Film Festival


For submissions to the Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2015 Missions Fest Vancouver Film Festival (Early Bird Deadline June 30th, Regular Deadline July 31st, Late Deadline Aug. 31st), please e-mail films [at] and request submission instructions.

See last year’s films below…

5th Annual Film Festival

2014 Film Fest Films:

2014undauntedPoster_Ver28:50 pm Friday, January 24 (additional showing of Undaunted on Sunday)

Docudrama (USA, 68 min)
Moonlit Pictures
Josh McDowell  – in attendance to introduce film
Produced by Douglas Maddox
Written & Directed by Cristobal Krusen
Director of Photography: Rich Brauer
Starring: Dale Hall and Allen Williamson (as Josh)

In October 2011, well-known speaker and author of books such as EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT and MORE THAN A CARPENTER, Josh McDowell, celebrated 50 years in ministry. UNDAUNTED is a story of hope, forgiveness and abundant grace. This is Josh’s story of growing up in a dysfunctional family with an alcoholic, violent father and a sexually abusive caregiver that left him with a lifetime of scars, until God’s overwhelming love touched him and he came to face a life-changing Truth. |

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1/163,000,000 - CANADIAN PREMIERE – Friday night only

Promotional Video – Back2Back Ministries (Monterrey, Mexico, 13.11 minutes)
Producers:  Chloe Cucinotta, Beth Guckenberger, Rob Hall, Brian Steege
Director:  Brian Steege
Editor:  Tate Webb
Director of Photography : Brian Steege
Featuring Shannen Brown, Beth Guckenberger
In attendance to introduce the film:  Beth Guckenberger

1/163,000,000 is the story of Shannen Brown, a nineteen-year-old young woman orphaned as a little girl. From a challenging beginning to spiritual transformation, the film tells of the universal physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges that Shannen and those like her face every day. Filmed from the perspective of Shannen herself, as well as from those who continue to be committed to her development as much now as they were from the very moment she was dropped off at a children’s home in Monterrey, Mexico. Prolonged engagement in the field, extensive interviews, and rigorous post-production – including an original score – create a piece that is documentary in style but filled with emotion usually reserved for dramatic films.  |  |  |

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2014YummoComesHome_sml11:00 am Saturday, January 25
Documentary shorts (Canada, 93 minutes)
Filmmakers:  Nathan P. Clarke, Jef Gibbons, David Manzke, Youth of Ucluelet First Nation (aided by I AM FILMMAKER), Lisa Jackson, Mike Hawley & Darcy Van Poelgeest,Trevor Meier – in attendance

Intersect Culture introduced by:  Mark Buchanan

This program contains 6 short documentary films and 1 music video featuring local filmmakers who share the experience of faith, the Church, First Nations culture, pain and reconciliation.

