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

Christian speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a women’s ministry leader, popular media guest, and award-winning female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. Her filmmaking efforts have been recognized with dozens of accolades including the AFA “Shibboleth Award for Visionary Leadership in the Field of Christian Film Making”, four prestigious ICVM Crown Awards including Bronze “Best Picture”, a finalist in the Christian Retailing’s Best Awards and dozens of “Best Writer”, “Best Director” and “Best of Fest” festival awards. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture.

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