This weekend we headed north to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the annual GloryReelz Christian Film Festival. It was a jam packed day of workshops, screenings, meals, and fellowshipping.
We kicked off the day with Doc Benson’s workshop on budgeting. While we know a thing or two about budgets, we still learned more. My favorite takeaway was the importance of a Face on the Box, casting familiar faces that can be featured on the DVD cover.
Next on the agenda, I taught my workshop on Raising the Bar; Making Your Microbudget Movie Look Like a Million. Whereas Doc focused on how to cut costs, I explained how to make the most of your limited budget and make your movie look the best it can.
Following my workshop was a film panel discussion that I participated in along with Penny Carlisi, Doc Benson, Josiah Swanson, and Jacob Brasser with Jared Withrow moderating. Everyone had something unique to contribute to the conversation.
A highlight of this year’s festival was getting to enjoy meals together. Rather than everyone going their separate ways and returning, we all ate together and had further time to meet and greet.
After lunch we settled in for the movie screenings. I was excited to finally get to watch The Last Appeal, and all I can say is, WOW! That film is amazing. I’ll be writing a full review of it, but in the meantime, if you get a chance to watch it, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the opportunity. I bawled the entire movie and I still can’t stop thinking about it.
Providence followed The Last Appeal. We were excited by the large turnout and enjoyed getting to hear the response from fellow filmmakers. I wish we could have watched all the movies as they each sounded so great.
After the screenings, we joined together for another meal and more time to make new friends.
The evening concluded with the awards ceremony. We were excited when Juli Tapken was announced Best Actress for her role in Providence. Then I received Best Director. And then Providence was awarded Best Drama. Here’s a complete list of the winners.