May 31st is approaching fast and we are getting ready to close the door on submissions for #GLCFF2019. We are preparing for our best year yet, as we’ve reorganized our categories and added some new ones. We are excited to get through our candidates for this year’s festival, and look forward to seeing you August 1-4, 2019. Get your tickets early!
A WORD FROM OUR TEAM
Greetings friends, fans, and family of the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival,
We want to thank you all for your continued support for this amazing event. TICKETS go on sale April 1, 2019. Whether you attend the event or not, feel free to support us as you see fit, via Sponsorship, Membership, Partnership, Volunteering, etc. Go to the Support page for the links.
It’s been a exciting journey so far since its inception in May 2014. The first year was dedicated to research and development in preparation of our inaugural season , launched August 2015. Starting from scratch, we have had to learn the hard way on how an event of this magnitude is conducted. We’ve had steady growth in 2016 and tested the waters at a new venue in 2017 at the Millennium Hotel with great success.
Our FINAL SUBMISSION deadline is MAY 31, 2019. DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!
We loved the venue so much, in 2018 we continued our partnership with them, expanded our options with another room and added more workshops. More films will be screened in 2019, as we booked more time for our selections. We’ve also revamped our submission categories and now have included scripts, animations, and student films.
We’ve premiered films in our market, upgraded our awards, added new merchandise, provided quality workshops, and network opportunities, and made many new friends and colleagues along the way. In 2019, we will continue to improve upon all the great ideas we’ve implemented and have some great new surprises for our attendees for this season.
Our festival is indeed an international event, yet we have the warm local feel with superb customer service and hospitality. We love our regional film community, and our state has been very film-friendly to the industry here in Western New York, not to mention accommodating to tourism. We are very excited for the future of this event as we expand our horizons and add new leadership to the GLCFF team.
Our of the toughest jobs for this type event is the marketing. We seek new ways to creatively promote and improve the awareness of our event, locally and regionally, and encourage volunteers to join our team. We’ve had great support, over the years, in our market from our local media outlets, like TCT TV and WDCX Radio, as well as our local newspaper The Buffalo News. If you would like to cover our event or would like to book an interview, please reach out to us. I look forward to hearing from you, on your ideas and comments, and look forward to meeting you at our next Film Festival.
Shawn Patrick Greene, GLCFF Executive Director
Our FINAL SUBMISSION deadline is MAY 31, 2019. DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!
Is your next project a feature film, television series, relocated television series, television pilot, or a film for television? Your production may be eligible for the New York State Film Tax Credit. The Film Production Tax Credit is a 30% tax credit on qualified costs incurred in New York State for eligible productions. Eligibility requirements vary based on the type of film production company and the budget. Qualified productions must use New York crew, New York vendors, and use New York production facilities and suppliers.
Non-qualified production costs are not eligible for the tax credit. Non-qualified production costs include most above-the-line costs, such as story and script costs (intellectual property rights), and wages for writers, directors, producers and actors. Those below-the-line costs which do not qualify include costs for entertainment and for travel for out-of-town labor. In addition, documentaries, news programs, reality TV shows, sporting events, commercials and music videos are not eligible for the NYS tax credit.
Taxpayers can only claim the credit after the production company has received a Tax Credit Certificate, which is generally issued within 30 to 60 days of submitting the final application. The credit is reported to the production company. Since most films are produced via a pass-through entity, such as a LLC or partnership, the credit would be reported as a pass-through to the LLC members or partners, who claim the credit as a refund on their personal tax returns. The taxpayer then claims the credit on the annual tax return for the year in which the project is completed. The refundable amount is offset against an individual’s tax liability. Thus, a taxpayer can claim a refund on their unused tax credits.
Further definition of certain terms such as film production facility, qualified production facility and armories are provided in the Program Guidelines. For more details, visit the New York State Film Production Tax Credit website: https://esd.ny.gov/new-york-state-film-tax-credit-program-production
The Rev. Eugene Peterson, a Presbyterian minister, biblical scholar and author whose writings have shaped the thinking of pastors and church people and whose colloquial translation of the Bible, “The Message,” has sold millions of copies, died Oct. 22 at his home in Lakeside, Mont. He was 85. We are very sad to hear of his passing, but we are grateful for his contribution to the Kingdom of God.
An 18 minute documentary was recently produced by Award Winning/Multi-Nominated Documentary & Music Video Director, Greg Fromholz from Ireland. The film received several nominations from the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival. The film is entitled Peterson: In Between The Man and The Message
Go to the portfolio page of the film to read more about Eugene and Greg [ read more ]
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.
Downloadable Press Release: [GLCFF-2018-pressrelease]