The history of Jesus Film Project

1979: "JESUS" premieres in 250 U.S. theaters.

1980: "JESUS" has first international showing in Hindi to 21 million Indian viewers. First "JESUS" film teams launch in Philippines.

1984: "JESUS" film translations reach 100.

1985: The ministry "The JESUS Film Project" is founded.

1989: First Soviet Union language premier in Georgia, the birthplace of Stalin.

1991: First convocations on Christian morals and ethics, linked with the "JESUS" film, are held for Russian educators. It becomes the International School Project.

1993: "JESUS" reaches an anstonishing one-half billion viewings.

1997: "JESUS" reaches one billion viewings and is translated into 400th language. Dramatic audio/radio versions of "JESUS" developed.

1999: "JESUS" reaches 500 translations. "The Story of Jesus for Children" is produced.

2001: "JESUS" is shown in every country around the globe. Audio/radio translations reach 200. The “JESUS” film is distributed in New York after the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.

2002: Total viewings: 5 billions, Translations reach 700.

2003: "JESUS" film translations 800, audio/radio translations 300, "JESUS: Fact or Fiction?" apologetic DVD produced and packaged with "JESUS" film.

2004: The Global Short Film Network begins.

2007: 1,000th translation of “JESUS”. The film "Magdalena: Released from Shame" premiers at the United Nations, NY—and in 22 countries.

2009: Film translations: 1,071, Audio/radio translations ("The Story of Jesus"): 423, Translations of "The Story of Jesus for Children": 135, Translations of "Magdalena: Released from Shame": 48.

2012: Erick Schenkel named executive director of Jesus Film Project.

2014: “The JESUS Film” celebrates its 35th anniversary with a re-release in the US in HD and Blu-ray

2015: Version 2.0 of the Jesus Film Media app makes it easier for people to find videos of Jesus in their own language. Jesus Film Project sets goal to reach 5 billion people by 2025.

2016: Today, Jesus Film Project carries more than than 30 short and feature length films, and has partnered with more than 1,500 ministries to see more than 200 million indicate decisions to follow Jesus.


Jesus Film Project's goal is to help people experience Jesus in their own language using media tools and momentum-building strategies. The fact that "JESUS" has been recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the "Most Translated Film" in history reveals how seriously we take the objective to share the gospel with people from every nation, tribe, and tongue.


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