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168 Film Festival A Christian Film Festival All its own category

First Film Festival at Trilith Studios

The 168 Film Festival exhibition is Friday and Saturday, November 4th-5th at Trilith Studios on the Town Stage in Fayetteville, Georgia. The festival includes shorts, feature films, panel discussions, awards show, celebrity red carpet and a Shroud of Turin exhibit. Tickets are available at 168film.com/tickets and the 2022 Festival Schedule is available at 168film.com/Schedule 

The 19th Annual, Bible-based, 168 Film Project speed film competition award nomination leaders are a diverse group from all over the world. These emerging filmmakers converge for the first time in southern Atlanta to be honored for storytelling on film. After 19 years on the west coast, 168 Film Festival setting up shop in the heart of Georgia’s burgeoning film marketplace. 

Here are the top nominated films of 2022. See the complete nominees list below

Leading the pack, John Lockmer & Justin Manntai’s 168-hour speed musical, “Where is My Song?” is based on a memory loss victim, who must find the one song that will win her freedom. Nomination Count 13: Make-Up and Hair, Sound Design, Production Design, Screenplay, Scriptural Integration, Evangelista Award, Editor, Cinematography, Supporting Actress, Actress, Actor, Director, and Speed Film. 

Quito, Ecuador’s Victor Carrera Pérez has crafted a tale called “The Son of My Life” about an estranged father and son, who connect through love, acceptance and a harmonica. Nomination Count 12: Sound Design, Original Score, Production Design, Screenplay, Editor, Cinematography, Supporting Actor, Actor, Director, International, Alumni Film, and Speed Film. 

Rachel Lowry and Tim Lowry’s “True Identity” tells the story of a young girl’s imprecise, surgical journey to her true identity. Nomination Count 11: Make-up and Hair, Original Score, Production Design, Screenplay, Evangelista Award, Editor, Supporting Actress (2), Actress, Director and Kid Vid. 

Tim and Rachel won 168’s Grand Prize in 2017, a feature-directing debut for the feature film “Final Frequency” (on Amazon). Tim’s daughter Rachel was 10-years at the time. 

Susan Shearer and Christopher Shawn Shaw’s “Birthday Brash” is a comedy featuring SNL alumnus, Victoria Jackson, who portrays a Grandma who has a love-hate relationship with her family and their squabbling, online birthday chatter. Nomination Count 10: Sound Design, Screenplay, Screenplay Comedy, Evangelista Award, Editor, Actress, Actor, Director, Alumni Film, and Comedy. 

Joanne Atienza’s “With You” shares the struggles of marriage, as a father tries to unite his son’s family during a threatened divorce. Nomination Count 10: Make and Hair, Production Design, 

Screenplay, Scriptural Integration, Editor, Cinematography, Supporting Actor, Actor, Director, and Speed Film. 

Deborah Kay’s “Billy Rapture” is a unique twist on the end times; a family wonders: If Grandpa was raptured, where did we go wrong? Nomination Count 10: Sound Design, Screenplay, Screenplay Comedy, Evangelista Award, Editor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, Alumni Film and Comedy. 

Amir Shehata’s “End Game” portrays how a dark messenger enlightens a man’s existential question. Nomination Count 8: Sound Design, Original Score, Screenplay, Editor, Actress, Director, International, and Alumni Film. 

Amir Shehata’s The Spacewalk (2021) won Best honors for Animated, Alumni Film, Score and Sound Design (Arya Afshar, Composer). In Spacewalk, astronaut Amelia (Laura Widgett) battles a curiously mirthful computer in a race against time, reminiscent of Kubrick’s 1968 epic Sci-fi film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. 

Kat Lee’s “Outlast” takes a journey with a group of young adults traversing a post-apocalyptic landscape in search of safety from a deadly, radioactive storm. Nomination Count 8: Make-up and Hair, Original Score, Production Design, Editor, Cinematography, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress and Speed Film. 

Milano, Italy-based 168 alumnus filmmaker, Deborah E. Brown’s “Il Capolavoro” (The Masterpiece) centers on the restoration of a master portrait, which is a metaphor for a human being. An original portrait can only be restored by the hand of the Master Painter. Nomination Count 8: Sound Design, Production Design, Screenplay, Evangelista Award, Actor, Director, International, and Alumni Film. 

In Cam Nails’ “Home,” a young man is tormented by his sin and leaves home in search of a treasure that will restore his soul. Nomination Count 6: Sound Design, Original Score, Scriptural Integration, Editor, Cinematography and Speed Film. 

Ken Meritt’s “Light of Pip” shows that even though a mother fears a homeless stranger, her daughter is still the key to his salvation. Nomination Count 6: Production Design, Screenplay, Scriptural Integration, Evangelista Award, Actress and Speed Film. 

