Press Release: 2017 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival, Buffalo, NY

Buffalo to host 3rd annual Christian Film Festival

Buffalo, NY (July 21, 2017) – The 2017 “Great Lakes Christian Film Festival” will be hosted at The Millennium, 2040 Walden Ave, Buffalo, NY 14225 between Thursday August 3rd – Saturday August 5th, 2017.  The festival will feature over 40 films from around the world, representing over 10 countries, screening feature films, shorts films, documentaries, and music videos, as well as, many up and coming film trailers. 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.

We are screening the Buffalo Premiere of the highly acclaimed feature film Because of Gracia starring Moriah Peters and Chris Massoglia featuring Ben Davies and John Schneider, the former Dukes of Hazzard teen idol. At age 16, Moriah Peters tried out for American Idol and was mocked by the panel of judges for her purity lifestyle. Now, she has a lead role in a faith-based film. John Schneider, who has appeared in several Christian-themed films of late, plays the school principal.

Screening at the film festival is the TV movie Heritage Falls starring David Keith, who plays Charlie Fitzpatrick, the ‘winningest’ high school basketball coach in Georgia history. While many of his players think of him as a father, he does not have a good relationship with his own “bookworm” son—Evan. So Charlie decides that the best way to connect and bond is to take his son and grandson to a rustic mountain cabin for an unforgettable weekend retreat.

 Unbridled, starring Tea Mckay and Jenn Gotzon features appearances by Eric Roberts and T.C. Stallings. Inspired by a healing ranch for troubled girls in North Carolina, Unbridled is a story that exposes the atrocities of abuse, neglect, and sex trafficking and the healing and redemption experienced by girls and horses who have suffered the same types of abuse.

Buffalo is a city on the rise! We are known not only for our 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 as well as seasonal outdoor activities. Hollywood has brought their projects to Buffalo, such as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Marshall” filming scenes around our city.

Festival Executive Director Shawn Greene created the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival in May of 2014. Since then, over 350 films were submitted in hopes of being selected. 45 films are official selections for this year’s film festival. Walk-up registration begins Thursday August 3rd at 10am $30 for all 3 days. Registration is open online now.

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

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2017 Submissions Under Review

The deadlines for the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival have past and the reviewing process is underway. This year we have over 100 films to watch and determine which ones are best suited for our festival. The filmmakers or producers will be notified July 2, 2017 if their film is selected for this year’s film festival. Everyone can Pre-Register Early: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZX3PDCM

You would think after two years of watching every film it would get easier to select the best of the best. Each year, there have been amazing films which made it extremely difficult to make the selections, nominees and winners. This year is no exception. Reviewing has been in effect since April and we have some potential winners already.

 

One of the things that is disappointing is when we get high quality, professional projects that could very easily win many top awards, such as the Oscars, Golden Globes, People’s Choice, etc. The problem we’ve had was the content was too adult, and not family friendly, and/or did not meet the criteria as a Christian theme, or faith-based presentation.

We strive to make this event clean, honest, and G rated. Some movies, such as The Passion of the Christ, are difficult to tel in and honest way and avoid the brutal depiction of our Savior’s crucifixion. Overall we want to promote quality as well as content rich faith-based films.

Thank you all for understanding our mission at the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival, and keep on filming. The world is watching.

Pre-Register Early: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZX3PDCM

Super Late Deadline May 31, 2017 Approaching in 4 days #GLCFF2017

Super Late Deadline

May 31, 2017
Approaching in 4 days

Submit via FilmFreeway NOW!! https://filmfreeway.com/festival/GreatLakesChristianFilmFestival

Register for the festival early to get the best deals on travel and lodging: https://glcff.com/2016/12/05/2017-registration-is-now-open-glcff2017/

2017 Registration is now OPEN!! #GLCFF2017

Registration has begun for our 3rd annual film fest.

buffalo-modbWOW! 3 years already. Time is flying by. We are excited to announce we are hosting the event at a NEW location, central to the Buffalo area in the Millennium Hotel at 2040 Walden Ave, Buffalo, NY 14225. Full registration is $40, Day passes are $15. Rooms range from $120 – $150 for 2 queens or 1 king. Beautiful rooms and views. Close to Galleria Mall and tons of restaurants.

