Film Festival

FilmFest

God works in many places and in many ways.

The FilmFest is your chance to see what God’s way looks like in other people’s journey.

  • Discover a world that is not your own.
  • Learn about other cultures and areas of Global need.
  • Celebrate the artistry and talent that God has given Christian artists.

The FilmFest is held in Room 211 (a 320-seat venue) at the Vancouver Convention Centre WEST, and features multiple programs, including short and full length films.   – LOCATION

Admission Fee

Weekend Passes (admission to all screenings) are $15.00, Single Screenings are $5.00.

 

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Friday, January 29th

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    8:50 PM
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THE SEREER: DESPERATELY TRYING TO PLEASE GOD

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(70 min) – The people of the Sereer tribe in Senegal, West Africa, live in an ancient culture that was historically steeped in animism, voodoo, and spirit worship. In the past two centuries modern Islam has taken a stronghold here. Life here is difficult, with little opportunity to learn or grow…

Explore the culture, the lifestyle, and the beliefs of the Sereer tribe in Senegal, West Africa.  See how the gospel of Christ is transforming lives!
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Documentary  (Senegal, West Africa, 2014)
Producer / Director: Ken Beale, SailWind, Inc.
Writer: Ken Beale
Director of Photography: Shane McMullin
Original Score: Brett Ensley
Talkback guest: Ken Beale

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Saturday, January 30th

 

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    11:00 AM
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OPEN: MIND, EYES, HEART

 

Open04 - rose - 145(89 min) –  A journey of compassion to apartheid South Africa reveals reasons for an aspiring multidisciplinary artist’s deep-rooted fear of rejection. Upon returning to Canada, John finds out his mother took morning-after pills around the time of his conception.

This personal narrative, produced over ten years together with his wife Gaetanne, includes John’s original music and spoken word, and takes an eye-opening glimpse into his relentless, twenty-year journey through the abortion debate.
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Documentary  (Canada, US, South Africa, 2015)
Producers / Writers: John & Gaetanne Hetherington
Original Score: John Hetherington
Talkback guests: John & Gaetanne Hetherington
Word of Mouth Arts Network

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    1:00 PM
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POLYCARP

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(94 min) –  Inspired by the true story of Polycarp.

A young slave girl, Anna, is rescued and adopted by Christians in 2nd Century Smyrna and befriended by their aged bishop, Polycarp. As Anna is taught by Polycarp and her new family, she struggles to reconcile her beliefs with those of the Christians. When the Roman proconsul demands that all citizens worship Caesar to show their allegiance to Rome, Polycarp and the Christians must find courage to stand for their faith against the growing threat of persecution. Anna is forced to come to grips with the truth and choose whom she is willing to live and die for.
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Period drama  (2015)
Producer: Scott Eash
Director & Co-Producer: Joe Henline
Writer & Co-Producer: Jerica Henline

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    3:00 PM
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BETWEEN A SHOE AND THE ROOF

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(64 min) - Journey with an international team of Regent College students and Professor Diane Stinton to Nairobi, Kenya, to explore one pressing question: “How do we live in that challenging place where the gospel and culture meet?”

This film offers a glimpse into how the one gospel of Jesus Christ has many different cultural expressions throughout the world, and what we can learn from interacting with Christians in other regions of the global Church.
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Documentary   (Nairobi, Vancouver, 2015)
Executive Producers:  Jeffrey Greenman, Diane Stinton
Producers:  Theran Knighton-Fitt, Melanie Brown
Writer / Director:  Theran Knighton-Fitt
Talkback guest:  Diane Stinton
Video guest:  Theran Knighton Fitt
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Preceded by:  SOMETHING NEW

something new - 145(6 min) - Dineke is living in a new world, vastly different from her homeland in the Netherlands.  She and husband Klaas are right in the thick of it, learning a new language and culture.  This life can be daunting.  In Something New, Dineke shares her fresh perspective, just three months into their incredible venture in South Asia.
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Documentary  (South Asia, 2013)
Executive Producers:  Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada
Producer / Director:  Chris Coffyn
Talkback guest:  Chris Coffyn

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    5:00 PM
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BELIEVE ME

 

Believe_Me 145(93 min) – Meet Sam: Bible preacher; con artist. This comedy-drama involves the desperate shenanigans of four college seniors who decide to start a fake Christian charity with the intention of using the money to pay their tuitions.

