Buffalo International Film Festival

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Find your audience at Western New York's premiere cinematic event – the 15th Annual Buffalo International Film Festival! Every fall BIFF screens over 100 features and short films from around the world, combining festival favorites with unique discoveries from local, regional, domestic and international makers. Now in its 15th year, the festival features films, episodic content, performances, panels, art installations, and special programs including Racial Justice in View! With a commitment to inclusion and amplifying diverse voices in narrative, documentary and experimental film; BIFF encourages works that push the boundaries of genre and form. BIFF is proudly curated from our open call, with approximately 75% of our line-up programmed from submissions each year. Over the past 5 years BIFF has had the honor of hosting the Western New York premieres of Marshall, Buffaloed, The True Adventures of Wolf Boy, Crown Vic, St. Louis Superman, Thunder Road, The Sentence, Tower, Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present, Endless Poetry, A Woman's Work: The NLF's Cheerleader's Problem, Recorder: The Marion Stokes Story, I Am Human, Freeland, The Last Out and many more. Please visit our website buffalofilm.org to explore an archive of our recent programming. BIFF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a platform for global content makers and our WNY community to exhibit, distribute and experience cutting edge offerings in contemporary cinema and related content. Our core values include: Artistry; Community Collaboration; Education and Engagement; and Diversity and Inclusion. To learn more about BIFF and our mission please visit: buffalofilm.org/about --- COVID 19 + BIFF 2021 (updated June 24, 2021) Our 2020 festival included drive-in and virtual screenings, events, panels, performances and media art installations. BIFF is planning to return to physical indoor screenings in venues throughout the city of Buffalo, October 7-11, 2021. Select programs may screen online via Eventive. Planning will proceed with the health and safety of our community and visitors as our top priority and we will adhere to all protocols recommended by the CDC as well as the New York State and Erie County Departments of Health. Currently venues used by BIFF are operating at full capacity. -- Please note: BIFF’s Racial Justice in View program is free to submit, however this program line is open exclusively to filmmakers in New York State, Southern Ontario Canada and neighboring Indigenous Nations for works under 10 minutes. A brief cover letter affirming your film qualifies for this category is required. Please see full terms and conditions before submitting. Films that are not eligible for Racial Justice in View may be submitted through the traditional open call with applicable submission fee. --- “As Buffalo continues to be a place for artists to grow and thrive, those behind the curtains of BIFF clearly intend to remain a vibrant part of the process, year in and year out.” - Dan Mecca, The Film Stage "In the past three years, it has set itself the goal of becoming a world-class film festival, and it has kept on that course." - M Faust, The Public


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