This weekend we were honored to attend the first annual AFA Truth Awards held in Knoxville, Tennessee. Fellow filmmaker Daryl Hall (Fat Boys, The Lion) coordinated the event in order to provide encouragement to Christian filmmakers. The Good Book was up for a number of awards so we took a break from filming Providence in order to attend.

Pastor Ryan Silwoski opened the evening in prayer.

We honestly had no idea what to expect. We figured with it being the first year, that it would be small since it always takes awhile for these kinds of events to catch on. We knew that we would see a few familiar faces and that there would be food afterwards. What we didn’t expect was how beautifully run the event was nor what a warm and friendly environment it turned out to be. Trophies and awards took a back seat as old friends reunited and new friendships formed. Throughout the evening filmmakers and actors fellowshipped together, encouraging each other, and sharing stories and advice. We also swapped dvds so that everyone could go home and watch each other’s movies. Now I can’t wait until we have time to watch all these movies!

The evening included fabulous entertainment  with original songs as well as praise and worship.
The evening included fabulous entertainment with original songs as well as praise and worship.
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First time filmmaker Cynthia L. Leon and her amazing team spent two years trying to get The Basement the very best they could get it. The judges definitely liked the finished product and I can’t wait to see it.
Actress Courtney Lee Simpson was actually double nominated for her roles in Fat Boys as well as Gramps Goes to College. She won Best Actress for her great performance in Fat Boys.
Actress Courtney Lee Simpson was actually double nominated for her roles in Fat Boys as well as Gramps Goes to College. She won Best Actress for her great performance in Fat Boys.
New friends that we got to know included David and Katie Vandergriff.
New friends that we got to know included David and Katie Vandergriff.
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We were honored to receive awards for Pastor’s Choice, Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score, and Best Film.
Many thanks to Daryl Hall for putting together a fabulous evening honoring Christian filmmaking.
Many thanks to Daryl Hall for putting together a fabulous evening honoring Christian filmmaking.

Here’s the complete list of award winners for this year.

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