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San Diego Christian Film Festival is on the official schedule of events at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, La Jolla.

4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, CA

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(December 31) -- We're stunned, relieved, grateful and exhausted! The executive committee and volunteer coordinators of the San Diego Christian Film Festival are happy to report that the response to the four-day inaugural event went way beyond our expectations. The final numbers aren't in yet. But we're pleased to report that the lobby was never empty, every screening had an audience, filmmakers and industry pros had opportunities to network, and the red carpet was busy!
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SDCFF in the News!

December 21--Is it just us or are we getting noticed?

* "NBC 7/39 News in the Morning" show:!
* "Double Exposure: Jewish Community Center to host San Diego’s first Christian Film Festival next week," by Kelley Carlson, La Jolla Light.  
* "A Peek at the First San Diego Christian Film Festival
," by Michael Bitanga (December 20,2010),
* "PLNU Professor Will Judge Christian Film Festival," October 18, 2010,
Point Loma Nazarene University.

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San Diego Reader: 

* First screening of the day on two days of SDCFF is only $2! An hour of films that's cheaper than a cup of coffee!

While you're braving the gift-return lines at UTC, drop over to the San Diego Christian Film Festival and get a seat at the first screening of the day for only $2 on Monday and Wednesday. Here's the line-up:
MONDAY, December 27, 4 PM
* "They Are Not All Lost"; "More than Walking"; "The Jesus Accounts"
WEDNESDAY, December 29, 3 PM
* "Sundays Without You"; "The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry"
Come to Guest Services at the San Diego Christian Film Festival, 30 minutes ahead of the screening to purchase your ticket!



(December 12) -- SDCFF is offering two FREE dynamite workshops.

* "Distributing Your Christian Film," with Gary Zelasko (Producer, “Lost Boy”), Wednesday, December 29, 5PM. Description: Gain insights from the distributor of the seven-time film festival award-winning Christian film, “Lost Boy: The Next Chapter.” Learn about writing, producing and distributing with affinity to ministry groups and organizations which can multiply your time and investment.

* "Finding Your Place In The Digital Age: Or, Everything I’ve Learned in 35 Years in the Entertainment Business in Under an Hour," with Dan Rupple, Thursday, December 30, 3:30PM! Description: Navigating the stormy waters of the entertainment industry is always an almost impossible challenge, but even more so today in the current climate of change brought upon by the Digital Revolution. If you are just beginning your film career or if your career has stalled out, come join media veteran Dan Rupple as he shares insights into the present landscape of “The Biz.”


SDCFF Co-Sponsor of Annual Pastors Appreciation Luncheon

December 9--The San Diego Christian Film Festival is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Fifth Annual Pastors Appreciation Luncheon at the Four Points Sheraton, with Jim Daly of Focus on the Family as the keynote speaker. We appreciate the sacrifices our pastors, ministers, church and parachurch leaders make in influence our lives for the better!


Fox Home Entertainment Executive Joins SDCFF Roundtable Roster

November 21--The San Diego Christian Film Festival is pleased to announce that Simon Swart, general manager and executive VP at Fox Home Entertainment, will be a participant in the festival's industry-insider SDCFF 2010 Roundtable Thursday, December 30. He also plans to attend the SDCFF 2010 Awards Gala that follows the Roundtable, which wraps up the four-day festival at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.

The Roundtable is scheduled for 6 PM. It may be attended by anyone holding a ticket to the Awards Gala. Other Roundtable participants include Ken Wales, a long-time Hollywood veteran and a producer of the acclaimed 2007 film, "Amazing Grace."

The festive evening will include a silent auction from 5:30 PM to 8 PM; and a Gala Reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment by artists with M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records, an SDCFF supporter. Dan Rupple, former comedy writer for Dave Letterman, will be the Gala's MC. Keynote speaker will be Mark Clayman, executive producer of the 2006 hit movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness," starring Will Smith.

Tickets for the SDCFF 2010 Awards Gala evening maybe purchased through the Lawrence Family JCC Box Office.


SDCFF Youth Night December 28 Promises to Rock

November 20--Plans for Youth Night at the San Diego Christian Film Festival continues to get better and better.

The heart of the evening on December 28 will be the world premiere at 7 p.m. of "Cutback," starring Matt Beacham of FUEL TV'S "New Pollution." Filmed in San Diego's beach communities and at San Dieguito High School, "Cutback" tells the story of a senior who dreams of being a surf pro but is forced by tragedy to re-evaluate his life. Some of the cast and crew, plus pro surfer Bryan Jennings, founder of Walking on Water, will be on hand to talk to the audience.

