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

November 9, 2018 – Opening Date
January 13, 2019 – Earlybird Deadline
April 23, 2019 – Regular Deadline
June 23, 2019 – Late Deadline
July 13, 2019 – Extended Deadline
July 20, 2019 – Notification Date
August 23 – 29, 2019 – Event Dates


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 7th, 2018.


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 2017 edition, we are proud to announce 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.”

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival 2017 Honoring Female Filmmakers with Lois Weber 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.