Conservative film organization American Film Renaissance today announced its 2005 award winners.

The group that hosted what it says was the “first film festival for conservatives ever” last fall has awarded its Best Film award to Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” Taking the Best Documentary honor was “In the Face of Evil,” the film about President Reagan winning the Cold War.

Jim Hubbard is the founder of American Film Renaissance, which is based in Texas. He discussed with WorldNetDaily why movies are so important.

“Film has had a tremendous impact shaping the world’s opinion of the United States,” Hubbard told WND. “Back in the ’30s and ’40s, America was viewed fairly positively around the world.”

But, says Hubbard, the U.S. is no longer portrayed positively in films.

“Starting in the mid to late ’60s, the Hollywood left took over Hollywood and put up propaganda at home and abroad from a left-wing perspective,” Hubbard explained. “And we want to counter that.”

Hubbard says part of the purpose of the AFR awards is to recognize movies that have not been honored by traditional award programs, citing the fact that “The Passion” did not receive a Best Picture nomination by the Academy Awards organization.

“You can’t tell me ‘The Passion’ is not a top-5 film,” he said. “Give me a break.”

Continued Hubbard: “The moral lessons woven into the films Hollywood honors go against the grain of the vast majority of Americans, so what we want to do with the AFR Awards is recognize those who present traditional values.”

Over three-dozen voters cast ballots for the AFR Awards. According to Hubbard, they consisted of film critics, directors, producers, actors and writers whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Human Events, National Review, The Weekly Standard, The American Conservative, Film Threat and USA Today.

Here is the full list of awardees:

Best Film:

“The Passion of the Christ”

Runner up:

“The Incredibles”

Nominees in order of finish:

“Team America: World Police”
“The Aviator”
“Friday Night Lights”
“Million Dollar Baby”
“In Good Company”
“National Treasure”
“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

Best Documentary:

“In the Face of Evil: Reagan’s War in Word and Deed”

Runner up:

“Celsius 41.11”

Nominees in order of finish:

“Michael Moore Hates America”
“Voices of Iraq”
“Confronting Iraq”

Film with Most Impact:

“The Passion of the Christ”

Documentary with Most Impact:

“Stolen Honor”

Most Anticipated Film of 2005:

“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

Most Anticipated Documentary of 2005:

“Brainwashing 101”

Besides hosting a film festival and honoring top movies, American Film Renaissance also helps in the production and distribution of films that portray traditional values.

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