Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival is currently closed for film submissions for our 2015 season.  We intend to post our full schedule for 2015 by October 10th, but we can share this information much now:

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On Thursday, Nov. 5th, we’re holding a Special Kickoff Event at a separate venue, Flix Stadium 10 in Lancaster, NY: the US 3-D Premiere of an outrageous, in-your-face splatter flick, Aztec Blood!  Admission is only $2.00 for this benefit for the medical fund for actor/filmmaker Carmine Capobianco (Psychos in Love, Galactic Gigolo and Model Hunger) – we will be asking for cash contributions.  producer and co-screenwriter Charles Pinion will do a Q&A!

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On Friday, November 6th will be Bite, directed by Chad Archibald, who co-produced with Christopher G. Giroux and others at Black Fawn Films.  Archibald and Giroux both plan to attend this Buffalo premiere, possibly with other members of the Black Fawn team, for a Q&A.  Bite had its world premiere at Fantasia, and has been generating buzz ever since.

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Also on Friday, we will screen Model Hunger, directed by Debbie Rochon here  in Buffalo, starring Lynn Lowry, Tiffany Shepis, Carmine Capobianco and several local actors.  Rochon has appeared in over 200 indie films, including several produced here in Buffalo, and she chose Buffalo as the location for this horror thriller.

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On Saturday, November 7th,  we will hold our first filmmaker retrospective, A Salute to Isaac Ezban, which will include Ezban’s short film Cosas Feas (“Nasty Stuff”), which we first showed at Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival, and his critically acclaimed feature El Incidente/The Incident, which we screened last year for an awestruck audience.  Ezban is a remarkable talent, and we are thrilled to present these amazing Mexican language films on a big screen.

Saturday will also see the Western New York premiere of a SPECIAL MYSTERY MOVIE to be announced in the near future!

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Still thinking about doing anything else on Saturday?  We’re also holding the Buffalo Premiere of Killer Rack, the outrageous horror comedy directed by festival co-chair Gregory Lamberson, which is screening at festivals all over the world.  KR began life as a Buffalo Screams Best Original Screenplay winner for Paul McGinnis, which Lamberson decided to direct.  It stars local actress Jessica Zwolak, and co-stars Debbie Rochon, McGinnis, Lloyd Kauman, Michael Thurber, Brooke Lewis and an army of local talent.

We have announced three special short films: Saint Frankenstein, written and directed by cult filmmaker Scooter McCrae, who will attend; Spidora: An Eight Legged Love Story, written and directed by Fred Olen Ray; and A Tale of the Bonesetter, written and directed by Brett Kelly.

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In total, we expect to screen more than 20 feature films, and many more shorts!







Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival 2014 Schedule

Dipson Eastern Hills Cinema

Eastern Hills Mall (Rear entrance)

4545 Transit Road

Williamsville, NY


Features are bold; patrons will purchase tickets by block number or feature title.

Admission is $9.00 per block, $7.00 for Students, Seniors & Military ID

Day Pass for Saturday (4 blocks) is $25.00

Day Passes Sat – Thurs are $20

All blocks are only $7.00 on Tuesday

Mon – Thurs matinees are only $7.00

An All Festival Pass is only $99.

Advance tickets will go on sale soon at Dipson Theatres: www.dipsontheatres.com

Show times are approximate, as Q&As with filmmakers showing their work may run long.

The evening block on Sunday, 11/9, is tentative because the in-theater awards ceremony may run long.

Please note that Saturday and Tuesday are the only days with 4 blocks.



Friday, Nov. 7th


6:45 pm       Opening Introductions


7:00 pm       Block #1      Gala Premiere of The Romans (Crime Drama, WNY, approx. 95 mins)  Directed by Korey Green, who co-wrote the screenplay with producer Larry Quinn, former owner of the Buffalo Sabres.  A contemporary urban interpretation of the Julius Caesar tragedy, 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.  This will be the first public screening of the final version in Buffalo, with original music and score by former Rick James musical director Kenny Watkins.  A Q & A follows the screening.


