Candace Burkett Wins Several Awards at Christian Film Festival

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 18, 2017) – Candace Burkett, a 2017 graduate of Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cinema Production, recently won numerous awards for her senior film project, Shaped by God, at the Christian Film Festival in Newport News, Virginia.

Held on the last Saturday of each month, the Christian Film Festival (CFF) showcases Christian movies, music videos, cartoons, documentaries, educational films, and scripts, and recognizes the creators of those projects.

“We are thrilled that once again one of our cinema graduates has been recognized by the Christian Film Festival,” said Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of BJU’s School of Fine Arts and Communication. “Candace’s documentary tells a truly inspiring story and we are very excited that her hard work has been acknowledged in this way.”

Burkett, a resident of Greenville, Mississippi, won Best Student Film, Best Movie Poster, Best Student Film Fan Favorite, and the Inspire Award. In addition, Burkett’s film was awarded Best Producer for the work done by Christopher Zydowicz and Sharyn Robertson, both Cinema Production professors at BJU.

Shaped by God is a documentary about Michael Furchert, a man who kept his Christian faith under a communist regime. The film tells the story of Furchert growing up in communist East Germany, the many trials he faced because of his Christian faith, and how God used those trials in his life to shape him into a stronger vessel for His service. Furchert is now a Christian inspirational speaker and pianist who speaks in ministries across the nation about God’s work in his life.