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Registration opens for online Faith and Film Festival

Jan. 28-29 festival explores Christian themes in contemporary cinema

Registration is now open for the second annual Faith and Film Festival presented by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, which will be held online Jan. 28-29. Throughout the festival attendees will ponder and explore Christian themes in contemporary cinema and develop eyes to see film in new ways.

The 2021 event includes 13 feature length films, four short films and six documentaries. Participants will view all films on their own before the festival except for those scheduled for the short film sessions. During these sessions, several short films will be viewed together online. The festival will feature enriching discussions with theologians, pastors, filmmakers and critics.

“We are excited to bring back the Faith and Film Festival for its second year. While moving the festival online was necessary due to the pandemic, it also presented some new opportunities,” said Erika Bennett, the Seminary’s director of Continuing Education. “We have a great lineup of films, and we are including some short films as a precursor to the festival’s first short film contest slated for 2022.”

Festival highlights include:

  • “Backstage Interview” with Paul Walter Hauser, who appeared in the Oscar-winning films “I, Tonya” and “BlacKkKlansman” and as the title character in Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell”
  • “Viewing Film through the Lens of Faith” with Rev. Bill Cwirla and Rev. Ted Giese, hosts of the podcast “Bill and Ted Watch Movies”
  • Best Movie Memory/Experience Contest
  • Short film viewing of “Change for a Dollar” with award-winning director Sharon Wright

The festival hours are noon to 11 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, and 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. The festival is an adult-only, limited-participant event. Registration is $20 and the deadline is Jan. 15, 2021. Participants must pre-register for movie-specific discussions. Continuing Education credits are available.

Learn more and register at For more information, contact Continuing Education at 314-505-7286 or

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