Awards season isn't over yet. Sure, the Academy has given out all its Oscars, typically marking the end, but there's still one more show, and anyone can attend.
The Christian Youth Film Festival, taking place this weekend at the Fox Theater, is not only the place to see who takes home the awards but also a chance to see the films that are being honored.
"It's wholesome, creative, encouraging and fancy!" said Joe Brown, founder and director of the festival, in an email. "Some kids dress in tuxedos and ball gowns and arrive in limos. Hollywood professionals come to see and inspire the young stars and their families."
College division films will screen on Saturday at 7 p.m. and teen division films will screen on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. To see the filmmakers walk the red carpet, get there 30 minutes before screenings.
Awards are given in categories like best application of Scripture, best screenplay, best cinematography, best visual effects, best editing, best original score, best actor and best actress. Industry professionals screen the films and choose the winners.
Films this year come from all over the country, and two are from outside it: Six are from Bakersfield, while others are from Tehachapi, Irvine, Northridge and Long Beach, as well as a few from other states (Oregon, Indiana, Texas and North Carolina). The two international films come from Canada and Iran.
Brown estimates at least 500 young people are involved in this year's festival, workshops and film camps. While they are accomplished filmmakers, they are still children, many of whom can't drive or pay for dinner, so Brown gave their families a shout-out too.
"They're the ones who often get roped into providing transportation and pizza," he wrote. "But it has a tendency to bond the whole family in a wholesome and creative activity."
Guests don't need to have a film in the festival or know one of the filmmakers to attend.
"The whole family will have lots of fun dressing up and watching all the young stars," Brown said. "At only $10, it's a real bargain. But the real value is the encouragement for the next generation of movie makers to carry their faith into an industry that could use a little faith."
Below, see a list of each of the films that will be screened, along with a short synopsis of each.
"The Ad-Lib of Joe and Jimmy" (Matthias Johnson, Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada): Two mindless cowboys, a mess of trouble — and all they want is to clear their records.
"Feathers" (Dominic Hure, Cal State Long Beach): A pigeon-headed man learns a lesson from a rainbow bird about kindness.
"Baggage" (Owen Hickman, Concord, N.C.): A young man's baggage is interfering with his life, and after trying to get rid of it on his own, the answer comes knocking.
"Limit" (Javad Daraei, Karaj, Iran): A disabled boy in a quiet area asks for help from the people he sees until a man enters his house and something goes terribly wrong.
"One Accord" (Ethan Hatia, Cal State Northridge): John invites three friends to a reunion to boast about their success. Feeling guilty, the three friends later try to make amends.
"Conquerors" (Micah Gerber, Fort Wayne, Ind.): The Christian life and the difficult war between death and life. This is one battle you do not want to miss.
"The Return of Joe and Jimmy" (Matthias Johnson of Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada): After being released from prison, still trying to erase their records, the pair end up in the wackiest mess yet.
"Double Edged" (Micaiah Clark, Tehachapi): A skeptical young man thinks the Bible is nothing but an old history book — that is until he finds out what the future holds.
"Back to the Start" (Jeni Schmedding, Bakersfield): Grace was hurt, broken and bullied. On the brink of losing her faith in God, a true friend shows her she is not alone.
"Transmorphidated!" (Cal Cheek of Olive Knolls Christian Schools, Bakersfield): Joey and Bobby, in search of Joey's grandpa, discover a secret laboratory and a mysterious device.
"A Prodigal's Prayer" (Grant Cowan, Tehachapi): The inner prayers of the struggling son. A journey of redemption and love.
"Want Fries?" (Penelope Campbell, Legacy Christian Academy, Bakersfield): Foodies will stop at nothing to steal secret recipes for their menus. But some will stop at nothing to keep their secret recipes secret.
"The Voices" (Samantha Law and Cameron Metas of Varitas Honor Society, Bakersfield): Caleb, after his 17th birthday, notices two strange beings. He must decide which voice he should listen to.
"Millstone" (Steven James, Bakersfield): Robyn is asked to write a TV show. However, she targets the wrong audience and the content proves questionable.
"Impossible" (Gabe Garcia, New Life Church, Bakersfield): Overcoming the impossible, a group of people walk under a ladder. Without bad luck?
"I Am" (Jacob Brown, Katy, Texas): Overcome bullying through acknowledging true worth as God defines it, then choose to see others through God's eyes.
"A Boy's War" (Ethan Hill, Eagle Point, Ore.): An animated film about a young boy’s struggle with perusing his dreams alone when his military father does not return home from war.
"Falling For You" (Matt Shaffar, Irvine): A high school football star must decide between his future with the sport he loves or the girl of his dreams.