Talent Manifest at arts festival


Manifest Creative Arts Festival

Avondale College in partnership with the Adventist Media Network will hold their first annual arts festival, Manifest, to celebrate and encourage the production of creative arts for ministry. The focus this year is on filmmaking, song composing and writing.

Too often we underestimate the importance of the arts, but these are integral to communicating our message of hope

The festival will launch at Avondale College’s weekly Forum on Wednesday, March 23. It will include an academic lecture, at which Avondale College Seventh-day Adventist Church senior minister Dr Bruce Manners will present findings from a study of Hope Channel viewers, on Thursday and workshops, networking and a worship service on Friday. Dr Grenville Kent will speak at the service about the making of his short film, The Cross. The festival ends with a worship service, featuring Kay Rizzo, the author of more than 50 books, the launch of Adventist Media Network’s new DVD-based evangelistic series Beyond Search and an awards ceremony on Saturday.

Josh Hamilton and Nick Lindsay produced Time for one of their classes at Avondale College, but they have already received requests to screen it at youth rallies in Adelaide and in Melbourne. Time depicts a day in the life of education and theology student Ray Moaga, who provides the narration. A stylised dramatic sequence in which dark figures lasso each of Ray’s limbs until all four are restricted intersperses this footage. The film concludes with the line, “But where is my time for God?”

“But where is my time for God?” Ray Moaga features in Josh Hamilton and Nick Lindsay’s short film ‘Time.’  

“Nick and I wanted to make a film not just to complete an assignment but also to share our faith,” says Josh, who has teamed with a seemingly prolific producer—Nick has already made 15 short films. “The first decent one was for my Dad’s chapel,” he says—Nick’s father is a high school principal. “That was in Year 8.”

Public relations officer Brenton Stacey encouraged Josh and Nick to enter ‘Time’ into the filmmaking competition of the Manifest Creative Arts Festival—an $800 cash prize is on offer for best film. “Our judges will be looking at the medium and the message,” says Brenton, “and Time’s high production values and simple but powerful storytelling may just earn it high marks in both categories.”

The inspiration for the festival came from SONscreen, an annual film festival organised by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. SONscreen co-founder Stacia D Wright will attend Manifest and present two SONscreen Showcases.

“Too often we underestimate the importance of the arts, but these are integral to communicating our message of hope,” says Neale Schofield, the chief executive officer of Adventist Media Network. “ Creative artists need to be recognised and we need to create a space for them to flourish in the church.”

Visit www.artsmanifest.info/ for more information.