My film “A New Life”, based on the short story by Mary Ward Brown, has been selected to be screened at the GIDEON’s FLAME CHRISTIAN FILM FESTIVAL, November 3-7, 2009 in Legaspi Village, Makati, the Phillipines.
“2009 marks the 95th year of existence of the Union Church of Manila. Its main purpose is to spread the WORD OF GOD so that its members and their sphere of influence can be United, Centered, and Maturing in Christ. The UCM strives to attain its goal throughÂ various ways. One of these is to encourage the production and distribution of local and foreign Christian films so that this innovative and easily absorbed and assimilated medium can further Godâ€™s Word in the hearts and minds of the viewing public.
“It is an accepted fact that films are a powerful force that can influence manâ€™s actions. To this end, the UCM Library Committee launched the 1st Christian Film Festival 2 years ago which culminated in April 2008 with a weeklong showing of Christian films ending with the Awards Night. The team and those involved were encouraged to repeat the activity by both participants and those who were blessed by the films.Â Thus the holding of the 2nd Christian Film Festival, renamed the GIDEONâ€™S FLAME CHRISTIAN FILM FESTIVAL, which will be the last major activity of UCMâ€™s 95th year celebration.Â The Festival will culminate with weeklong activities from November 3-7, 2009.
“The name is meant to emphasize that Godâ€™s great power can manifest even through seemingly small and weak ways to gain HIS purpose. This event will showcase educational, inspirational, and empowering films even as it encourages young talents to channel their knowledge and expertise to spread the Gospel to their public.
“The GFCFF will commence with a cocktail hour at 6:30 pm on the 3rd of November. Then from 6-9 pm of the same evening up to November 7, three films will be shown daily.Â These showings are open to the public free of charge.
“The Gideon Flame Award will be given to the prize winner. Critically acclaimed foreign and local films will be interspersed with the entries. On the last day, November 7, Saturday, starting 9 am, children will be treated to films appropriate to their ages. The event will culminate with the closing ceremony, the recognition rites, and the awarding of prizes.”