There also will be a late-night screening of the hit movie, "To Save a Life," along with its producer and some of its cast and crew too. The other films throughout the evening will be youth-oriented.

"We hope that youth groups and teens will take advantage of this great evening," said Richard Bagdazian, executive director of SDCFF. "We're going to have fun! There will even be a special drawing for a cast-signed skateboard, cool clothing and other stuff."

That's not all. The evening will include live music provided by acoustic singer-songwriter Joe Henschel, and by rap and R&B; artists from M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records.

Tickets for students are only $17. Space is limited.

M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Artists to Pump Up Awards Gala

November 15--The San Diego Christian Film Festival's 2010 Awards Gala won't just be for applauding young filmmakers and listening to industry insiders. Guests will also have the chance to hear two top performers courtesy of M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records, a new partner of SDCFF.

The SDCFF 2010 Awards Gala, which will be held Thursday, December 30, is the culmination of SDCFF's four days of celebrating new life in film. In addition to recognizing the winners of the SDCFF 2010 competition, gala guests will enjoy live performances from two M.A.N.D.A.T.E. artists, Evangel and J. Pierre.

Evangel, a veteran gospel singer who has performed locally in the House of Blues, will bring her blend of funk, R&B;, rap and smooth jazz to the San Diego Christian Film Festival. An energetic young singer-songwriter named J. Pierre, who has opened for numerous national acts, will perform as well.

Gala ticket holders will enjoy a festival evening. Silent Auction bidding will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hors D'oeuvres and dessert will be served 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A hourlong Round Table of industry insiders talking about film making will be held at 6 p.m. The SDCFF 2010 Awards Gala and entertainent will begin at 8:30 p.m. and feature Mark Clayman, executive producer of "The Pursuit of Happyness.


SDCFF Adds M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records to Its List of Sponsors

November 12 -- The San Diego Christian Film Festival announces that M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc., has agreed to become a sponsor of the new festival, scheduled Dec. 27-30, 2010, at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.

M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records, a San Diego-based urban music recording and development company founded in 1995 by Leonard J Thompson III, plans to provide performances at the festival of several of its Gospel, soul and R&B; performing artists.

 "We're excited and honored to have M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records participate with us. Leonard Thompson and his staff have a vision in the music realm parallel to that of SDCFF. They seek to offer a positive, quality alternative to the negative messages currently in the marketplace," said Richard Bagdazian, SDCFF executive director.

Bagdazian said M.A.N.D.A.T.E. artists also will provide the entertainment for the SDCFF Awards Gala, which will be held Thursday, Dec. 30, featuring Dan Rupple, former comedy writer for Dave Letterman, as MC, with presentations by Ken Wales, a producer of “Amazing Grace,” and Mark Clayman, executive producer of the 2006 hit movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness," starring Will Smith.

M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records has successfully produced the San Diego Praise Fest, San Diego County Fair Gospel Fest, Street Scene Gospel Slamm, and other concert-style events designed to mobilize to communities. More about M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records here:


SDCFF Moves from SDSU to the Lawrence Family JCC, La Jolla

October 20 -- The first annual San Diego Christian Film Festival has chosen a new venue for its event December 27-30, 2010. It will be held at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center at 4126 Executive Drive, in the beautiful University Town Centre area of San Diego near La Jolla.

"The Lawrence Family JCC is a stunning facility staffed with wonderful people," said Richard Bagdazzian, SDCFF executive director. "We chose it because it's such a great venue, but we do believe that having the film festival there underscores the fact that we hope anyone will be comfortable to attend, whether they're Christian, Jewish, agnostic or whatever!"

The Lawrence Family JCC, centrally located between Interstate 5 and Interstate 805 on the corner of Genessee Avenue, lends well to the festival's plans for to have vendor booths and live music during the four-day event. The SDCFF Awards Gala will be held at the center as well. Parking is free, with validation at the LFJCC box office.

An added bonus: it is across La Jolla Village Drive from the Westfield University Town Centre Shopping Mall. 

SDCFF Unveils Competitive Slate of 28 Films Out of 150!

October 11 -- The San Diego Christian Film Festival is excited to announce its slate of entries that will vie for awards at the first annual event to be held Dec. 27-30, 2010. The official festival slate may be found at 28 independent features, documentaries and music videos were chosen out of 150 entries submitted this year to the new film festival.

