ORLANDO – The International Christian Film and Music Festival (ICFF) had a packed house full of Christian film and music makers to celebrate the 2020-2021 season of nominated films.
The surprise winner of the big award of the night, Best Picture,(Feature Film), was the controversial film Roe V Wade. The film is a dramatization of the 1973 landmark decision the same name, rendered by the US Supreme Court on the issue of the constitutionality of laws that criminalized or restricted access to abortions.
Despite the fact the the world is coming out of a pandemic year, ICFF decided to have the festival live and in person, as opposed to 2020’s virtual festival.
The ICFF team expected maybe 800 attendees due to international travel being closed because of the pandemic. as well as travel just opening up domestically. They were surprised when over 2,000 people attended.
Because the international ICFF fans could not attend (attendance was just under 6,000 people in 2019), the festival’s two award shows were streamed live sharing the excitement of the Oscar-styled award shows.
The festival’s pre-award show, Kaylee Keller who travelled from Wyoming, performed two songs and well as three songs in the ICFF 2021 Praise and Worship service.
Former R&B singer Jeannie Ortega-Law opened and closed the spectacular Main Awards Show, with singer Jay Navarro from Venezuela hitting the stage in the middle to perform “Conocido”, a Spanish cover of “Known” by Tauren Wells.
The festival honored Actress/ Producer/ director Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel, The Bible Series) with the 2021 ICFF Lifetime Achievement award.
Cameron Arnett (I still believe, Overcomer) was a presence all week at the festival, as were producer, Cindy Bond (Producer of I Can Only Imagine), Bruce Marciano (Overcomer, The Encounter TV Series) and many more from the movie industry as well as David Hanley (Dream Records/ Capitol) and Doc Watson (Reflection Music Group) from the music industry participated in the festival.
The festival also held the first ever screening of “Don’t Say My Name”, a film created to bring awareness to human trafficking. The screening drew a full house and featured a Q&A session with the full cast.
ICFF 2021 received over 600 film submissions for the judges to review for nominations. The festival finally screened over 160 movies during the four days of the festival.
For the complete list if ICFF 2021 winners, go here: https://www.internationalcff.org/2021-winners/
The festival has already received entries for the 2022 festival. The dates for 2022 have been announced, May 3-7.
For more information on ICFF, go to www.internationalcff.com.