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Questions for the Film Festival committee? Email : films [at] missionsfestvancouver.ca

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Welcome to the 6th Annual Missions Fest Vancouver Film Festival (MFVFF).  Each year brings some changes to the festival: this year the biggest change is our location.  We are now located in the Vancouver Convention Centre WEST:  Rooms 109 and 110.

Our prayer is that the films being screened this year will challenge and inspire you as they have us. God is at work “Across the Street and around the World”, as the theme of Missions Fest 2015 indicates.

Some filmmakers will be in attendance for a Q &A at their film’s screening.  Refer to the Film Festival program booklet available on site for further information.  We are ALSO offering two seminars this year which are listed at the bottom of this page.

FacebookThis festival would not be possible without the dedicated and hard working committee of Greg Meeres (co-director), Rachel Lee, Tobi Elliott, Lorne Epp, Phil Hood, Evelyn Chan, and Amanda Doerksen. Many thanks – Elizabeth Doerksen (co-director)


Film Festival Admission

Weekend Passes (admission to all screenings) are $15.00, Single Screenings are $5.00.
NOTE: Admission to Seminars is FREE.

Purchase Tickets for the Film Festival

 Online ticket sales for films will close at midnight the day prior to the film screening.  After that, remaining passes and tickets will only be available at the Missions Fest Ticket Office in Vancouver Convention Centre East (cash and credit cards accepted). We will NOT be selling tickets at the theatre door this year. Sorry, no refunds.

PG*CONTENT WARNING: Some films contain scenes of the effects of violence in conflict areas as well as other content which may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.*

* The Film Festival committee reserves the right to make film substitutions.

2015 Film Fest Films:

8:50pm, Friday, January 30, 2015

Rescue-Raise-Rebuild-500x578RESCUE RAISE REBUILD: THE WATOTO STORY - Vancouver Premiere
Made with the support of Watoto Child Care Ministries
Based on several true stories. (Kampala, Uganda 47 min.)
Written and directed by Richard Daniels
Featuring Gary and Marilyn Skinner
Talk back guest: Moses Mukasa

Over the past 30 years Watoto has rescued over 1000 abandoned babies, raised over 4000 orphans, and rebuilt the lives of more than 3000 vulnerable women and their children in Uganda. This film tells the story of how founders Gary and Marilyn Skinner came to live in Uganda during complete civil war to see the beginning of a church that now has over 25,000 members, while also reaching out to the community providing holistic care to thousands of widows and orphans. Watoto sees a bright future for Uganda by sharing love and caring for the practical needs of those hurting.
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11:00am, Saturday, January 31, 2015

Thinking Series - Film Poster - Do All ReligionsTHINKING SERIES PART 3: DO ALL RELIGIONS LEAD TO GOD
Cassiar MediaWorks
Short (filmed for Apologetics Canada) (Nepal 4 min.)
Creative Director: Adam Wormald

Part 3 of the 5-part “Thinking Series.” This short poses the question: Can God be found within the maze of the world’s religions?
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WGOOS - Film Poster, Low ResWITH GOD ON OUR SIDE (English with some subtitles)
Rooftop Productions
Documentary (USA, Canada, UK, Israel, Palestine 82 min.)
Directed by Porter Speakman Jr.

“With God On Our Side” takes a hard look at the theology and politics of Christian Zionism, which teaches that because the Jews are God’s chosen people, Israeli government policies should not be questioned, even when these policies are unjust. Critics of Christian Zionism argue that this flawed ideology has led to ethnic discrimination and great suffering among the Palestinian people, including thousands of Palestinian Christians. Is there a Biblical alternative for Christians who love and support the people of Israel? A way that doesn’t favor one people group over another but instead promotes peace, security, and reconciliation for both Jews and Palestinians?
View the trailer (3:13 min.)

