Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival

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"There are more film festivals in Buffalo now than any time in the area’s history, and that’s a great thing for lovers of cinema. The most purely fun of these movie extravaganzas? It’s undoubtedly the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, which offers action, animation, comedy, drama, fantasy, horror, thriller and science fiction features and shorts from around the world." - The Buffalo News "Whatever your tastes, this festival has something for you." - The Public "Buffalo Dreams is a well oiled machine of blatant awesomeness, due completely to the fierce dedication of its showrunners, Gregory Lamberson and Chris Scioli. These two work tirelessly to program one intense and well rounded festival, and perhaps what’s more impressive is the fact that they still remain completely approachable throughout. They do all the greeting, introductions, and personally hand out passes and talk to fans and festival goers." - Bro Knows Movies “I wanted to take a moment to personally thank Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival for what was, in my opinion...our best screening yet!” – Lindsay Katt, The Avant-Gardener In August of 2020, Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival did what seemed impossible: when other film festivals were forced to cancel, postpone, or switch to a virtual format, and when all movie theaters in New York State were closed, we held live, in-person screenings of all of our Official Selections in an excellent venue. We did this by limiting our seating capacity, requiring masks, and enforcing social distancing measures. It was important to us to show films on a big screen, even if only to a devoted audience of film lovers and moviemakers. We hosted the World Premieres of Skip Shea’s horror film Seeds and Jordan Warner’s action-thriller The Wilderness Night, the North American Premiere of Juan Diego Escobar Alzate’s indescribable Luz: The Fower of Evil, the New York Premieres of the documentaries Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business by Justin McConnell, Hail to the Deadites by Steve Villeneuve, and The Ventures: Stars on Guitars by Staci Layne Wilson. And we spotlighted the work of such rising independent artists as Mickey Reece, Cate Jones. Mehdi Fard Ghaderi and Michael Fausti. In total, we screened 70 Micro Shorts, Shorts, Short Features, and Features. In 2020, we are returning to our early November slot for what we anticipate will be a seven-day festival. We are a “fantastic fest,” meaning we love science fiction, fantasy, action, horror, and animation, but over the years we have demonstrated our eclectic sensibilities with musicals, dramas, westerns, crime dramas, comedies and experimental films. We love art films and exploitation films equally, as long as they’re well made and have a point of view. We love supporting independent filmmakers, and following their progress as artists. We are not a festival that accepts a film, ignores communications from filmmakers, then schedules as many films as possible in three different banquet rooms at a hotel, forcing patrons to choose between films. We enjoy communicating with filmmakers and fostering ongoing relationships, and we show all of our films on one screen, with no counterprogramming. We believe in cinema, and the cinema going experience. This will be our ninth edition as Buffalo Dreams. Before that, we ran Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival for three years. Over the past eleven years, we’ve become a destination spot for filmmakers visiting from around the world. Isaac Ezban has travelled from Mexico several times to screen his work for our appreciative audience; Richard Rowntree and Simon Pearce have come from the UK; Christophe Karabache from France; Megan Riakos from Australia; and so many more. We are always looking for films from bold new voices, and hope to spotlight more films from female artists. Updates: We are always trying new things. This year, we are replacing our Western New York categories with New York State categories, although we will continue the Michael O’Hear Award for Best Western New York Film, named after our late volunteer and WNY acting mainstay. Our Unproduced Screenplay competition will now offer two awards: Winner for the overall competition, and Winner for New York State. If a screenplay wins in both categories, only the overall award will be issued. We will no longer offer certificates for Second and Third places. Four free passes good for the entire festival will be offered to Selected features, two free passes good for the entire festival will be issued to Selected shorts and screenplays, and two free passes good for the entire festival will be issued to everyone who submits work to the festival. However, passes must be used by people who actually worked on the films, and may not be transferred to friends and family members. The world is an uncertain place, and although we’ve shown our commitment to presenting films on a big screen, the world is an uncertain place and we absolutely reserve the right switch to a different model or format. All Selected filmmakers will be consulted regarding any possible changes.


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