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Roy Frumkes


Street Trash creator returns to Buffalo.

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival announces that screenwriter and film producer Roy Frumkes will judge the unproduced original screenplay competition for its 2016 season.  The festival expands to 10 days, Nov. 4th – 13th in Buffalo, New York.  Buffalo Dreams showcases the finest action, animation, comedy, drama, fantasy, horror, science fiction and thriller films from around the world, and this year incorporates Buffalo Dreams Family Film Festival, which includes the Young Student Filmmaker Award.

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Frumkes is best known as the writer-producer of the cult horror classic Street Trash; the director of The Definitive Document of the Dead, which follows the career of George A. Romero; and the creator of The Substitute franchise starring Tom Berenger and Treat Williams.  He has taught screenwriting, film production and the history of the horror genre during his distinguished career as an instructor at New York’s School of Visual Arts, and he is the owner of Films in Review, the online version of the nation’s first film publication.  He appeared in the Buffalo based films Slime City Massacre and Killer Rack, directed by festival co-chair Gregory Lamberson.

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“We’re to thrilled to bring Roy back to Buffalo as the judge of our original feature length screenplay competition,” says Lamberson.  “Street Trash is beloved by horror fans, but it’s actually a black comedy, The Substitute is an action franchise.  In his role as an educator, Roy has been an opponent of artistic discrimination against genre material, and we welcome screenplay submissions of all genres.  We’ll narrow down the selections to five finalists, and Roy will evaluate those.”

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival will present a plaque for the First Place winner in the screenplay competition, and certificates for Second Place and Third Place. Submissions for original screenplays, music videos, web series, micro-shorts, shorts, short features and feature films can be made via FilmFreeway and Without A Box.  The Early Bird deadline runs until March 1st.



Hot off a successful third season, Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival has opened for submissions for its fourth edition, which will be held in 2016.  Last year, the multi-genre festival added a Comedy category, and this year it adds Drama.  In addition, the festival will expand to ten days of programming and will launch and incorporate Buffalo Dreams Family Film Festival. The addition will not only include family films from around the world, but will spotlight Young Student Films by Western New York filmmakers under the age of 17.

“We had an excellent run in 2015, with attending filmmakers from Mexico, Australia, Canada and Texas,” says festival chair Chris Scioli.  “We had two attending film distributors, and distribution offers are being made to six features which we screened, half of them from overseas.  We expect this to lead to even more international submissions and attending filmmakers in 2016.”

In 2015, Buffalo Dreams screened 103 films over eight days: 23 features, seven short features, 70 shorts, and three music videos.  Programming was divided evenly between its three divisions: North American, International, and Western New York.

“No other film festival in Western New York has spotlighted as many regional films as we did this year,” says co-chair Greg Lamberson.  “We’re proud that we gave so many local artists the opportunity to screen their work on a large screen.  The addition of Buffalo Dreams Family Film Festival not only allows us to increase our audience, it allows us to introduce younger local filmmakers to the film festival experience.  We’re serious when we say we want this festival to contribute to the community.”

Buffalo Dreams showcases the best independent action, animation, comedy, drama, horror, science fiction and thriller films from around the world.  Its 2013 edition will run from Friday, November 4th – Sunday, Nov. 13th.  Feature length, short feature, short, and micro-short film submissions, as well as Original Un-Produced Screenplay submissions, can be made through FilmFreeway and Without a Box.



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Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival will present Hamburg, New York resident John Di Sciullo with its Local Service Award at the festival’s Dreamer Awards presentation. Di Sciullo, who has been in broadcasting for over three decades, is not only the Executive Director of Production and Promotion at WBBZ TV in Williamsville, but is the producer of the long running hosted movie series Off Beat Cinema, now in its 23rd season.

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Buffalo Dreams’ Local Service Award is given to individuals who have impacted the entertainment industry in Western New York, particularly the Buffalo-Niagara region.  Previous recipients include City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, Buffalo-Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark, and Buffalo-Niagara Film Office Operations Director Rich Wall.

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At WBBZ TV,  Di Sciullo oversees production of the game show Bragging Rights, for which he serves as host; the talk show Talk of the Town, co-hosted by station owner Phil Arno and Kim Piazza; What’s the Buzz In WNY?, the dance show Polka Buzz, the sports show In the Zone, and Off Beat Cinema, hosted by beatniks “Zelda” and “the Bird.”

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“WBBZ TV is affiliated with Me-TV, which of course shows classic TV shows,” says Buffalo Dreams co-chair Gregory Lamberson.  “But the real charm of the station, which is located in the Eastern Hills Mall, lies with its local programming, and its small family of on air personalities.  Polka Buzz is Western New York’s only dance show, and Off Beat Cinema shows classic cult movies.  John plays an instrumental role in preserving a certain brand of entertainment, and recently local filmmakers have found a forum to promote their projects of his game show, of all places.  He’s even provided studio space for needy local film productions.”

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Di Sciullo will be presented with his award by Piazza and “Zelda,” who were enlisted by the festival to serve as co-hosts of the Dreamer Awards.  The awards ceremony will be held this Sunday, November 8th, at the Eastern Hills Cinema, located in the Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, and is free and open to the public.  Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, which celebrates modern incarnations of the same film genres as Off Beat Cinema, runs at the theater Nov. 6th – 12th, and will screen 104 films from around the world.

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Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival has announced the nominees for its 2015 Dreamer Awards, which will be held Sunday, November 8th at 5:30 pm.  The multi-genre film festival runs for eight days, Nov. 5th – 12th, and will screen 104 films from around the world.  This year’s event includes a record 30 films made in Western New York.  The “Dreamers” will be hosted by Kim Piazza, television personality for WBBZ-TV.  In addition, Paige K. Davis, Director of Business Development for Alternative Cinema, will again conduct her independent film distribution workshop, which will be free to the public.  The workshop will be held in WBBZ-TV’s Studio One, located in the Eastern Hills Mall, from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.