INTERSECT CULTURE WHERE FAITH AND CULTURE MEET includes interviews with Tal James, College Staff, North American indigenous Ministries of the Coast Salish Tribal Nation, Mark Buchanan, former pastor of New Life Community Baptist Church in Duncan, BC, Graham Bruce, former BC Minister of Labour and, Wes Modeste Cowichan Tribes councillor & elder historian.  Issues of reconciliation and the third world conditions in the Cowichan Valley are addressed.  YUMMO COMES HOME is the story of an Okanogan/Thompson Aboriginal man, Isadore Charters (Yummo), who revisits the Kamloops B.C. Residential School building where he was hurt to reclaim and bring back home his boyhood innocence and confidence.  The son of a settler immigrant, Don Klaassen, portrays the sentiments of the surprised descendants of the immigrant settlers who are discovering this unhappy portion of Canadian history. The two men demonstrate what it means to experience reconciliation and take bold steps to shape a hopeful future.  Inspired by the September 2013 Truth and Reconciliation Commission proceedings held in Vancouver, SPIRIT OF THE LANGUAGE explores the significance of lost Aboriginal languages.  This film was made by David Manzke during his time as a student in the Kaleidoscope filmmaking program.  Rev. Mary Fontaine (Cree Mistawasis First Nations, Saskatchewan) Minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and Founder & Director of Hummingbird Ministries and Ruth Adams, Tsawassen First Nations Elder, were interviewed by Angelica Herrera. Kaleidoscope is a Youth Skills Link program created by the Mennonite Central Committee BC and administered by Agora Employment Essentials with funding from the Government of Canada.   In BE THE CHANGE The First Nations youth of Hitacu (Ucluelet, BC) interview Art Cootes, Barb Toochie and Lindsay McCarthy in this short documentary about their community.  The film won an award at the Cowichan International Aboriginal Festival of Film & Art and was made possible through a grant from the New Relationship Trust and with the assistance of the I AM FILMMAKER training team.  SAVAGE is a beautiful music video which tells a story of transformation from the gentleness of a lullaby to the anger and pain felt through separation.  In the setting of a residential school there aren’t many chances to be a kid, but when no one is watching… THE GOOD SOIL: ENGAGING ABORIGINAL YOUTH illustrates the impact of FocusBC’s approach among First Nations youth through a special project within Youth Futures a world class program.  CHERYL BEAR “BE FEARLESS” is narrated by Cheryl Bear Barnetson a Regent College alumna living & working amongst the First Nations in British Columbia and around North America.  In the film Cheryl shares their calling as a family to “retell the story of Jesus in a native way.” | | |  |


1:00 pm Saturday, January 25
 and THE DROP BOX – ROUGH CUT ADVANCE SCREENING – Sneak Peak Canadian Premiere 
Docudrama, Documentary (Kenya, South Korea, English subtitles 85 minutes)

Producer:  Arbella Studios
Director:  Brian Ivie
Edit by Brian Ivie
Sound Design by David Bolen
Color by Mitchell McDuff
Graphics by Colby Nordberg
Music by Brandon Visel

“The Drop Box” is a documentary film about a courageous man named Pastor Lee Jong-rak, leader of Jusarang Community Church in Seoul, South Korea. He and his small staff have taken in nearly three dozen children over the past decade, all of whom were abandoned because of their disabilities.

In 2009, Pastor Lee installed the “drop box” on the side of his home where parents can leave their unwanted babies. The following words can be read on the drop box:

“This is a facility for the protection of life. If you can’t take care of your disabled babies, don’t throw them away or leave them on the street. Bring them here.”

There are facilities in place throughout Korea that also care for the abandoned and the homeless. However, Pastor Lee’s 24-hour “drop box” protects those who would otherwise fall through the cracks. Through his story, we hope to make the issue at large more accessible to people.

THE DROP BOX is being screened at Missions Fest Vancouver as a rough cut advance screening.

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Docudrama – 10 mins (Kenya, 2013)
Producers / IAF Educators: Greg Meeres and Charlotte Gentis Meeres
Filmmakers: Students of IAF in Kenya

ABIANGA is a docu-drama based on the true story of a 10 year-old fatherless boy living in the slums of Langas outside of Eldoret, Kenya. As the eldest boy in a family of five he struggles to carry the burden of responsibility. A bright boy with hopes for an education and a future for his family – yet hunger and poverty obstruct his efforts to stay in school. He is forced onto the streets to survive. Desperate and hungry he is befriended by a man who invites him home for a meal. He was like a lamb being led to the slaughter. |


3:00 pm Saturday, January 25
YOUTH FOCUS SHORT FILM SHOWCASE (USA, Nepal, Turkey, Northern India  92 Minutes)

