Life Film Festival 2016 Announces Screening Slate

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Life Film Festival Announces Screening Slate

(Los Angeles) Life Fest Film Festival, home of the Capra awards, announced its screening slate for 2016. Of more than 260 films submitted from throughout the world, only 27 made the final screening cut. “These are incredible films from professionals and even international first-timers,” said Brian Johnston, Life Fest Director. “It’s a real honor to help these films get the recognition they deserve!”

Life Fest Film Festival is the film festival dedicated to honoring films that underscore the value and significance of an individual life, even the seemingly insignificant. Based in the heart of the entertainment industry, Life Fest gives a tip of the hat to Director Frank Capra, known for his thematic salute to the significance of the seemingly insignificant individual.

This year Life Fest will have its screenings at LA Live Regal Theater Complex, with meetings and workshops in various Hollywood locations.

This year’s screenings include:

UNTIL FOREVER – When Michael and Michelle’s dreams for the future are threatened by a Lukemia diagnosis, their love & faith is tested to the limits.  Based on actual events.                                                                       

VOICELESS – When a young, reserved, war veteran, moves to Philadelphia to start an inner city community outreach, he puts his life on the line in order to fight for life.                                                                                                                                                           

HUSH –  This documentary honestly explores the explosive tension between the two polarized camps of pro-life and pro-choice, while offering a completely fresh & comprehensive look at the subject of women’s reproductive health.                                                                                                                 

Life Fest Film Festival Kicks Into High Gear

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5×5 Filmmaker Challenge and International Voting Now Open

LOS ANGELES – Organizers of the Life Fest Film Festival are kicking into high gear in anticipation of the event’s third annual presentation in May. In addition to open registration for the festival’s 5×5 Filmmaker Challenge, viewers across the country and from around the world may now vote for their favorite films from the 2012 festival as part of Life Fest International.

“Life Fest calls on everyone interested in telling a compelling story that highlights the intrinsic value of human life to participate in our third annual festival,” said Life Fest Director Brian Johnston. “Filmmakers have a unique voice and powerful tools at their disposal to spread a tremendous message.”

The 5×5 for Life Filmmaker Challenge encourages and nurtures aspiring filmmakers

The 5×5 for Life Filmmaker Challenge is open to students and independent filmmakers and challenges them to produce a five-minute short reinforcing the profound significance of every human life. While helpful, participants need not be located in Los Angeles – in fact, several entries were received last year from outside the United States. Entries which meet all of the requirements will be screened during the Life Fest Film Festival May 9-12, 2013 in Los Angeles and winning filmmakers will have the opportunity to network with some of Hollywood’s leading insiders, including producers, directors, and distributors.

Participants will have a five-day window beginning April 17, 2013, in which to write, shoot, film, and edit a short film (3-5 minutes). At the start of the competition, each team will be given a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue that must appear in the film.  All films must be submitted by April 22, 2013. In addition to being screened during the festival, awards will also be presented in several categories. Winning teams will be invited to Los Angeles to take part in festival.

More details, including registration information, are now available online at www.lifefilmfest.com/5×5.

“The 5×5 for Life competition will give aspiring filmmakers – regardless of where they are in the world – the chance to showcase their talents in front of some of the most established producers, directors, and distributors in Hollywood,” Johnston noted.

Life Fest International spreads the word around the globe

To reach beyond Los Angeles, Life Fest has created “Life Fest International,” which seeks to bring the films screened at the festival to a global audience. Through Life Fest International, viewers from anywhere are able to screen the films chosen to take place during Life Fest 2012 and vote for their favorites. These winners will be presented with special awards during Life Fest 2013.

Films from 2012 include “October Baby,” which captured Best Film honors, and “Doonby,” which took home the festival’s Capra Award, named in honor of legendary filmmaker Frank Capra.

“With Life Fest, we’re doing something that has never been done before in Hollywood,” Johnston added. “We’re working from within the industry to encourage and nurture films that send a fundamental message to our society: every life matters. Being a part of Life Fest is an opportunity no one should pass up.”

More information about Life Fest

Interviews:
Life Fest Director Brian Johnston and Public Relations Director Derrick Jones are available for interviews about Life Fest Film Festival. To arrange an interview, contact Derrick Jones at (323) 393-0674 or email lifefestpress@gmail.com.

Stills:
Photos from Life Fest 2012 are available for media outlets. Photos may be downloaded at: www.flickr.com/photos/lifefilmfest. Photo credit should be given to Life Fest Film Festival. 

