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ALWAYS WITH YOU

At sixteen, Lindsey Thomas's Mother is tragically killed in a drunk driving accident. Causing her to question her faith in God and propose in life. Her father encourages her to join a grief support group at her church, where she slowly finds renewed faith and hope for the future. Life is good when suddenly, her best friends' Mother Sara is diagnosed with cancer with little time left. Sara asks Lindsey to help her leave behind a video message for her daughter Katie, as a way of helping her through the loss. This leads Lindsey to her true calling. She establishes a non-profit to help people in the end stages of life leave lasting messages of hope and love for those that remain.

BE THE LIGHT

A down and out girl tries to make amends with her estranged and dying father. She tries to raise money in an effort to save him with the community she loves, and the music within. 

BELLY OF THE WHALE

Burnt-out math teacher Ted Pitts must help a class of misfits stage their final play, Jonah and the Whale. There's just one problem: The kids don't KNOW it's their final play. Pitts chickened out of telling them the theater program's been axed. Oh, and everyone hates each other. That's two problems. Oops. Also nobody seems to know how to put on a play and Mr. Pitts wants to quit teaching, so... Problematic. We'll go with "problematic."

A behind-the-scenes note: This project was created by the students & faculty of a small university film program. It's an odd hybrid between a professional (writer, director, producers, lead actors, AD, gaffer) and a student (everything else crew, and most of the cast) production. If that affects how your festival labels it ("student film" or not), now you know & can do whatever seems right to you.

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

A faith-based film about a family that is faced with the issues of homelessness and PTSD and how they overcome it together.

FINDING HOME

Finding Home is based on a true story of one mans journey to find his purpose...to find forgiveness...to find love. A love that heals our hearts, tells us that our lives matter, and gives us Hope.

Ken Rogers is living the American Dream. He is a physician that has a beautiful home, wife, children, and career. Unfortunately, addiction reaches into every demographic with the intention to steal, kill, and destroy. This film was produced to honor all those you will meet in this film and encourage those who struggle.

PROMISES TO KEEP

THE GOD CAFÉ

It’s Christmas Eve and Christian music star & worship pastor Steve has a problem; his marriage is on the rocks, his career is threatened, and his faith is being shaken. In a twist on Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”, and drawing heavily on the Bible, some special strangers will bring Pastor Steve face to face with grace.

THE LEAST OF THESE (A CHRISTMAS STORY)

In this feel-good Christmas movie, you'll experience the real meaning of Christmas as well as the magic of Christmas. It's based on the scripture, 'What you've done unto one of the least of these my brethren, you've done unto me'." 
The film follows the journey of a young mother and her 7 year old daughter, who are homeless and live in a car. When a store front Santa encounters the little girl, he gets a valuable lesson in forgiveness The mother, an artist, finds her escape from reality in painting. She refers to her canvases as remnants of her memories. Her art becomes her ticket to a new life for her and her daughter.

THE LITTLE VIOLET BLOSSOMS

St. Claudine Thevenet is a name that epitomizes love, sacrifice and compassion. The founder of the Religious of Jesus and Mary (1818), Claudine was born in a modest French family as the second of seven children. The execution of her two brothers during the French Revolution was the turning point in Claudine’s life. It was from this point on that she decided to devote her life to the service of others.

The Little Violet Blossoms is a humble attempt to uphold and honour the values and teachings of St. Claudine Thevenet that are relevant even today. The story of our film juxtaposes St. Claudine’s life during the French Revolution with the life of our protagonist, 14-year-old Glady Sequeira in today’s times. As Glady is confronted with the violent murder of her parents, she not only has to cope with this tragic loss, but she must also identify the culprit responsible for her parents’ murder. Through Glady’s journey of dealing with this conflict, she is reminded of various teachings of St. Claudine Thevenet. Eventually, Glady is able to let go of the hurt and anguish as she embraces the most valuable lesson St. Claudine imparted through her own life, that of unconditional love and forgiveness. 

THE PROTÉGÉ

Homeless and pregnant, an abandoned teenager finds herself at a crossroads in her life; desperately searching for a relationship to fill the void that her mother never did and her father never had the chance to…

TREASURE LIES

THIS FILM IS NOW BEING DISTRIBUTED AND UNAVAILABLE FOR OUR VIRTUAL FESTIVAL. For more information www.iifilms.com

A hardworking teen learns a faith lesson through an unexpected windfall. It's a story of greed, jealousy, gratitude, character, and forgiveness.

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