Culture is not neutral. It either reflects the priorities of Christianity or the priorities of godless man. Antithesis is the distinction between the two. There is no neutrality. While Hollywood continues to besiege the families and youth of America with the images and philosophies of godless man, the Lord is raising up a replacement industry of filmmakers committed to presuppositionally biblical filmmaking for the glory of God. At the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, you will meet these filmmaking mavericks and learn why our mission is neither to retreat from society, nor is it to synthesize with paganism our mission is to do Gods work, Gods way, from the ground level up. In so doing, in the name of Christ, we are to force the antithesis between cultural righteousness and cultural evil.
This film festival is controversial not because it seeks to be avant-garde or push the envelope of visual acceptability. It is controversial because it dares to proclaim that the Lordship of Christ applies to our methodologies as well as our ends. It is controversial, not because of the offensive things you will see, but because of what you will not see. You will not see, for example, Gods name taken in vain, unbiblical presentations of romance and sexuality, or the glorification of effeminate men and masculine women. It is controversial because it rejects the notion that the legitimate goal of presenting culturally relevant media means that filmmakers have to adopt and glorify the worst elements and attitudes of modern culture in order to reach the culture.
A crucial element of this film festival is honor. We seek first to honor our Lord and Savior. In His name, we seek to honor others, to recognize and reward filmmakers whose projects lift high the standard of Jesus Christ. Throughout the festival, attendees will watch films that honor Gods vision for the biblical family.
Those in attendance will have the opportunity to watch many dozens of hours of refreshing films; to enjoy live stage performances and musical presentations designed to encourage believers with courage and hope. It is our experience, however, that the greatest refreshment comes through the interaction of the people attending with many other like-minded families and individuals of vision.
Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with and meet other like-minded filmmakers, producers, and industry specialists who share a vision for building and financing the independent Christian film market.
We live at a time of great doubts about the future of our once-great Christian civilization. There is desperate need for our sons and daughters to receive a message of hope. That message is found in Gods Word and is made alive and real by the power of the Holy Spirit as we apply the message of His Word to the real world around us. At the SAICFF, participants will not only receive a message of hope, but they will witness the fruits of the hopeful men and women laboring to advance the crown rights of Christ in a medium of defining significance for twenty-first century Christians.