Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival is no more. Thank you to all of filmmakers, volunteers, sponsors, guests and attendees who helped build a small niche event into a respected international film festival. Buffalo Screams was a success, and I'm proud of what we accomplished in such a short span of time. We could have continued on the path we were on, but we needed to do some restructuring and decided our best course of action was to launch an all new festival. Chris Scioli and I are pleased to announce Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, which can be found at our new website, http://www.buffalodreamsfilmfest.com/.
Buffalo Dreams will share the same mission statement, values, and filmmaker friendly focus that we brought to Buffalo Screams, but the scope is more expansive. Our programming includes Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller, Action, Animation, Cult and Fan Films - anything at all we deem cool. Horror will be a large part of our mix, but now we can show westerns, martial arts, suoerhero films and even musicals.
Buffalo Dreams' home is the Dipson Amherst Theatre, located at 3500 Main Street, in the University Plaza, across the street from the University of Buffalo South Campus. This positions us in the heart of the college community. I managed the Amherst several years ago and programmed a successful midnight movie series there, and know we can bring an audience to our film selections. We're working closely with Dipson to make this event a fixture of Buffalo's entertainment culture.
I've pointed out the similarities between the two festivals, and now here are the differences: Buffalo Dreams will run a full week, Friday, November 8th - Thursday, November 14th; there will be no vendors; there will be no screenplay competition this year; and there will be no awards dinner. We loved holding that dinner, but it was always frustrating because we had to spend the whole festival wondering who was coming and who wasn't, would we have enogh food or would we waste money on too much. We'll be presenting our awards in the theater itself.
SPONSORS: We will post sponsor logos on our website and on all literature, and will run them before each block of films at the Amherst. The introductory rate for sponsors is $200, a bargain considering the audience we expect to reach. The sooner you sign up with us, the greater the benefit to you. In June the rate will go up to $225 and in September it will go up to $250.
I can tell you right now that this is going to be a great festival, and its going to be great for Buffalo. Please follow us on Facebook:
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We'll be calling for entries soon!