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Welcome 2013 Filmmakers, Producers, Screenwriters and Guests!

Dear Filmmakers/Screenwriters/Producers and Guests, 

The BNFF would like to thank you for submitting your films, screenplays and music video for the BNFF 2013 festival events.

Festival Dates: April 10-14, 2013

The BNFF can be a great place for you to network on the East Coast as well as see the beautiful sites of Buffalo, NY, Niagara Falls, NY and Canada, which is just minutes away from many extraordinary sites, including the Great Niagara Falls, Wonderful Architecture, Frank Llyod Wright Houses, Wine Country, and much more. We have lots to offer!

Spectacular Events

 

 

 

 

Unique venues and events highlight the BNFF like no other.  Some of these highlights include The Rapids Theatre, www.rapidstheatre.org – The Riviera Theatre www.rivieratheatre.org – The BNFF Walk Of Fame; Trail of the Stars, special concerts, appearances, acts, meet & greets, Buffalo’s famous chicken wings, hearty food and much more.

Niagara Wine Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.niagarawinetrail.org – Located along the lower river below the roaring waters of the Falls, is the Niagara Wine Trail.  These delightful Niagara wineries offer selections for all tastes. The fertile soil and adequate rainfall of the Niagara region contribute to the excellent growing conditions on the vineyards. The Niagara USA region has a unique microclimate for the production of world class wines, along with a beautiful countryside situated on the Niagara escarpment. Niagara wine tours, events and festivals are held year-round to offer the wine tasting experience to all visitors of Niagara Falls.

Frank Llyod Wright – Martin House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


www.darwinmartinhouse.org - Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) designed a unique residential complex for wealthy Buffalo businessman Darwin D. Martin and his family between 1903-1905. The most substantial and highly developed of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie houses in the Eastern United States, The Darwin D. Martin House received National Historic Landmark status in 1986.  The house is considered by leading Frank Lloyd Wright scholars as one of Wright’s finest achievements of the Prairie period and, indeed, of his entire career.

The Great Niagara Falls

 

 

 

 

www.niagarafallslive.com  - Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between the Canadian provinceof Ontario and the U.S. state of New York. They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge.

Looking forward to viewing your projects.

Sincerely,

Bill Cowell, Founder/President

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival

 

 

Mission & Objectives

The BNFF is a filmmaker’s festival. A festival hosted by filmmakers and screenwriters for filmmakers and screenwriters…In a 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 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.

Tom and Evander star

Tom Sizemore & Evander Holyfield Receive Their Star in the BNFF Walk Of Fame

About The Festival

The 7th Annual BUFFALO NIAGARA FILM FESTIVAL runs from April 10-14, 2013.  The BNFF is a World-Wide International Film Festival & Market, open to the public, filmmakers, and entertainment professionals abroad.

With the backdrop of Niagara Falls, many Buffalo historical sites, our newly formed BNFF Walk Of Fame “Trail Of The Stars” and our vast wine country, the BNFF has become one of the most enjoyable places to not only promote your films and screenplays at but also one of the best places in the country to visit and have a great time as well.

William Fichtner BNFF "Walk Of Fame" Inauguration

Vast prizes, our Walk Of Fame and beautiful crystal awards separate the BNFF’s elegance like no other.

Special guests and free performances throughout the festival venues highlight spectacular events to follow.

Some of the BNFF’s past guests and participants have included Robert Redford, Robert Culp, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Lou Gossett Jr., Tom Holland, Lou Ferrigno, William Fichtner, Tom Sizemore, Evander Holyfield and more.

FREE ALL-ACCESS PASSES will be given to any submitting filmmaker, VIP, or Special Guest regardless of the status of their submissions.

Special Amenities, Scouting and Tour Packages of The Buffalo Niagara Region will be available during festival week for all to enjoy.

Top acquisition executives will be sought after and available for all attending filmmakers to panel with.

The BNFF Film & Screenplay Competitions are open to EVERYONE! FROM THE AMATEUR TO THE PROFESSIONAL

In addition to film screenings, industry leaders, distributors and buyers will present seminars and panel discussions and workshops on topics of interest to filmmakers, screenwriters, and entertainment industry professionals. Opening and Closing Night Galas, Filmmaker Receptions, and a Festival Expo featuring products and services from BNFF Sponsors and Industry will also be held during Festival week.

Good luck and welcome to the BNFF 2013. Happy Filmmaking!

To submit your project(s) go to our Submit Your Film section or call 716-827-3534 with any questions.

General Rules

  • Prizes and Awards for all categories will be announced on April 14, 2013.
  • Please check our web site, www.thebnff.com for details.
  • Features must be longer than 45 minutes in length.
  • Shorts must be no longer than 45 minutes in length.
  • Films may have been previously screened at other festivals, although BNFF “premier” status is preferred but not mandatory.
  • Any film that has had a theatrical release, other than a limited Premier 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 bcowell@thebnff.com.
  • 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.
  • NO FILMS WILL BE CONSIDERED THAT WOULD RECEIVE A MPAA “X” OR “NR” RATING.