Judson University's Imago Film Festival Wraps Up Another Year
(Elgin, IL - April 9, 2013) The ninth annual Imago Film Festival was held April 2 - 6 the at Marjorie Hall Thulin Performance Hall of the Thompson Center on Judson University's Elgin campus. The Imago Film Festival is designed to showcase innovative faith-based indy film from around the world.
Beginning on April 2 with a screening of the spiritual documentary Father of Lights, Matt Bilen, the film's cinematographer and composer, answered questions during a post-film discussion. While describing the content and technique of the documentary film, Bilen said his fantastic experiences of God’s work had taught him to love at all times.
On April 3-5, the festival screened submissions for this year’s short films competition. The films ranged from Luminaris, an animated fantasy from Argentina about the light of one’s imagination, to Growing Up Normal, a documentary from the United States about a former gang member who becomes an outspoken Christian.
Also on April 5, Ralph Winter, producer of Star Trek and X-Men films, spoke to festivalgoers about the power of story in film and its ability to initiate transformation in the lives of individuals.
On April 6, the festival came to a close with its elegant red carpet celebration, complete with paparazzi, a best-dressed contest, and live music by Tecumseh. Dean Batali, writer for That 70s Show and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, spoke to festivalgoers about his motivation to create great characters based on his experience of as a Christian.
The evening ended with the awards ceremony and the screening of the festival winners. There was a tie for Audience Choice between The Apple of My Eye (from Spain) and Smile (from Italy). The judges’ choice for runner-up in the 1-15 min category was The Discarded (from Spain) and runner-up in the 16-30 min category was Stalled (from Canada).
The grand prize winner was Wednesday’s Child (from the United States), a funny and haunting story of a girl who discovers her parents have an extreme interest in their child’s psychology. Mary Kay Cook, the film’s producer, accepted the award and commended the audience for their support of independent film.
Next year the university will host the tenth annual Imago Film Festival, tentatively scheduled for April 1-5. More information can be found a www.imagofilmfestival.com and at Imago’s Facebook page. For specific questions, contact Terrence Wandtke (the festival director) at firstname.lastname@example.org.