I believe celebrating Christian arts is important. Therefore, I will take the time to really dive into the winners, because these folks deserve to shine AND you should purchase, rent and share the good news of people in the arts who are sharing the good news.
Focusing on the theme of “Difference,” the July 11-14 conference brought top Christian media professionals in communications and the arts to Nashville for four days of networking, training, mutual encouragement and fellowship. The annual conference attracts producers, writers, actors, marketers, social media experts and distributors of Christian and family content for film and television.
The event is capped each year with the Gold Awards presentation. The awards drew nearly 70 entries in a wide variety of film, video and television formats.
The Crown Awards are designed to recognize excellence in production and content of films and videos that are created to reflect Christian values in a secular world.
The 2018 Bronze honorees are as follows:
BEST PICTURE: Any film can be nominated for this category – regardless of the genre. This is simply the one film considered to be the best all-around production of the year.
- THE WINNER: ‘Tortured For Christ’
Tortured for Christ, is a cinematic retelling of the testimony of Voices Of The Martyrs founder, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand as written in his international bestseller Tortured for Christ. This movie was produced to honor the 50th anniversary of the book’s 1967 release.
Filmed entirely in Romania, including in the very prison where Pastor Wurmbrand endured torture and solitary confinement, this powerful film uniquely presents the story with live action rather than interviews. The dialogue is presented in English, Romanian and Russian (with English subtitles) to hold to the authenticity of this true story.
Watch the moving trailer:
Tortured for Christ – Trailer #1 from The Voice of the Martyrs on Vimeo.
BEST EVANGELISTIC FILM- This category is looking for the film that best conveys the pure message of the gospel to a non-believer. It can take any form, but what is important is how effectively it communicates the good news.
- The Winner : ‘Run The Race’
Tanner Stine, is a star high school running back with big plans on earning a scholarship to help him and his brother Dave escape their small town and their alcoholic father who abandoned them when their mother died. A busted knee threatens Zach’s dreams of a full-ride to college. Evan Hofer, was the team’s quarterback, but had to leave the sport after a hit to the head the previous season resulted in seizures. He later joins the high school track team with his own hopes of a college scholarship.
Along the way, Dave holds on to their mother’s faith with the help of the brothers’ godmother.
This film was also the Bronze Winner in the Best Drama Over 250K
This category is the same as best drama under two hundred fifty, but is limited to those that cost more than two hundred fifty thousand dollars.
BEST DRAMA UNDER $250,000 – This category focuses on the best drama under two hundred fifty thousand goes to a dramatic film that does the finest job of telling a story – both in quality and execution.
- THE WINNER: ‘Redemption Way’
Jenny Paine is a hospice nurse who feels it is her mission to safely deliver souls into the next life. However, when her childhood friend Autumn is put on hospice, Jenny’s attempts at sharing her Christian faith are angrily rejected. Feelings of helplessness extend to other areas of Jenny’s life as well. She longs for children, but her husband doesn’t feel ready financially, and Jenny’s chance for a promotion at work is being sabotaged by a scheming co-worker. With time running out, Jenny must place her faith in God by making a life-changing sacrifice.
Take a look:
BEST TELEVISION FORMAT– The program has to be broadcast at a minimum of 3 regional broadcasters or 1 National broadcaster. A television format can be of any kind: music show, drama, talk show, reality, kids or youth program. Length should be from 20 to 50 minutes.
- WINNER: Torchlighters: THE ADONIRAM & ANN JUDSON STORY
Adoniram Judson and his wife Ann were the first missionaries from the United States. The young couple set out for Burma where they worked to reach souls in a land where professing Christ would mean certain death. When religious leaders falsely accused Adoniram of spying, Burma’s ruthless king threw him into prison, leaving Ann and her unborn child to struggle alone. Will Adoniram escape death and reunite with his wife and child? Will their Bible translation, the only one of its kind, be lost forever
Watch the trailer:
BEST SERIES- This category can be any genre – whether for children, youth or adults. The voting is all about how well each episode is produced and appears to fit together as a whole. Submissions must be accompanied by promotional literature outlining the series. When a title is nominated for Best Series, only one episode from the series need be sent. This entry should be the one that you feel best exemplifies the content of the series.
- WINNER: THE ANIMATED BIBLE SERIES, EPISODE 1 – THE CREATION
Presenting the most beloved stories from the Old Testament for children. They will learn important values such as honesty, love, compassion and the power of prayer. The series was also the bronze winner for ‘Best Youth Film’.
BEST SHORT FILM This category focuses on the best short film reflecting a Christian world-view. Production must be twenty (20) minutes or less.
- WINNER: CREATED AND REDEEMED
Here is your look at this winner!
BEST CURRICULUM – Best curriculum is determined by how well the production manages to create interesting subject matter and stimulate thought and interaction. This is for products that are designed to teach people, whether a single title or a series. It must be accompanied by printed discussion or interactive materials, and will be judged on the merits of that material as well as the video.
- Bronze Winner was ‘I CAN ONLY IMAGINE – THE STUDY’
BEST COMEDY-Best comedy can be either a stand-up act that has been filmed, a comedy drama or even a documentary if it deals within the realm of aiming at the lighter side of life.
- Bronze Winner was ‘BOB SMILEY: BREAKING BOB’
Watch this snippet and laugh out loud.
BEST MUSIC VIDEO This category covers either the short music video or a music concert or inspirational production. Music must be the primary focus of the production.
It’s well deserved. The clip will lift you.
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