Educational, promotional documentaries
Nations Foundation; Shared Hope International; Transposition Films; Cassiar MediaWorks; Create International
Filmmakers:  Joel Parker– in attendance; Nancy Winston, Nicholas Froese, Josh Knepper, Ryan Schroeder – in attendance; Sam Bryce, Justin Raine, Adam Wormald – in attendance; Myra Aditya, Penny Armstrong, Ken Bartsch, Dan Bray, Calvin Conkey, Carol Conkey, Barry Esau, Ben McClure, Kellie Parsons, Jo Ramsey, Tamara Ruefenacht
In ONEYEAR travel to 5 continents with one of the most talented snowboard lineups ever. Dave Downing, Andy Finch, Matt Hammer, Tommy Czeschin, Kelly Clark, Janna Meyen and friends encounter more than epic powder lines and huge jumps. CHOSEN, a sex trafficking prevention video and resource package for youth tells the shocking true story of two ‘All-American’ teenage girls tricked into trafficking. Eighteen-year-old Brianna was an honor-roll student, cheerleader and worked at a local café. Thirteen-year-old Lacy was an active member of her youth group, and a volunteer in her community. Both were manipulated. Both were exploited. Both were chosen. CHILD OF MINE documents the work of two children’s homes in northern India who seek to make Jesus known among their own culture and people. PULSE: WE MOVED TO KATHMANDU follows two married couples as  they open an orphanage buy a hotel and employ local widows. One woman came to their door and said she was visited in a dream by a man named Jesus (whom she had never heard of) and he told her she was to work for them at their hotel! The KURDS takes you to Turkey, where you get to know the Kurds who reside there as well as in Iraq. As we look beyond the hurt, trouble and loss of identity, we are moved by their need for the Lord Jesus. | |

OneYear Trailer (1:54)  

2014ReturnToTheHidingPlace5:00 pm Saturday, January 25
Director:  Peter Spencer
Producer:  Petra Pearce
Director of Photography:  Philip Roy
Co-director and Editor: Josiah Spencer

Based on a true story. When Corrie ten Boom realizes the rising Nazi empire will swallow Holland and create the holocaust of every innocent Jew in secret death-camps, she faces the deadly threat of the “Death-Skull Storm Troopers: with a surprising remedy: an army comprised of untrained teenagers.

As part of Corrie ten Boom’s army; Hans, Piet, and their friends navigate a deadly labyrinth of challenges to rescue the Jewish people in their modern-day, panicked exodus from death while embarking on a nonstop, action-packed hunt with the underground involving Gestapo hijacks, daring rescues, codes in windswept old windmills, and stunning miracles in one of history’s most famous dramas. Climaxing in the true, breath-taking rescue of an entire orphanage of Jewish children marked for mass execution by Hitler’s assassins.

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7:00 pm  Saturday, January 25
(South Africa, USA 74 Minutes)
Directors: Imad N. Karam; Matthew Leahy
Beyond Forgiving Film Rep Chris Hartnell – In Attendance

BEYOND FORGIVING depicts the journey of two South Africans to bring healing and reconciliation to their country post-Apartheid. Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphalele form an unlikely pair: a black atheist man and a white Christian woman. One has suffered directly from actions of the other, but both have been victims – and risen beyond their pain. What brings them together is a profound story of tragedy, forgiveness and hope.


OLD RADICALS tells the story of five individuals who are not ready to go quietly into retirement. At the age of 70, Art and Peggy Gish spend much of the year in Palestine and Iraq ‘getting in the way’ of guns. Staughton and Alice Lynd leave academia, go into law and, now in their 80′s, begin a tireless battle for the rights of criminals on death row. At age 79, Friar Louie Vitale regularly serves time in prison for his acts of civil disobedience. These ‘old radicals’ know what death and destruction mean. The violence of this world is mirrored in their own lives, as age catches up to them and those they care about. As each moment ticks away, they continually spend themselves striving for a better world, willing to risk it all for the chance to make a difference.  These five ‘old radicals’ are a living testament to the beauty of life and a compelling picture of how ‘living on the edge’ has no age limits.  |

Beyond Forgiving Trailer (1:49)

2014MotherIndia12:15 pm Sunday, January 26
URBAN, CHILDREN AND WOMEN MISSIONS FOCUS SHORT FILMS (Victoria, Vancouver, India, Guatemala, Mexico, Romania 112 minutes)

