Christian Vuissa graduated from Brigham Young University in with a bachelor's degree in media arts studies. He received an Executive MBA in 2008 from the BYU Marriott School of Management. He has become one of the brightest and most auspicious LDS film directors. Vuissa converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in his early twenties and served a mission for the Church to Leipzig, Germany. Since going to film school at BYU in 1998, his objective has been to share his convictions of the LDS faith through the lens of his camera.
Vuissa is the director and creator of several award winning films, including A Given, which was the winner of the Christophers Festival in New York in 2001. His film Roots & Wings won the Association for Mormon Letters Award for Best Film in 2002, the Gold Aurora Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002, and Best Director/Best Screenplay at the Eclipse Film Festival in 2002.
While still a student at BYU, Vuissa became the founder and president of the LDS Film Festival in Orem, Utah. He meant to create a place for LDS filmmakers to network and share their work with an appreciative audience. Although not officially affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the film festival, has grown in popularity and its attendance now averages about 5000-7000 visitors each year.
In 2002, Vuissa was awarded an Oscarson Discovery Grant to help with the production of his film Unfolding. In 2008 The Errand of Angels, a film about sister missionaries that was directed and produced by Vuissa, opened in select theaters in Utah and Idaho. He also wrote the screenplay for the production. The film was shot in his native Austria.
Other film credits include writing, producing, and directing Diary of a Sister Missionary and Baptists at Our Barbecue, as well as directing Pirates of the Great Salt Lake.
Vuissa's film, The Letter Writer, won a Best of Show Award at the prestigious Accolade Competition, as well as the 2012 Prestige Film Award. In 2012 Vuissa completed Silent Night, a film portraying the origins of the beloved Christmas carol. Silent Night was awarded the Gabriel Award in 2013 by the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals.
In 2015, Vuissa received a Star Award from the Scera Center for the Arts for his contributions to visual arts in Utah and beyond.
- "The Universe" - LDS Film Festival’s 15th anniversary highlights diversity in LDS cinema (1 March 2016)
- The Deseret News - BYU Broadcasting film Silent Night wins Catholic film Award (26 June 2013)
- The Daily Herald - LDS Film Festival hangs in there for filmmakers, audiences (19 Jan 2013)
- The Deseret News - Locally produced 'Silent Night' a very moving Christmas film (6 Dec 2012)
- The Daily Herald - 'Stille Nacht': Filmmaker shares origin story of Christmas carol (17 Nov 2012)
- The Daily Herald - Rated LDS: Annual film festival still stirring up interest in Mormon movies (22 January 2012)
- The Deseret News - LDS Film Festival returning to Orem for its 11th year (19 Jan 2012)
- The Daily Herald - Shining testament: New film about the life of Joseph Smith focused on translation of the golden plates (26 Sept 2011)
- The Daily Herald - Pensive 'Plates of Gold' takes intriguing approach to LDS icon (1 Sept 2011)
- The Daily Universe - BYU grad takes the helm on new Joseph Smith film (31 Aug 2011)
- The Mormon Times - New Joseph Smith film is a labor of love for director Vuissa (1 Feb 2011)
- The Deseret News - Feeling the force LDS Film Festival evolves into community of moviemakers (24 Jan 2011)
- The Daily Universe - LDS Film Festival celebrates 10th anniversary (23 Jan 2011)
- The Daily Herald - ‘Golden’ mission: LDS filmmakers get a chance to share their creations at annual festival (22 Jan 2011)
- Marriott Alumni Magazine - Leading Alumni: Christian Vuissa (Summer 2010)
- Mormon Times - 'You're so Cupid' starts off LDS Film Festival with heart (21 January 2010)
- BYU Magazine - Alumni Updates: Profiles (Winter 2010)
- The Daily Universe - LDS film festival begins tonight (20 Jan. 2010)
- The Daily Universe: 'One Good Man' equals one good movie (9 Oct. 2009)
- The Daily Universe: Film Portrays Sister Missionary
- The Daily Herald: Mission Accomplished: Newest movie about LDS proselytizers is grounded and charming
- mormonartist.net - Interview with Christian Vuissa