Convincing his three roommates they can make a killing exploiting the gullible church crowd, the guys begin campaigning across the country, raising funds for a cause as fake as their message.

“It’s only a sin if you get caught,” reads the tagline on the official website for “Believe Me”.
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Comedy, Drama  (USA, 2014)
Executive Producer:  Lascaux Films
Producer:  Alex Carrol, Riot Studios
Director:  Will Bakke
Writers:  Michael B. Allen, Will Bakke

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HOOVEY

H poster CR 145(92 min) – Watch the inspiring and true story of a Midwestern basketball family that, with God’s help, stayed in the game and won.

When promising high school basketball player Eric “Hoovey” Elliott collapses on the court, doctors discover a life-threatening brain tumor. Hoovey will survive the high-risk surgery, but at what cost?

HOOVEY is inspired by the true story of an amazing family’s real-life rebound, based on the book, “Rebounding From Death’s Door”, written by Jeff Elliott.
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Drama  (USA 2015)
Producers:  Echolight Cinemas
Director: Sean McNamara
Writer: Howard Klausner
Talkback guest:  Sean McNamara

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Sunday, January 31st

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    12:30 PM
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A selection of short films

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JOURNEY TO REDEMPTION

(37 min) –  Join a group of courageous, spirit-led Turks and Armenians on “A Journey of Redemption” through Pasadena, Istanbul, Malatya, and Elazig. Witness firsthand their unfolding story of reconciliation, now, at the 100-year remembrance of the 1915 Armenian massacres in Turkey.
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(MB Mission; Turkey, Armenia, 2015)
In attendance:  Mark Klassen & two members of the cast (one prominent Turkish church leader, one Armenian church leader)

 

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(4 min) – How reclaiming broken pieces of pottery teach a story that we all are in need of restoration.
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(Diaconal Ministries Canada; Vancouver, 2016)
Filmmaker: Clint Henry Bargen
Talkback guest:  Clint Bargen

 

BadLegs - 145BAD LEGS:  ELINOR, A MISSIONARY STORY

(23 min) –  Experience Elinor Young’s story and God’s love to a people half a world away. Elinor almost died from polio when she was five, and answered God’s call to serve as a missionary. When she first heard God’s whisper about being a missionary, the idea seemed impossible because her body was profoundly weakened.. But Elinor persisted, believing God would make a way for her to follow his call.

In 1973 Elinor arrived in mountainous Korupun to begin work with the Kimyal tribe. Elinor focused on linguistic and translation work, along with providing medical and many other kinds of care.
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(World Team; Papua, Indonesia, 2016)
Produced and Filmed by Dianne Becker
Talkback guest: Diane Becker

 

poor wise man poster - 145 pxPOOR WISE MAN

(45 min) -  “By His poverty you have become rich.”

Poor Wise Man is God’s incredible story of bringing to light the challenges and joys associated with discipleship in the global slums these past 40 years.

With training in community organization and urban anthropology, Viv Grigg is Associate Professor directing the International MA in Transformational Urban Leadership at Azusa Pacific University. This is a creative program where students live for two years first in LA then in the slums.
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(USA, 2016)
Director: David Stewart
Narrator: Floyd Grunau
Talkback guest: Trevor Hewer (film composer)  &  David Stewart (director)

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Film Festival Associated & Arts Related Seminars

Friday, January 30

  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm

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Open: Mind, Eyes, Heart
“, with John & Gaetanne Hetherington  (Room 4)

Open your mind, eyes, and heart on abortion to promote forgiveness, healing and freedom in Christ with filmmakers John and Gaetanne Hetherington.

 

Saturday, January 31

  • 3:30pm – 6:30pm

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I AM FILMMAKER: Tell a Better Story“, with facilitators Charlotte Gentis Meeres, Tim Hall, Phil Hood, & Greg Meeres  (Room 18)

Raise Awareness and Inspire Change by learning to tell better stories.  This learn-by-doing workshop teaches you the basics of story structure, sequence, and techniques for capturing the best shot.  Join industry professionals for an interactive seminar, followed by a hands-on filmmaking project.

*Please note: Video editing will not be part of this workshop.

 

All Seminars are located at the Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place.

NOTE: Admission to Seminars is FREE.

 

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Submission Process

Stay tuned for the 2017 FilmFest submission information.

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