Doug Phillips said, “We believe that the battle for life is a defining issue of our time. For the Christian, there is no greater love than caring for widows and orphans in distress, caring for those who have been forgotten. We will stand for life. We are going to stand for children who need to be for adopted, for the unborn, for the elderly, for those sent into sex trafficking, by those crushed by selfishness. Toward that end, we adopted a new category, the sanctity of life category.”
R.C. Sproul, Jr. said, “The Sanctity of Life Jubilee Award goes to that film which practiced true religion most faithfully and passionately defends the life given by the Lord and to all those who bear His image.
Runner up: The Birth Control Movie
Winner: The Drop Box
Brian Ivie, the Director of The Drop Box, said, “I want to thank my parents and my girlfriend Amanda who encouraged me to be in San Antonio just in case.
“I became a Christian while making this movie. When I started to make it and I saw all these kids come through the drop box - it was like a flash from heaven” - just like these kids with disabilities had crooked bodies, “I have a crooked soul. And God loves me still. Faith in God is the only refuge for people who are deemed unnecessary.
“This world is so much about self-reliance, self-worth, and self-esteem. It’s a total illusion that we can be self-sufficient. Christ is the only thing that enables us. I know I sound like a preacher, but this is what I wanted to say. I’m so honored by this.
“My identity used to be as a filmmaker. But now I feel like I’m glorifying God. I would dare any people in the world to look these kids in the face and tell them that they are not pitiful; they are masterful.”
After Ivie left the stage, Doug Phillips, who seemed very pleased indeed, smiled and said, “That’s why we are here!”
Read all of the blog posts about the Film Festival and the Christian Filmmakers Academy here.