Wednesday, September 7th
17:00 Welcome, Drinks
20:00 Opening Night - A sneak peek at the week and Exclusive Film Screening - Let Me Have My Son (Preview below)
22:00 Late Night Hangout
Wednesday Exclusive Sneak Preview - Let Me Have My Son
Informed that his son has recovered from schizophrenia, a father travels to the state mental hospital to take him home, only to discover he's nowhere to be found.
Thursday Exclusive Film Screening - Less Of Me
In the documentary, Johan is watching and we also with him, we follow him during his mission work in Brazil. We see Johan often struggles between the man he has become through his past and the man he wants to be. He helps the people on the streets, yet as a former drug dealer he feels some personality traits he would rather leave behind. Watching himself struggling is very confrontational for him; he does not meet a man he wants to be. He realizes during watching this film of himself that he is still busy with ‘being good enough.’
Roger Carswell - BIble Talks Conference Speaker
Roger is a travelling evangelist and author. He leads evangelistic church and university missions as well as speaking at Christian conferences. He has written a number of books including “And some evangelists” and “Where is God in a messed up world?”, and publishes numerous gospel tracts and booklets. He is married to Dot, has four children and lives in North Yorkshire..
Murdo grew up on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. He trained in film production at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and shortly after graduating started a production company called Trinity Digital. A Christian from a young age, Murdo founded Trinity Digital with the tagline 'Exploring Christianity through Film'. After his first feature - an award-winning documentary called "Knox" - Murdo produced and directed a number of shorter dramas and documentaries. He has over ten years international experience in the film and TV industries, working on titles including "Halo", "Silver Birches", "Dracula Untold", "Jessie and the Elf Boy," "The Alienist" and "Outlander". His latest project, "Morningstar", is a feature docudrama about medieval Bible translator John Wycliffe.
Cristóbal founded Messenger Films in 1988 helming numerous international productions.. His filmmaking career began in Latin America, Other feature film credits include the award-winning Final Solution (filmed in South Africa and starring John Kani of Black Panther fame), More Than Dreams, First Landing, Undaunted and Sabina K. (the latter filmed in Bosnia and Herzegovina and nominated for consideration as Bosnia’s 2015 submission to the Academy Awards). Currently, Cristóbal is working on the post-production of Let Me Have My Son, a semi-autobiographical feature film slated for release in the fall of
Bill is an independent film producer, media consultant and voice-over actor from the United States. Bill was the production development manager at Christian History Institute/Vision video for 10 years. During that time he contributed to the development and production of several documentaries, dramas and children’s programs including several episodes of CHI’s popular Torchlighters series.
Bill is currently collaborating on the production of a mainstream feature film and a faith based TV series for tweens based on the Robin Hood legends. He is also available for voice-over work of all kinds. Bill lives in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife, Beth.
Paul Sirmons is the current president of ICVM (International Christian Visual Media Association) and its 50th Annual Crown Awards. He recently launched the Christian Film Market (putting filmmakers with finished projects together with distributors looking for finished projects) and the Script & Story Pitch-a-thon, where distributors and producers take pitches from attendees one on one. Both are held at the annual ICVM Storytellers Conference (Nov. 16-19 in Orlando, FL)
He is an indie filmmaker who has worked 40 years in film and TV, starting as an assistant director on classic TV series like THE WALTONS, QUANTUM LEAP and FALCON CREST. Sirmons has produced seven movies, most recently two Native American dramas, TE ATA and MONTFORD: THE CHICKASAW RANCHER, which premiered on Netflix last year; he line-produced LETTERS TO GOD, HOME RUN and TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS.
He served as Florida’s State Film Commissioner in the Executive Office of Governor Jeb Bush from 2005-2008, writing and implementing Florida’s first successful film incentive program.
He directed and produced the award-winning family movie THE FIRST OF MAY, starring Julie Harris, Mickey Rooney, and featuring baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, and is happily married to Sherry Sirmons, a production accountant, with 4 children and 8 grandchildren.
IMDB credits page: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0802881/
A graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago and the New York Film Academy Intensive, he began his career as an Art Director in advertising for Leo Burnett (and later Bates Worldwide), writing and producing TV commercials for Wendy’s, Heinz, & Kellogg's. Since 1991, he has traveled extensively producing documentaries, promotional videos and films in over 75 countries. In 2006 James and his wife Sara founded GemStone Media in Germany, a producer of positive, engaging stories that honor the cultural uniqueness of the people with the distinct goal to bring hope to those who are struggling with hopelessness. His newest film project, Adagio is currently in development.
Bill graduated from Messiah University with a major in business administration and from St. Joseph’s University with a Masters in Business Administration. Bill has worked at Vision Video since it’s founding in the 1980’s and assumed the role of President in 2011. Bill has served as executive producer on dozens of films and has overseen the distribution on hundreds of films over his career.