Promotional Videos; Documentaries
Filmmakers: Gordie Cochrane, Daniel Steward, Jon Strong; Lorne Epp / Darryl Augustine- in attendance; Clint Henry Bargen – in attendance; Noah Lamberth and David Trotter; Chris Coffyn – in attendance; Greg Meeres – in attendance; ABC Media Film & TV Production Studio

2014OurFamilyOurLanguageGOD’S GARDEN tells the story of a BC based church plant in Victoria with lead pastors Mike and Laura Bidell. Listen as they share their hopes for the church as they live a missionary life within the community. THIS IS VANCOUVER is a short documentary that surveys the spiritual climate of Vancouver. SOULKITCHEN shares the story of International Chef Hannes Tischauser pursuing his dream of feeding the marginalized in Vancouver while using his pastoral skills to bring soul care. MISSION POSSIBLE: PEOPLE, PURPOSE, PAYCHEQUE introduces you to several people impacted through the ministry of Mission Possible and shows how meaningful work does make a difference. MOTHER INDIA is a compelling documentary capturing the life and stories of 25 abandoned and orphaned children living along the railway in southern India. With over 31 million orphans in India, David Trotter and Shawn Scheinoha showed up hoping to find kids who would be willing to trust them enough to show them life through their eyes. What transpires is both inspiring and heart-breaking. OUR FAMILY OUR LANGUAGE gives us an insight into the lives of a very special Pokomchi family in Guatemala. Oswaldo and his wife, Hidalia, share about life in their village of Nisnic and the impact of God’s Word in their lives. TARAHUMARA: A FORGOTTEN PEOPLE is a short documentary about the Tarahumara Indians, who live deep in the heart of the Madre Mountains. Within the beauty of the Copper Canyon lay issues of extreme poverty, starvation, dehydration, preventable illness, domestic violence, rape, substance abuse and hopelessness. Tarahumara Ministries offers love, hope and provision of practical needs among these forgotten people. RIVER OF LIFE documents International Messenger missionaries Doug and Roberta Moore in Romania. Their Christian care home ministry supports needy Romanian women so that they don’t have to abort or abandon their babies. | | | http;// |

Mother India Trailer (1:37)

2014undauntedPoster_Ver24:15 pm Sunday, January 26
NEVER THE SAME and UNDAUNTED (85 minutes) 
Documentary and Docudrama
Josh McDowell - in attendance to introduce film
(For further information on UNDAUNTED see also Friday 8:50 pm)

NEVER THE SAME (Papua New Guinea)
Director: Jacob Lewis

The Sawi were headhunters and cannibals when a young couple named Don and Carol Richardson arrived in their village carrying their seven-month-old boy Steve—and a message that would change the tribe forever. The year was 1962, and Steve—and later, three more children—spent their youth among the Sawi, learning the language and embracing the culture in ways that would shape the rest of their lives. Their story was immortalized in the best-selling book Peace Child and a feature film of the same name, inspiring a new generation to take the gospel to the remaining isolated tribes of the earth.  Fifty years later, Steve joins his father, Don, and two brothers, Shannon and Paul, to visit the Sawi village where they grew up. What is the state of the church they planted among the Sawi? Are the friends they played with still alive? Will anyone remember the mark their family left on the tribe? Journey with Steve as he travels to the swamps of Papua, Indonesia, to introduce you to the Sawi, and explore the impact of the gospel among a previously unreached people group.

Seminars presented in conjunction with the 2014 Film Festival

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 Click here for seminar description. Search for any word of the Seminar title. Or look at magazine page 30

1:30 pm-2:30 pm Video Storytelling -
Building Community Within a Large Church
Room 14

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 Click here for seminar description. Search for any word of the Seminar title. Or look at magazine pages 31-32

11:00 am–12:30 pm Filmmakers Panel Discussion
(See Page 32 in Program Guide Magazine.)
Room 19
3:30 pm-6:30 pm I AM FILMMAKER – Filmmaking Workshop
(See Page 32 for seminar description.)
 Room 19
 5:00 pm-6:30 pm A one-on-one with a Story Editor (1.5-hour session)
See Page 32 for seminar description.
 Room 5
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