The Christian World Arts Festival is thrilled to announce its inaugural opening event on March 2-4, 2023 at the iconic Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC! This one-of-a-kind festival provides a unique opportunity for filmmakers, dramatists, and scriptwriters to submit their projects.

Our goal with this festival is to inspire, encourage, and develop Christian artists to keep producing excellent, well-crafted stories for film or for the stage. Media and the performing arts dominate our culture and dictate to a media-saturated world what family, authority, friendships, worship, clothing, lifestyles, etc. should look like. Sadly, most of the time, the arts depict these things without Christ, which produces a corrupt, sick, and hopeless view of humanity and the world.

Thankfully, some Christians have joined the culture war to reclaim the arts for Christ and they are seeking to be the salt and light that is needed to hold back this corruption. However, we all know that these Christians are vastly outnumbered as they seek to show forth the light of God’s exciting and life-changing truth.

We want to see Christians working together to produce films, scripts, and stage productions that seek to raise an excellent, professional standard of God’s power. This light of truth is desperately needed in our ever-darkening world!

For tickets to the event, go to and click the "Attend" button.

Details and hotel discounts.

Hyatt booking link: Hyatt Place Washington DC (
Hyatt corporate code: 71659 (10% or 15% off
depending on the day)
CitzenM Hotel Washington DC (
CitizenM corporate code: cu-mob (18% off)

Award Winners for CWAF 2023!

Best Student Stage Script 
Ronan Rhys Osteen, The Unseen War -Winner 
Andrew M Jones, Lydia G Davis, The Mission -Runner up 

Best Original Stage Script 
Molly Ishmael, The Book of Job -Winner 
Lewis Philip Bliss, In His Steps -Runner Up

Best Book of an Original Musical 
Aaron Alsmeyer, Leviathan -Winner 

Best Original Screenplay 
Dennis R. Doud, Rings of Talmoorin -Winner 
John Martins III, My Iowa-Runner up 

Best Stage Production
Stephanie Davidson, In the Valley -Winner 
Ashlynn Dapper, Berlin -Runner up 

Best Original Musical 
Stephen Joseph Burke, The Hiding Place -Winner 
Billy Wayne Arrington, Son of Sorrows -Runner up 
Jess Day, Surrender -2nd runner up 

Best Animated Short
Joseph Hoh, Wonderfully Made -Winner 
Nicolas P. Villarreal, On/off -Runner up 

Best Student Short
Judy England, The Stranger -Winner 
Justin Sterner, Kate Larson, The Glitch -Runner up 

Best Mobile Short 
Ned Rossi, Strumming Alone -Winner 
Reginald w Gibson, It’s All Good -Runner up 

Best Short Film
Steven Stuart Baldwin, Adama’s Dream -Winner 
Joshua David Wright, Self -Runner up 
Manos Triantafillakis, Just like Water -2nd runner up 

Best Short Documentary
Chase Kinney, Freed -Winner 
Eliza Q Hemenway, The Way to Hawassa -Runner up 
Becky Hellwig, Open Doors -2nd runner up 

Best Documentary Feature  
Matthew Diamond, Exaltation -Winner 
Shane McMullin, Go -Runner up 
John P. Ondo, Station Identification - 2nd runner up tie 
Dan Tarrant, Rescued from Darkness - 2nd runner up tie 

Best Cinematography
John Carrington, Go 

Best Director 
Garrett Michael Batty

Best Picture 
Marty Roberts, Jimmy Womble, Running the Bases -Winner 
Garrett Michael Batty, The Carpenter - Runner up 

Founders Award 
Ron Mighell (in memorial) 

Festival categories:
Short Films: under 45 minutes; upload the film to FilmFreeway and allow downloading.
Feature Films: 46+ minutes; upload the film to FilmFreeway and allow downloading.

Mobile Short
Short narrative film: (Under 45 min.) shot exclusively on a mobile device; iPhone, Android, Ipad, Tablet, drone, etc.

Stage Play
Submission of a full-stage production. This can be single or multi-camera filming of the play. Upload the filming to FilmFreeway and allow downloading.

Submission of a full-stage musical production between 60-150 minutes long. This can be single or multi-camera filming of the musical. Upload the filming to FilmFreeway and allow downloading.

