#GLCFF2018 It’s A Wrap!

SUCCESS!!

GLCFF Festival Founder and Director – Shawn Patrick Greene

What a fantastic time we had this weekend at the Millennium Hotel in Buffalo, New York for the 4th annual Great Lakes Christian Film Festival, with over 80 films screened during the 4 day event (August 2-5, 2018).

We kicked it off at the Bread of Life Church in South Buffalo screening many foreign, student, shorts films, capped off with a stand up comedy documentary. The remainder of the festival was held at the Hotel from Friday to Sunday with a jam packed schedule, screening 14 hours of film on Friday and again on Saturday, then 8 more hours on Sunday before the finale.

Saturday afternoon, we had some incredible speakers and guests, each sharing their unique workshops on various topics, including Hollywood Exposed (Tina Marie Griffin), Kindness Activity (Phillip E Walker), Screenwriting (DonnaMarie Vaughan), and Marketing for Movies (Sharon Wilharm). We also had a great group discussion on the Film Financing and Distribution, with various industry professionals, Producers, Directors, Writers, and Marketing people. We ended the workshops with a Buffalo-style dinner with Pizza and Wings from a local Pizzeria called Johnny’s.

Mercedes E Wilson hosted the Awards Ceremony Sunday Night giving us a glimpse of her vocal talent leading us in a song to our Lord Jesus. The ceremony was very intimate as we came together after a long weekend to celebrate each other and congratulate the selections, nominees, finalists, and winners of this year’s festival.

We have already see the fruit of our labor as many films over the years have been picked up for distribution or broadcasting, as well as, listing as a top seller on streaming websites, like Genesis: Paradise Lost (GLCFF 2018 winner of Best Producer for a Documentary and Best Narration). We are excited when these hardworking production teams get their reward for their efforts.

THANK YOU

I personally want to thank the volunteers that helped us throughout the festival that made it a success.says Shawn Patrick Greene, Executive Director and Founder.

Carl Bailey (Photographer/Filmmaker) helped us tremendously Saturday during the workshops, assisting the presenters and documenting the sessions. He was also on last year’s Producer/Director Panel Discussion for 2017.

Linda Mesi (Actress/Production Assistant) was instrumental in keeping things organized during Sunday Night’s Awards Ceremony. She has participated and supported our festival from day one in 2015.

Gary Rubrick is a member of the Bread of Life Church and has assisted, since the inaugural year in 2015, in the production, programming, and organization behind the scenes of Sunday Awards Ceremony.

Rosemarie Feliciano for her help in transporting equipment and materials to and from the event. Another one that has helped since day one, not to mention the mother of my autistic daughter Moriah.

Sean Brennan (TCT Studio Manager, Buffalo) believed in our vision and mission and gave us an opportunity to be a guest on TCT’s local programming twice, to promote our festival. Sean also donated his audio equipment for the workshops this year.

We want to thank all of our partners, sponsors, supporters, promoters, members, volunteers, attendees, judging panel, presenters, and everyone that made this event a complete success. It couldn’t be done without your help.

All Glory and Honor goes to our King and our God, Jesus the Christ!

SAVE THE DATE!!

 

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2018 GLCFF t-shirts available now!

GLCFF 2018 t-shirts $20 (sizes S-2X)

Order your 2018 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival t-shirts now on the website and we will have them ready for you at the event when you arrive. May be purchase at event, but supply is limited [pre-order for event pick up only, and does not include shipping and handling charges].

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Press Release: 2018 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival, Buffalo, NY

Buffalo to host 4th annual Christian Film Festival

Buffalo, NY (July 19, 2018) – The 2018 “Great Lakes Christian Film Festival” will be hosted at The Millennium, 2040 Walden Ave, Buffalo, NY 14225 between Friday August 3rd – Sunday August 5th, 2018. The festival organizers have selected over 100 films as Official Selections and will screen over 80 films from around the world, representing over 15 countries, screening narrative feature and shorts films, documentaries, student films, and music videos, as well as, many up and coming film trailers. Workshops are also scheduled on Saturday afternoon with a variety of speakers on various topics. The festival is open to the public and offers an array of subject material for any viewer, from Action and Drama, to Animation and Biographies – there is something for everyone to enjoy.

