By LDS Box Press Release
New LDS Film Festival Will Celebrate Cultural and Artistic Diversity
PROVO, UTAH -- "The time is right to initiate a festival that
celebrates our cultural and artistic diversity and features young
filmmakers who tell fresh stories and share new ideas," says
Christian Vuissa, initiator of the First International LDS Film
Festival 2001, which will launch next month in Provo. Deadline for
film, video and screenplay submissions is October 15.
The festival is the first of its kind: a traveling film festival that
focuses mainly on LDS filmmakers around the world. Vuissa, the
festival initiator and founder of the non-profit organization LDSBox
says that "any short film, video or screenplay that deals with the
human experience in a sensitive and honest way is accepted."
Winning screenplays, films, and videos are eligible for cash prizes
totaling $ 2000.00. Although the festival is aimed at young LDS
filmmakers, the festival has no age limit and is not limited to LDS
artists, either. "We want to motivate young people to express
themselves creatively. Film is a collaborative process that invites
creativity and teamwork. Today, everyone can make a great short
film." Vuissa, himself a film student at BYU and native of Austria,
believes that the LDS film festival will grow with each year and will
have more and more international submissions.
The festival will be launched in November in Provo, Utah, and then
tour Salt Lake, New York, Los Angeles, as well as several
international venues. Besides the festival competition, the festival
committee is planning a panel discussion featuring prominent LDS
filmmakers, workshops and screenings of films that are not part of
the competition. The exact times and places for the festival will be
announced later this month.
LDSBox was founded to "sustain creative people in their pursuit to
uplift the human spirit and support spirituality, religion, and
transcendence in the arts and media." The goal of the organization is
also to connect LDS artists around the world and give them the
opportunity to interact and exchange ideas. Besides the film
festival, LDSBox is planning other venues for young artists in the
LDS community. People interested in supporting young artists are
invited to participate. More information can be found at http://www.ldsbox.com .
Celebrate Cultural and Artistic Diversity
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