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 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.

10 Reviews

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    John Putch

    Top notch relations with filmmakers. Bill does a great job. 3 films programmed so far. Nice.

    September 2016
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    Johnny Sanchez

    BNIFF is one of the most friendliest film festivals I have attended. Not only are all the attending filmmakers very open and easy to network with... but the festival organizers are also just as open and approachable. This is not one of those fests where snobby people go and only talk to you if you're Spielberg. It's a festival where every filmmaker, from Spielberg to Joe Schmoe is treated with equal respect. I love this festival.

    June 2016
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    Scott Kurchak

    One again a very fun and worthwhile festival ! Than you again for having us!!

    June 2016
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    Ansel Faraj

    I've had four of my projects
    (Brother Drop Dead - 2013
    The Rising Light - 2014
    The Happy Home of the Murderous Mahones - 2015
    The Last Case of August T. Harrison - 2016)
    screen at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival - and they are great people - always encouraging and promotive of Independent Filmmakers. And what more could you ask of a festival?

    May 2016
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    John Michael Nolan

    THE BNFF is a unique film experience set in a cool environment that promotes filmmaker interaction and networking. The programmers have a clear vision that aims to promote the city of Buffalo, but also offer creative voice from around the world to showcase their talent.

    May 2016