 

1:00pm, Saturday, January 31, 2015

Beyond Sight - 11x17 NON EVENTBEYOND SIGHT: THE DEREK RABELO STORY (English with some subtitles) – Canadian Premiere
Walking on Water films in association with S4J Hawaii Productions
Documentary (Brazil 82 min.)
Directed by Bryan Jennings and Bruno Lemos
Talk back guests: Bryan Jennings and Derek Rabelo

Amidst the small beautiful city of Guaraparai, Brazil, Derek Rabelo’s father prayed that his son would become a famous professional surfer. Unfortunately on May 25th, 1992, his prayer seemed unanswered when Derek was born blind. Seventeen years later Derek decided that – despite his blindness – he still wanted to surf, and that he wanted to surf Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu. Through the encouragement of his parents, best friend, and surf coach, Derek embarked on a three-year journey of grueling mental, physical and spiritual training. As Derek perseveres towards his goal of surfing Pipeline, he inspires the best pro-surfers in the world including Kelly Slater, Damien Hobgood, Rob Machado, Lakey Peterson, Taj Burrow, Laird Hamilton and more. You will learn from Derek’s story that the best journeys in life are walked by faith, and not by sight.
View trailer (2:30 min.)

 

3:00pm, Saturday, January 31, 2015

Compelled by Love - Film PosterCOMPELLED BY LOVE: THE HEIDI BAKER STORY
Iris Global Film
Documentary (Mozambique 90 min.)
Producer, Writer, and Director: Shara Pradhan
Skype talk back guest: Shara Pradhan

“Compelled by Love” is a powerful, inspiring and definitive portrait of Heidi Baker, a modern-day Mother Teresa, whose ministry is based in over 30 nations around the world. Shot on the run over a period of 20 years, in 10 countries, and on 4 continents in war zones, brothels, bushes, and Ivy League campuses, from Hollywood to Mozambique, this film transcends all political, religious, and social barriers. Follow Roland and Heidi Baker’s journey into the world’s darkest and most desperate places, as their pursuit of the presence of God has transformed a nation through love in action. The film chronicles the power of one life fully yielded to God and the truth that love wins.
View trailer (4:09 min.)

 

5:00pm, Saturday, January 31, 2015

Thinking Series - Film Poster - Why is there EvilTHINKING SERIES PART 4: WHY IS THERE EVIL?
Cassiar MediaWorks
Short (filmed for Apologetics Canada) (Nepal 4 min.)
Creative Director: Adam Wormald

Part 4 of the 5-part “Thinking Series.” This short poses the question: Why is our world so full of poverty, violence and corruption?
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Red Light Green Light pngRED LIGHT GREEN LIGHT
Hope Films in association with Bottled Media
Documentary (Global 91 min.)
Directed and produced by Derek Brock and Michelle Brock

As nations around the globe attempt to fight sex trafficking, many consider legalizing prostitution. Two filmmakers travel across ten countries to explore the issue, attempting to answer the question: “How can we prevent sexual exploitation before it happens in the first place?” Though governments are getting better at prosecuting traffickers and providing aftercare to victims, it is time we begin to ask the question of what lies at the root.
View trailer (2:52 min.)

 

7:00pm, Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sing Over Me - Film PosterSING OVER ME
Free Verse Films
Documentary (USA 87 min.)
Produced by Ashley Kindberg

Since the early 1990s, Christians all over the world have been singing the songs of modern-day psalmist, Dennis Jernigan. His music and ministry, sparked by his lifelong struggle with homosexuality, have led him on a remarkable journey of redemption and hope. Raised in a Christian home, Jernigan identified himself as gay at a young age and constantly feared the persecution of the church. Years of depression and despair followed as he tried to lead a double life, while secretly battling his desires. Through it all, music remained the one thing he could find peace in, and it was through music that God changed him in ways he could have never imagined.
View trailer (2:21 min.)

 

8:50pm, Saturday, January 31, 2015

TheSteveBellJourneySMBURNING EMBER: THE STEVE BELL STORY – Vancouver Premiere
Refygee31 Films
Documentary (Canada 98 min.)
Written and Directed by Andrew Wall
Produced by Kyle Bornais
Associate Producer Ross Ikeda

Canadian singer-songwriter Steve Bell has been on the road for over twenty-five years, pouring his heart and faith into his music. After thousands of concerts, two Canadian Juno Awards, and seventeen albums, he’s still touring from church to church playing wherever he can. Despite a faithful fanbase, including many powerful supporters, the man once considered “Canada’s best kept musical secret” and “the next Michael W. Smith” has never achieved the elusive “breakout” in the United States market – a breakout that would mean financial freedom to keep doing what he does. Now, at the age of 54, after years of physical, financial and emotional struggles, Steve Bell has been given a rare opportunity to play a private concert at CBS Studios in Hollywood that could change it all…
View trailer (1:54 min.)