Special Awards will be presented to the following filmmakers: Black Fawn Films will receive the festival’s Dedication to Excellence in Independent Filmmaking for the consistent quality and intelligence of its productions, including Bite; actress Debbie Rochon will receive the Indie Genre Spirit Award for her directorial debut, Model Hunger, which was filmed in Buffalo;  and international filmmaker Isaac Ezban, who previously received the festival’s George Pal Visionary Award, now receives its Rod Serling Wordsmith Award for his bold screenwriting for Cosas Feas, El Incidente, and now Los Parecidos (The Similars).  In addition, festival founders Gregory Lamberson and Chris Scioli will present this year’s Local Hero Award to special make-up/special visual effects artist and musician Arick Szymecki for his contributions to the Buffalo film community.

“Black Fawn Films has established itself as the Hammer Films of Canada,” says Lamberson.  “The company’s films are tight, stylish and well made on modest budgets, and in our opinion, advance the genre.  We’ve honored Debbie for her acting in the past, but now she’s stepped behind the camera, and endured a real trial by fire. The Indie Genre Spirit Award honors those independent filmmakers who never give up.  Isaac Ezban is one of the most talented filmmakers in the world, and blows us away with every film he makes, and we’re proud to bring his work in Buffalo.”





Visit and select the venue, date  and movie block you desire.  Example: our special AZTEC BLOOD screening is at Flix Stadium 10 this Thursday, November 5th, for only $2.00.  Select Flix Stadium 10, then Nov. 5th, and AZTEC BLOOD will be the first film you see.  Proceed!  For the rest of the festival, select Eastern Hills Cinema and then the date.  Voila!  Please note you can only purchase single film blocks online; for $20 Day Passes and $100 All Festival Passes, you must go to the Eatstern Hills Cinema box office and pay cash.  For a guide to showtimes, visit the Festival Schedule page on this site.  We seriously recommend the Day Passes and All Festival Pass for the best cinema value!



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Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival will host the New York State premiere of Isaac Ezban’s new science fiction thriller Los Parecidos/The Similars on Saturday, November 7th as part of its salute to the renowned filmmaker.  The festival will screen encores of Ezban’s short film, Cosas Feas/Nasty Stuff, and his critically acclaimed feature, El Incidente/The Incident at the tribute.  Ezban, who lives in Mexico, will attend all three screenings.  Buffalo Dreams runs for eight days, Nov. 5th at Flix Stadium 10, and Nov. 6th – 12th at the Eastern Hills Cinema.  The festival will show 104 films from around the world this year.

“Isaac is one of the most talented filmmakers working in cinema today,” says festival co-chair Gregory Lamberson, “and we’re lucky to have him at our festival again.  People who missed El Incidente last year told us they wanted another shot at it, and we’re happy to oblige.  They can watch all three of Isaac’s films back to back, and he’ll do a Q&A for each one.  These are great films, which anyone with an appreciation for fantastic cinema should love.”

All three films are in Spanish with English subtitles.  El Incidente screens at 3:30, Cosas Feas at 5:45, and Los Parecidos at 7:00 pm.  Patrons who see El Incidente may see Cosas Feas for free, but Lamberson warns that while El Incidente has the equivalent of PG-13 content, Cosas Feas is closer to an NC-17 and may be unsuitable for anyone under 17.  Los Parecidos is the equivalent of an R.

“People who are unfamiliar with Isaac’s work are in for a real treat.  El Incidente was influenced by Lost, and Los Parecidos by The Twilight Zone, but all three films are the work of an artist with a singular vision, and should not be missed.  It’s rare for an artist of Isaac’s caliber to come to Buffalo, and people who attend the screenings will find him highly personable.”

El Incidente tells two parallel stories: in one, a family finds itself lost on an endless highway; in the other, fugitives are trapped in a stairway which repeats its floors.  The connection between the stories serves as its core mystery.  In Cosas Feas, a boy’s awakening sexuality leads to a shocking revelation about himself and his family.  Los Parecidos finds a group of strangers trapped in a bus station during a rainstorm coping with fantastic events.

Program information is available, and advance tickets are available at



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– Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, now entering its third season, will screen 31 feature films shot in Western New York, and a total of 104 films, over an eight day period, November 5th at Flix Stadium 10, and November 6th – 12th at Eastern Hills Cinemas.  The festival focuses on genre films from around the world – science fiction, fantasy, horror, action and thrillers – but accepts films of any genre from local filmmakers.

“I don’t think any other festival in Western New York has ever made this kind of commitment to films produced in the region before,” says co-chair Gregory Lamberson.  “Except for the 3D kickoff screening of Aztec Blood at Flix on November 5th, we’re showing a different Western New York feature or short feature every night of the week, in addition to many short films.  We’ve got films shot in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Binghamton.  The creators of these films will screen their work on a big screen, in the company of other filmmakers.  This is why we believe Buffalo Dreams truly serves the community.”

Lamberson points to The Search for Silverspear, an animated film from Rochester filmmaker Curt Markham, as an example of the kind of support Buffalo Dreams offers local filmmakers.

“Curt started his film at the age of 13 in 1987, using a Super 8 camera.  The Search for Silverspear is a fantasy epic created using paper cutouts and stop motion animation; he animated the film one frame at a time, and it took him two years to complete that end of the work.  Years later, he used modern technology to restore the footage, and added vocals, sound effects and a score.  This project took 25 years to complete.  It’s a real passion project, and we’re holding its world premiere.”

