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 red carpet 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. 15 Selected fimmakers 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. We offer the option of purchasing an affordable table to meet with fans and sell your merchandise. Alternatively, you can utilize a shared space run by our staff so you can focus on enjoying the F.A.M.E. experience.

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. We off the option of specific feedback, upon request, so you can grow as an artist.

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 launched the "Free before 5" promotion in 2017, and are thrilled to be providing access to the arts and art education to those who might otherwise not be able to afford it. Helping people to follow their dreams is what we do.

Awards & Prizes

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)

Rules & Terms

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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13 Reviews

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    Konark Sarangi

    It was an amazing experience attending WNY F.A.M.E this year. My Music Video won "Best Cinematography in a Music Video" award. The hospitality was great and I had a nice interaction with Festival director Rhonda Parker and other people. Learned lot of things from what folks presented there. Overall a beautiful festival to be a part of.

    September 2017
    Response from festival:

    Konark, Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic music video with us. We were thrilled to have you and your group in attendance. We appreciated learning about the issues India is facing in the form of such a beautiful song and story.

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    Damien Patrik

    This is one of those festivals that I wish I had been able to attend. Communications and support from the festival were great from the very beginning. And they have awards for more than just best film and best director. I wish more festivals did, as it is a way to honor all the folks who were a large part of a films success. I was delighted that my cast for "Directors on Directing" won best ensemble cast. That is something that can help them on their resume, as well as give a psychological boost. I'll be sending in my films to this festival for years to come, and you should too. :-)

    July 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Damien for sharing your film and being a part of our festival. We look forward to seeing more of your work.

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    Mort Laitner

    A prize festival with a big heart.

    January 2017
    Response from festival:

    Mort, Thank you for recognizing our festival for what we do best. We appreciate your participating and look forward to seeing more from you in the future.

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    Jamar Bevel

    great film festival i recommend it to anyone

    October 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jamar for submitting your film and for coming out with your family to fully participate in the festival. You have a bright future in film, and we hope you keep at it.

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    Eric Schumacher

    While we were unable to attend, we were given updates by the team and they were very responsive to error corrections etc. Submission was very reasonable and we will definitely submit other projects in the future. Hope we can go next year.

    September 2016
    Response from festival:

    Eric, Thank you for sharing your work with us. We are definitely fans of your unique style. We look forward to having the opportunity to screen your films again.