The first International Faith and Family Film Festival will make its debut at Bishop T.D. Jakes' MegaFest 2013 in Dallas at the Omni Dallas Hotel, August 29-31.
Some of the projects featured at 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."
Bishop T.D. Jakes relishes in the idea of using media to send positive and Christian messages and believes a film festival will help families get together.
"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 to Christian Newswire. "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."
The festival will have special panel discussions moderated by Mary Claire Kendall of "Forbes," Kirstin Wilder, vice president and managing editor of "Variety," Sarah Pulliam Bailey of Religion News Service, and Kevin Frazier, host of "OMG! Insider."
Topics will cover "Marketing within the Faith-Based Community," "The Now and Future of Faith-Based Film & TV," "Getting Your Film/TV Production Launched" and "The Rise of Digital Filmmaking, Distribution & Marketing."
"This is more than just a film festival," Jakes said. "It is an exciting and emotional re-imagining of all that cinema can and should be for ourselves and future generations. Getting our hearts right and our families back together again is paramount. With this festival we hope to provide more high-quality, family friendly and Bible-centered films over time. This is an essential ingredient for the healing and strengthening of our culture."
Tickets are available for $99 and the event is three days. Those interested may register online click here.
A complete list of scheduled events for the film festival visit www.mega-fest.com/filmfestival.