168 - A Christian Film Festival With Wide Audiences



God may have rested on the seventh day after a stunning six days of creativity, but for the team of filmmakers and writers participating in the 168 Film Project there is no rest. 


John David Ware of the 168 Film Festival

Thirteen years ago John Ware, the coordinator of the 168 Film Festival,  was disgusted with the morality of the movies being shown to the public. There were not enough uplifting, inspirational films with good moral values.  He wanted something that would teach Christian values while entertaining.  "I wanted to do something more serious where people could hon their craft."  Highlighting the power of story to change culture, the festival showcases filmmakers from around the world. 


The contestants are given 10 days pre-production time and 168 hours to shoot and edit their short film.  Each movie can only be 11 minutes long and is based on a Bible verse that the producer draws from a bowl.   Many of the filmmakers have been discovered through the 168  and gone on to bigger and better careers in the industry, but always keeping their roots in mind.  "We hope to change the message of Hollywood," says John David Ware. 


A Film Festival With Christian Morals

The festival, this year, takes on extra importance due to the popularity of Christian films as "God's Not Dead," "Heaven Is For Real,"  "Son of God," and "Noah."


For this year's event being held at the Aratani Japanese Theatre in Downtown L.A., located at 244 S. San Pedro Street takes place on Friday, September 12, and Saturday, September 13, 2014.  From 3-4 pm will be the "Pastors and Producers Media Forum" where Southern California pastors  together with Hollywood leaders discuss "Capitalizing On The Year of Christian Film."   The red carpet starts at 5:30 pm with the awards show starting at 7:30 pm. 


Special programming for kids on Saturday includes "168KIDS!" where children from 5-15 get to walk the red carpet and mingle with celebrities as Carmina Garay, Nay Nay Kirby, Noah Dahl, Mandalynn Carlson, Kiana Lyz Rivera and Tara-Nicole Azarian. 


Presenters for this year include four-time Emmy Award winner, Michael Learned, who starred as Olivia Walton on the 1970's show "The Waltons" and Nurse Mary Benjamin on the 1982 series "Nurse." In addition to being a presenter, she is up for two Best Supporting Actress awards.  The comedies are "Unplugged" produced by James Runcorn and directed by Craig Anderson and "The Parcel" produced by April Manor and directed by Liz Hewes


Presented from the 168 Film Festival


 Other presenters include Nathan Kress of iCarly and Into the Storm, Vincent Irizarry from All My Children, Max Gail of Barney Miller, Sean McNamara who was writer/director of Soul Surfer, Melissa Biggs from Baywatch, Allie McCulloch of Homeland, Kim Estes seen in Law &Order, Melissa Disney of Superman and Unbound, and Bryan E. Miller, a film composer known for America, American Idol, and Dancing With The Stars. 


Winners of the showcase earn top honors as well as $25,000 in cash and prizes.


For more information call 818 557 8507.  For the full schedule of both days visit the 168film festival on line. 

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