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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.



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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.

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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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