This year 8 films were nominated for Best Feature Film, including “Summer of ’67”, the story of two sisters that surviving in the shadow of their mother’s suicide, struggling to live their lives and protect their loved ones in the face of the Vietnam War. This film, Written and Directed by Sharon Wilharm, is a fictional look at the Vietnam War based on the perspective of the wives, girlfriends, and mothers of those men aboard the USS Forrestal.

Also showing, the Buffalo Premiere of the award winning feature “A Heart That Forgives” – a great story of God’s love through the healing power of forgiveness, with an all-star cast including, Carl Anthony Payne (actor and producer, known for the Martin TV Series), Lorey Hayes (actress known for her work on Dreamgirls and NCIS), and Charles Malik Whitfield who has starred in dozens of prime-time shows and feature films, but one of his proudest professional moments so far is his leading role in the Emmy-winning mini-series, “The Temptations.”

The Great Lakes Christian Film Festival also brings an assortment of fantastic Documentaries of a wide range of topics and biographies, including the wonderful story of two women in China in “Song of the Wilderness”. 70-year-old Mother Xu travelled 200 km to the mountain area of Yimeng, Shandong province, far way from her own children. She lived in a cottage without a rooftop while taking care of Fan Jianxiu, a paralytic. Despite the sarcasm and ridicules, she persevered in looking after Fan for ten years as if it was one day. Yet still the sound of her praises spread out and rising from the wilderness.

The festival includes a diverse group of workshops, like one that special guest speaker Tina Marie Griffin will present called “Hollywood Exposed” – a behind-the-scenes look at the influences in today’s Pop Culture through entertainment and media, such as, Television, Gaming, Social Media and Music.

Buffalo is a city on the rise! An All-American City known not only for sports obsession, but for having the “Best Food in America”, as well as, a growing world-class medical and research community. Innovative developments are happening around town such as Canalside, which is home to a collection of restaurants, shops and seasonal outdoor activities. Plus, Buffalo is just 30 minutes away from location of one of the 7 wonders of the world, Niagara Falls. In recent years, more and more Hollywood producers are using the Buffalo area as a backdrop for their film projects, such as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “Marshall” and “The First Purge”.

The Great Lakes Christian Film Festival was created in May 2014 by Founder and Executive Director Shawn Patrick Greene. Since its inception, over 500 films have been submitted in hopes of being selected and screened in front of the visiting guests and local Western New York attendees. Over 100 films are Official Selections in this year’s film festival. Walk-up registration begins Friday August 3rd at 9 am and is $35 for all 3 days or $15 for a single day. Registration and tickets sales are open online now on the website.

Information for the entire festival, including accommodations, tickets, schedule, and sponsorship opportunities, is on the official website: http://www.GLCFF.com

Downloadable Press Release: [GLCFF-2018-pressrelease]

Greg Batiansila (Producer/Director/Writer) @POVEinstein

Greg Batiansila is a writer, director and producer who has worked in and around filmmaking for over twenty years. His work as an overachieving production assistant led to work as an overachieving location scout, which allowed him lots of time on commercial sets.

Greg’s father, the son of a Filipino from tiny Bantayan Island in the province of Cebu, Philippines, grew up in housing projects in the shadow of Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans. Greg’s mother fled American aggression in World War II and ultimately escaped communist East Germany to West Germany before immigrating to the United States.

Even when he wasn’t on sets, Greg was writing. He wrote plays, short stories, a book on spec. He wrote articles, movie reviews, and scripts, feature scripts, shorts, spec scripts for a publishing house, radio commercials, tv ads.

Greg found himself back on sets, this time as a principle at an ad agency. He wrote and directed videos of all kinds for clients of all sorts, from GE Healthcare to AirStrip to Fiserv to the highest-rated political ad in the Wisconsin in 2010. Whether it was a parody of “The Office,” animated product videos, talking head videos…product videos shot on location all around the United States, Greg wrote, produced and worked on all of them.