 

12:15pm, Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Encourage and Equip - Film PosterENCOURAGE AND EQUIP: AN ATEK STORY (English subtitles)
Wycliffe Canada
Short (Peru 5 min.)
Director: Chris Coffyn
Attending: Chris Coffyn, Jessica Sinclair, Ian Lau, Alice Ho, Jim Cunningham

High in the Peruvian Andes, in the remote villages and towns surrounding Cusco, live 1.5 million Quechua people. Though the Scriptures have been published for 30 years in their Cusco Quechua language, church leaders in hundreds of these rural churches have never been taught basic biblical principles. However, things are slowly changing. In “Encourage and Equip,” you will discover how the Lord is using Wycliffe’s local partner organization, ATEK, to bring transformation by encouraging and equipping His church.

HearingEverett_lgHEARING EVERETT
Strong Tower Ministries in association with Gratis 7 Productions and Rancho Sordo Mudo
Documentary (USA; Mexico 60 min.)
Written and Directed by: T.C. Johnstone

Thirty-eight years ago, Ed Everett went to Mexico to help the poor. What began as a simple trip became a path to destiny as the young father of six seized a unique opportunity: one for which he was unusually suited. The Everetts were an average American family in the 1960s, with a comfortable life in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Ed owned a successful neon-sign business, a Cadillac, and a brick house, and attended church every Sunday. The family seemed to be living the American dream, until a series of events altered their lives forever. It began with their young son Luke’s debilitating illnesses – ones that resulted in the child’s major hearing loss, which forced the family to learn sign language. Once the lives of Mexico’s deaf children intertwine with the Everetts’, the adventure truly begins. It’s a story that delivers a message of hope, of overcoming obstacles, of realizing that the reward outweighs the cost. You will come away with a better understanding of how you, as an ordinary person, can accomplish the extraordinary, if you’re only willing to take that initial step of faith.
View trailer (2:43 min.)

Noble Warriors - Film PosterNOBLE WARRIORS
Create International Emerge
Narrative Documentary (Thailand 14 min.)
Director: Chris De Souza

Since 2009, Nak Suu Rugby Academy has brought together displaced, troubled, and neglected kids from Bangkok, giving them a place of safety, belonging, and love. As part of ARK International Thailand, Nak Suu is “transforming lives, one child at a time.” This is their story.
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The Pink Room - Film Poster, Low Res

THE PINK ROOM
Goat Rock Films
Documentary (Cambodia 56 min.)
Executive Producers: Steve and Janey Shugar, Carl Shore
Director: Joel Sandvos

Mien grew up in Svay Pak, Cambodia, a small village notorious for one thing: child sex slavery. At a young age, Mien enters life in a brothel and her virginity is sold for a high price. She is forced to stay in the brothel, being raped daily, lowering her “value” with each customer. Even when help is within reach, obstacles that appear too great to conquer squelch her dreams of freedom… but this isn’t a story about the problem. “The Pink Room” is a true story of redemption, ordinary people becoming heroes, Cambodians rising up with compassion to take back their country, and a town’s process of rebuilding from the inside-out. In a world where it is estimated that there are over one million children held captive and sexually abused, a flower blooms in the heart of Cambodia. Winner of twelve awards.
View trailer (2:45 min.)

 

Seminars presented in conjunction with the 2015 Film Festival

Film Fest seminars are FREE

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31  Click here for seminar descriptions.

12:30 -
2:00 pm
MF Film Festival Seminar Room 19
3:30 pm – 6:30 pm I AM FILMMAKER – Filmmaking Workshop (See page 32 in Missions Fest 2015 Magazine for seminar description) Room 19
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