FOCUS and Dynamic Catholic Announce Winners of Imagine+Nation
Video contest highlights powerful short films of Catholic truth, beauty and grace
DENVER, Colo., July 7, 2014— Leading Catholic organizations FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, and Dynamic Catholic announce the winners of Imagine+Nation, a national video contest launched to promote the next generation of Christian storytellers who desire to redeem the arts, specifically through video. The top three winners received cash prizes totaling $10,000, and can be viewed at focus.org.
Voting was based on how fully and compellingly the video conveys its subject matter, effectiveness in reaching young adults, and originality and creativity in presentation. The top three winning submissions are:
1st Place: Rob Kaczmark – “Limit Break – BMX”
“We hope this video will inspire people to let their love for God be the source of their love for all things in life,” said first place winner Rob Kaczmark of Chicago, Ill., who produced the documentary “Limit Break – BMX”. “There’s a big need for role models, since we can often feel uninspired to strive for something greater. Mike’s trust in God goes beyond Sunday, it influences everything that he does, including his passion for BMX and his medical school studies.”
“The Imagine+Nation videos connect directly to the Church's call for a New Evangelization with themes relevant to the younger generation,” said Curtis Martin, FOCUS President and Founder. “We are honored to assist these great young artists, as they spark conversations about faith in Christ. We are grateful for their efforts to promote that which is authentically true, good and beautiful.”
“We thought about the situation college students are in, making career decisions and putting themselves in a certain box for the rest of their lives,” said Cameron O’Hearn of St. Paul, Minn., producer of second place winner “Who Do You Want to Become”.
“We wanted to communicate that our childhood dreams have timeless truths and bring the viewer face-to-face with God, who wants them to be a saint.”
Steven Tralongo of Venice, Calif., won the third place prize for his narrative, “Ayuda,” which means “help” in Spanish. His film portrays the human struggle to forgive oneself in the midst of personal failure. He explains, “The film conveys being present to the opportunities in one's life, how we move forward with our emotional baggage, and also to explore why it is easier to forgive others than one's self.”
Apart from the top three winners, Imagine+Nation also hosted a People's Choice Award where the general public was able to vote for their favorite video submission. “Unexpected” by Matt LaFont was the People's Choice winner.
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