Short Film: 10-50 pages
Feature Film: 50-130 pages

Stage Script
Since there is no universal standard for stage scripts, we realize that scripts can vary in page length. Your stage script needs to be 60-150 minutes long when performed.

Guidelines for Submissions
-No nudity or overt sexuality. Anything of this nature is automatically disqualified regardless of “artistic merit.” Sinful actions can be implied but must serve the purpose of glorifying truth and purity and must not place actors or viewers in a compromising situation. (1 Thess. 4:3)

-No unwholesome speech. ( Eph. 4:29)

-Any vulgar sexual phrase or word is an automatic disqualification. (Eph. 3:5)

-No blasphemy or taking the Lord’s name in vain. (Ex. 20:7)

-No gratuitous violence. (Psa. 11:5)

We are looking for the following:
-Artistic excellence. Every element of the production must be excellent. The story, the script, the acting, the production design, etc. All of it must be to a level where the story is told without distraction. (Phil. 4:8)

-The portrayal of a Biblical worldview. Truth must be exalted. Evil must be shown as evil. The production, in its entirety, must be Christ-honoring. (Col. 3:17)



By submitting a film, stage play, musical, solo or group acting performance, screenplay, or stage script (“Your Work”) to the Christian World Arts Festival (the “Festival"), the submitter (“You”) acknowledge that You have obtained all necessary rights and consent to do so, and have read and understood the Festival rules and regulations for submitting Your Work as listed.

You also grant full permission and license for the Festival, The Academy of Arts, and Museum of the Bible (collectively, “Festival Organizers”) to download a digital copy of Your Work, and to play or display it via projector, online, and through various additional screenings and discussions for the purposes and duration of the Festival.

You represent and warrant that You have authority and permission from all actual and potential owners of all copyrighted or trademarked content. You also represent and warrant that Your Work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein, that You have the authority to make such representations and warranties, and that You and all entities and organizations on whose behalf You are submitting Your Work shall indemnify, hold harmless, and reimburse the Festival Organizers and their directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, affiliates, insurers, successors, and assigns from and against all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and court costs) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to Your Work.

You also acknowledge and agree that the Festival Organizers are accepting submission of Your Work while relying on the foregoing representations and warranties, and the Festival Organizers, nor any of their directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, successors, or assigns, shall be held liable by You or any other person or entity for any unauthorized use of Your Work, or any copyrighted or trademarked materials therein.

You acknowledge and agree that not every submission will be selected, there is no guarantee that Your Work will be selected, the Festival Organizers reserve the right to reject any submission for any reason without explanation, and the Festival Organizers are under no obligation to provide You with any information on submissions or on the selection process. You hereby agree to accept the decisions made by the Festival Organizers gracefully, and not to defame, slander, belittle, or harass the Festival Organizers, the Festival, or other submissions.

If Your Work is not selected, no refund will be given.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for an amazing week! It was exciting to meet other producers, playwrights, and composers! Can’t wait for next year! Thank you for choosing Surrender as an award winner-it really meant a lot! So excited for next year!

    May 2023
  • Molly Ishmael

    Such a beautiful festival that not only celebrated artistry but also sought to glorify our Lord! As another attendee noted, it almost felt more like a retreat than a festival... from the excellent speakers to the time spent in worship, this festival blessed my soul and encouraged me to keep working in this beautiful field. I can't wait to go again!

    March 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Molly! It was a joy to have you there. Your script was fantastic.

  • Such an excellent festival! Such a positive and God-honoring environment. The speakers and the play were the best part, even though I thoroughly enjoyed the screenings!

    March 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Valaine!

  • John Martins III

    My deep gratitude to Zac Johnson of the Academy of Arts, and, the Christian World Arts Festival for Stage and Film for honoring my screenplay, "My Iowa," as runner-up in your screenwriting category. Thank you very much. Continued success in all things as you glorify the Carpenter from Nazareth through the arts there in the Palmetto State.

    March 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you John!

  • Awesome festival, great films, awards ceremony was top notch, the people were amazing, it was altogether a great time. Couldn't have been a better location. Thank you CWAF for judging my film 1st runner up in mobile short category! Surely looking forward to next season!

    March 2023
    Response from festival:

    Your film was excellent and we were so glad to have you! Thank you!