“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

The 2017 edition of Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival was another banner year for our event, and for Buffalo itself, with almost 50 out of town filmmakers attending to screen their work. We are proud that filmmakers consider Buffalo Dreams a “destination event,” and of the accolades attributed us by attending filmmakers. Each year we are pleased to add names to our growing family of visiting filmmakers – you are consistently the soul of our event.

In 2017 we received a record 450 submissions – approximately 50 screenplays, 125 features and 275 shorts. Over 11 days, we screened 112 films: 40 features and 72 shorts. Festival organizers Gregory Lamberson (Slime City, Killer Rack, Johnny Gruesome) and Chris Scioli intend to build on that momentum to make the 2018 edition, which will run 7 days, the best international film festival in New York State outside New York City.

The dates of the festival are Friday, November 2nd – Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at the Dipson Theaters Eastern Hills Cinema, located in the Eastern Hills Mall in Williamsville, New York, outside Buffalo. We will screen films daily from noon to midnight. This broad canvas enables us to program a diverse selection of films. We love to show an eclectic range.

Buffalo Dreams is a filmmaker friendly event which celebrates the best independent films from around the world in the following categories: Action, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction and Thriller. The festival separates content into three divisions: North American (U.S. and Canada), International, and Western New York. We have an Unproduced Screenplay competition, Young Student and Student competitions, and the Lois Weber Award in recognition of outstanding work by female directors. Last year we screened outstanding family films, and we are always on the lookout for good westerns. We screen non-genre foreign films during weekday matinees, for the regular patrons at the Eastern Hills Cinema.

Lamberson and Scioli intend to showcase approximately 100 of the best movies submitted: features (70 mins – 120 mins); short features (31 – 69 mins); and short films (1 – 30 mins). Music videos may be submitted as short films, and web series may be submitted in the category with the corresponding running time.

Buffalo Dreams does not screen films in hotel banquet rooms or bars. The festival directors believe every selected film deserves to be seen on a big screen in a real theater. Their philosophy is to screen only one film at a time, with no counterprogramming. Patrons who wish to experience the entire festival should never have to choose between films.

The festival’s programmers like bold, original and edgy films that are well made. There is even a “WTF” category for the most outrageous films selected – films that surprise with their originality and unpredictability as much as they entertain. But in terms of dramas, they also like delicate, beautiful films. The programmers accept film submissions that would receive an NC-17 rating, but will not show pornography. The festival does not accept “fan films” featuring copyrighted characters, and every film must contain only original or licensed music.

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Film ExpoBuffalo Film Expo (BFX), is an educational event aimed at film and television professionals, semi-professionals, hobbyists, aspiring filmmakers, students and film enthusiast.

Buffalo Film Expo will be held on dates TBA as part of Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival (Nov. 4th – 13th). BFX previously ran as a stand alone event in 2013 and 2014. Read More

Family-Film-FestivalBuffalo Dreams Family Film Festival 

Buffalo Dreams Family Film Festival will run during Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival each year. Our mission is twofold: to bring to the Buffalo area the best family films from around the world, and to introduce Western New York student filmmakers under the age of 17 to the benefits and culture of film festivals. Read More