Film Your Faith Fan Favorite Winner

The Fan Favorite winner of the Film Your Faith Video Contest is . . . “Light of Faith” by Kent Thalman!

“This contest isn’t worth it because of the money. It not only gives anyone the chance to say what they feel about faith, but to exercise their faith in something known for an outcome that is not. Winning is obviously amazing, but more than that, I’ve learned that I can make something that profoundly effects an individual for good. I can give a voice to the voiceless without money. What I’ve gained is more than monetary because I’ve discovered something within myself that will change who I am and give me greater confidence in Christ.”

 

Raksha

Kent Thalman from Utah will receive $10,000. The Grand Prize winner (receiving $20,000) and Honorable Mention winner (receiving $2,500) will be announced September 8!

Film Your Faith Fan Favorite Winner

The Fan Favorite winner of the Film Your Faith Video Contest is . . . “Light of Faith” by Kent Thalman!

Raksha

“This contest isn’t worth it because of the money. It not only gives anyone the chance to say what they feel about faith, but to exercise their faith in something known for an outcome that is not. Winning is obviously amazing, but more than that, I’ve learned that I can make something that profoundly effects an individual for good. I can give a voice to the voiceless without money. What I’ve gained is more than monetary because I’ve discovered something within myself that will change who I am and give me greater confidence in Christ.”

 

 

 
 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kent Thalman from Utah will receive $10,000. The Grand Prize winner (receiving $20,000) and Honorable Mention winner (receiving $2,500) will be announced September 8!

Film Your Faith Grand Prize Winner

The Grand Prize winner of the Film Your Faith Video Contest is . . . “Without Walls” by Carlos Cuervo!

In response to being awarded the top honors, Carlos Cuervo of Miami, Florida said, “I was so surprised and so happy when I found out I won the Grand Prize! The reason I got into filmmaking is because I thought I could do something positive through it, and this has proved that for me.”

In addition to the Grand Prize, two Honorable Mention winners were also selected!

“Metaphors of Faith”, by Andreas Peterson

“I Am New”, by Tim Holt

The Grand Prize winner received $20,000 for winning the Film Your Faith video contest, and the two Honorable Mention winners were each awarded $2,500.

The Fan Favorite Winner, announced on August 15th, was also awarded a prize of $10,000. Check it out here.

Video Contest Press Release

AND THE WINNER IS…FAITH COUNTS ANNOUNCES $20,000 GRAND PRIZE WINNER

INAUGURAL FILM YOUR FAITH CONTEST PUTS FAITH IN FOCUS

PHILADELPHIA – Today, the Grand Prize winner of the first-ever Film Your Faith video contest was announced, after weeks of deliberation by a judge’s panel of national faith leaders. The announcement took place before a crowd of faith leaders and religion reporters at the annual conference of the Religion Newswriters Association. Carlos Cuervo of Miami, Florida, accepted the $20,000 award for his submission “Without Walls,” which brings to life the work of a small faith-based charity ministering to the homeless. “I was so surprised and so happy when I found out I won the Grand Prize! The reason I got into filmmaking is because I thought I could do something positive through it, and this has proved that for me,” said Mr. Cuervo.


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Faith Counts—a multi-faith venture backed by the nation’s largest religious groups—launched the Film Your Faith video contest in June 2015. Since its 2014 founding, Faith Counts has reached over 20 million individuals using multiple social media platforms to promote the value of faith in society. Faith Counts is now the fastest growing among the thousands of religiously-themed page on Facebook.

Speaking on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop William Lori remarked, “Every single day, people engage in large and small acts of faith that greatly benefit our society and help the most vulnerable amongst us. Faith Counts and this contest are relevant ways to recognize and celebrate the important contributions of religion and faith.” Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, agreed, stating, “I am so pleased to be part of this great initiative aimed at promoting faith. Seeing the winner accept the award was an affirmation that young people truly do understand the profound good that faith accomplishes.”

The Contest:

The Film Your Faith video contest called for 2-minute videos showcasing faith in a positive light and attracted over 100 entrants from around the country. The promotional marketing included outreach to young people via colleges, university film schools, religiously affiliated schools and campus groups including CRU, The Navigators, and Faith Counts partner Hillel. Speaking for Hillel, Rabbi Joshua Bolton of the University of Pennsylvania, stated, “I get to work with young people every day and so I know first-hand that many of them are eager to share what their faith means to them. This contest was a great way to encourage more young people to open up about their faith.” Kerry Troup, spokeswoman for Faith Counts, added, “We were really pleased with the number and quality of the submissions. We hope that Film Your Faith becomes an annual event that engages young people and encourages an important national conversation on the value of faith.”

