This weekend we were honored to attend the first annual AFA Truth Awards held in Knoxville, Tennessee. Fellow filmmaker Daryl Hall (Fat Boys, The Lion) coordinated the event in order to provide encouragement to Christian filmmakers. The Good Book was up for a number of awards so we took a break from filming Providence in order to attend.

Pastor Ryan Silwoski opened the evening in prayer.

We honestly had no idea what to expect. We figured with it being the first year, that it would be small since it always takes awhile for these kinds of events to catch on. We knew that we would see a few familiar faces and that there would be food afterwards. What we didn’t expect was how beautifully run the event was nor what a warm and friendly environment it turned out to be. Trophies and awards took a back seat as old friends reunited and new friendships formed. Throughout the evening filmmakers and actors fellowshipped together, encouraging each other, and sharing stories and advice. We also swapped dvds so that everyone could go home and watch each other’s movies. Now I can’t wait until we have time to watch all these movies!

The evening included fabulous entertainment  with original songs as well as praise and worship.
The evening included fabulous entertainment with original songs as well as praise and worship.
19425_10203844472128053_6364392724515798116_n
First time filmmaker Cynthia L. Leon and her amazing team spent two years trying to get The Basement the very best they could get it. The judges definitely liked the finished product and I can’t wait to see it.
Actress Courtney Lee Simpson was actually double nominated for her roles in Fat Boys as well as Gramps Goes to College. She won Best Actress for her great performance in Fat Boys.
Actress Courtney Lee Simpson was actually double nominated for her roles in Fat Boys as well as Gramps Goes to College. She won Best Actress for her great performance in Fat Boys.
New friends that we got to know included David and Katie Vandergriff.
New friends that we got to know included David and Katie Vandergriff.
22322_10202836577915744_1137863380402427760_n
We were honored to receive awards for Pastor’s Choice, Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score, and Best Film.
Many thanks to Daryl Hall for putting together a fabulous evening honoring Christian filmmaking.
Many thanks to Daryl Hall for putting together a fabulous evening honoring Christian filmmaking.

Here’s the complete list of award winners for this year.

About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. 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. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: