2009 San Antonio Independent
Christian Film Festival
Event Program booklet front cover
Date Thursday, January 8th—Saturday, January 10th, 2009
Site Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center,
San Antonio, TX
President Doug Phillips
Judges Geoffrey Botkin
Doug Phillips
R.C. Sproul, Jr.
Kevin Swanson
Voddie Baucham [1]
Award type Jubilee Award

The 2009 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, and associated Christian Filmakers' Academy, were events that took place in the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, TX from January 5th-10th, 2009. The Dozerfleet founder attended both the Academy and the festival afterward. Events were sponsored by Vision Forum Ministries.


The academy lasted for three days, and allowed enrollment from numerous parts of the United States and Canada, with rumored British and Egyptian enrollment. Doug Phillips, son of Constitution Party leader Howard Phillips, operated as the head of the academy.


The beginning Monday of the Academy featured an introduction to worldview analysis in film making, followed by Geoffrey Botkin's discussion of "Filmmakers' 12 Most Common Mistakes." Following, Isaac Botkin gave two lectures on cinematography; which included a discussion of color grading for film. Color grading examples ranged from E.T. to Jurassic Park to Déjà Vu.

Tuesday included a discussion of stunts by Canadian stuntman Jimmy Broyden. Wednesday concluded the academic discussions, starting with a lecture on the RED camera and ending with guest speaker Benjamin Botkin's analysis of the value of music in film. A recurring joke throughout was: "If you use disco music, you're film's a dinosaur already." After events with this concluded, the festival schedule began. Academy enrollments were issued diplomas as a token of gratitude for their participation.

Faculty and speakersEdit

Speakers consisted of the following:

  • Peter Pallock, an instructor from the Institute of Photographic Studies
  • Jon Erwin, producer and director of A Hope and a Future

Note: Not to be confused with John Erwin, the voice of He-Man.


The film festival itself opened on January 8th of 2009, and lasted until the 10th. It featured guest appearances from Dean Jones, Kirk Cameron, George Sarris, Charlie Zahm, and the Von Trapp Children.

Films featuredEdit

Main article: Films featured at the 2009 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival

There were over 50 films featured in the festival, ranging from independent shorts made for only $800 to quasi-professional presentations made on more modest film budgets from groups which included Answers in Genesis Ministries. The large features included Expelled and Fireproof, with a few award-winning lesser features which included The Widow's Might and some highly-nominated short works which included Pencil Town, Stained, and The Sower. Fireproof won an award for Best Feature-Length Presentation. The Best-in-Show and $101,000 cash prize giveaway winner was The Widow's Might, written by John R. Moore.


  1. 2009 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival "Competition Judges." San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival Website. Vision Forum Ministries. Thursday, January 29th, 2009. 5:15 PM EST.

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