The three festival directors of Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival will act as judges on all films, screenplays, or trailers submitted to the festival: Gregory Lamberson, Chris Scioli, and Emil Novak. None of the directors may vote on an entry in which they have an interest; films created in whole or in part by the judges may not screen in competitive categories, however they can be screened as non-competition films. For festival 2012, Emil Novak will not act as a judge.
Members of the Board of Directors act as judges as well. At this time, there is only one board member: Michael O'Hear. Board members will vote in categories assigned by the festival directors.
In the event that an additional judge is required, the festival directors may assign judging to one of the festival volunteers: Jenn Rodman Brown, Makenzie Lambert, or David Setlik.
The festival directors may also appoint Special Judges to participate in the judging process. For festival 2012, filmmkaer Joseph O'Brien will serve as a judge in the feature length screenplay category.