What a pleasure to have attended the 2015 International Christian Film Festival (ICFF) last month in Orlando. My young colleague Brianna Beaton and I had our hands full trying to cover all the wonderful activities!
The festival, held at the Orlando Crowne Plaza Resort, attracted widespread attention. I was impressed by the number of high-quality film submissions, the workshops, the participants themselves and the special guests. I saw a few old friends—and met some new friends too!
Some of the highlights of the festival for me included: gaining valuable insights from an amazing actress, Jenn Gotzon (God’s Country; Doonby; The Good Book); reconnecting with producer Del Baron and director Joseph Simpkins of the film, “Adrenaline”; hearing actor Ernie Hudson (Congo; Ghostbusters; Gallows Road) share a few of his experiences; meeting Garry Nation (the “Best Actor” from the film “Polycarp”) and drawing inspiration again from Sharon and Fred Wilharm’s film, “The Good Book” (which shouldn’t be a surprise since it was voted the “Most Uplifting” film at the festival).
I also visited with ICFF emcee Rosy Pizarro, Gideon actress/teacher Lynda Stein and Truth Television’s Jonathan Matamoros; and I reunited with Lola and Byron Jones of CMD Distribution. Finally, I got up close and personal with “the radical ride” itself, the Plymouth Barracuda (sorry—couldn’t resist the reference) used in the film, “Adrenaline.” I almost expected to see actor John Schneider emerge from the vehicle—but I’m sure that will happen next year!
Special thanks should be extended to the sponsors too: Affirm Films, Reel Kasting, Sony Pictures, Dragon Fly, Bridgestone Multimedia Group and 24 FLIX. Everyone who attended, presented and entered their films in this festival is an artist in the highest sense of the word! (Follow this link for the list of the winners: http://www.internationalcff.com/2015-winners.html)
In closing, this terrific, annual event is still in its infancy. I wonder what we might expect next year? I thoroughly enjoyed this event and I’ve reserved my tickets for the 2016 International Christian Film Festival. Have you?