Fast-growing EchoLight Studios continues with its multi-million dollar commitment announced this year that supports the next generation of Christian filmmakers. The latest announcement pledges up to $1 million to produce and distribute a new work from the Best Film winner in this year's 168 Film Project. The action follows similar commitments-$250K at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (SAICFF) and a multi-million dollar production and distribution deal over five years with the Liberty University Cinematic Arts program.
"This is a great leap for the producers of the short films in our contest," said 168 Founder and Director John David Ware. "They move up to making feature-length films, and this is a great encouragement for them to continue to excel."
EchoLight awarded $250,000 on Feb. 9 to fund, co-produce and distribute a new work by the winner in the 2013 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival Short Film category. BranDon Adams' film USELESS took the award. (USELESS also won multiple awards at last year's 168 Film Project, including Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Acting).
SEE THE AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM 'USELESS' AT ECHOLIGHT.COM
Earlier this year, EchoLight created an exclusive, multi-million dollar partnership with Liberty University's Cinematic Arts program over five years to produce and distribute at least five movies combining Liberty students, staff and state-of-the-art equipment with EchoLight's veteran producers and other above-the-line personnel.
MORE ON THE 168 FILM PROJECT
In the annual 168 Film Project founded in Hollywood in 2003, filmmakers, writers, actors and crew create a short movie on an assigned theme in just one week. Registered contestants meet May 13, 2013, to draw stones with Bible verses on them. (Participants outside the Southern California area "draw" online.)