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Cinematic Arts Finalists

2023 Best Picture/Best Storytelling: From Darkness to Light by Malcolm McLoughlin


Artist Statement: Jesus was the ultimate storyteller. His stories changed—and continue to change—millions of lives. The Bible itself is the best-selling book of all time! Storytelling is a crucial piece of how the Holy Spirit draws people to Christ and as such, is the driving force behind my work. In short, storytelling facilitates the expansion of God’s Kingdom!

2023 Best Conceptual/Up and Coming Storyteller: A New Perspective by Tristan Erickson


Artist Statement: The video, titled “A New Perspective,” reflects the beauty of God’s creation and our need to turn to Him.

2023 Best Cinematography/Best Soundtrack: DATC (Death Around the Corner) by Jelani Aswad Nkosi Pinnock


Artist Statement: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). This short-film music video called “DATC,” aka (Death Around the Corner), depicts a young man who has an encounter with a stranger that sets him into a tailspin. He has a chance to choose life or death, and a seemingly passing encounter with a prayer on a TV screen changes the trajectory of his life.

2023 Best Editing: Cycles of Abundance by an Alliance Creative Access Worker


Artist Statement: The needs around the world have always been great, but in the modern age, we can hear stories from around the globe. We can not only hear these stories, we can become part of them and change the world by bringing Christ’s Kingdom to earth! “Feed my sheep,” the Lord commanded. This command is fulfillable both physically and spiritually harmoniously.

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