As movie, music and art lovers we set out to build a better festival. Our festival treats film makers, musicians, and artists like celebrities with a red carpet interview. We offer additional services such as an interview in our "Filmmaker Spotlight", an online periodical or a film review that can be linked to IMDB. Our finalists are given the opportunity to be part of a streaming service run by a collective of film makers.

Those attending the festival can expect a comfortable artsy venue that is perfect for networking. 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 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)

Access Laurels Here

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.

LIKE us on Facebook.
Please SHARE our posts.
Review on FilmFreeway and Facebook

Overall Rating
  • Andrew Palmer

    Everyone at Synapz Productions would like to express their gratitude for your selection of Endless Road!

    February 2021
  • Caren Messing

    WNY Film, Art & Music Event is a terrific festival—- excellent communication. The festival is adaptive to the present pandemic restrictions — so, 2020 will be on hold until 2021. I grateful my short musical film “Swimming Upstream” has been selected. Hopefully, I can attend in person next season.

    November 2020
  • Lovely festival and great people making IT soo exellent

    December 2019
  • A great festival to participate in. Well organized & they care about the filmmakers. Thanks.

    November 2018
  • We're thrilled you enjoyed our horror drama series The Grimoire Chapters. Very honored to have been a part of this festival! Was unable to attend the event but hope to do so in the future.

    September 2018