“We believe we have assembled a collection films that will be entertaining and thought-provoking. We’re excited to introduce these excellent films to the public in an intimate and interactive atmosphere,” said Richard Bagdazian, SDCFF executive director. The winners will be announced Dec. 30 at the SDCFF Awards Gala.

Two other new aspects of the festival were also announced.

“Attendees will also be able to vote for their favorite film to be awarded a People's Choice award,” said Bagdazian, former president of the San Diego Screenwriters Association.

Also, a unique feature of SDCFF will be the Film Bistro, which will allow guests to view any film on SDCFF’s slate on an on-demand basis. “This will accommodate attendees whose schedule may not allow viewing of a given selection during the live screening. Also, our stable of honorable mention films will also be made available for viewing.”

SDCFF Will Offer "Invited" Films to Round Out Screenings

October 1, 2010 -- Richard Bagdazian, executive director of the San Diego Christian Film Festival, announced that the inaugural event will include a handful of "invited films." They include “What If...” directed by Dallas Jenkins, a SDCFF juror, and starring Kevin Sorbo, John Ratzenberger and Kristy Swanson (

Also being screened is the 2007 hit "Amazing Grace" (, whose producer, Ken Wales, will be on hand to share behind-the-scenes stories. SDCFF guests will also be able to view "The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry," starring Gavin MacLeod ("Love Boat") and Robert Guillaume ("Benson") (; "Nine Days that Changed the World," a documentary produced by Newt Gingrich which explores Pope John Paul's pilgrimage to Poland in 1979; “Katie's Prayer,” a documentary of a dying woman's influence; and “To Save a Life,” a youth-oriented feature starring Randy Wayne and written by Jim Britts, a San Diego County youth pastor (

Jenkins Entertainment Funds Doughten Award

September 1, 2010 -- The San Diego Christian Film Festival announces the establishment of the Russ Doughten Evangelistic Film Award, named for the pioneer Christian film maker. The award, which will be given to that entry that most clearly and creatively communicates the Gospel of Jesus Christ, carries with it a $1,000 prize.

SDCFF is pleased to announce that Jenkins Entertainment has agreed to fund the Russ Doughten Evangelistic Film Award for three years. The inaugural award will be chosen by Doughten, who since the 1950s has been involved in the vision, writing, production, direction and distribution of dramatic feature-length evangelstic films. Perhaps best known is "A Thief in the Night."

Film Submissions Close; 150 Films Entered

August 1, 2010 -- The submission period for the 2010 competition is now closed. SDCFF has received over 150 film entries in this, our inaugural season. Official selections will be announced on or about October 1, 2010. Please register on the website for regular updates.

SDCFF Launches the "Megaphone," An Occasional Blog

July 26, 2010 -- Richard Bagdazian, executive director of the San Diego Christian Film Festival, talks about attending San Diego's epic Comic-Con and about what is a "Christian film," in the first blog entries of the new Megaphone, the SDCFF's blog.

Mark Clayman, of "Pursuit of Happyness" Fame, to Keynote Gala

July 26, 2010 -- The San Diego Christian Film Festival is happy to announce that Mark Clayman will be the keynote speaker for the SDCFF Awards Gala, which will be December 30, 2010, as the culmination of the festival being held December 27-30, at San Diego State University. Clayman, a television and commercial turned independent film producer, was executive producer of the 2006 hit movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness," starring Will Smith.

100th Film Entered

June 28, 2010 -- SDCFF received its 100th film submission on June 28, 2010. Submissions close July 31. Submit by clicking on the Without A Box logo on the home page.

SDCFF Shines at Spirit West Coast May 28-30, 2010

May 31, 2010 -- San Diego Christian Film Festival organizers threw together plans and props for a double booth at Spirit West Coast, a Christian music festival held at San Diego's Del Mar Fairgrounds May 28-30, 2010.

"We had a blast," said Richard Bagdazian, executive director. "We definitely were the brightest booth in the place, thanks to Piper Nadelle,"volunteer marketing coordinator for SDCFF.

 With Piper's enthusiasm and organization skills, the team produced a new banner, new postcards to hand out, new T-shirts to wear, booth decor, loaner props from the San Diego Film Commission, a popcorn maker, and a PlayStation 3 to raffle in a drawing at the end of the festival -- all in under 10 days.  

