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ELCA publishing ministry earns a ‘Best Short Film’ award


A division of Augsburg Fortress Publishers -- sparkhouse -- was awarded “Best Short Film” for its animated film “Abraham and Sarah” at the 2014 International Christian Film Festival held in April in Orlando, Fla. Augsburg Fortress is the publishing ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The division sparkhouse develops faith-formation resources for children, youth and adults.

“We are thrilled with this recognition by the International Christian Film Festival of the fine work of our video and animation team in awarding sparkhouse the ‘Best Short Film’ award for 2014. This segment, ‘Abraham and Sarah,’ is just one of 15 videos in our popular curriculum, ‘re:form Ancestors Old Testament,’” said Beth A. Lewis, president and CEO of Augsburg Fortress.

“In this time when people of all ages spend many hours of every day looking at screens for both learning and entertainment, as the ministry of publishing of the ELCA, we are creating innovative resources to enhance faith formation not only through traditional print, but also the use of these digital tools,” said Lewis.

According to Aaron Christopher, executive producer of sparkhouse video, “We develop these videos to help kids learn about the Bible and explore their faith.” In a sparkhouse news release, Christopher said, “There’s a lot of passion for what we do at sparkhouse,” and “our ultimate goal is to create imaginative tools of faith exploration that anyone can use and find personally meaningful. My hope is that this award will generate greater awareness of the innovative resources sparkhouse is creating.”