Next Events - Sept. 20-30, 2017

The BNFF is a film festival like no other! Not only does the BNFF capture the essence of what filmmaking is all about, but it also captures the essence of the filmmakers themselves, providing the atmosphere and the go-to connections for their next films, locations and everything under the sun.

If you are a filmmaker looking to launch your next project, find financing, or the best locations and deals for the buck, there is no one better than our festival founder, Bill Cowell, who can put you in touch with the right people.

Want to eliminate the red tape and go straight to the source, submit your project now and we will be completely honest with you and your projects potential.

Looking forward to making your connection in our region that loves the arts and has produced many famous industry icons both behind the camera, on the screen, and abroad.

The BNFF is committed to providing ample opportunities to fellow filmmakers and all others in bringing cinematographic arts and other related entertainment products to Western New York through high-profile community events, talent, productions and films from around the country and the world.

Awards & Prizes

Cash, Awards & Prizes are only one part of this great festivals amenities. Don't miss out on this great opportunity and festival to get your name and projects recognition out there.

Big awards, connections, over 28 categories and opportunities to collect on!

Rules & Terms

1. You must complete an entry form for each film submitted. Entry fees are per film entered, and must accompany the entry form or online confirmation. Make checks/money orders payable to the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival.

2. Film Entries are accepted in the following formats: Digitally online or DVD (NTSC).

3. Film Entries are accepted in one of two categories: short and feature length. Short films are under 45 minutes in running time. Feature films are 45 minutes or longer in running time.

4. Screenplay Submissions are accepted electronically in Final Draft/.Doc/or RTF.

5. DVD(s) and cases must be labeled (preferably using permanent marker/ink) with film title, filmmaker name, phone and email. Please place DVD(s) in a DVD sleeve or hard plastic cases.�

6. Films may have been previously screened at other festivals, although BNFF “premier” status is preferred but not mandatory.

7. Any film that has had a theatrical release, other than a limited premiere or special showing, or is currently in distribution (e.g., has been licensed for distribution in some territory) may be eligible for the competition. If there is a question regarding eligibility, please contact info@bniff.com or you may call (716) 432-1065.

8. The Festival Organizers reserve the right to hold “Special Screenings” of previously released/distributed films, however they will not be considered for juried competition or festival prizes.

9. The BNFF Directors reserve the right to include selected films/screenplays in any category deemed appropriate.

10. Not all films/screenplays will be selected for screenings during the BNFF, but all submitted films/screenplays will be considered. All submitters will be notified on or about May 31, 2017 of the status of their submission(s).

11. The BNFF Directors reserve the right to program selected films/screenplays as many times during the Festival as they see fit, at whatever venue they see fit.

12. If a film/screenplay is selected for screening, the Film Director (Submitter) will state that he/she/they is/are the sole and rightful owner(a) of the submission and does not violate or infringe on any trademark, trade name, copyright, literary, dramatic, musical, artistic or other intellectual property or personal rights.

13. If a film/screenplay is selected, the filmmaker agrees that he/she will be solely responsible for the delivery of his/her final screening copies (or downloadable files) of their film/screenplay to the BNFF Festival Office no later than May 31, 2017. All films/screenplays and canisters/sleeves will be marked with the name of the film/screenplay/filmmaker/phone and email. If the filmmaker/screenwriter is not in attendance, he/she will provide return shipping of their screening copies, otherwise they remain the property of the BNFF. Original screening copies and press kits remain the property of the BNFF. Screening copies will only be returned if the submitter has included a self-addressed envelope (with the correct postage).

14. No filmmaker or writer will be either discriminated or favored by their country of origin, language, age, race, education, ideology, or by their economic resources.

15. All participants acknowledge that the BNFF is a public event that is open to the media. As such, all participants are subject to media coverage and scrutiny and may have their likenesses published in print, electronically, or via digital broadcast. BNFF is not, now nor will not be in the future, responsible nor liable for such media coverage or actions of the press or other publicity agents during any events or functions associated with BNFF.

16. Once a submission has been made, and the submission fee has been paid, there are no refunds.

26 Reviews

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    Harry Banks Productions LLC

    An excellent festival and experience. Tons of well-organized events and screenings. Great film selection and opportunity to network. We at Harry Banks Productions LLC are honored to have received awards from this festival.

    October 2017
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    Spencer Chandler

    I was unable to attend, but was told I was a finalist in the screenplay competition. Multiple attempts to get in touch with the festival went unanswered, and neither my screenplay nor my name ever appeared on the site. The last email I got from the fest was an invitation to place an ad in the festival program.

    October 2017
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    Janel Tanna

    Excellent festival. Very well organized with tons of great events and films. Great networking as well.

    October 2017
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    Hanjian Liang

    I was holding my debut film
    As a young child
    Before going out alone
    Trembling with fear
    THE BNFF gave me the warmest hug
    Here, I met an artistic bosom friend
    Here, I got the biggest encouragement and support
    Here, I won the first trophy of my life
    THE BNFF is my hometown forever
    I'll come back
    I love you
    THE BNFF

    Director Liang Hanjian

    October 2017
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    Michael Eldon Lobsinger

    I'd like to thank Bill Cowell for an amazing film festival. And to all the crew behind the scenes of BNFF, I'd like to extend a huge congratulations on a successful 2017 festival. This was my first trip to Buffalo and my first visit to the Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival and it was quite an impressive experience. Although our stay was short, I could feel the energy, excitement and passion throughout my visit. I am very pleased to have our short film 'Rotten Mangos' a part of your 2017 film festival. Thank you for all your hard work.

    October 2017