About Life Fest Film Festival:
Now in its third year, the Life Fest Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing films that reinforce the intrinsic worth of innocent human life and the profound significance of each life.  Past participants include actor Joe Estevez, Lamplight Entertainment director Jonathan Flora and his wife, actress Deborah Flora, actor/producer Clint Howard, actor Charlie Holliday, actress Jenn Gotzon, actress Mell Flynn, actor Alfonzo Rachel, and “Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider.  The Life Fest Film Festival will take place May 9-12, 2013 in Hollywood. For more information about venues, see www.lifefilmfest.com

“October Baby” Takes Best Film Honors

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“OCTOBER BABY” TAKES BEST FILM HONORS; “DOONBY” WINS CAPRA AWARD AT 2ndANNUAL LIFE FEST FILM FESTIVAL

International Life Fest launches online in June

LOS ANGELES – “October Baby,” which topped $5 million in nationwide box office sales last week, captured Best Film honors at the 2nd Annual Life Fest Film Festival while “DOONBY,” scheduled to release later this year after a limited release in February, took home the Capra Award, named in honor of legendary filmmaker Frank Capra. The awards were presented at the Festival Awards Ceremony Saturday night at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Co-hosted by Victoria Jackson, Mell Flynn, and Alfonzo Rachel, the evening capped off the premiere film festival dedicated to showcasing films that highlight the intrinsic value of life and the human experience.

In accepting the award, the film’s co-stars, John Schneider and Shari Rigby, remarked on the film’s power to reach across the cultural divide with a message of forgiveness and healing.

Named after legendary filmmaker Frank Capra, the Festival’s Capra Award was presented to Best Film nominee, “Doonby,” in which Schneider also starred. Life Fest Director Brian Johnston noted that theCapra Award honors those films with inspirational and uplifting themes that underscore the intrinsic value of life. Schneider was joined by co-star Joe Estevez and producer Mark Joseph in accepting the award. Joseph noted that among writer/director Peter Mackenzie’s inspirations in creating Doonby was Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

Another Best Film nominee, “The Way,” directed by Emilio Estevez, which co-starred Estevez and his father, Martin Sheen, was presented with the Jury Award in recognition of its powerful theme underscoring the profound value of the human experience.

In addition to the top film honors, the 2012 Spirit of Life Award was given to Martin Sheen. As Life Fest Director Brian Johnston has observed, “Martin Sheen has been outspoken in his opposition to legalizing assisted suicide, a form of voluntary euthanasia, and his opposition to abortion. His willingness to ‘go against the zeitgeist’ and speak out for the value of each innocent life, is both brave and honorable.”

Accepting the award for Mr. Sheen was his brother, Joe Estevez. Mr. Estevez noted that their parents “had twelve children, ten of whom lived to adulthood. Of those ten, six became teachers, two are actors, one retired from public television, and one is a poet. Six of us served in the military. Three fought in combat. And all of us were honorably discharged. We all have worked with and have given generously to various charities.  So, I accept this award in the name of my brother, but in the spirit of our mother and father.”

To expand the reach of festival, Johnston announced that the International Life Fest Film Festival will launch online starting June 1, 2012. “The message of Life Fest is one which transcends borders. It is a universal message,” Johnston said. “Many of our contributors and fans could not be present to join us in Los Angeles. That is why we will be continuing the festival for our international audience. Attendees throughout the world will be able to view and vote for their favorite films and there will be separate awards and honors given to reflect the judgment offered by the international community.”

The Festival also presented several awards in various categories, including special awards for the 5×5 for Life Filmmaker Challenge.  Filmmakers were given a prop, character, a line of dialogue, and five days to write, shoot and edit a 3-5 minute short film. A total of ten submissions were received from across the country.

