Echo Church Media Conference

There is a cool new conference just around the corner.  It is the Echo Church Media Conference.  You may already know about it.  If not, it will be August 14-16 at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas.  Echo is brought to you by the team at Igniter Media, Worshiphouse Media and Collide Magazine.  You can find out more about the pre-conference labs, breakout session and register at their website.   I will be there.

Damah Film Festival

The Damah Film Festival, the world’s leading spiritual short film festival, is just around the corner. It will be May 4-6, 2007 in Culver City, CA at the picturesque Culver Studios in Culver City, CA.

In addition to viewing short films created by filmmakers from across the globe, audience members will have the opportunity to participate in specially designed workshops led by some of the celebrity judges and attend parties after screenings.

On Friday and Saturday night starting at 7:30, Damah will open with 90 minute screenings of “The Best of the Fest” – films that have been nominated for awards this year.

The “Hollywood and Spirituality” seminar at 12pm on Saturday will address the question of what studios are doing with faith based and spiritual films. Are they only doing adaptations, or are they accepting original screenplays and pitches? If so, what are they looking for? Executives from Weinstein Brothers, Lionsgate, and Good News Holdings will hold court and discuss their current and future plans.

Directly after “Hollywood and Spirituality” on Saturday is the seminar “From Short to Feature” at 2pm which will host first time feature directors who were able to obtain funding and mount their first projects. How did they do it and what advice can they share?

Another popular workshop this year is expected to be “Inside Pitch”, a seminar in which Christopher Lockhart, Executive Story Editor at ICM, will allow audience members to pitch their film ideas to him. Mr. Lockhart has been working at ICM, a leading talent and literary agency in Los Angeles, for almost ten years. “Inside Pitch” will be held at 2pm on Sunday.

An all day training offered on Friday May 4th will be the “Filmmaker’s Boot Camp”. The camp will be covering story structure in film, what filmmakers need to know about their history, and a look at the future – specifically HD film making. Confirmed instructors include Dave Anderson from the Compass Arts Academy and Dr. Kim Walker from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO.

“The festival as a whole is very practical,” said Executive Director John Bucher, “We not only want to provide high quality films for viewers to enjoy, we also want to help inspire and inform the next generation of filmmakers. The seminars offered will be practical and enriching. They will be valuable for a first-time filmmaker or a veteran seeking advice on how they might improve upon their skills.”

You can order your tickets and get more information about the screenings and schedule at