March 23, 2009: On Friday, April 10, 2009 Christian filmmakers around the world will
begin producing a three-minute story on video. 36-hours later they will upload their video
to YouTube. Entries will be judged on Story, Cinematography, Sound, Performance and
Editing. The winner gets $500.
Nathaniel Bluedorn, administrator of Christian Filmmakers explains, “Our goals with
this contest are to (1) have fun, (2) showcase the stories Christians are telling today and
(3) connect filmmakers. Christian Filmmakers.org is a growing network of faith-based
filmmakers. We started in 2007 and we have more than 1100 members now. We’re doing
this contest to help build connections between Christian screenwriters and actors and
directors – all types of film professionals – around the world.”
The competition will begin at noon on April 10 with the publication of a list of seven
“security elements,” three of which must be included in every film submission. This will
verify that the film was produced within the 36-hour time limit. More details on the
competition, including a complete list of the official rules, can be found here.
Christian Filmmakers.org is the outgrowth of a Google Group which was originally
conceived as a means for maintaining contact among alumni of the 2005 San Antonio
Independent Christian Film Festival. Launched on August 22, 2007, Christian
Filmmakers.org has rapidly grown to include 1100 members at the time of this writing.
The site is focused on facilitating discussion and building relationships between Christian
filmmakers without excluding anyone on the basis of gender, race, or denomination.