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. The third festival in 2017 will be located in Buffalo, NY, the gateway to the Great Lakes. Buffalo has a rich history, and many stories to tell.
Matthew Toffolo: What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers?
Shawn P. Greene: The filmmakers are getting the validation for distribution and sales of their film, making new contacts to collaborate with, and leaving inspired to continue filmmaking future products.
What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival this year (2017)?
Attendees will see our new venue creating a great atmosphere to enjoy an entire weekend of networking and screening films.
What are the qualifications for the selected films?
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.
Do you think that some films really don’t get a fair shake from film festivals? And if so, why?
I think the presence of the filmmakers can make or break the benefits a film fest can provide.
What motivates you and your team to do this festival?
The absence of a faith-based festival in our region. While there are many great festivals in the area, non focus on the artistic talents of the Christian Film Industry.
How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?
I can’t complain. It feels seamless.
Where do you see the festival by 2020?
Bigger and better.
What film have you seen the most times in your life?
In one sentence, what makes a great film?
A film is great because of the story, told in an interesting and entertaining way.
How is the film scene in your city?
Buffalo, NY has grown to be a go-to city from NY and LA film companies because of an array or landmarks, scenery, and talent. [TMNT2, Marshall]
Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 2 times a month. Go to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.
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