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What if you had the opportunity to share your work in a creative, collaborative environment?



What an amazing night!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 CREATE:initiative Film Festival! What a wonderful turnout of talented people! Stay tuned for details on the 2019 Film Festival very soon!



2018 Design Winner



2018 Film Winner


What makes the CREATE:initiative Film Festival different?


Two things make the CREATE:initiative Film Festival unique: 1. It is completely free to submit your work and attend. 2. Each entry will have the opportunity to receive constructive feedback from professionals and peers in the church creative world. We believe that it is not only a great evening of enjoying others' work, but it is also a great place to learn new techniques to hone your craft. 

Did we mention there will also be prizes? Each year, we have an audience choice award for the Video and Design categories. You can find out more about the categories and submit your work below!

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VIDEO Categories


Narrative Short

Who doesn't love a good story? Our Narrative Short category is for those great stories you've been dreaming up! It can be an original or adaptation, real or fiction. Some examples might be a sermon series promo, a fictional depiction of a Bible story, or about Aliens from outer space...whatever you want! 

  • Must be 8 minutes or less.
  • Can be used in a church setting, or outside a church setting.
  • Must be your work, or the work of a team you are on.

MINI-DOC | Testimony video

Testimony videos and mini-documentaries have become a great way for telling someone's life journey, and this is the place to share them! Whether it is capturing a missions trip, showing how someone came to know Christ or just telling a person's life story, we want to to see them!  

  • Must be 6 minutes or less.
  • Can be used in a church setting, or outside a church setting.
  • Must be your work, or the work of a team you are on.

instavid | mobile video

How many of us have used our phone to shoot/edit and post a video? We want your creative approach to story-telling through the phone. It can be an original that falls under the previous categories, but it must have been built on your phone! 

  • Must be 60 seconds or less.
  • Can be used in a church setting, or outside a church setting.
  • Must be your work, or the work of a team you are on.
  • Must be captured, edited and posted from your phone.



Sermon Series Artwork

Show us the creative way in which you depict a sermon series.  Whether it is a print or digital piece, we want to see how you captured your pastor's vision and showed it to the congregation.



This can be a print or digital piece that is designed to promote an event, service or outreach for your church. Think in terms of a poster, flyer, social media promo or some other type of 3D project or packaging!


Open Creative Design

This category is for all you dreamers who just like to design! Anything goes, here. It can be a used or unused piece.



The submission deadline for the 2018 festival has ended.

*Please note, by submitting files, you ensuring that you are allowed to upload the files and own all the content associated with the file. If any content is not owned by you, you can attest that any content not owned by you has been licensed legally and can be proved through proper documentation.

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Register to Attend


What fun is a Film Festival if no one is there to watch it?

Register you and your team to attend, for FREE!

Each registration includes 2 items from the Concession Stand and a vote for the best film of the night!

Registration for the 2019 Film Festival will be available soon!