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The Regular Deadlines for film/screenplay submissions to Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival are as follows:

Regular Deadline – July 1, 2016
Late Deadline – September 1, 2016
Extended Deadline – September 14, 2016


We want to see fresh, exciting new films from up and coming talent from all around the world.
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival has multiple categories which encompass Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Action (including martial arts), Thriller, Cult, Animation and Fan films. We require two DVDs or Blu-rays of each submitted work, clearly labeled with your film’s title, running time, category and country of origin, along with a copy of your submission form.
Screeners will not be returned. Multiple submissions must be submitted separately.

If your film is selected for screening and includes a disclaimer watermark, you must provide us with two copies without the watermark for screening.

Final screening copies will not be returned unless a pre-paid envelope is provided. Final screening copies must be on DVD or Blu-ray. Any film of any length produced in Western New York that is accepted in any category will automatically compete for Best Western New York Genre Film.
We want our local filmmakers to bring their best game. International Films must be subtitled in English or dubbed in English, and must be submitted in U.S. compatible formats. The deadline for all submissions is September 14th, 2015.


Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival strongly believes screenwriting is the foundation upon which every successful film must stand. Our Unproduced Original Screenplay Competition is open to feature length screenplays only (80 pages and up). We are open to all genres. For our 2016 edition, we are proud to announce Roy Frumkes will serve as our judge for this category.


Street Trash creator returns to Buffalo.
Buffalo, New York – Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival announces that screenwriter and film producer Roy Frumkes will judge the unproduced original screenplay competition for its 2016 season. 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 filmsSlime 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.