9:45 pm       Block #2      6 Bullets to Hell (Spaghetti Western, 80m) Set in the late 1880′s, 6 Bullets to Hell is a western feature film that brings back the real flavor of the old Spaghetti Westerns.  When a farmer’s wife is brutally raped and murdered by the ruthless bandit Bobby Durango and his gang of killers, Billy Rogers goes back to his old gun and starts to hunt them one by one.  This may be the coolest movie you will see all year!  Preceded by the music video Delica-m, Mean Something (3 m) and short film The Heebie-Jeebies (9m) Possible Q&A to follow.


Sat, Nov. 8th


1:00 pm       Block #3      Call Girl of Cthulhu (Comedy Horror, 92 m)  An outrageous,

special effects filled horror/sexploitation comedy based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos!  When a  struggling artist who’s been saving his virginity for someone special meets the enchanting escort Riley Whatley, he believes he’s found the one. Unfortunately, she’s also “someone special” to an ancient cult that believes she’s the chosen bride of their alien god, Cthulhu.  Forced to mate with their tentacled deity, Riley becomes a vessel for the spawn that will destroy mankind.   Preceded by the shorts Teasers (9m) and Killer Kart (15 m).  NOTE:  Call Girl of Cthulhu celebrates gratuitous nudity and will be treated as an R-rated film.

3:30 pm      Block #4      The Drownsman (78 m, Canada, US Premeire)  After almost drowning in a lake and unable to describe what happened to her during the moments she was underwater, Madison develops hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. Her fear intensifies when she’s haunted by the vision of an evil figure. When her four friends stage an intervention to help her, they accidentally open a floodgate to a dark place where none of them is safe.    Preceded by the shorts Demonic Frequency (18 m) and the not to be missed Hellyfish (13 m).  Q&As to follow.

6:30 pm       Block #5      Spyfall (80 m) Hilarious Zucker Brothers-style. joke-a-minute spoof of James Bond films from Canadian filmmaker Brett Kelly (My Fair Zombie) will have you laughing for days.  Brett will make his third trip to Buffalo to share his work with you!  Preceded by the music video Loving Myself (Australia, 4 m) and the WNY comedy short Gave Up the Ghost (20 m), presented bv author Jeff Strand.  Q&As to follow.


9:15 pm       Block #6      El Incidente/The Incident (Mexico, 100 m, Subtitled in English) This mesmerizing, mind bending trip through the Twilight Zone, reminiscent of Cube and Memento, has received standing ovations at major international film festivals around the world and has been compared to 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Two parallel, possibly overlapping stories about people trapped in illogical endless spaces: two brothers and a detective locked on an infinite staircase, and a family trapped on an infinite road.  Visually stunning and emotionally powerful, writer-director Isaac Ezban’s (Cosas Feas) debut feature will leave you thinking for days.  Preceded by the music video Pretty in the Dark and the shorts Chomp (12 m) and A Malevolent (WNY,15 m).  Q&As to follow.

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Sunday, Nov. 9th


1:00 pm       Block #7      Army of Frankensteins   (SF/Action/Adventure, 108 m)   A thrilling time travel adventure in which a modern man is catapulted into the American Civil War, where he must prevent an army of Frankenstein monsters from assassinating Abraham Lincoln!  A great movie for a Sunday matinee.  Written and directed by Ryan Bellgarsdt; preceded by Hernan Caraballo’s zom-com Rollergirl (WNY, 15 m).  Q&As to follow.


3:45 pm       Block #8      The Shower   (Horror Comedy, 78 m)  A group of friends are trapped at a baby shower when a mysterious outbreak starts turning people into homicidal maniacs.  Written & Directed by Alex Drummond.  Preceded by 13 year old Hope Muehlbauer’s Zombie Kids: The Movie (WNY, 25 m).  Q&As to follow!


6:00 pm       The Dreamer Awards, hosted by Kim Piazza from WBBZ-TV’s What’s the Buzz in WNY; Mayor Byron W. Brown, J. Garrett Vorreuter special award recipients.


7:45 pm       Block #9      WiTHiN  (WNY, Horror, 89 m)  A blood borne disease turns the population into hungry zombies, trapping disparate people in a house, desperate to survive.  Directed by Niagara Falls filmmaker Ken Consentino (Crimson) from a script he co-wrote with Jon Ferrari and Ryan Gravell.  Preceded by another local zombie effort, Sepulcher (WNY, 20 m), co-directed by John Renna and screenwriter Julian Dickman, and the animated film Monstro! (10 m).  Q&As to follow.


