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Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in News Blog

Just three weeks remain to submit films and screenplays to Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival! The Without a Box Extended Deadline runs through Sept. 27th, but that’s when WAB requires us to increase submission fees to their highest level.

We’re looking for the best science fiction, fantasy, horror, action, thriller, animation and fan films from around the world – micro-shorts, shorts, medium length films and features; domestic, international and local. This year we’ve added categories for music videos, and in the local film division, comedies. Last year 30 out of town filmmakers attended our fest, and seven of the features screened received distribution deals – several of them from our distribution sponsor, Alternative Cinema / Pop Cinema Studios.

Buffalo Dreams runs November 7th – 13th at the Amherst Theater. Paige Davis from AC/POP will once again give her not-to-be-missed talk on indie film distribution.

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2013 in News Blog

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: https://www.withoutabox.com/login/12559

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in News Blog



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An exclusive sneak-preview of 40 year-old Troma Entertainment’s Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1, directed by legendary auteur Lloyd Kaufman, will be held at Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival in Buffalo, New York on Saturday, November 9th at 9:30 pm at Dispon’s Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main Street. Kaufman will be present for a Q&A following the event. Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 will begin U.S. theater distribution in January 2014. Kaufman will be honored with the festival’s Dedication to Excellence in Independent Filmmaking Award on Sunday, November 10th. Previous recipients of the award include Debbie Rochon and Roy Frumkes. Admission is only $8.00.

At Kaufman’s request, all proceeds from this exclusive preview will be donated to the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center (NACC), a 501(C)(3) non-for-profit organization in Niagara Falls, where much of Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 was shot. Kaufman says “I am delighted to express my appreciation to the NACC and to return the generosity of the loving Niagara/Buffalo citizens that do so much to support independent art and Troma.”

“This is a coup for our festival,” says Buffalo Dreams co-director Gregory Lamberson. “Lloyd created The Toxic Avenger, a seminal film which has influenced a whole generation of mainstream filmmakers from Tarantino to Eli Roth to NukeEmLloydJames Gunn. Genre fans are now waiting to see Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 in order to discover what happens next in Tromaville. We get to preview the film and honor Lloyd Kaufman the same weekend.”



NukeEmMeltReturn to Nuke ‘Em High: Volume 1 is a hilarious, thoughtful sci-fi Event Film with themes ripped straight from today’s headlines: the contamination and degradation of the world’s food supply, rampant bullying, LGBTQ love triumphing over prejudice and violence. The film is a revisiting of Troma’s 1986 cult Class of Nuke ‘Em High.

Troma Entertainment is one of the longest-running independent movie studios in United States history and Kaufman’s body of work has been cited as influence by Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Takashi Miike, Eli Roth, and James Gunn just to name a few.


Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival will show over 80 movies from around the world Friday, November 8th – Thursday, November 14th. Visit

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Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival: a Cornucopia of Film Genres

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in News Blog

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival will run for one full week, November 8th – 14th, at Dipson’s Amherst Theater, 3500 Main Street in Buffalo, across the street from the UB South Campus: http://www.buffalodreamsfilmfest.com/.  Submissions are open through early October, but because we’re going through Without a Box, the submission fee gets more expensive the closer the deadline.  We have three sponsors lined up so far: Alternative Cinema/POP Cinema Studios (http://www.alternativecinema.com), Seeley and Kane’s Books and Comics (http://www.seeleyandkanescomics.com), and WNY Grip & Lighting (http://www.wnygriplighting.com/ ).  Sponsorships are only $200.  Alternative Cinema will offer a non-binding contract for worldwide distribution to the winner of our feature film competition.  Film production is growing in Buffalo, and the Queen City is less than two hours from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

When I wrote Cheap Scares: Low Budget Horror Filmmakers Share Their Secretsfilm festivals were fairly new to me, and the information I provided came from the interviews in the book.  I’ve attended Eerie Horror Film Festival in Erie, PA several times (http://www.eeriehorrorfilmfestival.com), and I attended the amazing Beloit International Film Festival (http://www.beloitfilmfest.org) twice, once as the Honorary Chairman.  BIFF really showed me what a film festival should be: filmmaker friendly and supported by the community so it becomes an identifying component of the community.  But it takes years to build a successful festival, and there are several in Buffalo already.  With Chris Scioli and another partner, I helped build Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival into a successful international film festival.  At the height of that fest’s three year run, we booked thirty hotel rooms for visiting filmmakers, and Isaac Ezban and his party came all the way from Mexico to screen the incredible Cosas Feas.  For a variety of reasons, Scioli and I split off on our own, and the result is Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival.  We’ve made a long term commitment to making this the top festival in Western New York.