Through that time, he was able to work with some brilliant cinematographers, animators, and behind-the-scenes experts, all of whom helped him gain confidence for his foray into independent narrative storytelling. The Lost Key was shot with cameras and lenses borrowed from Greg’s friends.

In 2010, Greg’s youngest daughter passed away just days before her second birthday. On the day of her funeral, his father died. Those events spurred him to strive earnestly to tell stories and work tirelessly to create beauty in a world that needs it.

Working with a tight-knit clique of actors, he created, wrote and produced three seasons of a web series entitled “Leaving Eden” that gathered around 50,000 views a drama selection at ITVFest, amongst other critical praise.

The show featured original music from independent artists all over the world. Music is a critical part of Greg’s storytelling.

Greg had 2 shorts films as official selections in our Great Lakes Christian Film Festival in 2016 and 2017. In 2016 “Runner” was Nominated Best Short Film [over 20 minutes] and in 2017 “The Lost Keys” was Nominated Best Comedy. He was also on our Producer/Director Panel Discussion in our 2017 Workshops. Greg’s project “The Shepherd” is the 3rd installment in the “Lost” parables.

 

For more information go on Greg Batiansila’s Production Company POV Einstein: http://www.poveinstein.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/poveinstein

Twitter: twitter.com/poveinstein

 

Entering our 4th Festival Season!

A WORD FROM OUR TEAM

Greetings friends, fans, and family of the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival,

It’s been a exciting journey so far since our inception in May 2014. We took the first year to research and prepare to launch our first Film Festival in August 2015. Starting from scratch, we have had to learn the hard way on how an event of this magnitude is conducted. We’ve had steady growth in 2016 and tested the waters at a new venue in 2017 at the Millenium Hotel with great success. We are not where we want to be just yet but we are making great strides to provide an exceptional event for your enjoyment.

We’ve premiered films in our market, upgraded our awards, added new merch, provided quality workshops, and network opportunities, and made many new friends and colleagues along the way. In 2018, we will continue to improve upon all the great ideas we’ve implemented and have some great new surprises for our attendees for this season.

Our festival is an international event yet we have a warm local feel with superb customer service and hospitality. We love our regional film community, and our state has been very film-friendly to the industry here in Western New York, not to mention accommodating to turism. We are very excited for the future of this event as we expand our horizons and add new leadership to the GLCFF team. We’ve had great support in our market from our Faith-based media outlets, like TCT TV and WDCX Radio and continue to partner with them this season.

Please reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you on your ideas and comments. I look forward to meeting you at our next Film Festival.

Sincerely,

Shawn Patrick Greene, GLCFF Executive Director

http://www.GLCFF.com | Twitter: @GLCFF | Facebook: @GLCFF | Email: GLCFFest@gmail.com

Our Regular deadline is January 31, 2018. Hurry and enjoy the savings!

Aaron Kamp (Director)

Aaron Kamp is one of Australia’s premiere filmmakers getting notoriety around the globe for his superior productions. He has won several awards in film festivals in the US including the 168 Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival in Buffalo, NY.

Aaron’s love of filmmaking began at an early age. In 1993, seeing people queued for blocks to see Jurassic Park – he realised the power of cinema. Aaron went on to study Film & Television at Curtin University in Western Australia, following which we began working in the corporate & event video world.

Director Aaron Kamp, on set of his short film STUCK [2014]
After working as a Cinematographer for a number of years, Aaron made the leap into directing with his short ‘Never Too Late’. Produced as part of the 2013 168 Film Project, ‘Never Too Late’ went on to be named one of the top 20 finalists, and had it’s world premiere in Los Angeles. Aaron’s second & third projects – ‘Stuck’ & ‘The Artifact’ – have screened at festivals throughout the world, winning several awards.

Now with ‘Caged In’, Aaron hopes to garner more attention at international festivals in the lead up to his feature film debut, Hidden Light coming to film festivals near you.

