Lewiston prepares to launch film festival


For the first time ever, the Lewiston Council on the Arts will be hosting a film festival.

This Friday and Saturday, 14 films and shorts will be screened at the Barton Hill Hotel and Spa, as a satellite event of the 10th annual Buffalo Niagara Film Festival.
Kathryn Serianni, outreach coordinator for LCA, said the opportunity to collaborate came at a good time.
“We’re always looking to extend the season and do something new,” she said, adding that both groups would share the work and the benefits.
Serianni said the jury chose an “interesting mix” of shorts and films for the festival that would sit well with the Lewiston audience. LCA chose the 14 films from 125 or so vetted for the BNFF.
Bill Cowell, founder and president of the BNFF, said the idea to bring part of the festival to Lewiston has been floating around for a few years. This year, his team and the LCA teamed up to bring it to life; “we planned ahead this time!” he said.
The Lewiston Film Festival is co-sponsored by The Barton Hill Hotel and Spa and 700 Bistro & Cafe. Seats will be limited to about 150 per time slot: Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. Tickets will be available ahead online at www.thebnff.com/lewistonfilms and at the door for all three sessions. For more information, visit www.artcouncil.org.
This year, the BNFF will be held at the Tonawanda Castle April 13 to 17. There will be about 125 films an shorts screened over that period, as well as panel discussions and special guests. For more information, visit www.thebnff.com or call 432-1065.