• Thomas Bonifield

"Miracle on Christmas" Gets Movieguide Awards Nomination

Updated: Mar 21

Our faith-based film is in the running for the most inspirational streaming movie or TV show.

The digital poster art for "Miracle on Christmas." Image: Horse is Ready Productions.

We are deeply honored and humbled to announce that Miracle on Christmas, written and directed by yours truly, has made the list of nominees for the 29th annual Movieguide Awards. Our inaugural film stars Erin Bethea and Jason Burkey and tells a tale of the hope that is found in Christ alone even in the most dire circumstances. As we reported when the movie released last November, Movieguide gave it top marks for both quality and content.

It nevertheless came as quite a surprise to learn that the organization has nominated us for its most prestigious honor: an Epiphany Prize. Movieguide, which has been reviewing films and television programs from a Christian perspective since the 1980s, is highly respected: this may well be the pinnacle of faith-based award shows for movie and television productions. Recent winners include films like Overcomer from the Kendrick Brothers and the Erwin Brothers' I Can Only Imagine; secular fare from Hollywood is also in the running every year.


So the competitive bar is very high, which is certainly the case in our category for 2021. Of the six other nominees, three are network TV programs, including the Emmy-winner Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck, two are Netflix pictures and the final one is a Lifetime movie, The Clark Sisters, which was executive produced by big-name talent like Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah. With competition of that order, our independent film is truly punching above its weight, as the British like to say, because the set design budget alone for a single episode of those network shows is more than we spent on our entire production!


The fact that we find ourselves among such company is no testament to our filmmaking genius - though the cast and crew on our picture did a fantastic job - but rather it speaks to the power of our almighty Heavenly Father and His ability to use us as instruments to achieve results far beyond what we bring to the table, à la the feeding the 5,000 with the five loaves and two fish gathered by Jesus' disciples. Not that we're equating the impact of our movie to that miracle, of course, but you see point. We are but humble servants and God gets the glory here, not yours truly, regardless of who wins this award.


And on that note, the 2021 Movieguide Awards show takes place on Easter Sunday (April 4th). It is a virtual event this year and will air on the REELZ Channel at 4:00 PM EDT/3:00 PM CDT. Christian Film Blog will, needless to say, bring you news on the winner.


In the meantime, if you haven't seen Miracle on Christmas, you can find out how to get it via this link to the movie's website. The trailer below will give you a taste of what to expect.