The Search for Silverspear premieres at 6 pm on Monday, November 9th, as part of a block of animated films from around the world that begins at 5:30.  Markham will have a short Q&A after the film.

Other films shot in WNY screening at the festival include the features Model Hunger, directed by actress Debbie Rochon; the drama Sugar Wonder Blues, based on Darryl Schneider’s  play Two to the Head; Lamberson’s own comedy Killer Rack; the action opus Dick Johnson & Tommygun vs. the Cannibal Cop; Christopher Seaver’s nerd comedy The Weirdsies; the zombie epic Stand Off; the found footage horror film Wolf House; Frankenstein’s Patchwork Monster, an experimental look at the mad scientist and his creations; and The Outlaw: Virus, the fifth installment of heavy metal musician Aceifer Genovese’s avant garde fantasy series.

“Our festival celebrates imagination, and we have an abundance of that right here in our own backyard,” says Lamberson.



Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival has announced its Official Selections for Unproduced Feature Screenplays for its 2015 season.

In total,  six finalist have been chosen:

THE GUEST by Jose Joaquin Lopez Navarro and Luis Gerardo Pascual

ZERO SUM GAME by Ryan LaPlante


KILL ME DEAD by Joe Narode


ZOMBIE A GO-GO by Richard Faymonville






As it turns out, we’ll be showing 104 films this year, not 102 (assuming all of our short filmmakers send us their media).  Last year we showed something like 82.  We’re the first to admit we’re insane, but the full schedule has been posted on our Films/Schedule page, just move on over to that tab and click.  Our Surprise Feature, which screens at 7 pm  on Saturday, 11/7, will be revealed next week, on 10/15.  Advance tickets will go on sale soon at






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Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival has announced its Official Selections for music video, micro-short, short and medium length/short feature films for its 2015 season.  The festival will screen a total of 104 films, which breaks down to 23 features,  8 medium length/short features, 58 shorts, 12 micro-shorts and three music videos.  The lineup further breaks down into 40 North American films,  32 overseas films, and 32 films shot in Western New York.

“Some of the best films being made today are shorts,” says festival co-chair Chris Scioli.  “We actually reduced the number of features we planned to show to make room for more of the wonderful works we received from around the world.  Almost one third of our programming is devoted to films created in Western New York, as we continue to support as many talented regional filmmakers as possible.”

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival runs for eight days this year, with a special 3-D kickoff of the feature Aztec Blood at Flix Stadium 10 in Depew on Thursday, November 5th, followed by a full week of programming at the Eastern Hills Cinemas in Williamsville Friday November 6th – Thursday, Nov. 12th.  The festival will announce the finalists for the original screenplay competition by Friday, and has yet to announce its final, surprise feature.


North American Micro-Shorts & Music Videos

Anxiety #5 (US, horror, 5m)

Bloody Mary (US, comedy, 7m)

Fairy Knowledge (US, horror, 5m)

The Falling Off (US, music video, 4m)

Gelato Giallo (US, horror, 5m)

Joke’s On You (US, action, 5m)

Post Partum (US, horror, 6m)

Secrets and Lies (US, MV, 3m)

The Spell Tutor (Canada, fantasy, 5m)


North American Shorts

The Bonesetter (Canada, horror,15m)

Brothers (Canada, horror, 11m)

Carnivore (Canada, horror, 8m)

Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir (US, horror, 14m)

Dog Bowl (US, SF, 19m)

El Aura Azul (US, horror, 8m)

Femur Creek (Canada, horror, 18m)

Guess Who’s Not Coming to Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? (Canada, horror, 14m)

Iris (US, thriller, 11m)

Lifeline (US, horror, 18m)

Night of the Slasher (US, horror, 12m)

Once, When I Was Dead (US, horror, 19m)

The Peripheral (US, horror, 11m)

Roadside Assistance (US, horror, 8m)

Saint Frankenstein (US, horror,18m)

Spidora:  An Eight Legged Love Story (US, fantasy, 15m)

With Your Crooked Heart (US, horror, 13m)


North American Medium Length/Short Features

 Mind Sifter (NY, 67m)

Restoration (US, horror, 47m)

Segments of Jonah (US, experimental mixed media, 32m)


International Micro-Shorts, Shorts, Medium Length/Short Features

Ace (UK, children’s, 6m)

Aletko (Switzerland, SF, 23m)

The Autumn of Zao (fantasy, 18m)

Blue Eyed Boy (Iran, fantasy, 18m)

Cosas Feas (Mexico, SF, 29m)

Dawit (Germany, animation, 15m)

The Detectives of Noir Town (7m)

Eternity (South Korea, action horror, 30m)

A Gringo Honeymoon (Mexico, thriller, 14m)

I Am Undone (Australia, horror, 9m)

I’ve Just Had a Dream (Spain, fantasy, 8m)

In Extemis (UK, horror, 14m)

The Junk Girl (Iran, animation, 18m)

Kirk v Picard  (Australia, crime comedy, 19m)

Maintenance Required (French/US, comedy thriller,15m)

Mr. Denton (Spain, horror, 9m)

Naive Elisa (Mexico, horror, 15m)

Nopperabou (Japan, horror, 49m)

The Priest (Australia, horror, 10m)

Replika (France/Switzerland, SF, 26m)

Schwarzberg – (Austria, horror, 28m)

Shi (Japan, horror,  8m)

Shiner (UK, comedy, 10m)

Three Rabbits (Mexico, action, 18m)

Therapy (Australia, horror comedy, 15m)

Vicious (UK, horror, 12m)

