#GLCFF2021 was extremely successful. We are now locking in #GLCFF2022 dates for 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 East Aurora, New York (20 miles southeast of Buffalo), the gateway to the Great Lakes.

East Aurora is a charming America villageā€¦ from the famous Vidler's 5&10, to the historic marquee, to the original brick on Main St., we have a lot to offer. There are a number of restaurants and historic sites like the headquarters of Fisher Price, the house of Millard Fillmore (the 13th US President), and of course, the Roycroft Campus.

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. 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
  • Great experience blessed to be a part of the event.

    September 2021
  • Richard Rossi

    We had a wonderful experience showing our film "Canaan Land." Shawn Patrick Greene, the director, and all the staff were warm and welcoming. I enjoyed participating in the industry panel and met other filmmakers. The festival had an eclectic mix of films and filmmakers.
    Richard Rossi, Director, "Canaan Land"

    August 2021
  • Chester Goad

    Had plans to go, and was unable to go--but everything about the experience was great.

    August 2021
  • Cheryl Rhoads

    Really wonderful experience! Great films, great people in attendance and lovely atmosphere for venues! Can't wait until next year!

    August 2021
  • I was excited to win a couple of awards with the GLCFF for my short film this past year but unfortunately never received any kind of digital certificate. I understand 2020 was tough but they didn't even change the status of my short film to 'winner' after the online festival. Other than hearing that I won, I received no communication and still haven't.

    June 2021