The inaugural International Faith and Family Film Festival will debut at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest 2013 in Dallas, August 29-31, at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The film festival will showcase projects including Fox Searchlight’s “Black Nativity,” Image Entertainment’s “Winnie Mandela” and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s “Heaven is for Real.” Actress Regina King is also expected to attend. Works from BET and a range of other high quality films from around the world will also be highlighted.
Bishop Jakes, who has long appreciated the entertainment media’s influence in helping shape cultural messages and bring people to Christ, believes a new and vibrant “faith and family” film festival will raise the bar and change perceptions about what constitutes a faith-oriented film.
“Americans are looking for wholesome entertainment that reflects the values they practice and teach their children every day. We’re filling that void,” said Jakes. “This film festival is designed to encourage studios and the rising number of faith and family-based film companies to help this type of entertainment grow.”
Wholly original, the International Faith and Family Film Festival has already attracted some of the most powerful players in Hollywood, including William Morris Endeavor Partner/Agent Charles King; Brian Edwards, producer of Mark Burnett’s record-setting History Channel series “The Bible;” DeVon Franklin, senior vice president of production at Columbia TriStar Pictures; Jeff Yordy, former director of marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment; Nikkole Denson-Randolph, vice president of special & alternative content for AMC Theatres; and representatives from Creative Artists Agency.