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A mix of documentaries, music videos, feature films and shorts will be shown during the sixth annual Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, opening today with daily screenings in the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre and concluding April 21 in the Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls with an awards ceremony, special events and documentaries honoring the military.

Events begin at 6 p.m. today in the Market Arcade (639 Main St.) with two documentaries, “Search for the Jefferson Davis: Trader, Slaver, Raider” by Peter Pepe, about the lost shipwreck of the Jefferson Davis off of Florida, and “Living River,” followed at 7 p.m. with “Sophie,” a feature film by Leif Bristow; at 8 p.m. with a block of short films and at 9 p.m. by “Heniek” ( “Henry the Dealer”), a portrait of the new middle class in Poland.

Screenings start again at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday with more blocks of shorts mixed with documentaries and features running through the evening.

The festival also includes the free workshops “A Breakthrough Guide to Scriptwriting” with writer, director and author Alyn Darnay at 6 p.m. Wednesday and a film panel about publicity and marketing with publicist Dick Delson at 6 p.m. Thursday; both are in the Market Arcade.

Closing-day events begin at 1 p.m. April 21 in Rapids Theatre (1171 Main St., Niagara Falls) with a block of short films. A ceremony at 6:30 p.m. showcases a performance by singer and Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson ( “The Voice”). At 7 p.m., the documentary “Kaziah the Goat Woman” details the story of Utah goat rancher and artist Kaziah Hancock, who has painted more than 1,000 portraits of fallen soldiers that she gives to families in remembrance. Following that is “If I Should Fall,” an award-winning documentary about the Canadian Afghan War experience that shows the human face behind the war through the story of Marc Diab, who made a prophetic video message he wanted played at his funeral if he died in war; in 2009, he was killed at age 22 in Afghanistan when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb.

The evening concludes at 9 p.m. with a dedication of Kaziah’s portraits to families of fallen soldiers in Western New York and Ontario and an awards presentation.

Individual film passes are $10 general or $5 for senior citizens, students and veterans; day passes are $25 and $12.50; tickets to the awards ceremony and presentation are $25 and $12.50. Weeklong and VIP passes are also available. Visit www.thebnff.com.



WHAT: Buffalo Niagara Film Festival

WHEN: Opens today through April 21

WHERE: Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main St. Closing events April 21 are in the Rapids Theatre, 1171 Main St., Niagara Falls.

TICKETS: Individual films are $10 general, $5 senior citizens, students and veterans.

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