For Buffalo Screams, we always made room to screen “More than Horror” films – science fiction, fantasy, crime drama and even a western – so it made sense to expand the scope of our programming to include multiple genres.  The Amherst caters to a specialized film audience, and its college audience seeks diversity.  Our mission is to bring the best independent short, medium length and feature length genre films from around the world to Buffalo, and to shine a spotlight on local filmmakers whose work merits attention.  We will continue to provide support and encouragement for young and developing artists.  As indicated on our website, the genres we’re programming include Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Action, Thriller, Animation, Cult and Fan films.

Science Fiction and Horror are probably the easiest to define genres.  Action can include martial arts, western, war, crime drama and boxing.  A Thriller can be a non-supernatural horror film, a stylish noir, or any manner of suspense.  A Fantasy film can involve dwarfs and fairies, but it can also be a musical, or a film about dreams – imagination and a sense of wonder are the key ingredients.

Animation is a category we’d really like to see thrive.  Any kind of animation is acceptable – cell, CG, stop-motion, claymation, or any of these combined with live action – in any genre, aimed at any age group.  With the announcement of a new post production company in Buffalo which will employ 150 people, and the development of a visual effects program at Daemon college, animation is about to become an important part of the Buffalo dreamscape.

A film can’t really become a Cult film until its found a rabid audience (Eraserhead, Donnie Darko, The Toxic Avenger), but for our purposes, a cult film is a narrative film which defies easy categorization, a film which celebrates the weird and the bizarre, and uses the language of film to tell a unique story which may not be embraced commercially.  It can also be a campy film aimed at an audience which prefers their entertainment as different from the mainstream as possible.  Cult films can leave an indelible impression on the minds of viewers.

Fan film is a film based on characters or stories created by someone else.  Because of copyright issues, they cannot be legally distributed.  However, fan films are made by people with great passion for their subject matter, and as a result some really strong films are being created in this area.  We feel they deserve to be seen, and another aspect of our mission is to drum up an audience for unique entertainment.

There you have it.  We’ve already received a large number of submissions for consideration, and are working our way through them.  Keep them coming!  We look forward to programming the best festival possible.

- Greg Lamberson

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Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in News Blog


lynn model hungerActress Lynn Lowry has joined the cast of Sam Qualiana’s upcoming found footage monster movie The Legend of Six Fingers, according to author and filmmaker Gregory Lamberson (Slime City Massacre, The Jake Helman Files), who is producing. Writer-director Qualiana and Lamberson previously collaborated on Snow Shark: Ancient Snow Beast, available on DVD through Alternative Cinema’s Independent Entertainment label, and worked together on Chris Olen Ray’s Battledogs and Debbie Rochon’s Model Hunger. Lowry, memorable for her roles in George Romero’s The Crazies and David Cronenberg’s Shivers (aka They Came from Within), starred in Model Hunger, currently in post-production.

“I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that Lynn is amazing in Model Hunger,” says Lamberson. “It’s a benchmark performance that ranks up there with Terry O’Quinn’s work in The Stepfather, and Sam and I are thrilled to have her in The Legend of Six Fingers. We’ve got some impressive talent on this project. “

In Six Fingers, Lowry will portray a woman with special insight into the Native American Legend of yá·yahk osnúhsaˀ, which translates into “Six Fingers” – a Bigfoot-like monster with three fingers on each hand. Two filmmakers (Andrew Elias and Qualiana) shooting an investigative documentary about domestic animal slayings in Western New York switch gears and become monster trackers after encountering Lowry’s character, with horrifying results.

Although the majority of The Legend of Six Fingers won’t be shot until August, Qualiana already shot three scenes with Debbie Rochon after she wrapped her co-starring role in Lamberson and Michael O’Hear’s Dry Bones. Lamberson promises at least one more genre star still to be announced will appear in the film. Craig Lindberg (Boardwalk Empire, I Am Legend) is creating the creature effects.

Follow The Legend of Six Fingers on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SixFingersMovie


Lynn Lowry: http://www.lynnlowry.com/


Debbie Rochon: http://www.debbierochon.com/



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