Hi everyone! We are taking a break! We have done 32 monthly Christian Film Festivals in a row! We are now taking a break so the Director and staff can pursue their own projects! Save your entries - the next series of monthly CFFs will start in September 2020! God Bless. CFF

The Christian Film Festival (CFF) is a small monthly film festival located in Newport News, VA, USA! It is held on the last Saturday of each month! The purpose of the Christian Film Festival is to showcase Christian movies, music videos, cartoons, documentaries, educational films, music videos, soundtracks, pictures, and scripts, recognize the people who made them happen, and encourage others to make more!

We try and limit each CFF to 3 max of each type of entry (like 3 max short films and 3 max mini-films etc.) so everyone has the best chance for awards - if you get bumped to a later CFF no issues it is because we want you have the best chance for awards!!

Just sign up, send us a screen shot or poster, the link to your trailer and movie, we will post the screen shot or poster to our Facebook page, and then join us on the last Saturday of each month at Menchville Baptist Church in Newport News, VA to enjoy the shows, fellowship, and win awards.

The categories you can enter to win awards are feature film (45 minutes and over), short film (15-44 minutes), mini film (less than 15 minutes), web series, animation/cartoon, student, advertisement, documentary, educational, music video, soundtrack/score, song, web series, and script/screenplay.

The address for the film festival is 248 Menchville Road Newport News VA 23602.

You don't need to buy or bring tickets - the CFF is free.

You don't need to come to the CFF to win awards we e-mail everyone their digital awards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you do decide to come to a CFF we will print out one of your award certs and do a presentation photo in front of our CFF backdrop for your Facebook page!

The Director of the Christian Film Festival is Richard Collins, an award-winning Christian author and filmmaker whose first 3D animated adventure, 'Raegan and RJ in Space: First to Mars' won the BEST ANIMATION GOLD award at the Christian Family Film Festival in Ellington NY on 6 August 2017, BEST ANIMATION award at the CHRISTIAN CINEMAFEST on 18 February 2018, and was selected for, and shown at the Faith Film Festival in MT Juliet Tennessee on 17 Oct 2015, the Christian Worldview Film Festival in San Antonio Texas on 14 March 2016, the Big Cross Film Festival in Los Angeles CA on 9 Nov 2016, and the HIS Film Festival in FT Lauderhill FL on 21 April 2017! Richard Collins has also won many book awards for his Christian kids graphic novel series 'Raegan and RJ in Space'!

Charities! The CFF gives a portion of every entry fee to charity! So far we gave $430 to Charities! if you enter the CFF you are helping Christian Charities!

If the $20 entry fee is too much, or you do not like to travel, we also have an 'Christian Online Film Festival (COLFF)' set up through FilmFreeway with the exact same rules and award laurels, but it only costs $10! Here is the link: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/ChristianOnlineFilmFestival
The COLFF is conducted on the 3rd Saturday of each month and is done entirely online at our Facebook page. If you have never entered a film festival before the COLFF is a good introduction and a way to experience a contest and get film festival awards without alot of expense or drama. So please consider that one also.

1. Digital Award Laurels for all award winners: The digital award laurels you can win are best feature film (45 minutes and over), best short film (15-44 minutes), best mini film (less than 15 minutes), best animated film/cartoon, student, documentary, educational, foreign film, music video, advertisement, song, soundtrack / score, script, best director, best producer, best female lead and supporting actor, best male lead and supporting actor, best teen lead and supporting actress, best teen and supporting actor, best child lead and supporting actress, best child lead and supporting actor, best soundtrack / score / song, and best web series.

2. Digital Award Certificates for all award winners

3. Digital Award Poster for all award winners.

Rules: If you own or have produced a Christian movie, cartoon, script, educational film, student film, advertisement, documentary, song, soundtrack/score, or music video, and own the rights to it, you can pay the fee and enter the film festival. It can be new or old, shown or not shown, so there is no requirement like that. After your payment is processed just send us a link to your video and trailer. Once your fee is processed, you will be in the festival, and we we will post the picture to our Facebook page and web site, Show up at our church on the day of the festival and watch the shows, enjoy the fellowship, and win awards.

Entering the CFF means you agree with these terms: After you enter the monthly film festival the Director will e-mail you with the month that your entry will be shown. Just because you entered the film festival in one month does not guarantee your entry will be shown that month because we try to limit the amount of each entry type (feature film, short film, script, etc) to 3 max for each monthly CFF so that each entry has the max opportunity for awards. All entries are eligible for all awards. Each entry is evaluated by the Director and awarded CFF awards based on its own merits, so more than one film could receive the same award - ie two films could have a BEST ACTRESS award, etc. Each entry usually wins at least one award, but there is no guarantee of an award for each entry because this is a contest. All decisions by the Director as to awards and the month your entry in the CFF is shown are final.

If your film or script is not accepted into the CFF for any reason we will process a refund.

HI EVERYONE - WE DO NOT NEED YOU TO MAIL/SEND US ANY SORT OF HARD COPY OR CD DISK OR DVD OF YOUR FILM BEFORE THE FILM FESTIVAL - WE STREAM THE FILMS OFF OF FILMFREEWAY DURING THE CFF - THAT SAVES EVERYONE MONEY - THANKS!!!

Note: Sorry, this is a Christian family friendly film festival which will be attended by people of all ages, including little kids. Only films/scripts that have a Christian world view and contain no adult, inappropriate, or mature content will be accepted. The Christian Festival maintains the right to reject any film/script that does not follow the above guidelines.

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  • I can not say enough good about this festival and the people running it. I was honored to win several awards and I felt that my work was warmly received. A very positive experience!

    November 2018
  • I was surprised and blown away that my movie, my mini movie and screenplay got "BEST OF" across the board. THEN I NOTICED ALL ENTRIES GOT "BEST OF" I was taken back. How can EVERYBODY get "Best of" in the same categories?

    I contacted Richard and he said everyone is a tie....when I explained my concerns, he called me names

    basically, this festival is an Participation award YOU PAY FOR LAURELS ...if you have the money you win. No real merit.

    I felt embarrassed. I entered my projects in real contest an non earned a "Best Of" and even received a few real honest critiques toward my film that would make me a better film maker.

    If you want a participation award then enter. If you want real critique from real filmmakers, then go somewhere else.

    DO NOT WASTE YOU MONEY HERE AT THIS FESTIVAL unless you want a pat on the back and a false sense of accomplishment when you win your PAID "Best Of" award

    November 2018
  • CarrieAnn Lee

    The festival director, Richard Collins, was a wonderful host and made certain that all of the participants felt welcome. He kept in touch throughout the entire process. CFF had a wonderful selection of films for their audience to view. I appreciate so much a festival that appreciates and honors Christian talent and has a family-friendly venue. I pray that this festival stays alive for many years to come!

    September 2018
  • Kris Bauske

    Very nice people doing a great job encouraging Christian writers to share their faith with the world. Good, regular communication throughout and quick responses to emails. Highly recommend.

    September 2018
  • Maria Rago

    It was a joy to be an award winner!!!!
    It's a beautiful Film Festival with an amazing jury and communication's team!!!!
    Thank you!!!

    September 2018