The CHRISTIAN FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL 2020 will take place July 31, August 1 and 2! 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 2020.


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
  • Nick Lanciano

    I and my staff were very disappointed. We were looking forward to entering this festival. Anyway, our film won an award but nothing the festival states in their description about winning an award actually happened after we won. Our film was not show in churches, and we did not get distribution or an actual award. Nothing but an email saying congratulations you are an award winner.

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    I did respond to your communication. I have been very ill and am just now starting to recover. We have huge numbers of winners to follow up with and have been behind getting all awards and distribution contracts out due to my being sick for so long. You were informed of my illness and why there were delays.

  • Samuel Joshua

    Well organized with friendly staffing

    December 2019
  • Jose Rivera

    Thank You for running a top notch Film Festival! Great place for Christian Film Makers to show case what G-D is doing in Film ! Congratulations to all the staff and volunteers!

    December 2019
  • More of a family event, then a film festival. Very friendly, cooperative, professional, and a true feel-good atmosphere. Definitely worth going to. Enjoy...I did!

    December 2019
  • Brian FINN

    Diana, had great communication throughout the process as well as excellent insight into promoting independent films. It was well worth being part of this festival.

    December 2019