International Christian Film Festival by Brianna Hope Beaton

This past weekend The Good Book movie screened at International Christian Film Festival in Orlando. We’re in the middle of filming Providence so we weren’t able to attend, but Jenn Gotzon was there to represent the movie and accept our award for Most Uplifing feature film. Providence actress Brianna Hope Beaton who was working at the festival has written a guest blog about her experience at the festival.  


Running for its 3rd year, the International Christian Film Festival (ICFF) is a place where Christian films of all kinds have a chance to be showcased in front of many people. James Sang Lee, Rich Peluso, Nathan Aston, and David Austin are just a few of the amazing people that spoke at the ICFF. The 2015 nominee selections included 22 feature films, 21 short films, 17 Documentaries, 8 Music Videos, and 5 Scripts/Treatments. With a total of around 73 nominated films the ICFF had a broad range of movies that you were sure to enjoy. On the 23rd the meet & greet was a great place to meet other people that shared the same love for film. Stephen Baldwin also made an appearance at the festival, representing the film The UnMiracle. Ernie Hudson of Gallows Road attended and was able to make some interviews.


This year’s festival was very informational and eye opening at the fact that the Christian film industry is much bigger than you think. I thoroughly enjoyed myself during the entire 3 day event. I met so many great people from all our country, learned some interesting things and even was one of the presenters of an award. There were so many great aspects of this festival, but one that stood out to me was the award ceremony. This was my very first experience at a ceremony and I was in awe of all the great talent assembled in one place. There were so many people sharing their advice and wisdom for the glory of God. I’m excited that The Good Book won for best uplifting and inspirational documentary. I was especially thrilled and happy that I was able to meet Jennifer Gotzon of the film The Good Book and Lanny Smith of the film Providence. The workshops and demonstrations were exciting and everyone absolutely loved them.

Even thou I didn’t get a chance to see a lot of the films, the ones I saw were amazing and had great storylines with meaningful messages. This year’s event was truly a success. I’m already looking forward to next year. Thank you 24Flix for the opportunity to participate, thank you to all the Sponsors and most importantly, thank you God.


Author: Sharon Wilharm

Sharon Wilharm is a female filmmaker, blogger, and speaker with over a decade of industry experience. She and her husband, Fred, have produced seven feature films, including SUMMER OF '67, PROVIDENCE, and THE GOOD BOOK. Their movies have screened in theaters, festivals, and churches around the globe as well as multiple television networks. They've accumulated dozens of festival accolades including many Best of Fest awards and 4 ICVM Crown Awards. Sharon is passionate about visual storytelling, branding, and marketing and would love to speak at your upcoming event.

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