Monday, Nov. 10th


4:30 pm       Block #10     The Search for Simon (Comedy, UK, 96 m)  British comedy about a man searching for his long lost brother, whom he believes was abducted by a UFO decades earlier.  Perfect for Eastern Hills’ matinee audience.  Preceded by the music video Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars Edition (7 m), and the thoughtful short One More Day (SF, 23m) starring John Heard, about an elderly couple in a dystopian future.


7:00pm        Block #11     Julia (Thriller, 95 m)  Revenge thriller along the lines of Taxi Driver, Ms. 45 and Death Wish, set in the means streets of NYC with a feminist slant.  Beautifully filmed and acted in lower Manhatan.  Preceded by the music video The Outlaw: Theme Song (WNY, 5 m) and the hilarious short Road Test (9 m, WNY, festival premiere).


9:30 pm       Block #12     Mostly Dead (WNY, 89 m, festival premiere) Vampires have taken over the world  – including Buffalo!  Co-starring Lynn Lowry (The Crazies, They Came from Within).  Preceded by the animated music video Anything But Paper (4 m) and the short film The Shepherd (Canada, 9m).  Q&A to follow.


Tuesday, Nov. 11th


2:30 pm       Block #13     Short Films (107 M) Some of the best short films produced in the world, encompassing science fiction, action and horror:  The Routine (10 m);  Watch Over Me (29 m, UK); In Fear of: Toxiphobia, the Fear of Being Poisoned (10 m); By the Hair of the Head (22 m); Territorial (11 m), produced by Efren Ramirez (Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite) and starring John Gulager, director of Feast and Piranha 3DD;  Bodies in Irreversible Detriment (25 m)


5:00 pm       Block #14     The God Question (89 m) Thoughtful science fiction film along the lines of Colossus: The Forbin Project.  When a thinking super computer is created, a scientists becomes obsessed with learning the answer to the ultimate question.   Preceded by the short Sunshine for Breakfast (Experimental/animation,12 m)


7:00 pm       Block #15     Athena (Horror Thriller, 98 m)  Has a little voice in your head ever told you to do something bad? An unpredictable SF/horror thriller laced with black comedy, written by the late horror author Michael Louis Calvillo and directed by Robert W. Filion.   A parasite controls people’s actions… or does it?  Preceded by the music video Burn Away and the short film Stolen from Society (WNY, 16m).  Q&A with local filmmaker Kellen Pembleton.


9:30 pm       Block #16     Local Short Films (WNY, 113 m)         Three short/medium length films from local filmmakers.  Hands Like Suitcases (WNY, Action, 22 m); Scope of Practice (WNY, Drama, 35 m); The Outlaw: Evil Women (WNY, Heavy Metal Action Horror, 56 m).  Q&As with Christopher Cosgrave, Brandyn T. Williams and Aceifer Genovese to follow.


Wednesday, Nov. 12th


4:30 pm       Block #17     B.O.Y.D. (WNY, 93 m)  Another perfect movie for the Eastern Hills afternoon crowd, a charming comedy/drama about twenty-somethings grappling with adulthood in Western New York.  Preceded by the music video Stay With Me (4 m) and the short film Ghost Light (SF, 20 m).  Q&A to follow.


7:00 pm       Block #18     Friends Don’t Let Friends – Date Friends (97 m, WNY, festival premiere)  A charming romantic comedy from first time filmmaker Rhonda Parker.  Q&A to follow.  Preceded by the music video Find a Little Boogie (WNY,  4 m) and the micro-short A Fight to Propose (5m).  Q&As to follow.


9:30 pm       Block #19     Elizabeth Bathory (WNY, Thriller, 81 m)  Extremely well acted psychological thriller and character study of two imprisoned women awaiting their fates at the hands the notorious countess reputed to be a real life vampire.  Preceded by the music video Mulligan’s Island (4 m) and the WNY micro-shorts Sign (3 m) and Stars (5 m).  Q&As follow.


Thursday, Nov. 13th

 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!



4:30 pm           Block #20        International Short Films (110 m) Some of the best short films from around the world, encompassing multiple genres.  Ruby’s Skin (14 m, UK);  Happy Birthday, Mr. Zombie (8 m, Belgium);  Henry and the Midnight Dentist (15 m, UK);  Orbit Ever After (21 m, Ireland); Leviathan Ages (4 m, UK); Dead Hearts (17 m, Canada);  Job Interview (10 m, Germany); Dieu reconnaitra les Siens/Let God Sort Them Out (13 m, France); Waterborne (Aus, 8 m).


