#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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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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PRESS RELEASE: 2016 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival #GLCFF2016

South Buffalo to host 2nd annual Christian Film Festival

Butterflies-LighthouseBuffalo, NY (August 1, 2016) – The 2016 “Great Lakes Christian Film Festival” will be hosted at Bread of Life Church, 1638 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 14220 between Thursday August 18th – Sunday August 21st, 2016.  The festival will feature over 100 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.

TexasRein-WEBOpening Day sets the tone for the festival with a Country Western Night, encouraging anyone to dress the part in our first ever themed event. We are screening the Buffalo Premiere of the highly acclaimed feature film “Texas Rein” starring Beth Gouthro & Greg Perrow and is joined by a fantastic cast, with Don Hartman, Ben Davies, and Erin Bethea. Directed by Durrell Nelson.

forgiven_11x14b_copyFriday is our Day of Action Flicks including the feature film “Forgiven” starring Kevin Sorbo, Kelsy Sanders, and Jenn Gotzon, and directed by Kevan Otto. Saturday is our Courtroom Drama Themed evening screening the feature film “The Last Appeal” and the short film “The Trial Of Everett Mann”.

Hoovey posterThe festival ends screening the feature film “Hoovey” directed by Sean McNamara [Soul Surfer, Spare Parts] and includes an all-star cast including Lauren Holly and Patrick Warburton.

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 200 films were submitted in hopes of being selected. 130 films are official selections for this year’s film festival. Walk-up registration begins Thursday August 18th at 10am $75 for all 4 days. Registration is open online now for $60.

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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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download the official press release here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bdhymv4051idu4k/GLCFF-2016-pressrelease.pdf?dl=0

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#GLCFF films reviewed and selected, watch some trailers

It was a long and tedious task but someone had to do it. With over 90 hours of film to watch, I had to pace myself, but all the selections have been made, with a little help form some great friends and film buffs like myself. The next step is scheduling so it will all fit just right.

Watch some trailers and full movies of films selected.

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Submissions are under review! #GLCFF

All submissions to the 2016 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival will be finalized by June 15, 2016.

It has been a long year, yet time has gone quickly since last year’s film festival. It has been an amazing experience as we continue this journey of bringing you the best faith-based films from around the globe. Last year we had over 90 films submitted to our festival, with just over 50 becoming official selections. There were many great films on the cutting floor that either didn’t fit the criteria or may have just been a little under the quality we were looking for. Nevertheless, those that did not make it still were excellent films and could possibly win at other festivals abroad.

cropped-glcff-laurel1.jpgThis year, we promise the same quality assurance in selecting the best films to be screened. Some of the selections will be selected and reviewed but may not make the screening, depending on the scheduling, but will be available via the GLCFF TV page via the YouTube playlist. We received over 150 submissions this year and I have to say, we are just as impressed, if not more, as we were with this year’s films. We promise to give every film it’s due diligence and review them thoroughly making sure we not only have the best films represented, but making sure we give honor to those who have excelled in their productions.

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We are excited to bring you our 2nd annual Great Lakes Christian Film Festival and look forward to hosting you, your team, actors, crew, etc, to our festival.  Buffalo, New York is not only a great place to host the festival, but it has been a coveted location for film companies. Several films have recently been shot here including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, and currently under production Marshall (2016) about a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice.

 

Once we make our official selections we will announce ticket sales for admission and vendor deals. Thank you for your patience.

See You Soon!!

Shawn Patrick Greene, Executive Director, Great Lakes Christian Film Festival

shawn@dimedianet.com | @dimedianet | 325 Southside Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14220 | 716-563-5984

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And the Nominees Are… #GLCFF

2015 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival Nominees Announced

It is our pleasure to give you the nominees for this year very first ever Christian Film Festival in Buffalo, New York. Our festival would have been nothing without the great selection of films we had to screen. Although the attendance was lower than desired, we over 75 attendees throughout the week, including over 40 people in attendance to view the screening of the feature film Adrenaline, a nominee, during our opening night Sunday August 16, 2015.

