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Christian Filmmakers to Receive the Top Cash Prize in World; The San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival Announces $101,000 Grand Prize 'Jubilee Award'.

SAN ANTONIO, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (SAICFF) unveiled plans to give the single largest cash prize in the world to be awarded by any film festival -- secular or Christian.

On March 10, the cash prize payout for their annual "Best of Festival" Jubilee Award was upped to $101,000, giving it the top rank for cash prizes among film festivals worldwide. In addition, it is expected that other cash, product, and service-related prizes will bring the total value of awards for the next SAICFF in excess of $200,000. Doug Phillips, founder of the SAICFF, made the announcement on Tuesday at an official press conference at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. During the historic announcement attended by press, filmmakers and broadcast professionals, Facing the Giants producer Stephen Kendrick introduced Phillips as founder of "America's premier Christian film festival."

The announcement comes during a sustained crescendo for independent Christian films. In recent years, the industry has enjoyed mainstream praise and box office success for low-budget indy films such as Facing the Giants. Privately-financed blockbusters like The Passion of the Christ have challenged the conventional wisdom on issues of marketing, distribution, and ticket sales.

"What this announcement means is that Christian filmmaking will no longer be on the backburner, but in the forefront of the independent film movement," remarked Phillips.

"Purse strings of liberal filmmakers have financed anti-Christian values and moral decadence through film for decades," Phillips stated. "They have had their day, and now is the time for a Christian reformation in filmmaking."

Phillips noted, "We at the SAICFF are endeavoring to spearhead this reformation by giving the largest cash prize award in the world to our 'Best of Festival' Winner -- to reward that filmmaker who best communicates a Christian worldview with artistic excellence through their work. Thanks to the generous donation of a private foundation, the SAICFF now has prize money available to help encourage Christian filmmakers who are engaging this critical arena of the arts.

"Our mission is not to infiltrate Hollywood, nor merely to temper its distasteful agenda," Phillips said, "but to replace it altogether. We are about the business of building a replacement industry -- one that is distinctively Christian in message and methodology. This world-class grand prize sends a message that Christians are serious about investing in those independent Christian filmmakers who are willing to work outside of Hollywood, and to produce competitive films of technical excellence, with a presuppositionally biblical message.

"It does little good to complain about Hollywood's corrupt agenda," continued Phillips. "Our goal is to light a candle --- to show that there is hope outside Hollywood by rewarding culture changers who are recapturing film for Christ's glory."

The San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival will hold its fifth annual festival in the Alamo City on January 8-10, 2009. The deadline for film submissions is November 1 for feature films and October 1 for all other film categories.

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To interview Doug Phillips regarding his vision for the SAICFF or to receive press materials and photos from the historic announcement, media should contact Gregg Wooding of I AM PR Services at

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