Tuesday, October 24, 2006

SAICFF Press Release

Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Press Release: San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival Announces 2006 Jubilee Award Winners

San Antonio, Texas — October 24, 2006 — More than seven hundred participants representing states from New York to Washington and foreign countries from Scotland to Switzerland were on hand for the presentation of the Jubilee Awards during closing ceremonies at the third annual San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, held at the Lila Cockrell Theatre in downtown San Antonio this last weekend.

“Our goal with the Jubilee Awards is to reward the work of Christian filmmakers who have artfully communicated a Christian worldview through their film production,” explained Doug Phillips, founder of the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.

“With more than 130 film submissions to this year’s festival, selecting the winners was no easy task” noted Phillips, who also served as one of several film competition judges. “Yet we are now delighted to recognize our winners — all worthy films that give glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

The “Best of Festival” Jubilee Award — a $10,000 grand prize — went to The Oath of Desormeau, a fifty-five minute film written, produced, and directed by Richard and Kristina Ramsey of Aletheia Stage and Film Company. Set in Napoleonic France, "The Oath" is a gripping allegory which shows how one man’s vow to protect two orphaned children is carried out even after he himself dies.

In addition to landing the festivals’ top honor in 2006, The Oath of Desormeau was voted the Audience Choice Award by a runaway margin. The Oath gave the Ramseys their second Audience Choice Award in two years as they claimed the same prize for Washington’s Cross at the 2004 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.

“We are excited and honored that both the judges and the audience supported The Oath so overwhelmingly — that they were receptive to the film’s message of honor, integrity, and faithfulness,” remarked Mr. Ramsey. “It is really encouraging to get this affirmation.”

The top honor in the “Best Narrative” category was awarded to Day of Reckoning, a Western drama written and directed by veteran stuntman, Jason Rodriguez. The story is one of a family man who must face the debt he owes for wrongly taking another man’s life — and how he makes peace with his family and his God.

“I am so humbled that this film has touched so many and done so well,” observed Rodriguez. “I know that this festival will continue to grow in the future and inspire other filmmakers to make films for His glory. I know it has me.”

Acts of Mercy, a powerful documentary which shares the hope that the Mercy Ships have brought to victims of deformities in West Africa, garnered the “Best Documentary” Award. Hosted by Bill Kurtis, veteran A&E journalist and former CBS Morning News anchor, and co-produced by Jerry Rose, president of the Total Living Network, Acts of Mercy chronicles the service performed by surgeons onboard the Anastasis, a 522-foot floating hospital. Mr. Rose, a former three-time president of the National Religious Broadcasters, was on hand to receive the award.

The “Best Biblical Family” Award went to White Handkerchief, a twelve minute film that explores one man’s deep desire to reconcile with his parents. Written and produced by eighteen-year-old Philip Leclerc and his sixteen-year-old brother Chris for a price tag of $200, this short film not only took the top honor in the “Best Biblical Family” category, but won runner-up for “Best of Festival.”

Eighteen-year-old Chase Johnson received the “Young Filmmaker’s” Award for his gripping abortion film entitled, The Choice. The twenty-five minute film — which plot twist takes the abortion ethic to its logical conclusion — also took runner-up in the “Best of Narrative” category.

The top award for “Best Animation” — a new category for the 2006 festival — was presented to Sam Lawlace for Winston Churchill: Escape from Pretoria. Sam made the film as a senior homeschool project. While the film features lego-style animation, Sam explained how seriously he took the story: “God used Churchill’s successful escape to bring him into the favorable light of pre-World War England and set him on the course of his life.”

Other winners included: A Lifetime of Childlike Faith, which garnered the runner-up award in the “Best Documentary” category; Hero Dad and the Incredible Cave Rescue, which took home the “Best Biblical Family” runner-up award; and Wars of Humanity II: Price of Rebellion, which came in second place in the “Best Stop Motion Animation” category.

The “Best Trailer” Award, an honor for the trailer that best promoted the festival, went to Cory Taylor.

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