Attending Filmmakers


Past Guests


Chad Archibald directed, co-produced, and wrote the original screen story for Black Fawn Films’ Bite, the Opening Night Feature for Buffalo Dreams this year. Bite had its world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival, where it generated a tremendous amount of buzz, and we are proud to bring this terrifying story of body horror to our festival patrons. The Buffalo premiere of Bite is not to be missed!


Christopher G. Giroux is one of the producers of Bite, and returns to Buffalo Dreams after a successful screening of The Drownsman, which took home our Best Horror Feature award last year. Black Fawn Films is rapidly becoming one of the most important production companies for quality horror films.

Issac-Ezban-edit Isaac Ezban returns to Buffalo Dreams for a special retrospective of his work, including his short film Cosas Feas (“Nasty Stuff“) which screened at Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival, and his critically heralded debut feature, EL Incidente/The Incident, which is received our awards for Best Director, Best International Feature and Best Science Fiction Feature. In addition, Isaac received our highest honor for a filmmaker, the George Pal Visionary Award. We are proud to give Buffalonians another opportunity to experience these extraordinary films on a big screen.

debbie-editDebbie Rochon is well known for her impressive body of work as an actress, including appearances in over 200 independent films. She is well known to Buffalo horror fans, having appeared in several films produced here, including Slime City Massacre, Dry Bones and The Legend of Six Fingers. Now she returns in a new role: as the director of Model Hunger, a horror thriller starring Lynn Lowry and Tiffany Shepis, filmed in Buffalo! Debbie will be on hand for the film’s Buffalo premiere.

Megan--editMegan Riakos makes her fist trip to Buffalo Dreams, all the way from Australia, to screen the outstanding mystery thriller Crushed. Megan Riakos is a Screenwriter and Director with a passion for telling stories that engage and provoke. She recently completed her debut feature film Crushed, a mystery thriller set in a vineyard. Her short films range from the psychological thriller The Shed to the 1930’s crime drama 50-50 and even an experimental dance film The Eye of the Beholder. Her tastes are eclectic but it is the love of telling a good story no matter the genre that attracts Megan the most.

Megan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Media Arts and Production) at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She completed both a Graduate Certificate in Screen Drama (Writing and Directing) and a Graduate Diploma in Directing at the prestigious Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). During 2012-13, she also completed the Professional Screenwriters Program at UCLA.

Megan will be releasing her feature Crushed in 2015 and is currently in development on her second feature.

Mike-French-editMike French is the writer-director of the baseball film Pete’s All Stars, and he is visiting us from San Francisco. Born and raised in Orinda CA, Mike French has had a passion for filmmaking his entire life. After dropping out of film school to pursue a writing opportunity adapting the non-fiction book “The Warrior Elite” by Dick Couch, Mike worked at several production companies in Hollywood before finally returning to the Bay Area in 2007. After finishing film school at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco and acting in the independent short film “The Bridge” in 2010, Mike embarked on making “Pete’s All-Stars,” his first feature film. In addition to assuming the directing duties, Mike also wrote the screenplay and acted in the film.

Todd-Farley-editTodd Farley joins us from Australia to screen the hilarious short Therapy!

Bears Headsot 2012.JPGBears Fonte joins us from Austin, Texas to screen his short Roadside Assistance.

ace&fawnBuffalo filmmakers Aceifer and Fawn Genovese co-write, co-direct and co-produce The Outlaw: The Living Comic Book, an ongoing film series available on Amazon about Sixx, a cast out demon fighting the forces of evil on Earth. The films combine heavy metal music, erotica and action in a manner best described as experimental. Every time we have screened a new installment, the audience has gone bananas over it!

paige-editPaige K. Davis, Director of Business Development for Alternative Cinema/POP Cinema Studios, one of the leading distributors of indie genre films, returns as our guests again, and AC as our sponsor. Paige has acquired several films that screened at our festival. This is a chance for filmmakers to speak to her ace to face, one on one, about their projects, and to ask her about the marketplace.

anthony-izzo-editHorror novelist Anthony Izzoserves served as the judge of our Original Unproduced Screenplay competition. Please follow Anthony at: