The CHRISTIAN FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL is partnering with the Christian TV Network giving filmmakers the opportunity to have their films screened on major cable Christian networks around the country! DVD's are also included for those filmmakers given a distribution contract as part of their award.

The CHRISTIAN FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL 2021 will take place July 30, 31 and August 1! The three day event will coincide with the oldest festival and town picnic in the United States held in Ellington, NY. Screenings, Q and A, workshops, award ceremony and red carpet photo op, trophies and distribution contracts will be awarded!

An opening reception on Friday starts the festival in the regal 1849 Greek Revival house THE ENCHANTED ELLINGTON . Screenings take place in the Carriage House Cinema. A unique, one of a kind, intimate film festival in a historic, country setting bringing you a unique event unlike any you will experience.

FILM DISTRIBUTION AWARDS will be made to ALL winners in the CFFF 2020! NOW, short shorts from 1 minutes to feature length films of 72 minutes and longer will receive worldwide distribution on all digital platforms AND DVD'S (for feature length) in all major chain stores! The CFFF is a content licensing agent for a leading established distribution company with 20 plus years in the business! Have YOUR dream fulfilled!

Three full days of screenings, with a Q and A following for those filmmakers in attendance, plus the LENSKA FILMMAKERS SEMINAR! (Lenska has worked behind the scenes in all areas of filmmaking including distribution.) You will learn things you never heard before and to quote filmmakers at her workshop in NYC in JUNE at the INYFF, "We learned more in Diana Lenska's one hour workshop then in all the years of going to film seminars and workshops throughout the country". You cannot miss it!

In 2018 we introduced OUR trophy! NOT a mimic of the Hollywood Academy Awards BUT the ultimate trophy for a Christian Filmmaker. A gold cross with a Bible and praying hands on a marble base. Beautiful and inspiring!

On Sunday, August 2 an award ceremony will be held with trophies and certificates presented to the winners WITH their distribution contract!

We are a filmmakers supported event and those filmmakers attending will receive priority in having their films screened. Those who attend will have a warm intimate screening with fellowship and networking with other Christian filmmakers in the unique setting for this venue PLUS the powerhouse workshop!

The CFFF 2020 is being held at the same time in Ellington as their historic yearly festival. There will be family activities, games, food vendors, contests, a parade and fire-works! Don't miss it! Our screenings, workshops and events are worked within the Ellington festival activities so you can enjoy both!

The CFFF has three levels of awards, GOLD, SILVER and MERIT certificates. Special trophies for outstanding productions, award laurels AND a chance for your film to be screened throughout Western New York at various churches and venues. Awards will be presented in the CARRIAGE HOUSE CINEMA. ALL AWARD WINNERS will receive a distribution contract!

The CFFF 22020 AWARD CEREMONY will be filmed and award winners will receive a special premiere screening of their winning film during the regular screening schedule of the Carriage House Cinema.

Shorts may be submitted from 1 minutes up to 50 minutes and features from 51 minutes to 2 hours. No porn, vulgarity, nudity or profanity will be accepted.


Full Gospel Shorts or Features are films that present Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation and present Biblical references in the film.

Inspirational Shorts and Features are either family oriented, children's films or inspiring films with a moral at its center.

All family oriented shorts, animations, features, documentaries, and music videos may be entered into the CHRISTIAN FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL.

The filmmaker must own all rights to his film and music or have secured them by the festival.

We will accept films made between 2010 to 2021.


Send posters to:
P.O. Box 373
Ellington, NY 14732

It is up to everyone submitting their project to the CFFF to respond to our emails in a timely manner. We work with you but it is your responsibility to keep on top of our notifications.

By submitting your film you give us the right to also screen it at our Carriage House Cinema as part of the awards presented and premiere screening.

Digital Awards and laurels will be presented to filmmakers that do not attend the festival. Actual award certificates and for 1st place a gold trophy will be presented to filmmakers who attend and support the CFFF 2020.

We are a seminar/workshop festival with screenings and distribution awards. Filmmakers attending the CFFF have priority in the screening schedule. We understand not everyone can attend but expect a core group of our selected films to have the filmmakers attend and support the festival.

Filmmakers and screenplay writers who cannot attend receive a digital award certificate.
Distribution awards are also made to those who cannot attend. An actual award can be created and sent to those not able to attend for the following cost which includes, shipping, handling, and insurance by priority mail. Trophy award and copy of program $60.00. Second and Third Place awards embossed certificate with program $30.00.

Overall Rating
  • Nate Carroll

    An international festival that is communicative and professional. Good folks.

    September 2020
  • In spite of the Covid restraints, CFFF did a wonderful job communicating and keeping us informed about the "virtual" festival. We were also able to purchase an all access pass to watch the many submissions. So thankful to be able to participate. Also, I am humbly grateful that our short film SORRY won the silver for Best Gospel Film and silver and gold for Best Actress. Thank you Christian Family Film Festival for these honors! To Him!!!

    September 2020
  • Elizabeth Berliner

    CFFF 2020was a wonderful online experience! The extended timeline gave ample time to view many thought provoking heartwarming and healing Christian Films. It has been an honor to be included as an Official Selection with my Entry PAWNS , a Christian Music Video. Looking forward to a time in the future where my team and I can attend the LIVE Festival. Elizabeth Berliner, Director PAWNS

    August 2020
  • Rob McIntosh

    First off, I do want to thank Christian Family Film Festival for the award. I really do appreciate their recognition.

    I have two, what I would consider, big issues with the staff. One, I received an email confirming my project title hours prior to the award being given. When the award was posted, the name of my project was wrong. Even after they emailed to confirm the name. I emailed them to change it and received an email back saying they would fix it the next day and repost with the correction. Nope, still not fixed. Second, I paid for an “online event”. On the day of the awards, I searched for the online event and found nothing but a slideshow. While I did appreciate seeing my project title (sort of) listed in the slideshow, in my opinion, it wasn’t worth what I paid. I was disappointed there was no live online event.

    August 2020
  • Janie Sloan

    Enjoyed my first online festival experience!!! Enjoyed the films as well!! I’m happy to say I won best short silver!!! Can’t wait until the next one!!!

    August 2020