LDS Film Festival celebrates 20 years of cinema

LDS Film Festival celebrates 20 years of cinema

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Kels Goodman, president of the LDS Film Festival, speaks at the festival’s awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at the SCERA Center For The Arts.

“Witnesses” is one of the several films being premiered at this year’s LDS Film Festival, which begins Wednesday. Check ldsfilmfest.com for a complete list of shows, lectures and costs.  Feb. 18, 2021.

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“Remembering Heaven” is a full-length motion picture featured in this year’s LDS Film Festival lineup. Visit ldsfilmfest.com for a complete list of movies and information. Feb. 18, 2021. 

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Kels Goodman, owner of the LDS Film Festival, poses for a portrait in the SCERA Center for the Arts on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Orem.

The LDS Film Festival will run Wednesday through Feb. 27 at the SCERA Center For the Arts in Orem.

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2 Local star Christian Vuissa honored at SCERA awards gala

Filmmaker Christian Vuissa is the founder of the LDS Film Festival.

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Kels Goodman, owner of the LDS Film Festival, poses for a portrait in the SCERA Center for the Arts on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Orem.

Twenty years ago, Austrian filmmaker Christian Vuissa had a dream to start an LDS Film Festival.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Vuissa wanted a venue where LDS filmmakers could network and showcase their work.

The festival was organized in 2001, and while not affiliated with the LDS Church, it carries the strength of LDS filmmakers, directors, actors and producers.

In 2006, the festival found a perfect venue at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem and that is where it remains housed.

Over the two decades of programming, the films selected and presented by the festival have covered a wide range of trending topics — “feel good” films that uplift and inspire, as well as fun films with the simple intent to entertain.

This year the festival, which runs Wednesday through Feb. 27, kicks off opening night with a special screening of the highly anticipated film, “Witnesses” (scheduled to release this summer).

“‘Witnesses’ is the most significant and ambitious film dealing with the early history of the church and the translation of the Book of Mormon to ever be released on the big screen, and we are excited to be opening the 20th anniversary of the festival,” said Brandon Purdie, president and founder of Purdie Distribution.

The LDS Film Festival has grown tremendously over the last few years. What began as a short film festival, is now a major event that showcases an impressive array of feature films, special screenings and short films, according to Kels Goodman, director of the festival.

Goodman stepped in when Vuissa decided he wanted to spend more time making films and it was difficult to run the festival from Austria.

The LDS film genre is changing slowly and has its ebbs and flows over the years, according to Goodman.

“It’s definitely shifting,” Goodman said. “The main mission is to find the new talent.”

Goodman said that many times LDS members shoot themselves in the foot when it comes to good LDS cinema.

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