With Time (Dubai, horror, 14m)


Western New York Micro-Shorts & Music Videos

Failure (7m)

Let’s Kidnap a Fat Guy (6m)

Locomotion (7m)

Love After Death (Lorentz, 7:25)

Written on Your Stone (MV, 5m)


Western New York Shorts

The Amazing Dollar (17m)

Annulment (21)

The Derelict (WNY, 13m)

Discipline (13m)

Dust to Dust (9m)

The Experience Machine (18m)

I come to Bury Daddy (9m)

Kill the Bitch (16m)

Lumberjacked (9m)

The Normal (9m)

Positive Traits – (20m)

She Loves Me (15m)

Silenced (10m)

Siren (WNY, 30m)

Therefore I Am (9m, WNY)

Written in Blood (19m)


Western New York Medium Length/Short Features

The Muse, The Oracle And Baby J (32m)

The Search for Silverspear (59m)

The Weirdsies (68m)

Wolf House (67m)



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Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival has announced the lineup of feature films for its 2015 season.  The festival runs eight days, with a special 3-D screening of Aztec Blood at Flix Stadium 10 on Thursday, November 5th, and the festival proper at Eastern Hills Cinemas Friday, November 6th – Thursday, November 12th.  Buffalo Dreams showcases genre films from around the world and supports local filmmakers.  This year’s filmmaker guests include Christopher G. Giroux and Chad Archibald from Black Fawn Films, presenting the body horror sensation Bite; actress Debbie Rochon, presenting her directorial debut, Model Hunger (filmed in Buffalo); Isaac Ezban, screening an encore of his acclaimed first feature El Incidente (“The Incident”) in a filmmaker retrospective that includes his short film Cosas Feas; local filmmakers Aceifer and Fawn Genovese, unleashing The Outlaw: Virus; and Paige K. Davis from distributor Alternative Cinema.  In addition, co-chairs Gregory Lamberson and Chris Scioli promise two “special surprise features” which they cannot yet announce.  In total, the festival will screen 24 features, and 100 films in total.

“This year we received over 300 submissions,” says Lamberson,  “and we plan to show one third of them.  Making our final selections has never been so challenging; even with an expanded eight-day schedule we couldn’t show everything we liked.  In the end, we’ve programmed according to our mission statement, with a mixture of North American, international, and local features.  We’re excited about this lineup, and can’t wait to announce our two surprise features.  Also, for the first time, we’ll be screening a different feature shot in Western New York every day of the week.”

Official Selections in the music video, micro-short, short and medium length film categories, as well as the finalists in the original screenplay competition, will be announced next week.


North American Features

Aztec Blood (US, horror) – Special 3D kickoff at Flix Stadium 10 on Thurs Nov. 5th

The Beautiful Ones (US, action/crime drama)

Bite (Canada, horror)

Counter Clockwise (US, SF)

Holy Hell (Canada, bizarro)

Late Night Double Feature (Canada, horror)

Old 37 (US, horror)

Pete’s All Stars (US, sports drama)

Parallel (US, SF)

Project M (Canada, SF)

Valley of the Sasquatch (US, horror)


International Features

Australiens (Australia, SF comedy)

Crushed (Australia, thriller)

A Dark Rome (Italy, thriller)

El Incidente/The Incident (Mexico, SF; non-competition encore)


Western New York Features

Dick Johnson & Tommygun vs. the Cannibal Cop (action/comedy/horror)

Frankenstein’s Patchwork Monster (experimental horror)

Killer Rack (horror comedy, non-competition)

Model Hunger (filmed in Buffalo; non-competition)

Stand Off (action/horror)

Sugar Wonder Blues (drama)

The Outlaw: Virus (fantasy)



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Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, already scheduled to run Friday, Nov. 6th – Thursday, Nov. 12th at the Eastern Hills Cinemas in Williamsville, New York, has added a night of programming to its schedule.  The US 3-D premiere of Aztec Blood (formerly American Mummy), a splatter flick directed by Charles Pinion in the vein of The Evil Dead, now launches the fest on Wednesday, Nov. 5th at a second venue, Flix Stadium 10 in Lancaster, N.Y.  Producer and co-writer Gary Salman will be on hand for a Q&A.

Aztec Blood is a gas,” says Buffalo Dreams co-chair Gregory Lamberson.  “It’s filled with gratuitous nudity, outrageous violence, and over the top gore – all the good stuff.  We were going to show it flat because our main venue isn’t equipped for 3-D, but  watching it on my laptop I could tell the 3-D was really cool with all that blood spraying everywhere.  We added a night to our schedule so our patrons can experience it as Charles meant it to be seen – in Ultra 3-D! And we made it dirt cheap to boot.”

Admission for this special event carries the low price of just $2.00 – but each festival goer will be asked to make a cash contribution to the medical fund for indie filmmaker Carmine Capobianco (Psychos in Love, Galactic Gigolo), who suffers from advanced prostate cancer and has incurred hefty hospital bills.

“I worked with Carmine on Model Hunger, which we’re also showing, and to know Carmine is to love him,” adds Lamberson. “He’s an old school, 80s filmmaker like me, he’s in a horrible position, and we hope to get a good turnout so we can alleviate some of the financial burden he and his family face.”  Horror fans unable to attend Buffalo Dreams are encouraged to make contributions directly to fund:

Buffalo Dreams will announce its feature film selections later this week.  So far, films already announced include Black Fawn Films’ Bite, an encore of Isaac Ezban’s El Incidente, locally produced The Outlaw: Virus, and the shorts Saint Frankenstein by Scooter McCrae, Spidora: An Eight Legged Love Story by Fred Olen Ray, and A Tale of the Bonesetter by Brett Kelly.

