Today was the kickoff for the NRB 2015 convention with an emphasis on faith and films.  I always love NRB, but this year’s summit exceeded my expectations. What an amazing plethora of speakers with so much experience and wisdom to share.

Photo courtesy of the National Religious Broadcasters
Photo courtesy of the National Religious Broadcasters

The day began with a Pitch-a-Thon where screenwriters and filmmakers had opportunity to pitch their ideas, scripts, or finished products to distributors.

Brittany Herd waits her time to pitch her script.
Brittany Herd waits her time to pitch her script. Photo by Paula O’Neal.

After lunch filmmakers got to participate in a full schedule of panel discussions and workshops led by Hollywood producers, writers, directors, and more.

The Process: Advice from Hollywood about Getting Your Project Produced – Phil Cooke, Todd Komarnicki, DeVon Franklin, Michael Van Dyck, Jonathon Bock

The last workshop of the summit was led by Dr. Ted Baehr, author of How to Succeed in Hollywood Without Losing Your Soul.


And, of course, one of the great things about the convention is the networking among colleagues and friendships formed. Looking forward to meeting many more filmmaking folks tomorrow.

Honored to get to meet in person filmmakers Gary and Brett Varvel and composer Van Lawson from The War Within.

About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Sharon Wilharm is a female filmmaker, blogger, and speaker. Her movies have screened in theaters, festivals, and churches around the globe, aired on multiple television networks, and sold in stores and online outlets throughout English speaking countries. She's accumulated dozens of festival accolades including the “Shibboleth Award for Visionary Leadership in the Field of Christian Film Making”, numerous Best of Fest awards, and 4 ICVM Crown Awards. She's passionate about storytelling and loves entertaining and inspiring audiences with her filmmaking, writing, and speaking.

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