Welcome to TFI

Welcome to Transformation Film Institute, (TFI). 

TFI is a one of a kind learning opportunity designed to bring CHRIST FOLLOWERS & IMAGE MAKERS who have a calling in the visual arts together. Think Sundance Studios for Believers.  


The camaraderie, sense of community, and purpose; which results from the collaborative work on film and television is a highly rewarding way to create visual art.


TFI exists to pass on both the insight and the technique necessary to make a quality film or television show from start to finish.

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FALL 2020

Guest Lecturers

Alex Kendrick

Director of Overcomer & War Room, Kenrick is an ordained minister and New York Times best-selling co-author of "The Love Dare", and "The Resolution for Men."


He is also an accomplished actor, screenwriter, and film director, whose credits include War Room, Facing the Giants, Fireproof and Courageous.   


Alex Kendrick is one of the most celebrated and successful Christian filmmakers in America.

Gerald Molen 

In his epic 40+ year career, this Oscar-winning filmmaker has produced 5 Spielberg-directed movies, Hook, Schindler's List, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, and Minority Report and a dozen other great projects, including the recent mega-blockbuster, The Meg.

We strive to bring you the most talented and noteworthy guest speakers. Industry professionals who bring their vast professional experience to our hands-on workshops. Here are a few who have taught at recent TFI Film Retreats:

Student Testimony Video's

FTP students take three semesters of classes, complete an internship, and a final student film project before the FTP Certificate is awarded.


FTP students spend one week at TFI studios after every semester, all expenses paid. Included in this are airfare, room, meals, and transportation to and from the airport to the studio or set.

Students will build a resume reel of 3 to 4 films each semester in their area of focus, i.e. acting, directing, etc. upon visiting the TFI studios.

Advisors are assigned to all FTP certificate students.

Lifetime membership in TFI.

Professional Internship.


Doctor of Philosophy, Communication Studies, areas of concentration: Theology, Theory, History, Critical Studies in Literature, Film, and Television, Script and Screenwriting;


Experience as both classroom and online university instructor at Regent University.

Experienced researcher and published writer in Communication Critical Studies, seasoned and dynamic communicator with teaching, logistic, production and writing abilities. 


Award-Winning script and screenwriter, story consultant, actor, director.

Chey Sanders has been teaching, directing, coaching, writing and producing for over 30 years. She served as the Education Director at Creative Arts Theater & School as Head Acting Consultant.

Her undergraduate degree is a BA in Secondary Education Drama/Theater from the University of Hawaii. She has two masters, one in Communication Radio, TV, Film and an MA in Marriage/Family Counseling, both from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Chey loves teaching people of all ages and is passionate about her faith. 

Leann Barna holds an M.A.  Cinema, Television/Script, Screenwriting, and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Regent University.

She has worked as a story analyst for studios, production companies, and screenwriting competitions, including Disney, Mar Vista Entertainment, BlueCat Screenplay Competition, Goldcrest Films, and Eclectic Pictures.


She has extensive experience in all aspects of film festival production, including judging programming for the DTLA Film Festival, NYC Independent Film Festival and the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival.

Mr. Newberry is a 25-year veteran in film production, communications, and the visual arts.


Multi-Telly Award winner, he has made a niche for himself working in reality television, and he has also done commercials, music videos, and short films.

As head joke writer, director, and editor for several long-running cable sports television shows, his work has aired on the Bravo Network, NBC Sports Outdoors, Destination America, and others.


His education includes a B.A in Business Admin. and an M.A. in Communications.

  • One weekend at your local church or school, our staff comes to you.

  • Online and in-person classroom study.

  • Students work together on 1 to 2 film projects during the weekend course.

  • Students will build a resume reel of 1 to 2 films during LightClub Weekend in their area of focus, i.e. acting, directing, etc..

  • Advisors are assigned to all LightClub Weekend students to help identify and cultivate their gift.

Fast Track Professional Semester Dates - Spark Week Dates

First Semester

Starts January 18th

Production Week  March 29 - 4

Second Semester

Starts April 12th

Production Week June 21-27

Third Semester

Starts September 6th

Production Week November 15- 21

Spark Week Dates

Starts March 29

Starts June 21

Starts November 15

Note: Registration closes two weeks after the start date of the current semester.

The TFI team believes the conservatory model provides the optimum setting for craft masters to come alongside promising novices and guide them in the skills, the artistic reasoning, and the creative justification, to communicate through a digital art form. 


Start your Redemptive Film Ministry today! Go to the application page and apply.

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