ICVM: 51st Annual Crown Awards Finalists Announced!

 The 51st Annual ICVM Crown Awards, honoring the best in indie Christian film and TV, announced the finalists during the ICVM Storytellers Conference in Franklin, TN.  Five finalists were chosen in each of the 17 categories, which received entries from 22 countries around the world.

 The finalists will vie for the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards at ICVM’s gala awards ceremony during NRB’s Christian Media Convention on February 21st, in Nashville, TN.

 ICVM’s Storyteller Conference, a 4-day event which takes place each fall, also featured the first-ever Christian Film Market, where filmmakers with finished films made deals directly with distributors.  It also featured a Script & Story Pitch-a-thon, educational seminars, networking events, forums and pre-release screenings.  This year marked a special year where we welcomed Lion's Den DFW to present projects and investors to our ICVM family.

 For 51 years the International Christian Visual Media Association (ICVM) has been helping educate, network, empower and inspire Christian filmmakers and distributors around the world. 

The finalists, by category:

Best Comedy
A Marriage Made in Heaven   Robert Krantz, Producer
Amazing Gracie.  Micah Caronna  Producer
Aria Appleton Shines Nathan Myers, Richard Brian Galyean, Danielle Wheeler, D'Lytha Myers Producers
Once Upon a Christmas   Nathan Blair Director/Producer
The Confession Musical   Stephen Yake  Director, Dan Posthuma  Producer/Director
Best Children’s
A Day and Night with Creator Sets Free     Dominic Carola Director, Irv Klaschus, Michael Allen. Kelly Bray Producers
Awesome Animals & Mini Me Joe Watson Director, Jon Hancock Producer
Lily’s Lab.  Ken Ham, Benjamin Wilt, Mike Prather, Bryan Eckhardt, Kevin Mackey, Mark Abney Producers
Minno Laugh and Grow Bible for Kids Easter     Jeremy Seymour & Robert Fernandez Directors , Erick Goss  Producer
The Paralyzed Man   Joshua Whitehouse & Dan Rackham Producer
Best Documentary Under $50,000
Armenia: A Love Story  Chuck Holton Producer
Confronting Radicals.  Benjamin Hilton Director, Truly Weisz, Luke Hilton, Shlome Schreibman Producers
Frederick Douglass: No Turning Back.  Chris Weatherhead Producer
Homeless But Human  Abby Arnold & Macie Weaver Producers
One Matchstick: The Segna Fire.  David Ferry Jr. Director
Best Documentary Over $50,000
After Death.  Stephen Gray Director Jason Pamer, Jens Jacob Producers
Discovering Who Is This Jesus.  Gary Wilkinson Director/ Producer
Miracle at Manchester   Doug Manchester , Brycen Newman Producers
One Second at a Time: Battling the Monster of Addiction.  Tim Searfoss Producer
Patterns of Evidence: Journey to Mt Sinai   Timothy Mahoney Producer
Best Foreign
Letter to My Unborn Daughter   Desmond Denton Director
Recitation   Damilola Mike Bamiloye Director
Soul Prison   Nipan Chawcharernpon, Director    Jason De Ford, Mark Maxey Producers 
The Face of the Faceless   Shaison P Ouseph Director, SANDRA DSOUZA RANA Producer
The Little Drummer Boy: Hope and a Future     Nora Fong Producer
Best Short
A Day and Night with Creator Sets Free     Dominic Carola Director, Irv Klaschus, Michael Allen. Kelly Bray Producers
Broken Bread   Kurt Hale, Director; Allen Kreutzkamp, Producer
Liberation or Occupation? EP 1 Hope in the Holy Land    Justin Kron & Todd Morehead Producers
Sejun: Nepal   John Grooters Producer
Vision   Steve Dawson Director
Best Television
American Homecoming    Tracy Trost Director
Clogged Pipes   Joao Carlos Dias, Jose Racoes, Daniel Jesus  Producers
Discovering Who Is This Jesus   Gary Wilkinson Producer
Feast & Falafels    Alexander Blom Director   Reinier Leenman Producer
Pulled From the Burning   Enoch Rasmussen Director Randal Melchert Producer
Best Music Worship
A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief    Kurt Hale Director  Allen Kreutzkamp  Producer
Our Hands    Kurt Hale Director   Allen Kreutzkamp Producer
Rodion Yudanov:  Govori Gospade       Alexander Perfilyev  Director  Radion Yudanov Producer
The Good Music Awards and Night of Song    Bonnie Sun Director
The Little Drummer Boy: Hope and a Future    Nora Fong Producer
Best Series
Kashtan’s Wildlife in the Zoo   Bryan Eckardt, Ben Wilt, Ryan Vogel Producers
