John Forrest meets John David Ware, Founder and President of the prestigious 168 Film Festival, now in its 11th year – a festival, like Insight, focused on the theme of faith, but more closely aligned to the Judeo-Christian tradition.
168 Film Festival explained
John D Ware explains how the 168 Film Festival works, including the lure of huge prize money at stake for the ‘Best in Show’-winning filmmaker to spend on his or her next production. Participating filmmakers have a month to make a film from scratch, in a total to 168 hours. More details of what is involved are in the video below.
The video also suggests the possibility of developing closer links between the Insight and 168 Film Festivals over time – a really exciting idea.
The video: John David Ware, 168 Film Festival (04.47)
Links: 168 Film Festival
One of the major incentives for filmmakers to submit films to the 168 Film Festival is the generous financial prize on offer for the signature 168 Film Project: a feature film budget of up to USD $1 million awarded by event sponsors EchoLight Studios to the best film at the Festival.
The website describes the competition as follows: ‘168 Film Project is our signature speed filmmaking competition. Teams worldwide have 168 hours (7 X 24) to shoot and edit a short film based on a theme and a Bible verse (plus 10 days pre-production).’
168 Film Festival also runs ‘a short-film screenwriting competition based on scripture called Write of Passage. Writers have just 168 hours to produce a 12-page story. The best scripts may be filmed and screened at the 168 Film Festival.’
The 168 Film Festival presented awards in 25 categories at the 2013 event held in August 2013 (8-10 August 2013). Trailers for the 2013 entries have been uploaded to 168 Film Festival’s YouTube channel.