Friday, January 25, 2008

"Cinema Vita"-- the "Pro-Life Film Festival"

We're all still glowing from the wonderful experience we had last Saturday at the "Walk For Life West Coast." But there is another pro-life effort that needs your support: the "Cinema Vita Film Festival."

The Office of Public Policy & Social Concerns for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Ignatius Press are colloborating on this project, which will be held in San Francisco on March 7, 2008. The success of Bella, Juno, and other movies with a life-affirming message shows that the public has a great hunger for such art. But a Film Festival needs films! Few of us are filmmakers, of course, but we can help get the word out to those who are. For full information about the festival, go to the Cinema Vita Page. Ignatius Insight also has an insightful (!) rundown on the festival.

Here's some info about submissions:

Filmmakers who participate in the festival are encouraged to think of new and different ways to approach the meaning and sacredness of life. Focusing on unplanned pregnancies is just one of many possible approaches; the inherent dignity given by God to every person shines forth, for example, in the infant with cerebral palsy, down-syndrome or autistic child, the medical student, the underdog athlete, the terminally ill spouse, the frail parent, the person limited to a wheel-chair person, and the inmate on death row.

Submissions to the festival are to be 3-to-5 minute original films. They can be entered in one of three divisions: high school, college and an open category. Films will be judged based on the overall impact of their message, the storyline/plot, technical quality, and appeal to a broad audience. Prizes for each category include $250 plus valuable in-kind prizes chosen to encourage emerging filmmakers. For submission guidelines, prizes, and other information on sponsorships, timetable and prizes, please visit or call 415-387-2324.

Posted by Gibbons

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