WITH A MINUTE LEFT before the deadline, Mike Cahill raced along Burbank [California's] Providencia Avenue to get to Media City Church on time. He was rushing to get his short film, In the Company of Sinners, into the 168 Film Festival, the culmination of a faith-based competition that helps Christian filmmakers break into the mainstream movie business. "I made it. Yes.!" Cahill yelled, raising his clipboard above his head. Seconds later, Adekunle Ilori, who had fought traffic all the way from Lancaster [California], became the last of 73 competitors to qualify....

Cahill's and Ilori's entries are pitted in this year's contest against work from 15 states and nine countries, including Israel, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, and Cameroon.

The 168 Hour Film Project, now in its eighth year, pushes filmmakers to hone their craft by creating films of less than 11 minutes based on a Bible verse they draw randomly just before production starts. Teams have one week to come up with their finished product.

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