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2013 WYD Film Fest to Teach Filmmaking, Celebrate Faith with Pilgrims

Contact Suzanne Haugh, Director, Goodness Reigns, 502-468-4688, Suzanne@goodnessreigns.com

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, July 19, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- World Youth Day pilgrims will have four days to explore their faith through youth-produced media and have the chance to hone their own filmmaking skills during the 2013 Goodness Reigns WYD Film Fest.

Made possible by a grant from the Our Sunday Visitor Institute, the event will take place at the Teatro João Theotonio on the campus of Cândido Mendes University-Centro from July 23-26. Beginning and professional filmmakers will share their work over the four days.

Suzanne Haugh directs Goodness Reigns, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire youth and young adults to create faith-based media and art and share it on the Internet. "Young people spend many minutes, many hours, exploring the Internet," Haugh said. "As Christ's disciples we must go into this mission territory and inspire not just budding filmmakers and artists to make their own faith-based films, but all viewers passionate about their faith. We have many life-enhancing stories to tell!"

Carlos Tobon will serve as emcee of the 4-day event. Tobon has appeared as "Agent Carlos" in entertaining short films about a colorful duo called to bring people to the Catholic faith. ("CIA: An Introduction to the YOUCAT" and "Catholic Integration Agency.")

Below is an overview of the film fest program:

July 23 "Share the Story Short Film Fest"
10 am-noon
This program highlights the 2013 Goodness Reigns short films about the Catholic faith, and includes a welcome address by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of the Archdiocese of Louisville.
(Films of various lengths; English, some with subtitles)

Short films from the Goodness Reigns contest & other Catholic short film contests. (Films of various lengths; English, some with subtitles)

July 24 "Making Films of Faith"
This session will include demonstrations and short films on how to improve filmmaking skills for sharing the Gospel online. Catholic filmmakers will share their tips and short films of faith, featuring Gabriel Castillo of the Goodness Reigns' Online Film School.

July 25 "Spotlight: Human Dignity"
"Human Dignity" is the topic of the next Goodness Reigns short film contest. This session will show films about aspects of human dignity: life, love and livelihood. Films include "The Butterfly Circus," The Neri Institute's "Bless the Children" and journalist/radio host Peggy Stanton's "The Fruits of the Tilma."

July 26 "Free for Mission"
The focus of this session is finding one's mission to "go and make disciples of all nations" in spite of one's interior wars or external challenges. Films include Aid to the Church in Need's "A Piece of Heaven-Fazenda of Hope" and Navis Pictures' "The War of Vendee."

For more information, contact Suzanne Haugh, director of Goodness Reigns, at Suzanne@goodnessreigns.com. Goodness Reigns, Inc. is located in Louisville, KY, and wishes to thank the Our Sunday Visitor Institute, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and the Louisville Archdiocese for their support of the 2013 WYD Film Fest.