August 19 – August 25, 2022
Dipson Eastern Hills Mall Cinema
4545 Transit Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221
Single screening: $12
Day Pass: $20
All Festival Pass: $70
“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
“This is one of the very few festivals I would travel to attend even without a project involved. It is always incredible.” Skip Shea, filmmaker and Shawna Shea Film Festival Director
“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
For our ninth year, Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival is seeking seeking visionary films in the genres of horror, suspense, action, animation, fantasy and science fiction. We also love westerns and musicals!
We enjoy communicating with filmmakers and fostering ongoing relationships, and screen all final selections on one screen, with no counter-programming. We are always looking for films from bold new voices and hope to spotlight more films from female artists.
We believe in cinema, and in the cinema going experience, and only hold in-person screenings. Over the past eight 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. Every year filmmakers from across the US attend and have a great time.
We offer two free passes good for the entire festival to every artist who submits work for consideration, and an additional two passes will be given to the creative teams responsible for feature films that we select. Passes must be used by people who actually worked on the selected film and may not be transferred to friends and family members.
Buffalo Dreams screens Micro-Shorts (7 mins or less), Short Films (8 – 30 mins), Short Features (31 – 74 mins) and Features (75 mins and longer). The festival also runs an Unproduced Screenplay competition (feature length only).
The entire Buffalo Dreams team looks forward to considering your excellent work for inclusion in what promises to be our best season yet.
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. The programmers will not show pornography. The festival does not accept “fan films” featuring copyrighted characters, and every film must contain only original or licensed music.