The Projecting Hope Film Festival, a showcase of faith-based films with uplifting themes, will be held at GQT Pittsburgh Mills Cinema from January 21-23.
Admission to all seven films is free – with free popcorn too.
This will be the 18th Projecting Hope festival, suspended for two years due to the pandemic.
“When we were able to announce our return, people were excited,” said Scott Anderson, founder and director of the festival.
In previous years, the films have been screened in several theaters in the region. This year, the GQT Pittsburgh Mills Cinema is the exclusive venue.
Anderson said the Pittsburgh Mills location was chosen because of its geographically central location and the amount of space its auditoriums provide.
Shows are normally reaching capacity, he said, but he predicts that this year there will be more seats available as the pandemic keeps more people at home.
Tickets can be reserved online in advance, with a requested donation of at least $1, or obtained in person at the box office. A variety of sponsors endorse the festival.
The featured film is “American Underdog”, based on the life of football star Kurt Warner, an evangelical Christian. It will be screened on each of the three days of the festival.
Others include “Redeeming Love,” “The Girl Who Believes in Miracles,” and “The Jesus Music,” a contemporary Christian music documentary.
Anderson encourages everyone, regardless of religious background, to attend. He said the films — “life-affirming, God-honouring films,” as described on the website — have a universal message that everyone can relate to.
“It’s an event that brings people together, and these stories are stories that bring people together,” he said.
Launched in 2000, Projecting Hope uses films to spread goodwill and hope. The first festival was held in Pittsburgh in 2001. Since then, the festival has grown to be played in cities such as Charlotte, North Carolina. The festival attracted a loyal following of returnees while attracting newcomers.
“We were able to see parents who brought their children to the cinema. We have developed a relationship with our customers,” Anderson said.
The festival will follow the theatre’s covid protocols. It will be up to individuals to wear a mask, Anderson said.
For more information, visit projectinghopepgh.com.