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Buffalo, New York – Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival has announced the Special Award winners for its 2017 event. The awards honor filmmakers who have distinguished themselves in areas of genre filmmaking, and will be presented along with the competition awards at the Dreamer Awards, to be held for the first time in the WBBZ TV Studio located in the Eastern Hills Mall on Sunday, Nov. 5th, at 6 pm. The multi-genre festival, now in its fifth year, runs 11 days: Thursday, Nov. 2nd – Thursday, Nov. 9th at Dipson Theatres Eastern Hills Cinema in Williamsville, and Friday, Nov. 10th – Sunday, Nov.12th at the Screening Room Cinema Cafe in Amherst. This year’s program includes 110 films: 40 features and 70 shorts.

The festival’s first Filmmaker of the Year award will be presented to Adrian Esposito, a Rochester, New York filmmaker with autism who has two documentaries in the festival: Diffability Hollywood, which is the Opening Night film on Thursday, Nov. 2nd at 6:45 pm, and Greetings from Tromaville, which has its World Premiere Friday, Nov. 3rd at 7 pm as the first half of a double feature with the East Coast Premiere of Return to Return to Nuke Em High aka Vol. 2, filmed in Niagara Falls.

The first Living Legend Award will be presented to Fred Olen Ray, who has directed over 150 feature films, six of them (and counting) in the Buffalo-Niagara region. Ray is a true legend among B movie fans, and his cult classic Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers screens after the awards, at 8 pm.

The first Lois Weber Award, celebrating the achievements of women in film and named after the first female director in the US, will be presented to Devi Snively, whose short film Bride of Frankie screens Saturday, Nov. 4th at 5 pm. An alumnus of American Film Institute’s workshop for women, Snively’s films have screened at over 200 film festivals worldwide, garnering over 50 awards and critical acclaim.

The Indie Genre Spirit Award goes to Christopher Olen Ray, who has worked as a director, line producer and producer on scores of independent films. Based in Burbank, Ray played a pivotal role in building Buffalo-Niagara’s film industry when he produced SyFy’s Battledogs here five years ago, and has since produced six features in the area with his father Fred. Ray’s latest directorial effort, Circus Kane, screens Sunday at 9:40 pm, following Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers.

The Dedication to Excellence in Independent Filmmaking will be presented to Jon Keeyes, whose horror film The Harrowing screens at 3 pm Sunday, before the awards. Keeyes is a screenwriter, director, producer and line producer who has worked on quality films in numerous genres, working with such actors as James Franco, Ron Perlman and Michael Ironside.

The full schedule for Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival is available at www.buffalodreamsfilmfest.com, and advance tickets are available at www.dispontheatres.com, under “Eastern Hills Cinema.”




Building on the tremendous success of this year’s event, Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival is calling for submissions for its 2017 season, which will again run 10 days: Friday, November 3rd – Thursday, November 9th at the Dipson Theaters Eastern Hills Cinema, and Friday, November 10th – Sunday, November 12th at the Screening Room Cinema Cafe. In 2016, Buffalo Dreams received a record 350 submissions: 310 films and 40 Original Screenplays, and screened a record 107 films, 34% of those submitted. Thirty filmmakers traveled to Western New York to represent their work on a big screen, another record. In addition, film lovers from Syracuse, Erie, Pa, and Ontario, Canada attended screenings.

“The passion and participation of attending filmmakers makes our festival a true celebration of independent film and film artists,” says Buffalo Dreams co-founder Chris Scioli. “Every year, out of town filmmakers travel to Buffalo, stay in hotels here, sample Western New York dishes at local restaurants, and conduct fascinating Q&A sessions with our appreciative audience. Filmmakers from as far away as Australia, Mexico and the UK have screened their work here in person. This festival is turning Buffalo into a destination spot for filmmakers around the world.”

Buffalo Dreams is seeking films 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.

In 2016, the annual event successfully incorporated the Buffalo Dreams Family Film Festival and launched its Young Student Filmmaker Award. For its 2017 edition, Buffalo Dreams introduces the Lois Weber Award, named after the first female filmmaker in the U.S. Weber directed 135 films, wrote 114, and acted in 100. She was the first female filmmaker to own a production studio in this country, and is credited with creating the split screen technique and shooting directing the first sound film. The Lois Weber Award is designed to spotlight contemporary women in film.

Noted horror, humor and Young Adult author Jeff Strand has been named the guest judge of the next Original Screenplay Competition. A selection committee will nominate five finalists in the competition, and Strand will select First, Second and Third Place winners. He will also provide script notes to each of the five finalists. Strand is a four-time Bram Stoker Award-nominated author over 30 books, including Pressure, Dweller, and I Have a Bad Feeling About This. Publishers Weekly has called his work “wickedly funny” and Cemetery Dance wrote, “No author working today comes close to Jeff Strand’s perfect mixture of comedy and terror.”

