Winner Best Screenplay Christian Film Festival
Winner Best Writer Christian Film Festival
Winner Fan Favorite Christian Film Festival
Winner Cineville Calcutta Global Cinefest
Outstanding Achievement Willifest Festival
Finalist Gona Film Awards
Finalist Oaxaca FilmFest
Finalist Oaxaca PitchFest
Semi-finalist Best Script Award
Semi-finalist Salty Earth Festival
Semi-finalist Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival
Semi-finalist Screenplay Festival
Semi-finalist Bridges International Film Festival
Semi-finalist Near Nazareth Festival
Quarter Finalist The Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards Holiday Contest
Quarter Finalist London International Screenwriting Competition
Quarter Finalist Lykos Film International Script Contest
Official Selection at the Depth of Field International Film Festival
Official Selection 2021 Chicago Christian Film Festival
Official Selection Creation International Film Festival
Official Selection Cinema Worldfest Awards
Official Selection Queen Palm International Film Festival
Official Selection Malta Film Festival
Official Selection Branson International Film Festival
Selected to Compete WRPN.tv Screenplay Competition
This is a truly international Christian faith epic. One of the issues with Christian films is their inability to "sell" outside of the USA. In this screenplay, characters are portrayed beyond the United States border and appropriate languages can be used with English subtitles for their scenes. This allows for a larger potential audience.
Also, the screenplay was written for the "Great Commission" (Matt 28:16-20), that is, trying to make disciples of all nations not simply "preaching to the choir" which most Christian films do.
Another issue with "faith" films is their simplicity. That is not the case in this screenplay. This screenplay is complex.
Still another limitation in faith films is that things are never "messy". Everything seems so perfect. Well life has good and bad. In our screenplay, we have swearing, divorce, death, strippers!, etc. Real-life issues that breath.
Finally, there are no standing ovations, hand clapping, singing together scenes. Those are what many Christian films portray. But, in general, they are not real.
But our screenplay does have many Christian elements, it is just done in a truly unique way. This screenplay is designed to be an epic on the order of the great epics throughout history.
This is a screenplay written to industry standards. Below you will find an overview/treatment of The Christians. You will also see a short overview of the movie via powerpoint. Also included is a short pitch. If you are interested please contact us using the message icon
Here is a quick "pitch" (180 seconds)
Exploring the harrowing times of Christian persecution in history, a devoted present-day believer answers God’s call to greatness in this truly Epic portrayal of Christians throughout history….
Pitch: The Passion of the Christ meets It’s a Wonderful Life
THE CHRISTIANS (EARTH'S CRY ~ HEAVEN'S SMILE) Story by Tony Gioutsos Written by Tony Gioutsos And Linda M. Wright
Copyright 2020 PAu 3-975-046 Tony Gioutsos
“LORD, IS HE GOING TO DIE…?”
That’s what the viewer is unsure of as they view CHRISTOS ICHTHYS as he laid beaten, bloodied, and maimed in an antiquated prison cell in the Middle East. Let’s go back in time…
Our story begins when Christos, as a very young boy, discovers he has supernatural powers. Tormented by nightmare after nightmare, Christos finds himself awakened to the frightening horrors of reliving the past deaths of the ancient Martyrs: SAINT PAUL, BLANDINA, SAINT GEORGE, SAINT ELIZABETH AND SAINT MIGUEL.
Through his supernatural abilities, Christos “feels” their death. Whether being shot, the piercing of a sword or a man being drug behind a speeding horse until death, Christos BOLTS awake terrified, vicariously racked with their pain.
But….after each nightmare, Christos SEES a DOVE fly off into the sky….
Shaken to the core, Christos’ daily quest becomes to find the deeper meaning of all of it and what does it have to do with him….But, he’s reluctant to share it with anyone for fear of ridicule.
By the time Christos hits high school, he proudly confesses he is a Christian and taps into his excellent abilities in sports and science and math with a keen sensibility to the mystical realm. He excels at everything he does and “wants to change the world.”
However, later on, due to lack of understanding why he can “feel” and “see” these Martyrs being persecuted for their Christian faith, Christos finds himself in a war between the Lord and the world.
After Christos marries the love of his life, DAWN, he finds deep support for his brilliant mathematical mind. But when the demands of a family and his boss’ demands on his ground-breaking Algorithms enter his life, Christos starts to veer off his God-ordained path for the sake of money. Suddenly, he finds himself jetting all over the world…leaving his family and true responsibilities behind.
One day, Christos is made a million dollar offer to buy out his patents. Even though he goes off to pray to God and to look for his “dove” confirmation, he doesn’t find one…or peace.
Concerned, Christos’ best friend and partner, CUZ, confronts him: “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Brushing him aside, Christos declares he will do what he wants and ends up compulsively selling his company -- and his soul.
Dawn and Cuz can only watch as Christos walks away from God and -- his pride becomes his fall.
Meanwhile, Christos’ decision had even deeper complications. His children no longer desire to be around him and Dawn finds herself rejected for the sake of money.
When Cuz suddenly quits the business and moves to Egypt, Christos entertains his pain through alcohol and strip joints. Oblivious to the unraveling of his family, Christos is stunned when Dawn leaves him.
As the nightmares start to reoccur, Christos finds himself totally lost in a world he never meant to be in.
But, this isn’t the end, it’s only the beginning….
The beginning of a gripping, dramatic story for adults and children alike – a story that depicts love, strength, success, failure, conviction and faith. A story that depicts COURAGE -- an unselfish courage spurned only by the unconditional love and sacrifice of one man….Jesus.
Does Christos make his way back? Can he regain his soul? Will he learn the meaning of the nightmares? Will he learn that Jesus gave him everything He had….including His life.
A story so emotional you’ll cry and be on the edge of your seats. A story you just can’t push aside because your heart will be open to the ones that have already laid their lives down for the glory of God.
You will find yourself rooting for Christos all the way to the very last page when the question…“LORD, IS HE GOING TO DIE…?” is answered.
A longer "pitch". Adding some music and image content to better "visualize" the screenplay via powerpoint. This is 22 minutes long giving a synopsis of the story and reasons that the screenplay is unique