#GLCFF2022 dates are September 7th - 11th, 2022. It is an IN-PERSON EVENT, with a supplemental virtual event is planned as well. Submit your film TODAY! As a result we've extended the submissions deadline through June 30th.

The Great Lakes Christian Film Festival is the LARGEST faith-based film festival in New York State! We will celebrate our eighth annual festival in Buffalo, New York, the gateway to the Great Lakes.

Buffalo, New York 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. Niagara Falls, New York is under 1 hour away from East Aurora.

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, as well as medallions for other awards. Vouchers and discounts will also be redeemable for future entries and attendances for all nominees.

See all of our past nominees and winners on our website: https://glcff.com/films/

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. Passes for you and 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.

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  • Michelle Pierce-Mobley

    Shawn did an outstanding job pulling together this festival after so many unforeseen circumstances. The venue's Pastor and Spouse were gracious and showed strong support for the festival. I hope additional artists submit work to this festival. I learned alot.

    September 2022
  • Thank you so much Great Lakes Christian Film Festival #GLCFF for a fantastic experience and for making yourself available when we had questions. Love you!

    September 2022
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    Response from festival:

    It was our pleasure serving you!

  • Jane Swanko

    Communication is key to any successful event and the GLCFF kept you in constant contact.

    September 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Glad we had your project for our festival.

  • Yng-Jaw Jiing

    Participating in this film festival, I feel very warmed, and I was informed of all the necessary information at the right moment. Although I could not participate in the ceremony, I still received recognition and awards. I am really grateful for the favor of the film festival judges, and I once again wish the film festival to continue to prosper and expand its territory for the Lord.

    September 2022
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    Response from festival:

    We loved your film. Thank you for letting us be a part of it.

  • Bethany Hazelitt

    This was my second time attending GLCFF. The first time I could only be there for our film screening, this time I could stay the whole time. Shawn and the whole team are very welcoming and it's easy to follow the schedule. I was very excited to win audience choice for best actress and out film for audience choice best film. Even without winning, this festival would still be amazing.

    September 2022
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    Response from festival:

    It was an honor to have you again.