#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!

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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

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/

4th of July Midnight Special [Full Access] #GLCFF

4th of July Weekend Special [Full Access], tickets go on sale Friday July 1st at 12 midnight [EST]

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Full access for the entire festival is regularly $60, but for a limited time they will be $20 each to the general public. Special discount offer runs through July 4th weekend and gives access to entire festival for all 3 days, includes workshops, films and events. With over 100 films to view, that’s a steal. The $20 tickets go on sale Friday July 1st at 12 midnight [EST]. This will be the ONLY time we will offer this at this price for the whole event so don’t hesitate.

Click here to purchase: http://glcff2016.eventbrite.com

 

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

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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Event hosted by Bread of Life Church
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