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2009 Crown Awards Recognize Best Independent Christian Filmmaking

by Angela Walker

The winners of the 2009 Crown Awards were announced at July's International Christians in Visual Media (ICVM) Catalyst Conference in Denver, Colorado.

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Since 1973, Crown Awards have recognized excellence in production and content of Christian films and videos created to reflect Christian values in a secular world. Winners are selected by votes cast by a panel of judges who are all members of ICVM.

This year, Crown Entertainment and Sherwood Pictures both took Gold Crown Awards in four categories, and "Beyond the Sky," a film by Bill Muir and Kevin Downes, received a Gold Crown Award in three categories.

Other producers recognized for outstanding achievement were Franklin Springs Family Media, the Sabaoth International Film Festival, Good News Productions International, Bryan Forrest, Vision Video, and Nolan Wilson Goff.

The winners of the 2009 Crown Awards are:

Best Music Video
Gold Crown Award:  Steve Bell in Concert (Crown Entertainment)
Silver Crown Award:  20 Years with the Oslo Gospel Choir (Wolf-Dieter Krestchmer)
Bronze Crown Award:  Somebody's Daughter (Vision Video)

Best Comedy
Gold Crown Award:  Ken Davis: Get 'Em While They're Hot (Crown Entertainment)
Silver Crown Award:  Kenn Kington: I Am Dad (Crown Entertainment)
Bronze Crown Award: John Branyan: Fly Over Comedy (Crown Entertainment)

Best Short Film
Gold Crown Award:  Beyond the Sky (Bill Muir)
Silver Crown Award:  Cabin 6 (Vision Video)
Bronze Crown Award:  Simply Essential (Good News Productions International)

Best Youth Film
Gold Crown Award:  Beyond the Sky (Bill Muir)
Silver Crown Award:  Torchlighters: The Eric Liddell Story (Vision Video)
Bronze Crown Award:  Somebody's Daughter (Vision Video)

Best Children's Film
Gold Crown Award:  Beyond the Sky (Bill Muir)
Silver Crown Award:  Torchlighters:  The Eric Liddell Story (Vision Video)
Bronze Crown Award:  Jericho: The Promise Fulfilled (Gideon Production Group)

Best Documentary Under $50,000
Gold Crown Award:  Searching Generation: The Spiritual Life of the 20 Somethings (Vision Video)
Silver Crown Award:  The Land Cries Out (Hatikvah Film Trust)
Bronze Crown Award:  Islam Rising: A Call to One World Ummah (Caryl Productions)

Best Documentary Over $50,000
Gold Crown Award: The Terri Schiavo Story (Franklin Springs Family Media)
Silver Crown Award: Journey into the Amazon (Dianne Becker)
Bronze Crown Award:  Global Warming (Answers in Genesis)

Best Curriculum

Gold Crown Award:  Mark Gungor: Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage (Crown Entertainment)
Silver Crown Award:  How Do We Know the Bible Is True?  (Answers in Genesis)
Bronze Crown Award:  Missions Dilemma (Dianne Becker)

Best Series
Gold Crown Award:  Mark Gungor: Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage (Crown Entertainment)
Silver Crown Award:  Torchlighters: The Eric Liddell Story
Bronze Crown Award:  Reflections on the Lord's Prayer for People with Cancer (Vision Video)

Best International Film
Gold Crown Award:  The Sky Under the Dust (Sabaoth International Film Festival)
Silver Crown Award:  Starting Over (Campus Crusade Asia)
Bronze Crown Award:  Radically Loved (Christopher Cuhls)

Best Evangelistic Film
Gold Crown Award:  Fireproof (Sherwood Pictures)
Silver Crown Award:  Faith Happens (Side by Side Films)
Bronze Crown Award:  Magdalena, Released from Shame (Dean River Productions)

Best Drama Under $250,000
Gold Crown Award:  (Tie) All Things New (Good News Productions International)
The One Lamb (Bryan Forrest)
Silver Crown Award:  On the Edge (Cross Wind Productions)

Best Drama Over $250,000
Gold Crown Award:  Fireproof (Sherwood Pictures)
Silver Crown Award:  Faith Happens (Side by Side Films)
Bronze Crown Award:  Magdalena, Released from Shame (Dean River Productions)

Best Screenplay
Gold Crown Award:  Fireproof (Sherwood Pictures)
Silver Crown Award:  Faith Happens (Side by Side Films)
Bronze Crown Award:  Magdalena, Released from Shame (Dean River Productions)

Best Picture
Gold Crown Award:  Fireproof (Sherwood Pictures)
Silver Crown Award:  Faith Happens (Side by Side Films)
Bronze Crown Award:  Magdalena, Released from Shame (Dean River Productions)

About ICVM
ICVM is made up of Christian writers, directors, producers, actors and distributors who work together to more effectively reach people with the message of the Gospel through visual media. Its members represent over 20 nations, and work in all areas of visual media, including writing, production, distribution and television and internet broadcasting.


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