2014 Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury Awards–Winners To Be Announced December 22

The Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury is made up of film critics and cinephiles who wish to recognize and celebrate films that use the medium to explore themes of religion, faith, or spirituality. We particularly seek to enlarge or expand the perception of what is meant by either labeling a film a “Christian” film or suggesting that it should be of interest to Christian audiences. The jury seeks to recognize quality films (regardless of genre) that have challenged, moved, enlightened, or entertained us and to draw the attention of Christian audiences to films it thinks have the potential to do the same for them.

Update: This jury is not affiliated with Interfilm/SIGNIS

The jury welcomes nominations from interested readers, even if they are not on the jury. The jury will vote on all nominations during the third week of December and the films receiving the most votes will be announced on December 22.

Until last year, Christianity Today Movies and TV posted a “Most Redemptive” list of films in conjunction with its collation of its critics’ choices. Although these jury awards seek to do some of the same work as that (now defunct) list, and although I contribute reviews to Christianity Today from time to time, the Ecumenical Jury is not officially affiliated with Christianity Today.

The Arts & Faith forum is affiliated with Image Journal.

The current jury members are:

  • Wade Bearden (Christ and Pop Culture)
  • Evan Cogswell (Catholic Cinephile)
  • Steven D. Greydanus (Decent Films, National Catholic Register)
  • Christian Hamaker (Crosswalk)
  • Josh Hamm (Profound Distractions)
  • Gareth Higgins (Sojourners; Cinematic States)
  • Mike Leary (Filmwell)
  • Joel Mayward (The Mayward Blog)
  • Brett McCracken (Christianity Today; The Search)
  • Kenneth R. Morefield (1More Film Blog, Christianity Today)
  • Mark Moring (Christianity Today)
  • Alissa Wilkinson (Christianity Today)

I will update the list of nominated (here or elsewhere) periodically: The jury will vote on nominations the week of December 15, with winners to be announced December 22.

One Reply to “2014 Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury Awards–Winners To Be Announced December 22”

  1. kenmorefield

    Nominations thus far (from Arts & Faith board):

    The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
    1,000 Times Good Night
    The Babadook
    Begin Again
    Beginning with the End
    Believe Me
    Big Hero 6
    Blue Ruin
    Camille Claudel 1915
    Clouds of Sils Maria
    The Congress
    Deliver Us From Evil
    Field of Dogs
    The Fool
    Force Majeure
    Gimme Shelter
    Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
    The Good Lie
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey
    The Homesman
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I
    The Immigrant
    The Internet’s Own Boy
    Journey to the West (Tsai-Ming Liang)
    The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
    Last of the Unjust
    The Lego Movie
    Life Itself
    Listen Up Phillip
    The Lunchbox
    Mister Turner
    A Most Violent Year
    Norte: The End of History
    One Chance
    Only Lovers Left Alive
    The Overnighters
    Particle Fever
    Private Violence
    The Railway Man
    St. Vincent
    La Sapienza
    Stations of the Cross
    The Strange Little Cat
    Tales of Princess Kaguya
    The Sublime and Beautiful
    Two Days, One Night
    Under the Skin
    The Wind Rises
    When The Game Stands Tall
    Winter Sleep

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