Throughout the week, several filmmakers and their guests came to be present during the screening of their films, as well as, to view other films screening. We had regional filmmakers Debbie Camper [Me, Myself, Not I] from Maryland and Patrice Johnson [Set Free] from Pennsylvania representing their projects, each bringing their guests for support. Tina Batten [Walking In the Spirit] came the furthest from California and had two of her friends from New York City drive up to support her. Four New York State filmmakers, Hannah Ruth and
Noah Giamei from Ithaca [Heaven On Earth], and Bryan and Tameakia Little from Rochester, arrived for one day each, and were amazed at the amount of quality selections for the festival. Bryan and Tameakia came to present their trailer of the up-and-coming documentary “Making Jesus Famous: Life Behind the Jesus Musik”.

The biggest surprise came when we were blessed with the presence of Isaac Hernandez, Vice President of Programming for Parables TV and Uplifting TV. Not only did he make connections with the filmmakers who came, but he added new films to the networks as a result of this festival. He was so impressed with the amount of films submitted and was really fascinated with films he has never seen before this festival.

Over 90 films were submitted [60+ hours of film] and over 50 films were selected [30+ hours of film] in various categories, screened in 2 rooms, in 4 days. It was a grueling process from start to finish for our first one, and yet we we encouraged and prophesied to plan for the next one. We are looking at a possible new venue for 2016 near the City of Buffalo. Please check the site at least monthly to get the latest details.

Here are the Nominees for 2015 GLCFF <–Click Here or of to www.glcff.com

Screenwriting Workshop Mon Aug 17th #GLCFF

ATTENTION ALL ASPIRING SCREENWRITERS!

The industry is changing! The internet is the new norm for entertainment and the world needs content! Your content!

If you have ever wanted to write for the large or small screen, you need to start here! John Szablewski, the local screenwriter and filmmaker in Buffalo, will be holding a screenwriting workshop August 17, 2015. The class will be held from 1PM to 2pm. The workshop will discuss ways to write screenplays and television pilots.

Starting with Loglines and creating characters, to forming a treatment and then going to writing the script itself. What software should you use, how can your script look professional and set yourself a part from the rest, and why screenwriting competitions are pretty good investments for new writers.

The workshop is included with the FULL ACCESS pass to the Festival. A donation of $5 is requested for all others at the door.

Purchase FULL ACCESS Tickets online until Aug 15th HERE!!

Press Release: 2015 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival #GLCFF @bolbuffalo

South Buffalo to host first ever Christian Film Festival in WNY

Buffalo, NY (July 8, 2015) – The 2015 “Great Lakes Christian Film Festival” will be hosted at Bread of Life Church, 1638 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 14220 between Sunday August 16th – Wednesday August 19th, 2015.  The festival will feature over 50 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.

Opening Night at 6pm will be the Buffalo Premiere of the highly acclaimed feature film “Adrenaline” starring John Schneider, Michael Rosander, Myke Holmes, Gregory Alan Williams, Buffalo’s own Charlene Amoia, and directed by Joseph Simpkins.

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Monday night at 6pm will be the red carpet Buffalo Premiere of award winning drama “The Sparrows: Nesting” starring Kevin Sorbo, Christopher Atkins, James DuVall, Nicole Criss, Judy Norton, Terri Minton, Valenzia Algarin, and directed by Nancy Criss and Josh Hodgins.
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Festival Executive Director Shawn Greene began the planning stages for the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival in May of 2014 and began the submissions process in November 2014. Since then, over 90 films from around the globe were submitted in hopes of being selected, but just over 50 were chosen.

Walk-up registration begins Sunday August 16th from 3pm to 6pm for only $45 for all 4 days. Individual blocks of 2 hours are $4. Registration is open online now at a discounted rate $35 until August 9th.

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

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#GLCFF 2015 @bolbuffalo by @dimedianet

GLCFF 2015

Great Lakes Christian Film Festival #GLCFF @dimedianet

Aug 16-19, 2015, South Buffalo, NY

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GLCFF
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Filmmakers Submissions [Open Nov 30, 2014]: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/GreatLakesChristianFilmFestival

Film Festival Attendees [On Sale Feb 1, 2015]: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-christian-film-festival-tickets-14797932013

Christian Filmmakers are on the rise, and as technology advances and is more accessible to more and more people, new outlets are necessary to meet the demand of new Christian Films.

We will be kicking off our very first festival in Buffalo, NY, the gateway to the Great Lakes. Buffalo has a rich history, and many stories to tell. It is in the stage of rebuilding its downtown and renovating historic landmarks. What a great place to begin our journey.

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