About the Festival
The Gideon’s Flame Christian Film Festival’s main purpose is to spread the very goodness of GOD through film as a tool to spread the sphere of influence of Christians so that all may be united, centered, and maturing in Christ. A major function of the film festival is to encourage the production and distribution of local and foreign Christian films so that this innovative and easily absorbed and assimilated medium can deepen the impact of God's Word and goodness in the hearts and minds of the viewing public.
The Union Church of Manila Library Ministry launched the 1st festival originally dubbed as the Metro Manila Christian Film Festival (MMCFF) 4 years ago which culminated in April 2008 with a weeklong showing of Christian films ending with the Awards Night. The team and those involved were encouraged to repeat the activity by the participants and those who were blessed by the films. Thus, a second festival was launched in 2009 celebrating “God in Film” culminating in another weeklong festival in November 2009. The name Metro Manila Christian Film Festival was then changed to Gideon’s Flame Christian Film Festival (GFCFF) to emphasize that God's great power can manifest even through seemingly small and weak ways to gain HIS purpose. Very much like how God inspired Gideon, the fifth Judge of Israel, to lead only 300 men against an invading army of about 120 thousand.
Gideon’s Flame Award Winners
What is the “Gideon’s Flame Award”?
The “Gideon’s Flame Award” is a recognition given to the winning entry at the Gideon’s Flame Christian Film Festival. The award was inspired from the passages of Judges 7 which tell the story of Gideon’s faith and of God's great power in defeating the enemies ofIsrael.
What’s the meaning behind the GF symbol?
Gideon was a farmer whom God called "a mighty man of valor" (6:12). He miraculously defeated an invading army of 120 thousand with only 300 soldiers following God’s plan. He did it in a most unusual way.
When the invading army was encamped for the night, God inspired Gideon to divide his forces into three companies of 100 men each. Each man carried with him his weapons, a horn and a lit torch within a clay jar. As the enemy slept, all 300 men smashed the clay jars, lifted the burning torches and loudly blew their horns. This panicked the enemy to a point where they were eventually destroyed.
As the burning torches of Gideon’s army were set free from the confines of the clay jars to shed the light of God’s justice in those old times; that same light, today, is again sent out into the world to drive away the darkness.
“For God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have THIS TREASURE IN JARS OF CLAY to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:6,7
This is what Christian films do.