We are conducting a HYBRID Film Festival (Private and Virtual). See the Schedule for details. Please be advised, there is a COVID-19 Travel Advisory for NY State: Please, if there are anyone planning to travel here from another state, READ THIS first. https://glcff.com/2020/07/14/covid-travel-advisory-for-ny-state/

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 sixth 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.

ATTN! Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are awaiting the approval of New York State in allowing events of more than 10 people to take place. We will notify you as we learn what we can do.

June 30, 2020 was the last day for submissions. Notifications went out July 13, 2020.

We are working out a hybrid event, both in doors and virtual. We are working in accordance with New York State, Erie County, and The City of Buffalo to work out the details of our venue options. We will keep you up to date on the details.

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
  • Dwight L. Wilcox II

    Our team had a great time. We earned Nominee Laurels in two categories, Animation, and Music Video. In this strange year, the organizers did a fantastic job handling the various curve balls the pandemic sent their way. Cannot rate “hospitality” and “networking” because COVID made them impossible.

    August 2020
  • Giorgi Tkemaladze

    It's great film festival! Good luck with your team thanks you so much

    August 2020
  • Cal Nguyen

    I've not been privy to the festival itself but every time you guys have been really responsive and understand what it takes to have Christian content, even if it's elements or simply a basis of a project as opposed to strictly Christian. For that I truly appreciate their understanding of the core content of our show Day Zero the series (on Amazon). Thanks again for nominating us! Look forward to submitting more in the near future :)

    August 2020
  • LeAnn Morris

    Because of travel restrictions we were not able to attend in person, but very thankful to have been a part of #GLCFF2020 virtually.
    Shawn did a great job keeping the festival going this year despite all the obstacles associated with the pandemic.
    We were blessed to have our film "The Dark Places" receive 8 nominations and 4 wins: Best Short Film (under 20 min.); Best Cinematography; Best Editing; and Best Screenwriting.
    Thank you for all the work in adding a virtual element to this year's festival.

    August 2020
  • Fred Townsend

    Ok everything perfect! But in Covid world no meetings, no networking. I gave 5 stars in each to make sure it didn’t mess up the score if left blank. We were sorely disappointed in just one thing: we couldn’t go! Maybe next year. God bless!

    August 2020