Filmmakers often ask me about various film festivals, whether or not they should enter and whether or not they should attend.  After this weekend I can now tell people wholeheartedly that Kindgomwood is not only a good festival to enter, but a great one to attend.

Audrey Thomas, festival director.
Audrey Thomas, festival director.

The festivities began on Thursday but we didn’t arrive until Saturday afternoon. From the moment we arrived at the beautiful Embassy Suites in Buckhead, Georgia, we could tell that the festival was well run and that people were enjoying themselves. Audrey Thomas and her team of volunteers did a fabulous job of keeping things running smoothly and allowing everyone plenty of time to mingle and get to know each other.

We kicked off our festival experience with a panel discussion on music in film.

Next on the agenda was my workshop on Making Microbudget Movies Look Like a Million Bucks. We had a slight technical issue due to my computer and the projector not being compatible, but we made the most of it and I think had a great discussion on how Casting, Color, Costume, Composition, and Creativity can affect the finished look of your films.

Sunday kicked off with one of the most amazing sermons I’ve ever heard in my life. (And I’m not exaggerating!) Andy Turner spoke on the significance of the white stone to the early Christians. It was nothing i had ever heard before, but oh, so powerful. And to top it all off, after the closing prayer,

Spark TV interviewed the filmmakers, speakers, and panelists
Spark TV interviewed the filmmakers, speakers, and panelists

The awards ceremony followed the worship service. The winners were: People’s Choice – Broken Matters, Mini Film bronze – Confidence, Mini Film silver – House Mother, Mini Film gold – Elegy, Short Film bronze – The Deceived, Short Film silver – Forward Until Found, Short film gold – Sarah’s Friend, Feature Film bronze – Adrenaline, Feature Film silver – Switching Lanes, Feature Film gold – Conflict of Interest, Documentaries bronze – Sunshine Noodles & Me, Documentaries silver – Making a Connection, Documentaries gold – Kolor Struck, Red Carpet Gold – Caged No More.

The celebrity panel included a star studded panel sharing their unique stories of the industry and their role as Christians in film.

Andy Turner hosts the celebrity panel
Andy Turner hosts the celebrity panel
Shannen Fields, Francine Locke, and Rebekah Cook were three of the celebrity actresses.
Shannen Fields, Francine Locke, and Rebekah Cook were three of the celebrity actresses.

Fred and I  unexpectedly found ourselves part of panel. One of the panelists for the Atlanta Faith in Film  Breakfast panel was unable to come so Audrey asked us to join Francine Locke and Michael Young. So they shared about the newly formed Atlanta group and Fred and I shared about the Nashville group.

Our final event of the day was the distribution panel and expo where we got learn more about submitting to gmovies, Parables, and Aspire.

A highlight for me was sweet Tiffany Roberts who introduced the various speakers and panelists and who worked so hard trying to get everyone everything they needed.

Francine Locke and Parables TV VP Isaac Hernendez
Francine Locke and Parables TV VP Isaac Hernendez
With actress Shannen Fields and actor Omar Lagudali.
With actress Shannen Fields and actor Omar Lagudali.
Gail Metzbower from Atlanta Life Radio
Gail Metzbower from Atlanta Life Radio
Actress Rebekah Cook and Cathy Runyan-Svacina, president at Right Brain Publishing
Actress Rebekah Cook and Cathy Runyan-Svacina, president at Right Brain Publishing

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