Sabina Study Group    John Grooters Producer
These Stones: Episode 101 Pilot    Susan Rohrer, Cheryl McKay, Christopher Price, Drew Waters & Erin Bethea, Sam & Jeanette Towne, Mike Burns Producers
Townsend    Michael Houston King, Matt Borlenghi, Paul Sirmons Producers
Why Jerusalem Matters    Roy Brown, Doug Johnson, Rebecca Pettit, Chris McKinny, Stephen Pettit Producers
Best Non-Theatrical
A Marriage Made In Heaven    Robert Krantz  Producer
Divine Influencer     Shari Rigby & Claire Yorita Lee Producers
Not Your Romeo & Juliet   Sean Gaffney & Jim Owens Producers
Soul Prison   Nipan Chawcharernpon, Director    Jason De Ford, Mark Maxey Producers
Wayfaring Stranger    Matt Webb & Lance Clark Producers
Best Theatrical Release
His Only Son    David Helling Producer
Jesus Revolution    Jon Erwin, Brent McCorkle Director   Kevin Downes, Joshua Walsh, Jon Erwin, Andy Erwin  Producers 
Nefarious     Cary Solomon & Chuck Konzelman Directors   Chris Jones, Sheila Hart Producers
Sound of Freedom    Alejandro Monteverde Director    Eduardo Verastegui Producer
Southern Gospel     Neal Edelstein, Karl Horstmann, Kent Munsey, Dylan New, Jeffrey A. Smith Producers
Best Student Film
Lux Inter Tenebras    AJ Klapperich   Director
The Glitch    Justin Sterner Producer  Kate Larson Director
Unconventional: Living Life to the Max     Hannah Johnson Director   Kaylee Bornhofer Producer
What I Remember    Roy Rogers Director
Will Happen    Kevin Gorman Director     Shaylynn Reyes Producer
 Best Evangelistic
Jesus Revolution    Jon Erwin, Brett McCorkle Directors  Kevin Downes, Joshua Walsh, Jon Erwin, Andy Erwin  Producers 
The Preacher to the Popes: Raniero Cantalamessa      Ashley Zahorian & Brigette Rock Producers
These Stones: Episode 104    Cheryl McKay, Christopher Price, Drew Waters & Erin Bethea, Sam & Jeanette Towne, Mike Burns, Susan Rohrer  Producers
Wayfaring Stranger   Matt Webb & Lance Clark Producers
Where the River Divides    MD Neely Director   Isaac Masiga, Mercy Odhiambo, Matrid Nyagah, Dana Wahlbeck  Producers
Best Actor
A Marriage Made in Heaven       Robert Krantz as Demetri Chicopoulos
Five Date Rule                                 Jason Burkey as Henry
Jesus Revolution                            Jonathon Rounie as Lonnie
Southern Gospel                            Max Ehrich as Samuel Allen
These Stones: Episode 105           Rusty Joiner as Andrew
Wayfaring Stranger.  Jeff Dernian as Glenn Frank
Best Actress
House in Time.  Mindy Gilkerson as Dez
Jesus Revolution.  Anna Grace Barlow as Cathe
Southern Gospel    Katelyn Nacon as Julie Ledbetter
These Stones: Episode 104         Madeline Carroll as McKenna
Theses Stones: Episode 106        Karen Abercrombie as Miriam
Best Soundtrack
Far Haven   Tom Gire Composer
Jesus Revolution     Brent McCorkle Composer
Southern Gospel    Tim Williams Composer
The Confession Musical Movie  Wally Nason Composer
The Preacher to the Popes: Raniero Cantalamessa       James B Gardner  Composer
Wayfaring Stranger   David Siebels and Jeff Dernian Composers
Best Video Podcast
Faith on Film TV    Isaac Hernandez & Holly McClure Producers
Phil Cooke With You Tube expert Sean Cannell     Phil Cooke Producer
Set Life: Inspiring Stories of the Entertainment Industry      Amber Butaud Producer 
Think Big Podcast with Tracey Mitchell      Tracey Mitchell Producer/Director
Up Time – Jesus Came to Give us Life- Emily Wickham.  Greg Messina and Bob Barber Producers
Best Christian Talk Show
COFFEE with Kim: A Talk Testimonial TV Show    Kim Crabill Producer  
Set Life: Inspiring Stories of the Entertainment Industry     Amber Butaud Producer
The Answer     Frederik Van Herterijck & Jean Loyens   Producers
Tilt Shift    Bryan Eckardt Director       Tim Chaffey, Bryan Osbourne, Casey Chaffey  Producers
The Christian View TV Talk Show    Trudy Simmons Producer
Best Cinematography
#But God: Adam Smith Director of Photography
Jesus Revolution: Akis Konstantakopoulos. Director of Photography
One Second at a Time : Battling the Monsters of Addiction: Tim Searfoss Director of Photography
Sejun: Nepal: Bryan Papierski Director of Photography
Soul Prison: Jason De Ford Director of Photography
For more information please contact:

Paul Sirmons

President, ICVM

[email protected]