7:00 pm           Block #21        Channeling (Action/SF 107 m) A fast paced action adventure with science fiction elements and car chases.  In the near future, contact lenses with built in cameras enable everyone to have his own channel, and a man tries to solve his brother’s murder.  Q& A with writer-director Drew Thomas to follow.  Preceded by the music video Ace in the Hole: Enthralled (WNY, 3 m) and the short Meet Your Maker (SF, 26 m) starring John Amplas (George Rmero’s Martin).


9:30 pm           Block #22        Axe to Grind (Horror, 84 m) A scream queen (Debbie Rochon) seeks violent retribution against co-stars in this black comedy which spoofs the low budget horror film industry.  Preceded by the music video Decapitation (3m) and the short film In Fear Of: Glassophobia: Fear of Speaking in Public (10m), also starring Rochon.

Admission: $9.00 per block (usually 1 or 2 shorts and a feature)

$7.00 for Seniors, Military with ID and Students with ID

$7.00 Matinees Mon – Thurs. $7.00 All Day Tuesday

$25 Day Pass for Sat 11/8 (4 features)

$20 Day Pass for Sun – Thurs (3 Features)

$99 All Festival Pass


All Q&As are subject to filmmaker availability



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


Call Girl of Cthulhu


The Drownsman (Canada)

Elizabeth Bathory (WNY)

Friends Don’t Let Friends -  Date Friends

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)

Rollergirl (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









2013 Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival Schedule

NOTE: All Q&As are tentative.  Buffalo Dreams is not liable if scheduled filmmakers are unable to attend.

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.


Friday, 11/8

Block 1:  1:00 pm – 2:26 pm (86 mins)

Short: Attack of the Killer Bees (6 m, USA)

Echo Dr. (80 m, USA)  

Science Fiction Thriller: After surviving a home invasion, a man stations an android to protect his family’s home, but the android begins to see the family as a threat to the house.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JimU6QO7-BA


Block 2:  2:45 pm  – 4:14 pm (104 m)

Short: Apartment 15 (17 m, Italy, Subtitled)  

Wrath of the Crows  (87 m, Italy, in English)        

Horror Thriller: Stylish film about a woman (Tiffany Shepis) who develops supernatural powers while confined to a brutal prison.  Co-starring Debbie Rochon.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufNhpxFg-nU


Block 3: 4:45 pm – 6:31pm  (106 m)

Short: The Horizon Project (26 m, Canada)  

Empire Gypsy (80 m, USA) 

Urban Crime Drama: In a Bronx taxi dispatch, the aspirations and misdeeds of cab drivers, call-girls and low level thugs collide in one wild night.  Superb performances, gritty locations.


Block 4: 7:00 pm – 8:50 pm

Short: Broken Wings (26 m, Buffalo)  Q&A  MADE IN BUFFALO-NIAGARA 

Road to Hell (84 m, USA) 7:00 – 8:50 

Rock ‘n Roll Science Fiction/Fantasy: Albert Pyunn’s homage to Walter Hill’s Streets of Fire, with Michael Pare returning as ex-soldier Tom Cody, who encounters two thrill killers in the desert.  Featuring songs by Jim Steinman.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzBthXyzcgg


Block 5:  9:25 pm – 11:16 (111 mins)

Short:  Five Points (10 m, USA) – two puppet films  

Short: Tasha and Friends (14 m, Canada)

Q&A with Producer/DP Darren Hutchings

Blood Marsh Krackoon (87 m, USA) 9:25 – 11:25 (Q&A)

Cult Horror Comedy: A mutant raccoon called Red Eye preys on denizens of the Bronx.  Feature length sequel to the award winning short film Krackoon.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yciVSaj96j8


Saturday, 11/9

We’ve added a special event to Saturday, at another venue: Paige K. Davis, Director of Business Development for Alternative Cinema/POP Cinema Studios, will give a presentation and Q&A on DVD and VOD distribution.  This workshop is a must-attend event for anyone serious about making feature films.  Admission is only $5.00, and FREE is you buy a Day Pass or All Festival Dream Pass.  It is also free to filmmakers whose work we’re screening, and to sponsors of the festival.  The workshop will be held at the Screening Room Cinema Cafe, 3131 Sheridan Drive, in the Northtown Plaza; it will end at 12:30 so everyone has time to get to the Amherst for the 1:00 pm screening of MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH.

