In its sixth year, Churches Making Movies is a multi-day, bi-coastal event designed to showcase thought- provoking, entertaining films that inspire generations. We screen the best faith-based, culture- impacting films in the world. The festival schedule includes film screenings, question and answer sessions with filmmakers, workshops conducted by world-renowned professionals and our Annual Red Carpet Event. We seek faith-based dramas, thrillers, comedies, television pilots, and documentaries. Submit your film today!

Come celebrate our 6th anniversary with us at the 2018 Churches Making Movies Christian Film​ Festival in Metro New York.

You'll see some of the most intriguing feature films, thought provoking documentaries, and brand new pilots for TV and the Web.

You'll participate in informative seminars to help you propel your filmmaking career to the next level. Past seminar leaders included:

Sean Paul Murphy, screenwriter Sarah's Choice, The Encounter, and Brother White
Dallas Jenkins, director of the upcoming theatrically released film, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone
Isaac Hernandez, VP Parables TV
Bill Carroll, Production Development Manager
Austen Williams, Mrs. America 2014
Pastor Leigh Gonzalez, Hope Center Arts
Doc Benson, Director
and many more............

And, you don't to want to miss our Annual Red Carpet Event where festival goers mingle with celebrities and see a World Premiere Film.

In addition, this year, we will host a pilots showcase for episodic content including web series. Pilots are not required to be produced by a church or Christian organization; however, they must clean and family friendly.

See CATEGORIES and RULES AND TERMS for more information.

Best Picture
Best Short
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Documentary
Best Pilot

FEATURE FILMS
Features and documentaries must not have been made prior to 2015.

Feature films must be written, or directed, or produced in whole or in part by a media ministry, church, pastor, or Christian non-profit. Each year, we also screen Special Presentations (non church-produced feature films.)

We also accept feature films about church life that are not produced by media ministries.

Shorts and documentaries need not be produced by a media ministry, church or Christian non-profit, but they must explore Christian themes and ideals.

PILOTS
TV or Web Pilots must be family friendly, but are not required to be produced by a church or Christian organization.

No film or pilot may be withdrawn from the program after its selection.

Screenplays
Screenplays should explore Christian themes. The writers of the TOP FIVE scripts are eligible to participate in a Screenwriters Bootcamp during the festival led by master screenwriter Sean Paul Murphy.

Films accepted before June 1, 2016 are eligible to be included in the festival promo trailer.

Overall Rating
Quality
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Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Mike Reid

    This festival does an excellent job of communicating and keeping finalists up to date on the happenings of the festival.

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much. We recognize the time and persistence that screenwriters and filmmakers put into their work, and we are honored that you guys trust us with your projects.

  • The Church of Almighty God (CAG)

    It was a great experience to engage Churches Making Movies Christian Film Festival this year. Thank the festival for awarding our movie “Where Is My Home?” the Spirit Award. It means a lot to us. The organizers are humble, passionate and show their respect for the filmmakers' effort. LaVonne also did the detailed work to help us prepare the film festival and solve the problems we encountered. They used their heart to enjoy the film, so the interview with the group members really impressed us a lot. The filmmakers Q&A is a highlight part of this film festival which encourages the audience to think positively and share their opinions with filmmakers, then the filmmakers could gain more enlightenment and confidence to produce more high level films. This is really precious. Much appreciated! Hope next year we could bring more beautiful works to this film festival.

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Where is my Home is a beautiful film made by wonderful people with a passion to use films to spread the Gospel of our Lord. We honor you guys for that.

  • Stem the Movement

    The entire staff was was warm and supportive. We participated in one of the panel discussions and answered and filtered some great questions. We met some wonderful filmakers, directors, writers and actors and look forward to networking with them. They even created a Facebook group so that we can keep in touch with like minded belivers. We feel this group will be extremely instrumental in keeping in touch with others from the festival.
    Sidebar: The hotel was excellent and included breakfast and was near a lot of other eateries and shops which was very good. There were vendors there selling goods, kind and generous sponsors and several other filmmakers in attendance.

    Overall, we met some sisters and brothers in the faith, saw some amazingly good documentary films and are humbled to have been selected to share the screening room with them!
    TEaM STEM

    October 2017
  • I traveled from London, UK to attend and was not disappointed. I met some great people of God and watched some truly awesome movies. A fabulous weekend where I was made to feel so welcome. I would definitely return!

    October 2017
  • Frankie Hutto

    Without a doubt, A Truly Christian Film Festival, I was blessed to have attend the 2017 CMMFF and look forward to returning soon.

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Frankie. It was a pleasure meeting you.