“We’ve got a lot of surprises ahead,” promises Lamberson.

Aztec Blood trailer:

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Submissions for Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival 2015 are CLOSED!  Thank you to everyone who submitted a film or screenplay this year, it has indeed been a record year .  Our official announcement date for selections is October 10th, but we will endeavor to announce our selections before that date.

Submissions will open SOON for our 2016 season!



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Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival is proud to announce we will screen Black Fawn Films’ horror film Bite as the opening night feature of our 2015 season.  Special guests include Christopher G. Giroux and Chad Archibald, two of the producers of the Canadian film (Archibald also directed and wrote the original screen); renowned filmmaker Isaac Ezban; and local filmmakers Aceifer and Fawn Genovese. Previously announced guest Debbie Rochon will screen her directorial debut Model Hunger, filmed in Buffalo.  Buffalo Dreams runs for seven days, Friday November 6th – Thursday, November 12th, at the Dipson Eastern Hills Cinema, 4545 Transit Road.


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“Last year Black Fawn’s The Drownsman won our Best Horror Feature award,” says festival director Greg Lamberson.  “At the Q&A, when Christopher Giroux revealed an ambitious plan to produce ten horror films over a two-year period, I wondered if his team could sustain the same quality. Judging by reaction to the their follow up features, Antisocial 2 and Bite, they’ve surpassed it.  Black Fawn has become a major company for quality horror, and we look forward to bringing more of their work to Buffalo.”  Other members of the Black Fawn team may attend the festival as well.


Buffalo Dreams will present encores of Isaac Ezban’s audacious science fiction short Cosas Feas and his critically heralded science fiction feature El Incidente/The Incident as part of a special tribute to the filmmaker.  Last year Buffalo Dreams presented Ezban with its George Pal Visionary Award, reserved for filmmakers possessing extraordinary talent, and El Incidente took home awards for Best Director, Best International Feature, Best Science Fiction Feature and Best of the Fest.

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“Isaac is truly one of the most talented filmmakers working in cinema today,” says festival co-director Chris Scioli, “and we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to screen these incredible films in Buffalo again.  After our El Incidente screening last year, we were deluged with requests to show it again.  We’re happy to oblige, with Isaac once again doing a Q&A.  It isn’t often that festival goers get the chance to meet an artistic genius, especially one from another country.  Isaac will become a world famous filmmaker very soon.”

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Aceifer and Fawn Genovese will premiere The Outlaw: Virus 5, the fifth installment of their continuing series, dubbed The Living Comic Book, about Sixx, an outcast demon fighting the forces of evil on earth. Aceifer plays the starring role with Fawn among the supporting players. Last year, Aceifer received the festival’s Indie Genre Spirit Award.


“Aceifer is from the band Ace in the Hole, and these films he and Fawn make reflect their heavy metal spirit,” Lamberson says.  “The Outlaw series is experimental, erotic, action packed, and wrapped in a grand mythology.  Last year’s premiere of The Outlaw: Evil Women proved so popular that we can’t wait to show their latest effort.”

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The Late Deadline for submissions to Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival is September 1st, with an Extended Late Deadline of September 14th.  The programmers seek Original Screenplays, Music Videos, Web Series, Micro-Shorts, Short Films, Medium Length Films, and Feature Films in the following genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Action, Comedy, Animation, Thriller, Family and Fan Films.  There are three divisions: Western New York; North American; and International.  Submissions must be mate through Film Freeway and Without a Box.  A full list of selections will be announced between September 15th and October 10th.  Lamberson and Scioli anticipate screening a minimum of 25 features.



More Announcements soon!


Trailer for Bite:



Trailer for El Incidente:



Trailer for Model Hunger:



The Outlaw: The Living Comic Book TV Intro:






The Regular Deadline for film/screenplay submissions to Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival is Wed, July 1st; The Late Deadline is Tuesday, September 1st; and the Extended Deadline is Monday, September 14th.  Submissions must be made through FilmFreeway or Without a Box.


CALL FOR ENTRIES for Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, which will run Fri Nov. 6th – Thurs Nov. 12th. Our festival specializes in Horror, SF, Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Crime Drama and Animation. We also have a categories for Original Un-Produced Screenplays (feature length only), Fan Films, Web Series and Music Videos. This year we are accepting Comedies and Family Films as well. Our Micro-Short category is specifically designed to accommodate short films under 7 mins in length, including those produced for the 48 Hr. Film Festival.

This year the team for each paid submission will receive two free passes for the entire festival whether their film is selected for screening or not, and the team for each selected film will receive four passes for the entire festival.

Local filmmakers with features that do not fit in the above categories – such as documentaries and experimental films, should contact Gregory Lamberson or Chris Scioli. Submissions can be made through Without a Box and Film Freeway.

Without A Box:

Film Freeway:



What a surprise – and what an honor: Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival has been nominated as one of the best horror themed film festivals by Horror Society! We’re not going to go crazy begging people to vote for us, but needless to say, we would appreciate it if anyone who attended Dreams, and anyone whose work we screened, who feels we deserve it took a few seconds to cast a vote.

THAT”S A WRAP on Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival 2014!  Thank you to everyone who made this year’s festival such an amazing success.  We’ll have several announcements soon about next year’s event, which we promise will be even more exciting!




Pleae note the schedule for Thursday has been revised: Axe to Grind will now screen at 2 pm, with the shorts In Fear of Glassophobia: The Fear Speaking in Public and the SF short Meet Your Maker; International shorts will still screen at 4:30.  The 7 pm screening of Channeling is now FREE to the public!  It will be preceded by an encore of the zombie short Sepulcher.  At 9:30 pm, we are showing a Special Encore of The Romans, which sold out last Friday.  Except for the FREE screening of Channeling/Sepulcher, Admission is $9 /$7 or students, seniors, and military with ID, or $20 for the whole day!




Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, which runs this Friday, November 7th – Thursday, November 13th at the Eastern Hills Cinema, 4545 Transit Road in Williamsville, will recognize City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and J. Garrett Vorreuter, Director of Operations at Pierce arrow Film Arts Center and owner of the Film Collective, for their efforts on behalf of the film industry in the area.  Mayor Brown will receive the festival’s Local Service Award, previously awarded to Buffalo-Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark and Buffalo-Niagara Film Office Director of Operations Rich Wall, and Vorreuter will receive the Local Hero Award.  The Dreamer Awards will be held in the theater beginning at 6:15 pm on Sunday, November 9th.  Awards will be given to films competing in local, national and international categories.

“Our festival supports the current growth of film production in the region,” says Gregory Lamberson, who co-directs Buffalo Dreams with Chris Scioli.  “Mayor Brown voted in favor of the film production tax incentive as a state senator,  and as mayor has worked with Tim  Clark and Rich Wall to help facilitate film productions in the area.  Garrett came to Buffalo to study medicine but became inspired by the possibility of a real film industry here, and has dedicated himself to helping develop that industry.”

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival has a two-fold mission: to bring the finest independent films from around the world to Buffalo, and to spotlight the work of local filmmakers.  This year’s event kicks off with the Buffalo premiere of The Romans, a contemporary urban take on the story of Julius Caesar, directed by Korey Green and executive produced by Larry Quinn, shot entirely in Buffalo.

In total, 70 films will screen over the course of the week, 19 of them features, including the spaghetti western 6 Bullets to Hell, starring and co-directed by Tanner Beard, and El Incidente/The Incident, a thriller from Mexico, written and directed by Isaac Ezban.  Beard and Ezban will be among fifteen filmmakers traveling to Buffalo to screen their work for the festival.  For a complete schedule, visit  For advance tickets, visit



The complete schedule for Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival 2014 has been posted on the FILMS/SCHEDULE page!  We’ll let you know when you can order advance tickets!


Ladies and gentlemen, here are the Official Selections for Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival 2014.  In all we selected 19 Features, 17 Original Screenplays, 33 Shorts, 2 Medium Length Films, 3 Micro Shorts, and 12 Music Videos; 86 works total.  That’s one hell of a program!



6 Bullets to Hell

Army of Frankensteins


Axe to Grind

B.O.Y.D. (WNY, Non-competition)

Call Girl of Cthulhu


The Drownsman (Canada)

Elizabeth Bathory (WNY)

Friends Don’t Let Friends – Date Friends (WNY, World Premiere)

El Incidente/The Incident (Mexico)

The God Question


Mostly Dead (WNY)

The Romans (WNY, Buffalo Premiere)

The Search for Simon (UK)

The Shower

Spyfall (Canada)

Within (WNY)



“Belzec: The Made Undead” by Steffan Postaer

“The Crimson Confession” by Raymond Just

“The Cursed Flesh” by Anders Nelson

“The Devil Inside” by Gabriella Messina

“Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite” by Ron Brawer & Shakir Farsakh

“East Side Girl the Musical” by Max Segal

“Hangover Man” by Nick Roth

“Iron Dogs” by Neil Chase

“The Last Vikings” by David Throndill

“Lost Cause” by David Schroeder

“Love & Robots” by  Dennis Schebetta

“Midnight Daisy” by Jesse Vigil

“The Night Witches” by Steven Prowse

“Rain of Terror” by Matthew Lorentz

“The Roman Downsizing” by John Leary

“Sardis the Merciful” by Christian Thomas

“Silverblood: Dawn of the Wolf” by Fiore Derosa and Samantha Talbot

“Steal Away” by Jon Paul Reese

“The Witch’s Hand” by Wendy Joseph



The Outlaw: Evil Women (WNY)

Scope of Practice (WNY)



Bodies in Irreversible Detriment

By the Hair of the Head


Dead Hearts    (Canada)

Demonic Frequency

Dieu Reconnaitra les Siens/Let God Sort Them Out   (France)

Gave Up the Ghost (WNY, Non-competition)

Ghost Light

Hands Like Suitcases  (WNY)

Happy Birthday, Mr. Zombie (Belgium)

The Heebie-Jeebies


Henry and the Midnight Dentist (UK            )

In Fear Of: Glossophobia, the Fear of Speaking in Public

In Fear Of’: Toxiphobia, the Fear of Being Poisoned

Job Interview  (Germany)

Killer Kart

Meet Your Maker


One More Day

Orbit Ever After (Ireland)

Road Test (WNY)


The Routine

Ruby’s Skin (UK)

The Shepherd  9m, (Canada)

Sepulcher  (WNY)

Stolen from Society (WNY)

Sunshine for Breakfast



Waterborne (Australia )

Watch Over Me (UK)

Zombie Kids (WNY)



A Fight to Propose

Sign (WNY)

Leviathan Ages (UK)



Ace in the Hole: Enthralled (WNY)

Bill Carter – “Anything Made of Paper”

Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars Edition

Burn Away: Shane Cole


Delica-m: Mean Something

Delica-m: Pretty in the Dark (Canada)

Find a Little Boogie (WNY)

Loving Myself

Mulligan’s Island

The Outlaw: Theme Song (WNY)

Stay With Me


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Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, which runs at Dipson’s Eastern Hills Cinema for one week beginning Friday, November 7th, will feature the gala Buffalo premiere of The Romans as its opening night film at 7 pm.  The feature film was directed by Korey Green, who co-wrote the screenplay with producer Larry Quinn.  A contemporary urban interpretation of the Julius Caesar tragedy, The Romans was filmed entirely in Buffalo with Broadway and Hollywood Star Stephen McKinley Henderson (Lincoln, Porgy and Bess) , Jon Abrahams (Meet the Parents, Boston Public) and a cast of locals including Byron Brown, Jr., Jon Cesar, Deja Stevens and Tony Littles.  A longer version of the film won Best Film and Best Director at the San Diego Black Film Festival in February.  The Buffalo Dreams event will be the first time the film is seen by a Buffalo audience, and the first time it is seen in its final form including music and score by former Rick James musical director Kenny Watkins.  A Q & A with key members of the creative team follows the premiere.

