By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

SUDBURY, Ontario, August 6, 2010 ( – Organizers of the third annual REAL LIFE Film Festival du cinéma C'EST LA VIE (RLFF) have announced that the submission period for the 2011 Festival is now open.

The RLFF, to be held in April 2011 in Sudbury, is a vibrant, bilingual Christian cinematographic experience. A multi-day event, the RLFF presents Christian and Family feature films, documentaries and shorts from Canada and around the world.

The theme for the 2011 RLFF is LIFE and HOPE.

“LIFE and HOPE speak universally to the human spirit,” said Lina Madore, the Festival Director. “Hope lifts the heart to experience life in all its beauty and fullness in spite of struggles and suffering.” 

Madore explained that finding films suitable for the whole family can be quite a challenge.

“The RLFF has been able to achieve just that, as well as proving that moral content does not have to be sacrificed for cinematographic excellence. The RLFF never imagined that with two Festivals under its belt, it would have filled over 800 seats, reached local students at its annual free Youth Film Day, and showcased over 50 family and Christian films from around the globe including Canada, South Africa, the United States, and Czechoslovakia,” Madore said.

The organizers are looking to showcase more Canadian filmmakers this year, as well as continue to present inspiring films, in both French and English, from around the world and which are not typically available through standard media outlets.

“We invite filmmakers of different backgrounds to submit films for official selection consideration,” said Madore. “We are looking for films with impact that speak to the heart and which encourage people to live family life more fully. There is a need for more media that does just that.”

The film festival organizers are focusing this year's event on more than presenting a great variety of excellent films.

“This year, the Festival is also looking to expand its horizons beyond the Gala, film line-up, and onsite food services,” said Madore.

“We want to help youth and other artists achieve their dreams in filmmaking. For this reason, we plan to introduce a local competition component, and also hold workshops that will provide an opportunity for novice filmmakers to develop their talent and let their creative juices flow, right here at home.”

The Film Submission Period ends October 1st, 2010, at 5:00 p.m.

For Entry Rules and Submission Guidelines, visit

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For more information, contact Sandra Djivre, Festival Coordinator, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 705.523.9997.