The Foundation For Conscious Living presents:

The Second Annual

Conscious Loving
Film Festival

An Online Festival Exploring the Heart and Soul of Relationships.

First Prize: $10,000

• Second Prize: $5,000
• Third Prize: $2,500
• Plus, Seven $1,000 Honorable Mention Prizes

Open to All Genres

Comedy • Drama • Animation • Documentary

Up to 25 Minutes in Length

No Submission Fee

Ends: August 19, 2018


About the Festival

The Conscious Loving Film Festival was created in 2017 by Katie and Gay Hendricks, through their non-profit Foundation For Conscious Living. This online Film Festival’s purpose is to inspire innovative filmmakers to produce highly entertaining art that also contributes valuable insights to a world hungry for new and positive perspectives on love.

This year the Festival is seeking films that illuminate new ideas, fresh interactions, and transformational moments that forge richer,
more loving and supportive relationships.

"Hats off to the festival organizers and founders for supporting filmmakers that are enhancing the sum total of positivity on this planet. We feel so blessed that our film "Birthday"  was selected as the first prize winner of the inaugural festival and eagerly await the release of this year's winners!"

Chris and Heather King - Grand Prize - 2017 Festival

Festival Dates

  • Opening Day For Submissions: April 19, 2018

  • Closing Day For Submissions: August 19, 2018

  • Announcement Of Winners: September 3, 2018

  • Online Film Festival: September 19 - October 3, 2018

"I submitted my film Wholehearted to last year’s Festival, and the entire process from start to finish was thoroughly enjoyable.  On top of no entry fee, Stephen and Anna were incredibly courteous and informative.  I’m honored to say my film was an official selection, and… I won one of the third place $2500 prizes!  So thankful to Katie and Gay (Hendricks) for creating this wonderful festival and a unique relationship platform for filmmakers to showcase their work.”

Christopher Leps - Third Prize - 2017 Festival

A Message from Katie and Gay Hendricks

We are noticing that so much of what we see in TV and movies right now still harkens back to old paradigms:

“You must be married.”—referring to a glum look on a colleague’s face.

“They talk like they’ve been married for years!!”—implying that bickering is the inevitable outcome of marriage.

“You don’t share everything in a relationship, you hold back something, everybody does.”

We’d love to create a context where filmmakers explore the possibilities of joyous long-term relationships, marked by appreciation, creativity, wonder and respect, instead of the usual blame and criticism escalating into adrenaline (fear interactions), which most people think is normal.

What would it be like to explore the foundational opening created by being real with each other, being open to authenticity and to hearing what is really going on? What if we saw partners liking and enjoying each other, having fun together?

We can’t wait to see what you come up with this year.

We are delighted to sponsor this festival through our non-profit Foundation For Conscious Living. We are especially pleased that Stephen Simon and Anna Darrah have again joined us as co-directors of the festival. Stephen and Anna have achieved worldwide recognition for their work with The Spiritual Cinema Circle, which has brought attention to the films of more than 600 independent filmmakers since its debut in 2004. With their leadership, we hope to inspire the filmmaker community to explore the always-fascinating world of relationships.

"I want you to know how deeply grateful I am for the prize money you awarded me... I used the money to fulfill a dream. The dream was to develop "Play Date" into an Educational Program for Middle Schoolers, to raise awareness about homelessness. It’s not often that a dream driven by sheer determination and blind faith can come true. I’m so incredibly grateful to you and the Conscious Loving Film Festival."

Paige Morrow Kimball - Third Prize - 2017 Festival

A Message from the Festival Directors

Welcome to our Second Annual Conscious Loving Film Festival, exploring the challenges and possibilities of relationships in a time of accelerating change. We’re thrilled to be directing a festival that inspires innovative filmmakers to produce highly entertaining art that also contributes valuable insights to a world hungry for new and positive perspectives on love.

We look forward to seeing your film!

Anna and Stephen

"Such a wonderful festival to be a part of. No entry fee, and I won an unexpected $2500! It was a great pleasure watching the heartwarming, powerful films from the other winners. I will definitely submit my next film. So grateful for this terrific festivall! Thanks again, Anna & Stephen! It was an honor being part of the festival last year."

Kazu Takeda - Third Prize - 2017 Festival

Anna Darrah

After sourcing and licensing films for Spiritual Cinema Circle and Gaiam for more than a decade, Anna Darrah is now consulting with filmmakers on their distribution strategy, teaching film distribution workshops, and producing and developing projects for Film Nest Studios and Santa Fe Network.

Stephen Simon

Stephen Simon produced such films as “Somewhere in Time”, “All The Right Moves”, and “What Dreams May Come”; co-founded The Spiritual Cinema Circle which he still hosts, and is also a consultant for writers, directors, and producers (both experienced and aspiring.)

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