“This is a coup for us,” says Buffalo Dreams co-director Gregory Lamberson.  “The Romans is a Buffalo film with real production value, and this premiere demonstrates that horror films only comprise a portion of our programming.  From our inception we’ve supported local films of all genres, and The Romans is a genuine example of what Buffalo’s film community can do.  We’re proud to present this significant entry in our city’s growing film legacy.”

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival is devoted to bringing the finest independent science fiction, fantasy, horror and action films from around the world to Buffalo, and to spotlighting the work of the most talented filmmakers in Western New York.  The festival received over 250 film submissions this year, and a list of all selections will be announced soon.  An awards ceremony will be held at the theater on Sunday, November 9th.  Admission for all screenings is $9.00, and advance tickets will be available through the Dipson Theatres website in late October.  The Eastern Hills Cinema is located in the Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road in Williamsville.

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Submissions for Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival 2014 are closed.  We received a record number of screenplay and film festival submissions, and look forward to hosting our best festival yet, Friday, November 7th – Thursday, November 13th at our new venue, the Eastern Hills Cinemas, located in the Eastern Hills Mall on Transit Road in Williamsville.  We will announce our selections and schedule no later than October 10th.  See you there!



Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival is calling for entries for its 2014 edition, which will run from Friday, November 7th – Thursday, November 13th.  The festival celebrates multiple genres – science fiction, fantasy, horror, action, thriller, animation, cult and fan films – in three divisions: National, International and Western New York.  The mission of the festival is to bring the best independent films from around the world to Buffalo, New York, and to celebrate the work of the most talented regional filmmakers.  In 2013, Buffalo Dreams screened 85 films from around the world: 26 features, 59 shorts, 27 international films, and 13 Western New York productions.  Thirty filmmakers visited Buffalo to attend the event.

For 2014, the festival is expanding the scope of its programming even further: music videos will now be eligible for competition in all three divisions; shorts will be split into two categories, micro-shorts running six minutes or less and shorts running seven to thirty minutes; and dramas and comedies will be considered in the Western New York division.  The festival is also launching a Best Original Screenplay contest for unproduced feature length screenplays in all genres.

“Music videos are a vibrant part of filmmaking, and the music scene is a big part of Buffalo, so we want to embrace that area of creativity,” says festival co-founder Gregory Lamberson.  “Splitting the shorts into two different categories makes sense because six minute shorts and thirty minute shorts are very different.  This allows films of similar lengths to compete on a more even playing field, and it opens the door to films created for the 48 Hr. Film Festival.  As far as the additions to the Western New York division go, we want to show the best films this area has to offer, regardless of genre.  In our other divisions, we’re still focused solely on the specified genres.  It was always our plan to include a screenplay competition, but there was just too much to do launching the festival in its first season to tackle that as well.  Now that final ingredient has been added.”

Submissions are open through Without a Box, and Early Bird specials run through February 1st, 2014.  For additional information, visit Without a Box:

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Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival will hold several “Best of Buffalo Dreams” nights at the Screening Room Cinema Café, 3131 Sheridan Drive, in the Northtown Plaza.  The first year festival programmed 85 films from around the world over seven days: 26 features, 59 shorts, 27 international films and 13 local productions.  Forty awards were handed out, including Dedication to Indie Excellence for Troma pioneer Lloyd Kaufman; the Indie Genre Spirit Award to cult filmmaker Albert Pyun; and Local Service Awards for Buffalo-Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark and Buffalo Film Office Director of Operations Rich Wall.  The later awards were presented by Pat Kaufman, the former New York State Film Commissioner.  Paige K. Davis, Director of Business Development for Alternative Cinema, gave a seminar on DVD and VOD distribution for independent filmmakers.

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival celebrates the best independent films in the categories of science fiction, fantasy, horror, action, thriller, animation and cult cinema.  Over 30 filmmakers traveled to Buffalo for the event, which festival directors Gregory Lamberson and Chris Scioli cite as a measuring stick for success.  Simon Pearce, director of the feature Judas Ghost (winner of the Best International Horror Feature Award) came all the way from the UK to answer questions from the audience.  A benefit screening of Kaufman’s Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1, lensed in Niagara Falls, raised almost $3,000 for the Niagara Arts and Culture Center (NACC).

“We exceeded our expectations as far as attracting out of town filmmakers to Buffalo,” says Lamberson.  “These are people who stayed in Buffalo hotels, enjoyed Buffalo restaurants, visited Niagara Falls, and supported each others’ film screenings.  It was a great week for our festival launch, and a great week for Buffalo.”

On Wednesday, November 27th,at 7:00 pm,  the Screening Room presents Don Thacker’s Motivational Growth (Best Cult Feature, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Special Make-Up Effects), about sentient mold (voiced by Re-Animator’s Jeffrey Combs) that takes over the life of a depressed shut-in.  The film has won awards at festivals around the country.  At 9:30 pm, the German suspense film On Air (Best International Thriller, Best Directors), about a serial killer who calls in to a pirate radio station host, with dire consequences, is guaranteed to have viewers on the edge of their seats.

