Goodness Reigns Names Catholic Film Contest Winners 

by Kevin Wandra Thursday, April 07, 2011

For More Information:
Kevin Wandra, 678-990-9032 or

LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 7, 2011 – Catholic youth and young adults received top honors by Goodness Reigns in its 2011 “Share the Story” short film contest.

In January, filmmakers – from beginners to experts ages 14 and older – submitted their videos for the contest. Forty-four youth ministers and media professionals participated in three rounds of judging the 64 eligible films, including a final panel of distinguished judges who commented on the project.

“Goodness Reigns is an amazing opportunity to encourage young Catholic filmmakers to creatively express and communicate the Catholic faith as well as their personal faith,” said Sr. Helena Burns, FSP, media educator and movie reviewer for “Catholic New World.” “The imagination and ingenuity shown by the contestants is remarkable. Whether profound or entertaining, there is an abundance of talent and hope here!”

2011 “Share the Story” Award Winners

Young Adult Group Award: Catholic Integration Agency by Crux Sacra Productions of La Crescenta, Calif. The winners will receive either $8,000 in video gear or an all-inclusive trip for four to World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain.

High School Group Award: Love Begins Here by Diocese of Madison/LBH Productions of Baraboo, Wis. The winners will receive either $15,000 in video gear or an all-inclusive trip for ten to World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain.

Individual Category Awards:
Each winner will receive either $4,000 in video gear or an all-inclusive trip for two to World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain.

Church History: Saint Patrick by Anthony Pires of British Columbia, Canada.

Church Teaching: Covenant by Bernadette and Rafael Rodarte of Madera, Calif.

Present-Day Missionary Spirit: Our Hometown by Madison Black of Chickasha, Okla.

Sacraments: Sacrament of Divine Mercy by Gabriel Castillo/St. Theresa Church of Sugar Land, Texas.

• All films are available for viewing online at Over time Goodness Reigns plans to continue building up a repository of short films with free access to catechists and anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, particularly in the areas of church history, church teachings, the sacraments and the missionary spirit of Catholic Christians.

• Since March 20 the People’s Choice webpage has received more than 89,000 page views and attracted close to 10,800 unique visitors. Aspiring Catholic filmmakers now have an online home to exchange ideas, ask questions and be inspired.

• The list of winners and all runners-up is available at The list of all judges is available at

For more information, or to schedule an interview with winners, judges and/or Goodness Reigns Executive Director Suzanne Haugh, contact Kevin Wandra of The Maximus Group at 678-990-9032 or email


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