5×5 Filmmaker Challenge Awards
Best Use of Theme: Hello Mother & Father – Director Richard Alvarez
Best Use of Line: Second Chance
Best Use of Prop: The Choice – Director Mark Hoffman
Best Use of Character Name: Benjamin Franklin’ Little Brother – Director Camryn Kasinski
Best Cinematography: Carry On
Best Sound Design: The Choice
Best Story/Writing: Hello Mother & Father
Best Film: The Choice
Audience Award: Hello Mother & Father
Best Actor: Austin Stevenson
Best Actress: Dawn Setters

Short Film Awards
Best Use of Theme: Rusted Pyre – Director Laurence Cohen
Best Cinematography: Rusted Pyre
Best Sound Design: Rusted Pyre
Best Story/Writing: Rusted Pyre
Best Film: Backseat – Christopher  Woodring
Audience Award: Backseat

Documentary Award
Best Documentary: 7 Days of Sacrifice – Director Thomas Anderson

 Feature Film Awards
Best Use of Theme: Courage, New Hampshire
Best Cinematography: October Baby
Best Sound Design: Courage, New Hampshire
Best Writing: October Baby
Audience Award: Courage, New Hampshire

Photos from the event are available to media outlets at: www.flickr.com/photos/lifefilmfest. Photo credit should be given to Life Fest Film Festival.

Interviews:
Life Fest Director Brian Johnston and Publicist Derrick Jones are available for interviews about Life Fest Film Festival. To arrange an interview, contact Derrick Jones at (323) 393-0674 or emaillifefestpress@gmail.com.

About Life Fest Film Festival:
Now in its second year, the Life Fest Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing films that reinforce the intrinsic worth of innocent human life and the profound significance of each life.  Last year’s participants included Lamplight Entertainment director Jonathan Flora and his wife, actress Deborah Flora, actor/producer Clint Howard, actor Charlie Holliday, actress Jenn Gotzon and actress Mell Flynn.  The Life Fest Film Festival will take place May 5-6, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Life Fest Film Festival to honor Martin Sheen

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LIFE FEST FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR MARTIN SHEEN
WITH 2012 SPIRT OF LIFE AWARD
The Way Nominated for Best Film at 2nd Annual Film Festival

LOS ANGELES – Today, organizers of the Life Fest Film Festival, the premiere showcase for films that honor the value of human life and the unique importance of each life, announced that actor/producer Martin Sheen will receive the 2012 Spirit of Life Award. Now in its second year, the Festival will be held May 5-6, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“Martin Sheen has been outspoken in his opposition to legalizing assisted suicide, a form of voluntary euthanasia, and his opposition to abortion,” said Brian Johnston, director of the Life Fest Film Festival. “Life Fest is seeking to affirm those stories and story tellers that reflect the unique value of the human experience and of each human life by providing a forum to films that highlight a very profound message: every life matters.  Martin Sheen’s willingness to ‘go against the zeitgeist’ and speak out for the value of each innocent life, is both brave and honorable.”

In a July 2003, interview with The Progressive, Sheen stated: “As a father and a grandfather, I have had experience with children who don’t always come when they are planned, and I have experienced the great joy of God’s presence in my children, so I’m inclined to be against abortion of any life…I don’t think abortion is a good idea.” In 2008, Sheen served as a spokesman for Washington state’s Coalition Against Assisted Suicide. In an ad campaign against Initiative 1000, which legalized assisted suicide in the state, Sheen observed, “People who are ill need real medical care and compassion, not lethal drugs.”

In addition to the Spirit of Life Award, Sheen’s most recent film, The Way, in which he co-starred with his son and the film’s director, Emilio Estevez, has been nominated for Best Film. According to the film’s website: “THE WAY is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an irascible American doctor who comes to France to deal with the tragic loss of his son (played by Emilio Estevez). Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage “The Way of St. James” to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn’t plan on is the profound impact this trip will have on him. Through unexpected and oftentimes amusing experiences along “The Way,” Tom discovers the difference between “the life we live and the life we choose.”

“Life Fest recognizes that entertainment professionals – actors, directors, writers, and producers alike – have a unique voice and powerful tools at their disposal,” Johnston added.  “We want to encourage them to follow Martin Sheen’s example by telling compelling stories that highlight the intrinsic value of life.”  

Interviews:

Life Fest Director Brian Johnston and Publicist Derrick Jones are available for interviews about Life Fest Film Festival. To arrange an interview, contact Derrick Jones at (323) 393-0674 or emaillifefestpress@gmail.com. Members of the press are also welcome to cover the Festival. For a complete schedule of events and to register for credentials, please contact Derrick Jones.

About Life Fest Film Festival:

Now in its second year, the Life Fest Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing films that reinforce the intrinsic worth of innocent human life and the profound significance of each life.  Last year’s participants included Lamplight Entertainment director Jonathan Flora and his wife, actress Deborah Flora, actor/producer Clint Howard, actor Charlie Holliday, and actress Mell Flynn.  The Life Fest Film Festival will take place May 5-6, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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