Nominations for the 2018 International Christian Film Festival have been announced–and look who has been nominated from the Mitten

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(I am indebted to Heather Fairbanks who encouraged me to write this article. I thank her  for her continued support and wish every one from Michigan nominated by the ICFF the very best.  Bring home the honors. )

The nominations for the 2018 International Christian Film and Music Festival have been announced.  There were quite a few nominees from Michigan.

About the International Christian Film and Music Festival

The premiere choice for faith-based, family-friendly films and documentaries,  the International Christian Film and Music Festival (ICFF) is one of the largest Christian Film Festivals in the world and it is the only film festival with a screening in France during the Cannes Film Festival.

With a goal of to helping filmmakers get to next level, the ICFF counts among the reasons to submit/ attend this festival include:

Top Reason to Submit:

1) Win up to $500,000 in Prizes
2) Oscar style award ceremony
3) Screening movies to distributors
4) Screen movies in France
5) Get a distribution deal during the Festival
6) Walk the red carpet and do interviews with the media
7) Meet industry / like-minded professionals
8) Learn from the best in the industry
9) Meet some of the best actors
10) Known as the friendliest festival.

The ICFF will be hosting their event Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive Orlando, Florida

The nominees from the Mitten state  include:



Wild Faith is up for a bunch of awards including Best Film with individual nominees awarded to Shane Hagedorn Best Actor in a Feature Film,  Lauren LaStrada Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film and Jesse Low for Best Director for a feature film.

The film and developing TV series portrays life in 1800’s Michigan, focusing on a Civil War vet trying to make peace with his losses and start a new life despite the world resisting change around him.  Written by DJ Perry,  directed by Jesse Low,  Wild Faith features Lana Wood, Darby Hinton, Michael Rene Walton

Chasing a The Star received 5 noms:  Chasing the Star was nominated for  Best Picture, Garry Nation nominated for Best Actor,   Dennis Therrian for  Best Music   DJ Perry for Best Screenplay  and Most Inspirational l.

Written by DJ Perry,  directed by Brett Miller,  Chasing the Star is the story of the Three Magi Priests from different regions of the world who journey through the unforgiving desert in hopes of finding proof of an age old prophecy. But Kings of men and fallen angels will stop at nothing to destroy the Magi and the baby boy they hold dear. These evils force the Magi to confront and make peace with old demons in order to prepare for the arrival of the new born King.  Chasing the Star features Yancy Butler, Rance Howard, Terence Knox among others.










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 The Chaplain Series is nominated for Best TV Show and Rhodes Short was nominated for Best Actor for a TV Show. Heather Fairbanks  for Best Actress for a TV Show!

The Chaplain Series,  written and directed by Rhodes Short the creator of the award winning, edgy, faith-based, feature film Who Will Move the Stone (available on Amazon.)  is in the style of Cops and depicts the kinds of events that Chaplains who are also first responders face on a regular basis as they seek to share The Gospel of Jesus Christ. ‘The Chaplain Series’ is brought to you by Sharkey Street Ministries and Blue Leaf Studio & Productions and the Pilot episode is currently filming in metro Detroit. (Executive Producers Rhodes Short and Heather Fairbanks Actress)

Said Heather Fairbanks in acceptance of this nomination, “”Humbled and honored to receive a nomination for ‘Best Actress in a TV Show’ at the 2018 International Christian Film Festival in Orlando, FL for my role as atheist reporter ‘Rebecca Stone.’  in the Chaplain Series

Congrats to Writer/Director/Actor & friend Rhodes Short on his nomination for ‘BEST ACTOR IN A TV SHOW’ ” Heather continues.  “And to our entire cast/crew for being nominated for ‘BEST TV SHOW’ for our pilot episode. We love the ICFF and as producers had the opportunity to screen “Who Will Move the Stone” there when it was nominated for ‘Best Screenplay’ in 2016. Feeling very blessed in every way to be doing what I love and to be glorifying God in the process.”

Congrats to all my friends who were also nominated in their respective crafts. Please follow Heather Fairbanks ActressBlue Leaf Studio & Productions and Sharkey Street Ministries for future news on upcoming episodes, casting calls and festival run.

Congrats to Sharkey Street Ministries, Blue Leaf Studio & Productions, and Collective Development Incorporated for creating award worthy films that glorify God.

These are the speakers/guests attending the International Christian Film and Music Festival :

These are the speakers/guests attending:


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