ICVM 2021 Storytellers ConferenceFeaturing:  

  • The first-ever Christian Film Market
  • The ICVM Screenplay & Story Pitch-a-thon
  • The ICVM Crown Awards Finalist Celebration
  • Popcorn Nights
  • Screenings
  • Networking Event
  • Top Christian Speakers in Film
  • Deep-dive Seminars: Fundraising; Domestic & Foreign Distribution; Acting; Writing; Legal & Rights; Scheduling & Budgeting; Film Insurance; Podcasting; US & Foreign Incentives for Low-Budget Films, and more
  • Women Leaders in Christian Film Panel
  • Worship & prayer

Nov. 10th – 13th  Orlando, FL      

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 Dolphin Tale’s Exec Producer to Speak at Storytellers Conference

David Yates

 David Yates is the Co-Producer/Executive Producer of the #1 box office hit Dolphin Tale and its sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, the Warner Bros. hit movies that starred Morgan Freeman,  Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Kris Kristofferson. Yates also directed and wrote the documentary “Winter, the Dolphin That Can”, and directs the current web series Winter the Dolphin, Saving Winter. He is known for his business leadership skills, having taken the Ironman Triathlon brand to international fame as CEO in the 90s, winning 3 Sports Emmys along the way; and as CEO of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium took it from near-insolvency to a thriving global organization.  When Winter the disabled dolphin came to CMA, Yates had the foresight to see her story of survival as an inspiration to others. He initiated a marketing and media plan that promoted the story worldwide with exposure on NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, BBC, CNN, and thousands of others. The result was a multi-billion dollar impact on the Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater area and two movies that touched the hearts and inspired millions of children around the world.
Yates left CMA in 2020 after completing an $80 million new facility, and he is now executive producing multiple family and faith-based films. He and his wife Joan reside in Palm Harbor, Florida and have four grown children.

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49th Annual ICVM Crown Award Finalists Announced

The 49th Annual ICVM Crown Awards, honoring the best in indie Christian film and TV, announced the finalists during the ICVM Storytellers Conference this week in Orlando, FL.  Five finalists were chosen in each of the 15 categories, which received entries from 20 countries around the world.

 The finalists will vie for the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards at ICVM’s gala awards ceremony during NRB’s Christian Media Convention on March 10, 2022, in Nashville, TN.

 700 Club Entertainment Reporter Efrem Graham spoke to the finalists about being inspired by the upcoming movie about the late playwright Jonathan Larson, composer and writer of ‘Rent’, saying to “be obedient to what you are called to do,” adding “whether or not you see it, God will always give the increase.”

ICVM’s Storyteller Conference, a 4-day event each winter, also featured the first-ever Christian Film Market, where filmmakers with finished films made deals directly with distributors.  It also featured a Script & Story Pitch-a-thon, educational seminars, networking events, forums and pre-release screenings.

 For 49 years the International Christian Visual Media Association (ICVM) has been helping educate, network, empower and inspire Christian filmmakers and distributors around the world. 

 The finalists, by category:

 

BEST CHILDREN'S PROGRAM:

Roller Peps - Feliz7Play, Producers

The Bible, Part One - Joshua Carroll, Producer

The Little Worship Company - Wonderborn Studios, Producers

The Low Down Showdown at Gizzard Gulch - Barry McAlister - Writer, Creative Director

Torchlighters: The Mary Slessor Story - Vision Video Producers

 

BEST STUDENT PRODUCTION:

Holding Hope - Taylor University Producers; Josie Koontz, Director

I'm Home - Hsuan- Wei Wu Director.

The Aviators: A Father/Son Story - Taylor University, Producers – Jeff Ogden, Director

The Jewel of Richmond - Taylor University, Producers - Justin Meininger, Director.

We Killed Megan - Kayla Blair, Producer

 

BEST MUSIC/WORSHIP PRODUCTION:

As It Is Written – Cornerstone Church San Francisco, Producers

Decisions Music Video - Nick Coetzee- Gustavo Ortega, Producers.

Man of Sorrows - Alejandro Guimoye, Director

My Talents - Tolu A, Producer.

Our Petition - Babbie, Cheryl and Donna D Productions, Producers

 

BEST SHORT FILM:

Fully Known – Joelle Maryn, Producer, Kenneth Mader Director

Icon - Anthony Devlin  Director

Lynn - A Life Renewed – Dianne Becker, Producer; Zach Ruble, Director

SITK (Service for the King) - Serving The Peace, Producers

The Stranger - Kurt Hale, Director; Allen Kreutzkamp, Producer

Would You Marry You - Taffiney Williams, Producer.

