God Country Family Christian Film Festival is pleased to announce the finalists and winners of the 2018 screenplay competition.

Feature Screenplay Finalists (alphabetical order):


Three ordinary guys decide to get out of town on Christmas Eve to avoid conflicts at home. The three women in their lives, who are in town baking pies for the homeless, couldn't be more angry if they tried. Into this chaos comes a young pregnant teen who needs sanctuary from the storm…

A SOLDIER’S GIFT by Kent Taylor

An American Soldier in WWII learns there is as much hate and prejudice in his own unit as there is in the Nazi forces he fights against. A simple gift inspires him to reach across cultural and racial barriers and do something extraordinary.

AT THE MERCY OF FAITH by Samuel Lee Taylor

A fourteen year old preacher renounces his faith in God in the wake of a terrifying and traumatic event. Eighteen years later, the psychotic demons from his past, viciously return to wreak havoc on of his home and collect his soul for the god of their hell.

CHANGING SCORE by Bridget Bell McMahon

A disgraced golf prodigy and widower struggles to raise his headstrong teenager until a spunky, spiritual-minded woman helps him find faith, forgiveness and the will to try for the comeback of a lifetime.

THE CZAR OF HOLLYWOOD by Scott Michael Branan

On her adventurous journey to find the legendary talent agent known as "The Czar of Hollywood", a runaway teenage actress meets a naive politician, a self-centered rapper, and a preacher lacking courage; but she's about to discovers there's no place like... Rome. Georgia.

DOOR OF MIRACLES by Patricia Poulos

Fighting fear - the Doors to God's Miracles are flung open wide transcending a young woman into the Universe to return with supernatural powers - miracles - and - God speaks.


Essy, an ambitious young marketing professional, grudgingly puts her success on hold to visit widowed grandmother's vineyard. When her cynicism collides with her childhood memories of her grandfather's great faith, she fights her inner conflict by trying to sell the vineyard against her grandmother's wishes…

ENCOUNTERED by Ray-Alan Cameron

When a man is released from prison to support his abusive ailing mother a pastor, dealing with his own mortality, confronts him with the power of forgiveness.

FISH by Richard Grahn

Bobby White desires to be a champion. He has the heart, but lacks focus and direction. His mother shows no support and the only thing that she manages to keep up on, is her alcohol. Bobby old childhood best friend, Mark Gunner is now the team’s bully who gets his motivation to win from his bully of a father…

GOOD AGAIN by Jeanne Dukes

When a Texas high school star quarterback fails his team as his successful father struggles with a failing marriage, they fight discouragement by making a father/son pact to overcome the improbable odds of both making a comeback.

INDIAN BILLY ICE by Jerry Stephen Ice

This epic story begins with the unexpected kidnapping of an eight-year-old boy. For the next 9 years he survives abuse as a prisoner of the Blood River Mohawk tribe until he escapes with his first love, North Star…


An adventure story of the Bible’s warrior priests from Persia who are captivated by an extraordinary star, battle evil, and struggle with their faith until they are transformed by God on their way to Bethlehem.

SERAPHINA by Joe "Tuffy" Tofuri

A beautiful, kindly Irish woman – bestowed a special gift at birth – comes to the aid of a 1950’s New England family-in-crisis unaware she is being hunted by a revenge-seeking, depression-era zealot.

THE TRANSLATOR by Alan Sproles & Lizanne Southgate

An ordinary priest becomes Europe’s most wanted man when he decides to translate the Latin Bible into English for the common man. Pursued by King Henry VIII and the Pope, William Tyndale sacrifices his country, his love, and, ultimately, his life to produce the world’s most influential book.

TWENTY 1 DAYS by Terri Bilotta

A secret life of sacrifice leaves us with the question , is it worth it?

Feature Screenplay Winners

Winner: THE TRANSLATOR by Alan Sproles & Lizanne Southgate

1st Runner Up: GOOD AGAIN by Jeanne Dukes

2nd Runner Up: INDIAN BILLY ICE by Jerry Stephen Ice

Short Screenplay Finalists (alphabetical order):

ILLATION by Ryan Reece

Professor John Clayton is falsely accused of having a sexual relationship with Abbie Reynolds, one of his female students and advisees…

LEAVE by Alysha Haran

The unexpected meeting between Sam and Elinor on a cattle ranch in Southwestern Arizona the last few days before Sam's deployment to the Middle East, yields a friendship that forces Elinor to make decisions about her life as they face issues of racism and bigotry together.

LITTLE THINGS by Michelle Lewis

A mother is grateful for the small gifts bestowed by her family.

PRAYER by DT Michaels

A mother's prayer for her dying son is answered in the most curious, unexpected of ways.


Short Screenplay Winners

 Winner: PRAYER by DT Michaels

1st Runner Up: LITTLE THINGS by Michelle Lewis

2nd Runner Up: ILLATION by Ryan Reece