Caged In was nominated for 6 awards and won 3 at the 2017 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival in Buffalo, NY:

  • Best Foreign Film [Australia] – WINNER
  • Best Film Short Film [under 20 minutes] – Nominee
  • Best Director [Short] – Aaron Kamp – WINNER
  • Best Actress [Short] – Maggie Meyer – Nominee
  • Best Actor [Short] – Jeremy Levi – WINNER
  • Best Child Actor/Actress – Melissa Meyer – Nominee

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#MartinLuther The Monk Who Changed the World #Reformation500

Happy 500th Year Anniversary

Congrats Martin Luther! Acting on this belief, he wrote the “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” also known as “The 95 Theses,” a list of questions and propositions for debate. Popular legend has it that on October 31, 1517 Luther defiantly nailed a copy of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church.

Director: Stephen McCaskell
Starring: Barry Cooper, R.C. Sproul, Stephen Nichols, Carl Trueman, Robert Kolb, Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson

Share on your social media with these hashtags: #MartinLuther #95Theses #WittenbergCastle #HappyReformationDay #Reformation500 #AllHallowsEve

Discover the story behind the man who sparked the Protestant Reformation. Told through a seamless combination of live-action storytelling and artistic animation, Martin Luther’s daring life is presented in extensive detail while still making the film relevant, provocative, and accessible. Watch this amazing award winning documentary about Martin Luther, The Monk Who Changed the World, by Director Stephen McCaskell “LUTHER: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer” http://www.lutherdocumentary.com/

In 1517, Pope Leo X announced a new round of indulgences to help build St. Peter’s Basilica. On October 31, 1517, an angry monk nailed a sheet of paper with 95 theses on the university’s chapel door. Theologian Martin Luther forever changed Christianity when he began a movement in 16th-century Europe.

Discover the story behind the man who sparked the Protestant Reformation. Told through a seamless combination of live-action storytelling and artistic animation, Martin Luther’s daring life is presented in extensive detail while still making the film relevant, provocative, and accessible.

Stephen McCaskell is an independent filmmaker based in Manitoba, Canada.

Stephen McCaskell is an independent filmmaker based in Manitoba, Canada. His first documentary, Through The Eyes of Spurgeon, has been seen more than 200,000 times. Working with organizations like Samaritan’s Purse, International Justice Mission and Haven Ministries, he has travelled to multiple countries, including Iraq, Peru and Cuba, to share how God is working in the lives of His people. His latest feature-length documentary, Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer, screened at our film festival in Buffalo Aug 4th, 2017 at 2pm, http://www.GLCFF.com NOW AVAILABLE | BUY YOUR COPY TODAY – www.lutherdocumentary.com

2017 NOMINEE #GLCFF2017

  • Best Documentary [long]
  • Best Director [documentary]
  • Best Animation [feature]

Voting is OPEN for 2017 People’s Choice #GLCFF2017

Go now to vote for your pic for the 2017 People’s Choice Awards from this year’s Great Lakes Christian Film Festival
Enter to vote for this year’s People’s Choice

or go to this link: https://glcff.com/films/2017-official-selections-glcff2017/2017-peoples-choice-glcff2017/

And the Winner is… #GLCFF2017

It’s a wrap!

What an incredible event this year. We had great films, awesome guests, and a fun awards ceremony. Over 40 films were screened with a great variety of diverse subjects and stories, some of which were real tear jerkers. Our Special guest, Lindsey Partridge and Frank Rossi blessed us with their inspiring visits, not to mention our awesome panel of filmmakers. Also, we hosted an exciting awards ceremony that we streamed LIVE on facebook.

As tired as we were after the event, we are already planning and getting ready for next year’s film festival – we got a great lineup planned for Buffalo. Stay tuned as we update our site frequently with all the new details.

Here is the complete list of winners for each of this year’s award categories. https://glcff.com/films/2017-official-selections-glcff2017/2017-winners-glcff2017/

Vote for the People’s Choice Awards: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RXT75MV

Submissions are now OPEN for #GLCFF2018

Get your films in NOW!

We have officially began taking submissions next year film festival as of today! Get your submissions in now at our SUPER EARLY discounted rate.

https://glcff.com/attend/submit/