As movie, music and art lovers we set out to build a better festival. A festival that treats film makers, musicians, and artists like celebrities with a interview and chance to be featured in our "Filmmaker Spotlight", an online periodical. Festival goers can take a break to get food, browse vendors, sit in on a workshop, or join in the music festival fun. This is not your father's film festival. It is like a film festival, music festival, art show and convention had a love child. Accept no intimations, WNY FAME is a true original.

As filmmakers and we know the burden of high festival fees and the frustration of low audience turn out. We kept fees low, created an event with mass appeal and promote our hearts out. We know how difficult it can be to get noticed, so we offer the option of review of your film on our website, which we will link to IMDB. Selected filmmakers will also be chosen to be interviewed for our "Filmmaker Spotlight". We help spread the word about your film by providing links to your trailer, poster and other promotional materials. At WNY FAME you can feel free to meet with fans and sell your merchandise.

We know awards are vital during the marketing and distribution phase, so we offer awards in multiple categories. Since networking is such an important part of the festival we provide two all access passes to each artist whose work is featured in the event. We understand how hard you worked on your film and guarantee it was watched by several judges.

Our event is run under the umbrella of Beaver Alley Studios Inc. A 501 (c)(3) non profit organization established for the purpose of facilitating the production, promotion, distribution, exhibition and celebration of independent art in all forms, especially art from a female perspective. Our festival is committed to providing access to the arts and art education to those who might otherwise not be able to access it. Helping people to follow their dreams is what we do.

Best Feature Film
Best Film Written/Directed by a Woman "The Golden Beaver"
Best No-Budget Film (under $15,000) "The Cheapskate"
Best Documentary
Best Animated/Family
Best Special Effects or Fight Scene
Best Cinematography
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Editing/Sound
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Short Film
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Student (or First Time Film Maker)
Best Western New York Film
Best Western New York Director
Best Western New York Screenplay
Best Western New York Actor
Best Western New York Actress

Best Horror or Sci-fi Script
Best Comedic or Dramatic Script
Best Short Script

MUSIC/ Music Video
Best Cinematography in a Music Video
"FAME Audience Choice"
Best Pop Composition
Most Unique Concept Song or Music Video
Best International Song or Music Video

Best Body of work

(Awards Presented may vary based on the number of qualifying entries)

Please Read- Submitting films for judging is an agreement to the following terms.

*Student Films will require proof of being a current student to requesting a discounted rate. Please support our cause by paying for your submission at the normal rate if you are not a student.

*Features are any film over 60 mins. Mid length are films Over 20 mins and under 60. Short films are 20 mins and under.

*All submissions must be the artist's own work.

* We do not pay screening fees. We are also unable to provide transportation or lodging for attending filmmakers.

* We do not send out physical tickets. The submitting filmmakers name will be on a list at out ticket desk. Any purchased tickets will be on this list as well.

*Feedback is offered on scripts and paid submissions only, and must be requested by email between the selection date and festival date.

*To qualify for "The Cheapskate" award for the best No-Budget feature or mid length film must be completed for under $15,000.

*Films must be 2015 or newer to qualify for an award.

*Awards are given in person at the event or sent by e-mail.

* Do not send DVD's or Festival Screeners. Our festival is going green to save you some green. We will download all films to show digitally. You will be contacted only if we have a problem. (If you wish to donate DVD's, CD's or other items to our raffle, that would be appreciated.)

* Our festival is run by a small group of volunteers. Every effort is made to provide great communication and a fun festival experience. If there is anything we can assist with, please send us an email.

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Overall Rating
  • Was gutted to not be able to attend, but so pleased to have our film included and to receive and award to boot! Wonderful little festival with great communication and awesome exposure. These festivals are the LIFEBLOOD of filmmakers trying to get themselves out into the world and I would recommend EVERYONE to enter and support. I will be proud to enter all of my future projects in this festival.

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much CJ. We are doing our best to offer the best support and a great value to our film makers. Thank you for all of your support and for sharing your wonderful film with us.

  • Emir Skalonja

    Great fun and plethora of good projects showcased.

    February 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your support of our festival. Local film makers are the heart of any festival.

  • Douglas Szczesny

    This was my first festival experience and what a pleasure. The communication from submission to showcase was exceptional, I always new what was going on at any given time and any changes were put out right away. Location was easy to find and very accessible. Networking was great, and was able to connect with other filmmakers. Will definitely participate in this festival again.

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Doug for your support of our mission to unite artists. It was incredible getting to know you and your family and friends.

  • javad daraei

    I am very happy and welcome every year to participate in your festival and thank you for this fine festival.

    September 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sharing your work with us. We exist to support artists like you.

  • Charles G. Simmons II

    A very involved festival that communicated well! The space was very ample for viewing films, and taking in other arts such as live music. Very thought-out and organized! Looking to see what next years festival brings!

    September 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for coming out. Hope you had a great time.