The Film Entries:

The contest drew submissions from across the country and from diverse faiths. The Top Ten Finalists included a light-hearted short film, Seva by brother and sister team Harnek and Rasna Neelam that followed a day in their life, as they charmingly stumble upon the meaning of faith. Peace Amidst Uncertainty took a more somber approach, featuring the medical challenges facing an expectant mother of twin girls.

HONORABLE MENTION, $2,500 AWARD:

Metaphors of Faith, by Andreas Peterson, is a creatively animated film that explores a personal look at what faith is and is not, to the illustrator/filmmaker.

HONORABLE MENTION, $2,500 AWARD: 

I Am New by recent Abilene Christian University grad Tim Holt, is a beautifully filmed short about how faith positively changed one young woman’s life.

The Fan Favorite:


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America also got the chance to vote for their favorite Film Your Faith video on FaithCounts.com. The winning Fan Favorite video, with a prize amount of $10,000, was awarded to Utah Valley University student Austin Bagley on August 11, 2015. Turn on Your Light features a young girl recalling her reliance on God following the death of her mother and her struggles in Zimbabwe before her adoption and move to America.

The Judges:

The difficult task of selecting the top three prizewinners fell to a panel of judges selected by Faith Counts staff, which included national faith leaders and representatives of our faith partners: Archbishop William Lori, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Sumeet Kaur Bal, Sikh American Legal Defense Fund, Rabbi Joshua Bolten, Hillel International, Sister Neill Marriott and Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

ABOUT FAITH COUNTS

Faith Counts is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization comprised of many religious communities who represent over 100 million Americans. The mission of Faith Counts is simple: to promote the value of faith. The centerpiece of Faith Counts is a social media campaign that tells powerful stories about how faith counts—how it inspires, empowers, motivates and comforts billions of people.

Faith Counts Partners include a diverse faith community including: Sikh American Legal Defense Fund, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Hillel International, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the 1st Amendment Partnership, and Franciscan University of Steubenville. All faith groups are welcome.

Press Release

Press Release

RELIGIOUS GROUPS JOIN TOGETHER TO LAUNCH FAITH COUNTS

Diverse and unprecedented social media campaign to promote the value of faith

Washington, D.C. – Today, major faith groups in the United States announced the launch of Faith Counts (www.FaithCounts.com), a multi-faith organization aimed at promoting the value of faith. The centerpiece of Faith Counts is a social media campaign that tells powerful stories about how faith inspires, empowers, motivates and comforts billions of people. Faith Counts will emphasize the significant contributions of faith to individuals and to society. The initiative came about as the leadership of several major religious groups recognized a need, and an opportunity to harness their collective influence to simply to remind people that faith plays a positive role in society.

Speaking on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop William Lori, states, “Religious faith is an integral part of our society and needs to be lifted up and celebrated. Faith prompts acts of kindness every day, in every community of our nation. It also connects us to God and to each other as members of the human family. We are so pleased to be a part of Faith Counts, which can make a real difference in the lives of so many.”

Kerry Troup, spokeswoman for Faith Counts, adds, “We’re finding that, in spite of a growing sense that faith is not something to talk about, and a culture that marginalizes faith, people are actually hungry for our message about faith. Our hope is that people who see our work, regardless of what religion they are, will have a better appreciation for the value of faith, feel inspired to share these stories and ultimately feel good about expressing how faith makes them who they are.”

Faith Counts will feature an ongoing series of themed hashtag campaigns, each highlighting a beneficial attribute of faith. The first campaign, #FaithCounts, encourages users to tell why faith counts to them. Each campaign features content produced by Faith Counts and its partners, and each piece tells a story of how faith empowers individuals and benefits society. One video, for example, features a homeless panhandler with a charitable instinct. Another illustrates how faith can create a series of guideposts to navigate life’s challenging experiences. Future campaigns will include content featuring people whose lives have been shaped by their faith, including Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart, and others.

Elder Daniel R. Jackson, President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, states, “Millions of Americans of every religion are motivated by their faith to go and serve the most vulnerable among us. Their gracious acts can be seen in soup kitchens, hospitals, schools, homeless shelters and many other humanitarian causes. Faith Counts will serve as a gentle reminder about these and other positive and meaningful attributes of faith in society.”

Jasjit Singh, executive director of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), notes “Faith Counts has a refreshingly simple message: faith is a good thing. We are drawn to the Faith Counts campaign because it reflects our belief in the tremendous societal value of all faiths, and are excited about Faith Counts’ ability to reach, engage, and unite interfaith communities.”

All faith communities are welcome and encouraged to join. Current Faith Counts partners include:

ABOUT FAITH COUNTS

Faith Counts is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization comprised of many religious communities who represent over 100 million Americans. The mission of Faith Counts is simple: to promote the value of faith. The centerpiece of Faith Counts is a social media campaign that tells powerful stories about how faith counts—how it inspires, empowers, motivates and comforts billions of people.