 

BEST FOREIGN PRODUCTION:

Adama's Dream - Create International, Producers. 

Jailer - Damilola Mike-Bamiloye, Director

Land of Fury - Damilola Mike-Bamiloye, Director.

Loveless Zeal – Annette Reine, Producer/Director

Our Neighbors on the Street - Japan CGNTV   Taguchi Maya Director

Rapture Nightmare - Damilola Mike-Bamiloye, Director.

 

BEST SERIES:

Fragment - Nathan Blair Producer

Sifting the Evidence. Part 2 – CTA and Gary Wilkinson Producers

Tetelestai Series - Light In Action, Producers.

Torchlighters: The Mary Slessor Story - Vision Video, Producers

Vindication, Season 2 - Vision Video, Producers

 

BEST TELEVISION PRODUCTION:

Finding Joy:  Dyan Cannon Shares Her Amazing Story - Rose and Rainbows Ministries, Inc, Producers

Our Petition - Babbie, Cheryl and Donna Productions, Producers

Sifting the Evidence, Part 1 – CTA and Gary Wilkinson, Producers

The Value of Human Life - Alex McFarland and Truth for a New Generation Producers

Vindication, Season 2 Episode 1 - Vision Video Producers

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY UNDER $50,000:

A Strong Finish - Jim David, Director

GO:  The Kingdom Journey - Ep. 1 - Shane McMullin Director

Nothing Wasted - Bell Shoals Creative, Producers

Our Neighbors on the Street - Japan CGNTV;  Taguchi Maya, Director

Praying on the Mountain - Ryan Cumbo, Director

The Threatened Miracle of South Africa’s Democracy - Frans Cronje Producer, Charlotte Huisaman, Director.

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY OVER $50,000:

Against The Tide - Ralf Augstroze. Producer

Before the Wrath - Brent Miller Jr. Director

Send Proof - Elijah Stephens Producer

Sparks - The Ken Sparks Story - Jeff Joslin, Director; Ciera Danille, Producer.

The 7 Churches of Revelation:  Times of Fire - Millenium Productions, Thinking Man Films, & Revelation Media Producers

 

BEST EVANGELISTIC FILM:

Against The Tide - Ralf Augstroze Producer. 

As It Is Written – Cornerstone Church San Francisco, Producers

Sabina - Tortured for Christ, The Nazi Years - Grooters Productions & The Voice of the Martyrs Producers

Sifting the Evidence. Part 2 - CTA & Gary Wilkinson Producer

The Dec1sion - Roy Mazzagate III  Producer Director

 

BEST COMEDY:

Jeremy Nunes “Who’s With Me?!” - Jeremy Nunes, Producer. (Nunez)

Mary 4 Mayor - Virginia Filmworks, Producer

The Pope Drops In - St Michaels Movies Producers

Time Boys - Terry Brothers, Producers

Tulsa - Pryor Entertainment Producers

 

 BEST NARRATIVE UNDER $250,000:

Break Every Chain - BMC Production & JC Films Producers

Damaged Goods - Asbury University, Producers

Everything I Am - Robbie Fatt Director

High School Bully - SONset Friday Entertainment Producers

Tulsa - Pryor Entertainment Producers

 

BEST NARRATIVE OVER $250,000:

Hope For the Holidays - Ricky Borba  Director

Mary 4 Mayor - Virginia Filmworks, Producers

Sabina - Tortured for Christ, The Nazi Years - Grooters Productions and The Voice of the Martyrs Producers

The Pope Drops in – St Michaels Movies, Producers

Time Boys – Terry Brothers, Producers

 

BEST MALE ACTOR:

Brandon Coleman as Jesus in As It Is Written

Michael J Patterson as the Inquisitor Walt Whistle in Fabled: The Inquisitors

Nathan Blair as John in Fragment

Emil Mandanac  as Richard Wurmbrand in Sabina - Tortured for Christ, The Nazi Years

Scott Pryor as Tommy in Tulsa.                  

 

BEST FEMALE ACTOR:

Kimmy Fitzpatrick as Satan in As It Is Written

Joelle Maryn as Gabriella in Fully Known

Raluca Botez as Sabina Wurmbrand in Sabina - Tortured for Christ, The Nazi Years

Annabelle Collins as Anna Davis in Trafficked Music Video

Ashley Butler as Amy in We Killed Megan

For more information please contact:

 

Paul Sirmons

President, ICVM

[email protected]

407-230-5397