SDCFF Partners with MEDIA ARTS Center on Nonprofit Status

May 14, 2010 -- Richard Bagdazian, executive director of SDCFF, announced an arrangement with the MEDIA ARTS Center San Diego in which supporters may donate to SDCFF through the MEDIA ARTS Center, making their gifts tax deductible.

The MEDIA ARTS Center San Diego most recently produced the 15th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, drawing a record 18,500 people. It seeks to provide a forum for the diversity of the San Diego border region through.provides workshops, resources, and monthly film screenings.

"This is a win-win situation," said Richard. "They can administer funds that sponsors give to them on our behalf and the sponsors will receive tax benefits for giving to a non-profit who is acting within their chartered purpose in supporting the development of cinema arts in San Diego."

Donations to SDCFF can be made out to Media Arts Center San Diego and sent to SDCFF, PO Box 26742, San Diego CA 92196-0742.  

"Katie's Prayer" Wins in the Feature Length Category

May 1, 2010 -- Jimmy Dorantes, filmmaker and San Diego Christian Film Festival Executive Team member, won at 2010 Spirit Quest Film Festival in Erie, Penn. His documentary, "Katie's Prayer," won runner up in the feature Length Category after beating out hundreds of entries to be chosen as an official selection. 

Piper Nadelle Named SDCFF Marketing Coordinator

May 8, 2010 -- Piper Nadelle has accepted an invitation to become the marketing coordinator for the San Diego Christian Film Festival. Piper has worked on both sides of the camera in film and television, both Christian and secular. Her experience also includes management and public relations for two live theatre companies. She has worked extensively as an event coordinator, and is thrilled to be rolling up her sleeves for the first annual San Diego Christian Film Festival.

SDCFF Was Represented at Biola Media Conference

May 2, 2010 --SDCFF founder Richard Bagdazian represented SDCFF at the 15th annual Biola Media Conference Saturday, May 1, 2010 ( The conference, held at the CBS Studios in Studio City, ( brings together industry professionals who share a Christian worldview and desire to integrate faith and the media arts.

Entries to SDCFF Reach 45, from Seven Countries

April 29, 2010 -- With its official deadline still more than a month away, SDCFF is cheering the fact that it has received 45 film entries for its competition. Most are from the United States, but six are international. Filmmakers use WithoutABox ( to enter.




Don't Wait Until You Need a Miracle!

April 14, 2010 -- The San Diego Christian Film Festival's first tongue-in-cheek "Desert Miracles" promo is a wrap! See why you need to enter your film today. Check out!


SDCFF Judge Dallas Jenkins on Fox Talking about 'Faith-based Films'

March 25, 2010:
Dallas Jenkins,one of San Diego Christian Film Festival's film judges, appeared today on Fox News to discuss the growing success of movies with a positive message like "The Blind Side."

Dallas, who has been making films since age 25, is schedule to release his latest feature, "What If...," in the fall. He appeared with actor Stephen Baldwin, who described the trend as a wave. "We're going to see a lot more of these kinds of films," Baldwin said. Check out the news clip here:

Wendy Bauer Interviewed on Glass Sea Productions LLC and SDCFF


March 1 - 5, 2010 -- SDCFF Executive Committee member Wendy Bauer was interviewed for an online radio show, "Revelationspk Radio." The interview aired March 1-5, 2010. A link to it is on the SDCFF Media page.February 27, 2010: Richard Bagdazian announced that the San Diego Christian Film Festival has secured its first sponsor, to be named at a future date. We're madly contacting other candidates, large and small. Would you like to get in on the ground floor? We have lots of options for you! See

Richard Bagdazian on Philosophy behind SDCFF

February 26, 2010 -- Richard Bagdazian, founding board member of  Glass Sea Productions LLC, the host of the San Diego Christian Film Festival, tells the Christian Examiner newspaper why we're going to all this trouble. Check out page 5 of the March issue here:

SDCFF Receives International Film Submission  


February 25, 2010: The San Diego Christian Film Festival is pleased to report its first film submission from a country other than the United States. Yay, Australia! Who will be next?

pressreleaseOur First News Conference

February 15, 2010:  We may be newbies at this, but we had fun holding our first news conference at the San Diego State University Performing Arts Plaza. Two San Diego TV stations, Fox 5 and CW 6, attended.CW 6 aired a short segment on the 10 p.m. news and posted a summary. Check out

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November 2009: Perri Storey joins SDCFF as enthusiastic volunteer. Welcome aboard Perri!