood, and to produce competitive films of technical excellence, with a presuppositionally biblical message.”

The SAICFF is also announcing the inclusion of feature films, promotional media and commercial advertisements into its line-up of Jubilee Award winning categories. For the January, 2009 ceremony, awards will be given in the following categories: Best of Film Festival; Best Documentary Short; Best Dramatic Short Film; Best Creation Film; Best Biblical Family Film; Best Promotional Media; Best Commercial Advertisement; Best Young Filmmakers Short; Best Trailer; Audience Choice Award; Best Treatment; Best Original Score (Special Award).

Since firming up plans to offer a $101,000 Grand Prize at the film festival, the SAICFF has secured festival sponsorships from the NRB Network as well as Samaritan Ministries International, and more significant sponsorships are in the works.

“We are thankful for our sponsors” Phillips stated. “And we welcome others who desire to help us spread the word about this new opportunity, as well as those who want to aid us financially in expanding this effort.”

“It does little good to complain about Hollywood’s corrupt agenda,” continued Phillips. “Our goal is to light a candle—to show that there is hope outside Hollywood by rewarding culture changers who are recapturing film for Christ’s glory.”

The San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival will hold its fifth annual festival in the Alamo City on January 8-10, 2009. The deadline for film submissions is November 1, 2008 for feature films and October 1, 2008 for all other film categories.

To learn more about the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, visit “http://www.independentchristianfilms.org.” Watch a new promotional video with additional commentary about the 2009 SAICFF.

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