|PROVO, UTAH - SEPTEMBER 21, 2002 - The entry
deadline for the upcoming 2nd LDS Film Festival has
been extended to October 1, 2002. Films, videos and
screenplays can be submitted for the competition
programs. Winning films and screenplays receive a
total of $ 2000.00 in awards. Christian Vuissa,
founder and president of the festival encourages LDS
filmmakers to submit their work to the festival.
"The LDS Film Festival is becoming the premiere
place to showcase the work of LDS filmmakers to a
Last year's festival drew around 800 festival
guests. Besides the competition programs that
showcased 24 short films, the festival also offered
filmmakers' presentations by several acknowledged
LDS filmmakers. Presentations by Blair Treu,
director of "Little Secrets," Dave Hunter
and Kurt Hale, the makers of "Singles
Ward," and other practicing filmmakers offered
firsthand insights into the moviemaking process. A
scholarly symposium about the possibilities and
responsibilities of LDS cinema catalyzed new ideas
for young LDS filmmakers.
The program for this year's festival is currently in
development. "We have several new ideas that we
would like to add to the festival program,"
says Vuissa who mentions that more interaction
between filmmakers and audience is one goal of this
year's activities. "We also plan on having a
'Female Filmmakers' program to introduce a growing
number of LDS women who love to express themselves
through film." Other events and themes of the
festival as well as festival locations will be
announced early next month..
Similar to last year's "Best of 2001"
program, the best films of this year's competition
will go on a national and international tour.
"We had a total of 16 additional screenings in
several states, and in England and Italy. The goal
is to create a growing LDS community interested in
For more information on the festival, go to: http://www.ldsbox.com