Bill and his wife Linda have been married for 35 years and they have 4 adult children. Bill enjoys biking, swimming, hiking, reading and spending time outside.
Stephanie van der Horst – van de Vegte
Stephanie has been working for the Dutch Christian tv network Family7 for the past 4 years. She feels it as a privilege to continue the work her parents started.
Together with her sister and a great team they produce content for the whole family. Her mission is to continue to spread the gospel through media in the Netherlands. She loves to work on such an important mission and use the talents God gave her for His glory.
Andrew Walkington is an award winning Christian film director and producer based in the West Midlands UK. He has made 15 feature films and over 200 hours of television. He is director of True Films, the former head of television production at United Christian Broadcasters, founder of the Co-operative British Youth Film Academy, screenwriter, film consultant and educational advisor. He is currently filming a pilot for a new TV drama series, “Robin of Loxley”.
Felix Govers is the founder of Living Image, MOVE Community and Reveal. It is his mission to make visible who God is in this world. Living Image is a full-service media house with 35 employees, that serves more than 100 christian organisations with new media (strategy, video, branding, marketing, social media, digital products), MOVE Community is an online community for young adults who find their inspiration in content that deepens their faith, with more than 200,000 unique monthly followers and REVEAL is a documentary house that produces authentic films about how God moves in people’s lives. Felix has a lot of ideas, knows many people out there and has always been interested in innovation. He plays soccer every Wednesday. Felix is married to Hanna.
Ruben Juch is one of the founders of Living Image, a full-service media house with 35 employees, that serves more than 100 christian organisations with new media (strategy, video, branding, marketing, social media, digital products). It is Ruben’s passion to tell stories about a real and honest life with God, whether it is a commercial or a long documentary. Ruben loves to spend time with other people and to encourage them during their journey with God. In March 2022, Ruben’s documentary ‘Less of Me’ about former drug dealer Johan Toet was premiered in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Ruben's called the company's pastor, because he is paying attention to each individual coworker, and also to the company culture as a whole.
Gary Wilkinson has over 25 years of experience in the broadcasting, media and film industry. He started working in Christian media after becoming a Christian in his final year of film school and went directly into the mission field in Africa fulfilling various roles within media production. Gary went onto to work for some leading Christian broadcasters and commercial production houses. Since 2009 he has been producing documentaries, dramas, features and over the past seven years Gary has been partnering with Christian Television Association. Producing multi award winning documentaries and fulfilling the mission of 'Good News For All Screens.'
Denise Godwin directed The Heritage Project series for International Media Ministries. This was an eight part docudrama from the 1st -5th Centuries after Christ set in the Roman environment of North Africa. This series received several official nominations and won eight film festival awards with the challenge of being done with a volunteer and missionary based crew.
Kerry Godwin has backed his way into many roles throughout his life. He has worked as a photographer in the US Army, assigned to an Airborne Battalion Combat Team, has edited eye surgery videos for educational purposes, wrote feature stories for a small newspaper in Kansas City, and now wears the hat of Art Director at International Media Ministries in Madrid, Spain, where he has served for 17 years with his wife Denise.
His personal style is best described as sink or swim, and can warn others who venture into dangerous production waters solo, or as part of a small team.
John Vegard Schow
John Vegard Schow is a Norwegian pianist, award winning composer and music- and film producer. Schow is an associate professor of music at the NLA University College in Oslo, Norway. He has a passion to create and runs Make Music Publishing AS from his studio outside Oslo. He has been responsible for music production and sound design for productions seen on TV-Channels such as BBC Channel 4, Cartoon Network and in more than 180 countries - productions that have more than one billion minutes watched on YouTube. John Vegard Schow has returned to his roots and is now releasing music for piano. Many of his compositions have challenging and exciting stories; How can we achieve peace in the midst of all our troubles?
Séphora, also called "the dreamer" by some members of her family, was always inspired by fairy tales and bed time stories her father would make up. It created within her a passion for story telling, writing and acting. She studied communication in France and South Korea and lived in several different countries.
Currently based in France with her husband, she started a blog in 2019, hoping to inspire women by sharing her own journey in finding her identity and reviewing society’s beauty standards.
She was recently the lead actress in the movie and musical « Repentance » and is working on publishing her first children’s book.
Naveed Hameed is a digital storyteller, writer, and documentary filmmaker. Since 2012, Naveed's videos have won several awards and screened on national and international platforms. In 2016, Naveed was selected for the U.S. State Department fellowship as Emerging Leaders of Pakistan (ELP). Naveed is leading the Digital Evangelism mission in Pakistan to build the capacity of youth believers to create mob-video productions and share in the digital space as well as in communities to continue digital evangelism to reach the unreached.