Greetings from Executive Director Shawn Patrick Greene #GLCFF2019 @GLCFF

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Christian Filmmakers are on the rise, and as technology advances and is more accessible to more and more people, new outlets are necessary to meet the demand of new Christian Films.

This will be our fifth festival in Buffalo, NY, the gateway to the Great Lakes. Buffalo has a rich history, and many stories to tell. It is in the stage of rebuilding its downtown and renovating historic landmarks. What a great place to begin your journey with your latest project.

We are giving several awards and cash prizes for winners and nominees. Prize amounts will depend on participation. $500 will be awarded to the top film of the festival. Trophies will be given to the top categories. Vouchers and discounts will also be redeemable for future entries and attendances for all nominees.

First of all I want to thank you for taking the time to create wonderful art and submitting it to our festival. Our team looks at every project critically and intently. We love what we do and enjoy the reviewing process just as much as the event itself. As we have done in the past, we will be selecting many of the projects as official selections, but not every project meets our criteria.

The biggest thing is this is a CHRISTIAN Film Festival. What does that mean? For starters, this is a festival for Christian Filmmakers or anyone looking to submit a Christian-themed film. The target audience is for the whole family. Some projects, such as Passion of the Christ, might be graphic or unsuitable for children under 14 years old. We suggest you please give us warning as to the content of the film so we can categorize it differently than a general audience rating. Adult situations like Nudity and Strong Language is NOT allowed for screening the film at the festival, though there may be nominations and awards given for a project. The idea is to provide indie Christian Filmmakers an outlet and possible success full-time, as well as, opportunities for veteran movie industry folks to network, mentor, and inspire the next generation film stars and moguls.

Submissions will be accepted via digital formats and prefer all entrees on Vimeo if possible. Films can also be uploaded to FilmFreeway. YouTube should be the last option for submitting, but will not disqualify. All YouTube and Vimeo links should not be accessible to the public (unlisted/password protected). Screening preference is given to films not already distributed (DVD, Amazon, Pureflix, etc). Films older than three years as of the event date would less likely to be screened. This festival is intended to spotlight the newest projects possible.

Some Official Selections may be nominated and possibly win, but not all will be screened at our event. We will do everything we can to give all Official Selections screen time, but priority scheduling will go to those submissions that are represented by the Producer, Director, Actors, etc. a the event. We want to serve our audience better by having someone available for inquiries. Regardless if your project is selected or not, each project comes with TWO complimentary passes for the entire weekend to the representatives. Additional passes for your team are available at a discount. Please let us know if you are attending as soon as possible, so we can plan for your arrival.

Thanks again for allowing us to be a part of your history.

Overall Rating
  • Ivy Catucod

    Our entry was officially selected and we got four nominations and won three awards. Unfortunately, we weren't able to attend the festival last August 2019. We emailed the organizer and ask if the physical awards can be shipped to our country. They said that they will start sending the awards by September 2019. Four months have passed, we received nothing, no update or notifications. So we emailed again last January 05, 2020 for follow up and received a reply asking our office address. We kinda assumed that they will ship the trophies and certificates because they asked us to confirm the delivery address. But up until this second week of March, we haven't received the trophies and certificates.

    March 2020
  • I love this event, but God gets all the glory. At times, it seems it is impossible to put this festival off, but, with God, all things are possible. Thanks to the parts of the Body of Christ that attended and brought their gifts to the fellowship.

    September 2019
  • John Ginty

    Had an awesome time networking with like minded individuals and experiencing some great panels!

    August 2019
  • The GLCFF is a perfect blend of teaching/learning/networking/viewing great films. The size of the festival is also perfect in that it is easy to get to know one another on a personal level and to forge new friendships! Hats off to Shawn and team for all their hard work to bring a quality festival together for other Christian film makers. I am humbled and elated that my first feature film, Master Plan was a category winner and that my Documentaries both received nominations. Praise the Lord. I plan on returning and would love to be part of a future panel discussion and or teaching a workshop. Spread the word about this fantastic festival!

    August 2019
    Response from festival:

    It was an honor meeting you and your wife. Hopefully we see more of your team soon. Looking forward to a long-term partnership with Team BlueLight

  • Great communication and organization -- you can tell they love what they do. But it would be in your best interest to only enter this event if you are able to physically attend.

    August 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank Glenn. Blessings on your future projects.