The 18th Annual LDS Film Festival
Fans and filmmakers all meet together at the SCERA Theater to show their work, and learn of upcoming projects. In past years, Hollywood insiders with experience in casting, screenwriting, set design and costumes have come to present and be on panels to introduce film fans to the art of filmmaking.
The 24-Hour Marathon has been extended to 48-Hours. Teams come together a week prior to the festival and are given a theme, an object and a line of dialogue. In only 48 hours these teams produce a three-minute film. All completed projects are shown at the festival, and awards, including "audience favorite", are given at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday night.
This festival is not exclusively for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and not all films are faith-based. "We aim for films the grandparents can enjoy with the grandkids, and everyone enjoys the experience," said Kels Goodman, organizer of the event, who took over the reins from Christian Vuissa in 2017.
This year, one of the panelists includes Evangelical filmmaker Dallas Jenkins, maker of the first-ever multi-season drama on Jesus Christ, The Chosen. He has made several films, and one tells the story of the life of Christ from the perspective of the shepherds. It is something crowds (20 million views in ten languages from around the world) have come to love through the VidAngel streaming service.