Also in 2016, Final Draft sponsored Buffalo Dreams by donating six screenwriting software programs, which the festival awarded to young filmmakers Talia Cohen-Vigder (Holiday of Holidays), Sly Sundown (Sleepover), Elsie Logan (Choices Determine Your Life), Marc Norowyta (Circuit Sizzle) and Kellen Pembleton (Condemned with You All), as well as the C. Dee Wright Community Center in Akron, New York, which has a program designed to introduce youngsters to basic filmmaking techniques.

Submissions can currently be made via:







Buffalo, New York – Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, a 10-day event devoted to showcasing the best independent genre films from around the world, announces Final Draft as a sponsor.  Final Draft, Inc. is the leading screenwriting software provider in the world, and Final Draft is the industry standard.  Six winners of the festival’s 2016 competition will receive certificates redeemable for free software.  Buffalo Dreams runs Friday, Nov. 4th – 13th, in conjunction with Buffalo Dreams Family Film Festival, which includes the Young Student Filmmaker Award, and Buffalo Film Expo, an event devoted to promoting film production in Western New York.

“Final Draft is an ideal partner for us,” says Buffalo Dreams co-founder Greg Lamberson (Slime City, Killer Rack).  “We place a strong emphasis on story, which is why Roy Frumkes of Street Trash and The Substitute fame will be judging our original screenplay competition.  Anything we can do to make the screenwriting process easier for creators out there supports our mission. ”

Film and screenplay submissions for Buffalo Dreams can be made through FilmFreeway and Wthoutabox.




Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival announces that screenwriter and film producer Roy Frumkes will judge the unproduced original screenplay competition for its 2016 season.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Jan. 5, 2016 – PRLog — The festival expands to 10 days, Nov. 4th – 13th in Buffalo, New York. Buffalo Dreams showcases the finest action, animation, comedy, drama, fantasy, horror, science fiction and thriller films from around the world, and this year incorporates Buffalo Dreams Family Film Festival, which includes the Young Student Filmmaker Award.

Frumkes is best known as the writer-producer of the cult horror classic Street Trash; the director of The Definitive Document of the Dead, which follows the career of George A. Romero; and the creator of The Substitute franchise starring Tom Berenger and Treat Williams. He has taught screenwriting, film production and the history of the horror genre during his distinguished career as an instructor at New York’s School of Visual Arts, and he is the owner of Films in Review, the online version of the nation’s first film publication. He appeared in the Buffalo based films Slime City Massacre and Killer Rack, directed by festival co-chair Gregory Lamberson.

“We’re to thrilled to bring Roy back to Buffalo as the judge of our original feature length screenplay competition,” says Lamberson. “Street Trash is beloved by horror fans, but it’s actually a black comedy. The Substitute is an action franchise. In his role as an educator, Roy has been an opponent of artistic discrimination against genre material, and we welcome screenplay submissions of all genres. We’ll narrow down the selections to five finalists, and Roy will evaluate those.”

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival will present a plaque for the First Place winner in the screenplay competition, and certificates for Second Place and Third Place. Submissions for original screenplays, music videos, web series, micro-shorts, shorts, short features and feature films can be made via FilmFreeway and Without A Box. The Early Bird deadline runs until March 1st.


Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival expands and adds Buffalo Dreams Family Film Festival

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Nov. 16, 2015 – Hot off a successful third season, Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival has opened for submissions for its fourth edition, which will be held in 2016. Last year, the multi-genre festival added a Comedy category, and this year it adds Drama. In addition, the festival will expand to ten days of programming and will launch and incorporate Buffalo Dreams Family Film Festival. The addition will not only include family films from around the world, but will spotlight Young Student Films by Western New York filmmakers under the age of 17.

“We had a tremendous run in 2015, with attending filmmakers from Mexico, Australia, Canada and Texas,” says festival chair Chris Scioli. “We had two attending film distributors, and distribution offers are being made to six features which we screened, half of them from overseas. We expect this to lead to even more international submissions and attending filmmakers in 2016.”

In 2015, Buffalo Dreams screened 103 films over eight days: 23 features, seven short features, 70 shorts, and three music videos. Programming was divided evenly between its three divisions: North American, International, and Western New York.

“No other film festival in Western New York has spotlighted as many regional films as we did this year,” says co-chair Greg Lamberson. “We’re proud that we gave so many local artists the opportunity to screen their work on a large screen. The addition of Buffalo Dreams Family Film Festival not only allows us to increase our audience, it allows us to introduce younger local filmmakers to the film festival experience.”

Buffalo Dreams showcases the best independent action, animation, comedy, drama, horror, science fiction and thriller films from around the world. Its 2016 edition will run from Friday, November 4th – Sunday, Nov. 13th. Feature length, short feature, short, and micro-short film submissions, as well as Original Un-Produced Screenplay submissions, can be made through FilmFreeway and Without a Box.