Tobi Gadison’s “State of the Art’‘ shows how the struggle of unpaid bills causes an artist to forge ahead, compromising the integrity of his paintings. Nomination Count 4: Scriptural Integration, Evangelista Award, Cinematography and Speed Film. 

Hollywood veteran Billy Dickson (director and cinematographer, Ally McBeal 1997, Believe 2016, One Tree Hill 2003) leads his team of students in making team 24’s entry, “It’s Not All About Me,” where a high school stud(ent) learns that he is NOT the center of the universe. Nomination Count 3: Production Design, Cinematography, and Supporting Actress. 

Joanne Barnes “From Pathos to Praise” reveals the story of a prodigal daughter seeking forgiveness as she returns home to live with dad. Nomination Count 3: Original Score, Scriptural Integration and Supporting Actress. 

Jasmine Wilkins’ “Eternal Faith” shows a hopeless mother reflecting on a past traumas during an afternoon visit with her daughter. Nomination Count 3: Original Score, Supporting Actress, and Actress. 

Dellis Caden Noble’s “Memory Out of Ashes” shows a daughter who is responsible for her father’s death, and gets a long overdue call from her estranged mother. Nomination Count 2: Scriptural Integration and Actress. 

In Adam Beck’s “Saltwater Remedy” estranged surfers ride the ups and downs of their relationship after the death of a friend. Nomination Count 1: Original Score. 

In JR Larsen’s “Tip of the Hat” a young boxer may throw a big fight, but will he catch his grandfather’s good advice? Nomination Count 1: Supporting Actor 

The 168 Open Category includes films outside the 168 Film competition. The nominees are: 

  • • David Hughens’ “All Those Years Ago” – A young nurse hears confessions of an elderly woman’s long-lost love, who may be very close by! 
  • • Natalie A. Meza’s “The White Candle” – A financially struggling timeshare representative meets an angel during a sales pitch. 
  • • Iran’s Farnoosh Abedi offers an animation called “The Sprayer” about a tyrannical government which forbids green plants; but one soldier seems to have a heart. 
  • • Ted Cox from the U.K. donates “The Generous Illusion” – A penniless fiancé seems like such a giving soul. 

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168 Film Festival Nominees List 2022: 

Make-Up & Hair 

Where Is My Song? – Justin Manntai / Carola Lockmer 

With You – Joanne Atienza 

True Identity – Anna Lowry, Danielle Lowry 

Outlast – Cami Bradford 

Sound Design 

Il Capolavoro (The Masterpiece) – Deborah E. Brown 

End Game – Sofia Lasa 

Birthday Brash – Nathan Ashton 

Where Is My Song? – Vincent Dang 

The Son of My Life – Franz Córdova 

Home – Cam Nails/Ben Craven 

Billy Rapture – Fabian Franco 

Original Score – Composer 

End Game – Sofia Lasa 

The Son of My Life – Sandro Celi Ormaza, Franz Cordova 

True Identity – Bryan Miller 

Home – Gavin Speyrer 

Saltwater Remedy – Sam Clawson 

From Pathos to Praise – Mark Kueffner 

Outlast – Diego Delfino 

Eternal Faith – Guru Doug 

Production Design 

Il Capolavoro (The Masterpiece) – Deborah E. Brown 

Where Is My Song? – Justin Manntai / Carola Lockmer 

The Son of my Life – Roberto Frisone 

With You – Corazon Atienza & Lewis Wood 

True Identity – Anna Lowry 

It’s Not All About Me – Landmark Christian School – Film Class 

The Light of Pip – Zach Zeman 

Outlast – Cami Bradford and Jacob Kaufman 

Screenplay 

Il Capolavoro (The Masterpiece) – Deborah E Brown 

Where Is My Song? – Hunter Cline, John Lockmer 

End Game – Amir Shehata 

Birthday Brash – Darren Cogan 

The Son of My Life – Víctor Carrera Pérez 

With You – Joanne Atienza, Ryan Ito & Matthew von Arx 

True Identity – Rachel Lowry, Danielle Lowry, Megan Lowry 

Billy Rapture – John Kestner 

The Light of Pip – Ken Merritt 

Screenplay – Comedy 

Birthday Brash – Darren Cogan 

Billy Rapture – John Kestner 

Scriptural Integration (How well the story fits the foundational verse) 

Where Is My Song? – Justin Manntai 

With You – Joanne Atienza 

Home – Cam Nails/Ben Craven 

From Pathos to Praise – Kyle Shriver 

The Light of Pip – Ken Merritt 

● Memories Out of the Ashes – Dellis Caden-Noble 

State of the Art – Tobi Gadison 

Evangelista Award (The best tool for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ) 

Il Capolavoro (The Masterpiece) – Deborah E. Brown 

Birthday Brash – Susan Shearer 

Where Is My Song? – Justin Manntai 

True Identity – Rachel Lowry and Tim Lowry 

Billy Rapture – Deborah Kay 

The Light of PIP – Ken Merritt 

Editor 

End Game – Amir Shehata 

Birthday Brash – Christopher Shawn Shaw 

Where Is My Song? – David L. Rivera 

The Son of my Life – Ivan Eldredge Gomes 

With You – Tyler Dixon 

True Identity – Rachel Lowry and Tim Lowry 

Home – Cam Nails & Alex Machan 

Billy Rapture – Rita Betti 

Outlast – Anoop Surya and Andrew Van Camp 

Cinematography 

Where Is My Song? – David L. Rivera 

The Son of my Life – Junior Loiola 

With You – Matthew von Arx 

● Home – Cam Nails 

It’s Not All About Me – Billy Dickson 

Outlast – Spike G 

State of the Art – Tony Tyus 

Supporting Actor 

● Rey Triboletti as Big Tony in A Tip of the Hat 

● Victor Carrera as Psychologist in The Son of My Life 

● Jerel Patterson as Father in With You 

● Michael Harrelson as Grampa Billy in Billy Rapture 

● Robert Pralgo as Grandfather in Outlast 

Supporting Actress 

● Linzi Fenixas as Bayley in Where Is My Song? 

● Megan Lowry as Lisa in True Identity 

● Danielle Lowry as Doctor in True Identity 

● Sasha Powell as Stacy in It’s Not All About Me 

● Angela Russell More as Julie in From Pathos to Praise 

● Mackenzie Gilligan as Judy in Billy Rapture 

● Kat Lee as Nyra in Outlast 

● Tori J as Carla in Eternal Faith 

Actress 

● Alejandra Chavarria as Mel in End Game 

● Victoria Jackson as Regina in Birthday Brash 

● Lindsey Johnson as Joanna in Where is My Song? 

● Rachel Lowry as Casey/Alex in True Identity 

● Natalie Lane as Pip in The Light of Pip 

● Barbara Kerr Condon as Rachel in Memories Out of the Ashes 

● Kirby McKinney as Imani Delaney in State of the Art 

● Albertha Mitchell as Laura in Eternal Faith 

Actor 

● Paolo Enrico Riva as Tubal in Il Capolavoro (The Masterpiece) 

● Aaron Fullan as Milton in Birthday Brash 

● Carlos Padilla as Nuncio in Where is My Song? 

● Joaquin Gonzalez as Ulises in The Son of My Life 

● Sandro Celi Ormaza as Father in The Son of My Life 

● Jon Doss as Husband in With You 

Director 

Il Capolavoro (The Masterpiece)- Deborah E. Brown 

End Game – Amir Shehata 

Birthday Brash – Christopher Shawn Shaw 

Where Is My Song? – John Lockmer 

The Son of My Life – Víctor Carrera Pérez 

With You – Ryan Ito 

True Identity – Rachel Lowry, Tim Lowry 

Billy Rapture – Deborah Kay 

Best Film – Open Category 

● All Those Years Ago – David Hughens 

The White Candle – Natalie A. Meza 

The Sprayer – Farnoosh Abedi – Iran 

The Generous Illusion – Ted Cox – U.K. 

Best Kid Vid 

● True Identity 

Best International Film 

Il Capolavoro (The Masterpiece) – Deborah E. Brown – Italy 

End Game – Amir Shehata – Canada 

The Son of My Life – Víctor Carrera Pérez – Ecuador 

Best Alumni Film 

Il Capolavoro (The Masterpiece) – Deborah E. Brown 

● Birthday Brash – Susan Shearer 

The Son of My Life – Víctor Carrera Pérez 

Billy Rapture – Deborah Kay 

End Game – Amir Shehata 

Best Speed Film 

Where Is My Song? – John Lockmer 

The Son of My Life – Víctor Carrera Pérez 

With You – Joanne Atienza 

Home – Cam Nails 

The Light of Pip – Ken Merritt 

Outlast – Kat Lee 

State of Art – Tobi Gadison 

Best Comedy 

Birthday Brash – Susan Shearer 

Billy Rapture – Deborah Kay 

Best Film Runner-Up 

● All Nominated Film Categories Eligible 

Best Film Overall 

● All Nominated Film Categories Eligible 

Audience Favorites 

● Friday – All Friday Films Eligible 

● Saturday – All Saturday Films Eligible 

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