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Celebrating its 5th anniversary this year, the Branson International Film Festival will be held Thursday, April 21 through Saturday, April 23 at the Copeland Theater in Branson.

The event brings together members of the Christian film industry from around the world and is open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to watch several new releases and award-winning films and series, including “Miracle in the Valley”, “The Reliant”, “Vincent’s Vow”, “Haven” and “Against the Tide”.

“If you’ve never been to the Branson International Film Festival and are curious about all the noise and rowdiness, you might want to make the trip and check it out,” G. Michael Nicolosi, writer/producer of “A few good miles” said. “It really is one of the coolest film festivals of the year. The band behind it all is the smile carrying a happy, fun band. I don’t believe for a second that any of them have ever met a stranger.

Festival attendees will also have the chance to watch “A Song Can Change a Life”, which is the story of Nashville, Tennessee singer/songwriter Joe West and his mission of love and reconciliation while sharing the story of his parents who were America. first black country western duo.

“Branson IFF is a place we’ve built to educate, encourage, empower and equip others in the industry,” said festival curator Deborah Watson. “A place where you can come together with different points of view and different genres, but only one objective. Honor God with our actions.

The festival will also feature a variety of guest speakers this year, including:

—Lucas Miles, ordained pastor, producer of “The Penitent Thief” and author of “The Christian Left.”

—JP “Doc” Johnson explains how he raised $1.3 million for his production “The Reliant” -A 2nd Amendment Film.

-Sam and Kevin Sorbo of Sorbo Studios – “Let There Be Light”, “God Is Not Dead”, “What If” and “Hercules”.

—Ed Moncada and Wendy Smith with the Hollywood Prayer Network St. Louis team.

—Steven Zambo with Beyond Entertainment Florida

—Joe Bremer, a freelance camera professional who has worked on Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Duck Dynasty and more.

“The Branson International Film Festival is an incredible treat,” said director/writer/actor Ducon Williams. “After attending last year, I feel the feelings of a schoolboy crush again. It energizes me to see so many inspiring creative projects and meet the wonderful people behind them. The organizers of this festival do not disappoint not. “

As part of this year’s event, the festival is hosting The Actors Voice. Actors, actresses, aspiring actors, and actresses ages 12 and up are invited to contribute a 30-60 second monologue to complete in front of Nashville, Tennessee Acting Coach Tina Callo, Ozark Christian College Drama Professor Shannon Wendt, and Orlando, Florida Casting Director Jonna Volz.

The winners of these competitions will work with judges all day Friday and perform on stage at the red carpet awards ceremony on Saturday. There is also a virtual option from The Actors Voice, which will be judged by Tricia Harmon and Tonja Rene.

Members of the winning team will have 15 minutes one-on-one with Laura Mae, Founder of Christian Casting. They will be able to submit your resume, photo and video to them for feedback. They will also have one-on-ones with Dave and/or Rich Christiano, owners of Five and Two Pictures.

Additionally, the best actor will win a free 6-week training course with Tina Gallo. Plus, all attendees will have the chance to be on set of “Not Too Far From Here,” a full-length feature film currently being filmed in southwestern Missouri and eastern Oklahoma (near of Tulsa) directed by Kevin Sorbo.

“Branson IFF is different from the rest,” said writer/content creator/producer Amy McCorkle. “There is an authenticity to help us grow. My freshman year was a game-changer. Roll on 2022.”

Ticket opportunities for the three-day festival include an all-access pass for $150, a local pass for $50, a student pass for $50, the voice actor pass for $50, Gideon Shout Dance Workshop for $125, Thursday Night Only Pass for $15. , a Friday night pass for $15, a Saturday ceremony and after-party pass for $50, and a Saturday morning panel with Kevin and Sam Sorbo for $40 pre-purchase or $100 at the door.

The Copeland Theater is located at 4230 Gretna Road in Branson at the Shoppes at Branson Meadows. Ticket reservations and a full schedule of screenings, meetups, workshops and panels and more can be found at bransonfilmfestival.com.

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