Buffalo Film Expo strikes again!  We’re already hard at work planning the second BFO for 2014!


The first Buffalo Film Expo will be held on Sunday, November 3rd at the Holiday Inn Buffalo Airport, 4600 Genesee Street in Cheektowaga, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The event, which will feature a vendors’ room and panel discussions by local film professionals, is a joint effort between Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival and local promoter Stellar Shows.  Admission is only $5.00.

“Our goal is to bring as many local filmmakers and film enthusiasts from the Buffalo-Niagara-Rochester area together under one roof as possible,” says Gregory Lamberson, who co-directs Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival with Chris Scioli. “We have a large community of professional crew members, semi-pro feature filmmakers, aspiring filmmakers, craftsmen, actors and film students in Buffalo, which is one of the reasons we started Buffalo Dreams in the first place.  As hard as it is to believe, we’re spread out and disconnected, except maybe for the Buffalo Niagara Film Professionals page on Facebook.  With Buffalo Film Expo, we want to provide an educational forum and networking base for filmmakers of all levels of experience.  We’ve made the admission low so anyone can attend.”

The first component of the expo is the vendor room, where local production companies, actors and filmmakers can represent themselves to the community, and dealers can sell DVDs, comic books and other merchandise.  The second component is the panel discussions by area professionals who will take questions from the audience.  Panelists and discussions scheduled so far include: Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark, Film Office Operations Manager Rich Wall and Finger Lakes FIlm Commission Executive Nora Brown on working with the film commissions and qualifying for the NYS tax incentive credit; cinematographers Chris Santucci, Matthew Nardone and Clint Byrne on shooting for film and television; Frank Rossi and Bryan Patrick Stoyle on the business side of acting and casting; and Joel Reisnikoff on art direction and production design.  All guests are contingent upon availability, and more will be added.

Interested vendors should contact buffalofilmexpo@gmail.com. Buffalo Film Expo precedes Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, which runs Friday, November 8th – Thursday, November 14th at the Dipson Amherst Theater. 

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Buffalo Film Expo is a stand alone event which will be held Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Airport from 10 am – 5 pm.  This event is co-sponsored by Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival and Stellar Shows.  No films will screen at this event, which is comprised of two components: a vendors room where merchants can sell their wares and actors, freelancers and production companies can represent themselves, and panel discussions with leading film professionals in the Buffalo-Niagara-Rochester region.   The goal of this BFO is to educate area professionals and aspiring filmmakers, and to bring our growing community together.  We hope to build this into an annual event.  Admission is only $5.00, and vendor tables are only $35.00.  For tables, contact Ted Hanes:  stellartch@aol.com

Programming is still being developed.   Current panels discussions include:

Buffalo Niagara/Finger Lakes Film Commission (Tim Clark, Buffalo-Niagara Film Commissioner; Rich Wall, Film Office Operations, and Rochester/Finger Lakes Film & Video Office Executive Director Nora Brown)

- Cinematography (Chris Santucci, Matthew Nardone, Clint Byrne)

- The Business of Acting/Casting (Fran Rossi, Bryan Patrick Stoyle)

- Art Direction/Production Design (Joel Reisnikoff)

Participation of panelists is conditional upon availability.

For updates, follow BFO on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloFilmExpo