Redemptive Film Festival Announces New Dates for 2008 Festival

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Learn about the Redemptive Film Festival in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The Redemptive Film Festival (RFF) announced this week that the new dates for its third annual film festival will be October 31 and November 1. The festival will be held at the Regent University School of Communication. According to Festival Director, Dr. Chris Cunningham "we had a surge in entries towards the end of the competition and we want to make sure that winning redemptive storytellers from around the world have enough time to make arrangements to be with us here in Virginia Beach to celebrate their accomplishments."

Now in its third year, the Redemptive Film Festival is an international festival aimed at providing a forum for filmmakers to showcase and be rewarded for their work on themes that depict the redemptive purposes of God, either through human beings or supernatural occurrences. The festival begins at noon on October 31 with screenings of winning films and discussions with filmmakers. It culminates with a Grand Awards Ceremony beginning at 5:00 P.M. on Saturday in the Regent University School of Communication's main auditorium.

The word about the festival is getting out and it is fast becoming the leading competition for family friendly films, having attracted hundreds of films from some 25 countries. The festival has been extensively marketed online and today, there are more than 1500 websites that refer to the Redemptive Film Festival.

The Virginia Beach based festival is gaining not only in prominence among leading filmmakers, but in social importance. In early 2008, the festival formed a strategic alliance with the human rights agency, the International Justice Mission (IJM), to use legal means to help to rescue and empower modern day slaves. Modern day slavery includes trafficking in humans, many of whom are sold into sexual bondage, trapped in prostitution, AND forced to become child soldiers. Proceeds from the festival will be dedicated to helping in this cause.

The RFF was founded by Virginia Beach resident, Dr. Christopher Cunningham who has worked in the media for more than twenty two years. "We don't want to merely produce a popular festival that shows redemptive films; we want to help in the process of redeeming our brothers and sisters who for one reason or the other have fallen victims to slavery," said Dr. Cunningham.

For the purposes of this competition, a redemptive film is any film whose main purpose is to depict the act of redeeming, rescuing, or delivering any person from a state of crisis or helplessness. Films which demean religion, include gratuitous violence, nudity or profanity are not suited for this competition. Screenings for the films on Friday are free, but there is a $10 charge to attend the awards ceremony and the proceeds will be donated to IJM. If you'd like more information about this festival, or to schedule an interview with the Festival Director, please call Chris Cunningham at 757-424-1907 or email Chris at media_eye@msn.com.

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