Goodness Reigns Launches Its First ‘Mini Contest’ on Natural Family Planning

Effort Seeks to Increase Awareness of the NFP Lifestyle and Its Benefits for Couples, Society

LOUISVILLE, May 18, 2012 – It’s green. It’s scientific. It’s holistic and builds strong marriages. Explore these and other reasons for Natural Family Planning – a pivotal teaching and lifestyle choice – while making a short video. Goodness Reigns shows you how, offers incentives for doing it and will provide an online platform for your work.

Building on its mission to engage young adults and media makers to explore important faith-related issues through media and art, Goodness Reigns is launching its first Mini Contest, a short video competition entitled “Natural Family Planning: The Better Way.”

Prizes include a Panasonic GH2 camera, a Manfroto monopod or the choice of a $1,000 gift card to B&H Photo.

Anyone may enter the contest by submitting a video under 5 minutes that either explains or explores Natural Family Planning. Submissions will be accepted from May 25 to June 25 through the Goodness Reigns website,

Winners will be announced July 16, at which time the public will be invited to participate in a People’s Choice voting period until July 22. The People’s Choice winner will be announced on July 23.

Never made a video? Participants may find helpful tips by visiting the online Goodness Reigns Film School found From using simple equipment to getting great sound, filmmaker Gabriel Castillo explains how to create better videos for those interested in using media production as a tool in their ministry. Baptized Catholic but “raised a pagan,” Gabriel’s pursuit of a college degree brought him home to his faith and has enkindled in him a passion for sharing it through media. His short videos on video production will instruct, entertain and inspire those interested in using technology to share with our culture the way to complete joy through Jesus Christ.

Approaches to presenting material in the Mini Contest may be diverse. Whether choosing to make a documentary, a commercial-style short, an animated cartoon, a news story with interviews or some other approach, all are welcomed.

The Mini Contest is a new offering from Goodness Reigns, which orchestrated an international video contest that brought together many young amateur filmmakers from the United States, India and Mexico for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain. There, they presented their videos to other WYD pilgrims and developed friendships and future contacts for collaboration. A similar contest will be launched in July 2012 leading up to WYD 2013 in Brazil.

All contest films, including those from the Mini Contest, will become part of an online media archive accessible to catechists, teachers and anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and lifestyle.

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