The Christian Worldview Filmmakers Guild was kicked off with an inspiring message by Phillip Telfer, Founder of the CWVFF and Director of the ministry Media Talk 101. Phillip shared the 10 core values of Media Talk 101 and how those can apply to Christian filmmaking. He said “The core values are not only the foundation of our ministry, we are the core values.” These core values that we live need to also define our films.
The very first core value is the heart of this Guild:
Core Value 01. Jesus Christ is preeminent.
(Colossians 1:18) All else belongs in His shadow, and acknowledging that truth is the key to a God-honoring film.
Core Value 02. Humility is not an option.
(Philippians 2:3, 1 Peter 5:5) Our choice of humility before Him is so important to all that we seek in running for the high calling that He has set before us.
Core Value 03. Your primary call is to be a disciple of Jesus.
(Luke 14:33) A true disciple is desperate for a close relationship with Jesus and out of that will flow much fruit of the Gospel.
Core Value 04. An authentic portrayal of the world is not Godless or Christless.
Core Value 05. Filmmaking should not replace personal evangelism or discipleship.
Core Value 06. There’s only one epic story that changes the world.
(1 Corinthians 2:2, 2 Corinthians 4:5)
Core Value 07. Esteem others as more important than yourself.
Core Value 08. Embrace critique.
(Proverbs 11:14, Ephesians 5:21) Don’t hold your project too close to your heart. Too many wrap their identity in the projects they produce thus they take criticism as a personal attack.
Core Value 09. Honor Christ in the entire production, not just final product.
(1 Corinthians 10:31, 1 Corinthians 16:14)
Core Value 10. A good story with good worldview can transcend a big budget.
(1 Timothy 6:6-10)
In summary, there is only one central story and that is His story which is the proclamation of the Gospel, in life and in our works. Stories need to communicate Christ’s preeminence, of His being above all, and how this attribute affects every aspect of our Christian lives.