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]

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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

Special Guests and Workshops #GLCFF2017

We are proud to announce our fantastic lineup of appearances, workshops, and panels.

Friday Aug 4th from 10am to 11am, we get a visit from Lindsey Partridge: Canada’s Horse Whisperer, and two of her horses – one of which was in the feature film ‘Unbridled’, screening later in the evening.

Saturday Aug 5th at 2pm we have a panel discussion of Regional Directors and Producers joining us for a Q & A session. Then, at 3pm Mr. Frank A. Rossi will conduct a 1 -hour acting workshop called “How to Book Principle Roles in Feature Films” Frank Rossi is an Actor [Miami Vice, White Men Can’t Jump], Acting Coach [Jim Caviezel], and Casting Director [Marshall, Cold Brook].

For more details on the workshops:  https://glcff.com/attend/workshops

And the Nominees for #GCLFF2017 are… @GLCFF

2017 Nominations #GLCFF2017

This year we have a new venue and even more films to choose from. We had a very difficult task to narrow down our selection due to time constraints. Next year we may need to add a couple more days to the festival to make sure we can screen all the great films submitted. Trust us, we did not want to cut any films from our selections. But after months of reviewing and narrowing down to the 30 hours allotted, these films were selected and nominated in several categories, including Best Feature and Best Actor.

Here are the Nominations for this years 2017 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival: [CLICK HERE].

 

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

Downloadable Press ReleaseGLCFF-2017-pressrelease

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

#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

www.glcff.com

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/

 

Announcing: Kingdom Collective Film Festival

Filmmaker launches Christian Film Festival in Northern Louisiana for May 2017.

Matthew Ramsaur, filmmaker from Louisiana, has announced that he has launched his new Christian Film Festival called the Kingdom Collective Film Festival in his home town of Ruston, LA, May 5 – 7, 2017. Matthew made this statement on his facebook page yesterday:

13767197_10206924081839878_5689262668937544666_oAfter a lot of thought and prayer, God has been pushing me to start a Christian Film Festival. And today I can finally share that with you. It is open to anyone and everywhere no matter where you live, but will take place in Ruston, LA. Take a look at the website for further information and how to submit. I could use your help by sharing this post and getting the word out.

For more information on submitting your films to this festival log on to:  http://www.kingdomcollectives.com/


In Between posterMatthew submitted a film for our festival called “IN BETWEEN“, starring Shelby Olivier, is an official selection and is scheduled to screen Friday night August 19th, 2016. Mr. Ramsaur was the writer, director and producer of this amazing short film.

[Film Overview: Battling between nightmares and consistent community invites from a co-worker, Shelby questions where the nightmares are stemming from. Shelby begins to face choices to choose living in the darkness or step into a lighter world.]