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Register on the Eventbrite website: http://glcff2017.eventbrite.com/

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2017 GLCFF. Aug 3-5, Buffalo, NY, Register TODAY!! https://www.facebook.com/events/1277054755697991/

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2016 PEOPLE’S CHOICE Winners #GLCFF2016

WINNERS Announced!!

The winners of the 2016 People’s Choice voting poll for the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival.

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Our People’s Choice winners were almost all nominees for our regular festival nominations. GO LUCY GO was a fan favorite and PC for Documentary [short]. The PC for Short Film [over 20 minutes] was IN BETWEEN which also took home other festival awards.

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Festival Director Shawn Greene with Film Director Matthew Ramsaur of short film “In Between.”

For full list of all 2016 Award Winners [Click Here] or go to the link: https://glcff.com/2016/10/24/2016-peoples-choice-voting-polls-are-open-glcff2016/

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2016 PEOPLE’S CHOICE Voting Polls Are Open #GLCFF2016

2016 GLCFF PEOPLE’S CHOICE NOMINEES

The Polls are open with LIVE results! Scroll to the bottom of the Nominees page and click the ballot link.

PAGE: https://glcff.com/films/2016-nominees-glcff2016/

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Submissions are now OPEN for #GLCFF2017

What an awesome event we had in 2016. Over 100 films were screened with record attendance. Next year we plan to go even bigger as we explore a larger facility for our fast growing festival. Get your film in early and get the best price possible.

To submit to the 2017 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival go to the official submission site via our Filmfreeway page: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/GreatLakesChristianFilmFestival

#GLCFF2016 Awards Ceremony

THE RESULTS ARE In!!!

#GLCFF2016 (Buffalo, NY) Our 2016 awards ceremony for this year’s festival was amazing and was very fun to be a part of. We had great audience participation and wonderful acceptance speeches. We were all encouraged regardless of the results. Everyone left a winner. Check out Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for the hashtags #GLCFF and #GLCFF2016

Here are the results of the 2016 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival Awards

 

 

Sunday Night Movie @ The Bread [8-21-16] @bolbuffalo #GLCFF2016

Sunday Night Movie @ The Bread
Faith-based Double Feature!

FREE family movie night TONIGHT Aug 21, 2106, starting at 5pm at the Bread of Life Church, 1638 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 14220. We are screening 2 feature films back-to-back. A short film will screen before each feature.

SCHEDULE CHANGE!!

5pm
Heaven to Earth [short] (25:18)
A troubled teen is taken on an unbelievable journey through time by an angelic guide to experience the true story of Christmas and discover his own story of redemption.

Hoovey [feature] (1:31:00)
The inspiring and true story of a Midwestern basketball family that, with God’s help, stayed in the game and won. When promising high school basketball player Eric “Hoovey” Elliott collapses on the court, doctors discover a life-threatening brain tumor. Hoovey will survive the high-risk surgery, but at what cost? Can he relearn to walk, read, even to see clearly? The road is long, and meanwhile overwhelming medical bills threaten to undo everything his parents, Jeff and Ruth, have taken a lifetime to build.

 

7pm
The Brotherhood [short] (10:37)
A hardbitten ex con struggles to break free of his former life and reconnect with the family he abandoned years before

Leaves of the Tree [feature] (1:32:00)
A mystical tree, shrouded in religious lore, leads a once powerful lawyer sidelined by a life threatening disease, to remote Sicily to discover the secret of the tree’s medicinal leaves. “The Tree” intersects faith, doubt and belief for all those that come into contact with its unique ability to heal.

This event is the conclusion of the 2016 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival #GLCFF2016

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And the Nominees are…. #GLCFF2016

Here are this year’s nominees for best films, directors and actors.

It was a tough task to narrow down all these great films, directors and actors to 7 nominees for each category but here they are:

Go to the 2016 Nominee Pagehttps://glcff.com/films/2016-nominees-glcff2016/