We are a CHRISTIAN Film Festival focused on spotlighting the best faith-based submissions every year. What does that mean? For starters, this is a festival for Christian Filmmakers or anyone looking to submit a Christian-themed film. The target audience is for the WHOLE family, Grandma and Junior alike. Some projects, such as Passion of the Christ, might be too graphic or unsuitable for children under 14 years old. If you plan to submit a project, we suggest you please give us warning as to the content of the film so we can categorize it differently than a general audience rating. This does not guarantee it will be selected, but it does give us a reference point. The idea is to provide indie Christian Filmmakers an outlet and possible success full-time, as well as, opportunities for veteran movie industry folks to network, mentor, and inspire the next generation film stars and moguls.
IN THE BEGINNING…
The Great Lakes Christian Film Festival was created in 2014 by Shawn Greene, in Buffalo, New York. The festival was designed to gather Filmmakers, Screenwriters, Playwright, Directors, Editors, Actors/Actress, Cinematographers, Casting Directors, Crew Members, etc. Planning began in May 2014, taking the first submissions November 2014 through the May 2015 final deadline. Over 90 films were submitted the first year and were narrowed down to just over 50. The first venue for #GLCFF2015 was at the Bread of Life Church in South Buffalo, New York in August 2015.
GLCFF’s mission is to support and empower Independent filmmakers to spread Christ’s message through film. It is our sincere prayer that the films screened will honor Christ and His message of forgiveness and love for all and bless those watching them.
GLCFF is looking for quality films that explores, explains, or exemplifies the Gospel of Christ or whose film examines redemptive themes of the Bible (such as self sacrifice, forgiveness, etc.).
This can be done in a variety of ways. The film does not have to be openly evangelical but should have the Gospel at its core. The kinds of redemptive films we are looking for are ones that have themes of forgiveness, unconditional love, sacrifice, self sacrifice, honor, loving your neighbor, selflessness, etc.- themes of how Christ lived and how Christians are to live their lives.
STATEMENT OF BELIEF
We believe in the one true living God, that Jesus was God’s only son, born to be the savior and redeemer of all. Jesus ministered, performed miracles, sacrificed Himself, suffered and died on a cross, to pay for all of human kind’s sin. We believe on the third day after His death He was resurrected. We believe He is alive and wishes relationship with every person of this Earth. He is real, He is here, and He loves each and every one of us. We believe Jesus sent the Holy Ghost to comfort, council, and correct us. It is our mission to find films that tell His story and the story of redemption for all.