On Saturday, November 30th, Brendan Steere’s Animosity (Best Horror feature, best Actress Tracy Willet) screens at 7:00 pm.  At 9:30 pm, the local short Broken Wings (Best Western New York Short, Best Action Short, Best Western New York Screenplay), which examines the nature of a mysterious pulp superhero, plays with Pearce’s Judas Ghost (Best International Horror Feature).  Four more features will screen Friday, January 10th and Sunday, January 11th.  Admission is only $7 per feature, or $10 per double feature.



Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival’s 2013 season has wrapped, and it was wonderful.  Thank you to all the filmmakers who submitted films for consideration, those whose work we screened, those who came to Buffalo, our volunteers, our die hard supporters, and people who attended a screening or two.    We will reopen submissions for our 2014 season in a few weeks.



Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, which runs Friday, Nov. 8th – Thursday, Nov. 14th at the Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main Street in Buffalo, New York, will host a special seminar and Q&A session, “DVD & VOD Distribution for Independent Films,” with Paige K. Davis, Director of Business Development for Alternative Cinema/POP Cinema Studios, on Saturday, November 9th, from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm at the Screening Room Cinema Café, 3131 Sheridan Drive, in the Northtown Plaza. 

Davis oversees the acquisition and marketing of independent genre feature films on DVD and VOD (Video on Demand) for Alternative Cinema.  The company has several imprints, including Camp Motion Pictures, Independent Entertainment, Bloody Earth Films, and Seduction Cinema.  Davis oversaw the releases of Snow Shark: Ancient Snow Beast, which it placed in Family Video, Wal-Mart Canada and Redbox Canada, and Crimson: the Motion Picture, which it placed in Best Buy.  AC has acquired Sam Qualiana’s latest film, The Legend of Six Fingers.  The films mentioned above share something in common: they were made on shoestring budgets in the Buffalo-Niagara region.

“I’ve worked with Paige since 2004, when Alternative Cinema released my film Slime City on DVD,” says Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival co-founder Gregory Lamberson.  “Her knowledge of the business end of indie film distribution on DVD and VOD runs deep, and she’s given great, informative talks on the subject in the past.  This is a ‘must attend’ event for any indie filmmaker who’s serious about getting their films released by a legitimate company.”

Admission for this event is free for filmmakers whose work is screening at Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, Festival Dream Pass holders, Saturday Day Pass holders, and sponsors of the festival, and $5.00 for the general public.  Advance tickets for Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival are available on the Dipson Theatres website, including tickets for a screening of Lloyd Kaufman’s return to Nuke ‘Em High, which will benefit the Niagara Art & Culture Center (NACC) in Noagara Falls.



We are thrilled to announce we have a new sponsor: FANGORIA magazine!  Look for exclusive coverage of Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival on Fango’s website:

ADVANCE TICKETS will go on sale soon at the Dipson Theaters website:  A “block” of programming can consist of one short and one feature, two shorts and one feature, three shorts and one feature, or a collection of shorts.  Admission is $8.00 per block.  Weekday Day Passes are $20.00 per day, Weekend Day Passes are $25.00 per day.  An All Festival Pass costs $79.00 until October 31st and $99.00 after that.  Only 250 seats will be available for Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1  on Saturday, Nov. 9th, and we do expect it to sell out.  You can arrange purchase of an All Festival Pass by contacting:  buffalodreamsfilmfest(at)

BREAKING NEWS: One of our sponsors is OFF BEAT CINEMA, the hep cat movie host show based in Buffalo and syndicated around the country.  The show will run a 30 second TV spot locally, and a 10 second spot to 80 stations nationwide.  This is a huge development for our first year festival, one that will create awareness for us on the airwaves.  In addition, Zelda, Bird and Maxwell Truth conducted an interview with me at BUZZ CON last month that will run before the fest.  You can watch the 30 second spot right here:

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BREAKING NEWS: The complete Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival schedule has been posted on the FILMS/SCHEDULE page.  We’ve included short descriptions of the features, and trailer links for them, because people who buy advance tickets will identify each programming block by a feature film title.  We’ll add descriptions and trailers (when applicable) next week.  Seven days, 29 blocks, 85 films!  At this point, 21 out of town filmmakers will be joining us.

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We have posted our list of selections for Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival!  In total, we’ll be showing 85 films: 26 features and 59 shorts!   45 films from the US (including 13 from Western New York), 13 from Canada, and 27 that are international or international/US co-productions!

Go to our FILMS/SCHEDULE page for the complete list:









Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival will host an Exclusive Sneak Preview of Troma’s RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH VOL. 1.  This is the first time the finished film will screen in its entirety anywhere.  After the screening, director Lloyd Kaufman will do a Q&A with the audience.  Buffalo Dreams will honor Lloyd with its Dedication to Excellence in Independent Filmmaking Award at our awards presentation.  For additional details:

The mission of Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival is twofold: to bring the best independently produced Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Action, Thriller, Cult, Animation and Fan films from around the world to Western New York, and to spotlight the best local genre film productions and filmmakers.

Over the course of three years, founding festival directors Gregory Lamberson and Chris Scioli built Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival into a respected international film festival.  Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival allows them to expand their programming to show more films from more genres, with the same commitment to celebrating excellence in independent filmmaking.

Buffalo Dreams will present short, medium, and feature length films in the coolest genres known to mankind. We want the best indie films available and aim to be a filmmaker friendly festival that showcases Buffalo, New York at its best.

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2013 festival.


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