Block 6: 1:00 pm – 2:55 (115 m)

Short: Merinthophobia: Fear of Being Bound or Tied Up (10 m, USA)

Q&A with writer-director Scott Perry

Motivational Growth (105 m, USA) 

Q&A with writer-director Don Thacker

Black Comedy Cult: A fungal growth voiced by Jeffrey Combs (star of Re-Animator) takes control of a suicidal man’s life.   Perfect for fans of Brain Damage and John Dies at the End.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToRhJWIBZrE


Block 7: 3:30 – 5:33 (123 m)

Short: Maid of Horror (17 m, Australia)

Animosity (106 m, USA)  

Q&A with executive producer Roy Frumkes, writer-director Brendan Steere, star Tracy Willet    

 A newlywed couple moves into a house in the middle of woods only to discover that the surrounding forest is host to sinister supernatural powers which turn them against each other.  The most intense film of the fest, with superb performances.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2AszoJKWkg


Block 8: 6:30 – 8:23 (103 m)

Short: His Name is Clown Face (18 m, Buffalo-Niagara) MADE IN BUFFAO-NIAGARA

Q& A with writer-director Chris Rados   

My Fair Zombie                (85 m, Canada)

Q&A with writer-director Brett Kelly

Cult Musical Comedy Horror: “The rain in Spain… stays mainly on the … brain.”  Hilarious period piece re-imagining of the classic by Canada’s cult filmmaker Brett Kelly.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpYV–w7zy0


Block 9: 9:20 pm – 11:02 pm (92 mns)

Short: He’s Not Looking So Great (7 m, USA)

Q&A with director Gregory G. Kurczynski and screenwriter Lynne Hansen

Return to Nuke Em High  (85 m, USA/Buffalo-Niagara) FILMED IN BUFFALO-NIAGARA   

Q&A with writer-director-producer Lloyd Kaufman

World Sneak Preview to benefit the Niagara Arts & Culture Center (NACC) in Niagara Falls

Epic Cult Horror Comedy: Troma’s third sequel to Lloyd Kaufman’s 1980s cult classic, filmed in our area with local actors and extras.  See the finished film in Buffalo before you can see it anywhere else!  All proceeds from this screening will go to a great cause.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIhxM3AufYA


Sunday 11/10

Block 10:  1:00 pm – 2:42 (102 mins)

Short: Ugliest Man in Cartoons (8 m, USA)

Atlantis: The Last Days of Kaptara (94  m, USA)

Animated Fantasy: Greek captives battle the bloodthirsty Minotaur on fabled Atlantis.  An action packed adventure in the tradition of Ray Harryhausen’s films, achieved with motion capture CGI.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc078x5xjj0


Block 11: 3:00 – 5:16 (136 mins)

Joint Q&As.

Four shorts and one feature from some of the best up and coming filmmakers in the area.

Local Film Showcase 3:00 – 5:16 plus/ Q&As (126 m)        MADE IN BUFFALO-NIAGARA

Short: Kiva (3 m, animated, Buffalo-Niagara)        

Short: Undead Playground (9 m, zombies, Buffalo-Niagara)        

Short: Rhythm (16 m, crime drama, Buffalo-Niagara)      

Short: Wormchild 2:  Fresh Flesh (33 m, murder spree, Buffalo-Niagara)

Feature: Constant Angel (75 m, Christian themes, Buffalo-Niagara)

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62hYPK9y1-s


The Dreamer Awards Presentation        5:30 – 7:00 

Any admission for the previous show is also good for the awards; any ticket for the following show is also good for the awards. 


Block 12: 7:25 pm – 8:41 pm (86 mins)

Short: The Summoners (6 m, USA)

Judas Ghost (80 m, UK)

Q&A with director Simon Pearce, all the way from the UK!

A team of professional ghost finders find themselves trapped inside an old village hall when the haunting they set out to investigate turns out to be far worse than they first anticipated.  Based on the Ghost Finders book series by New York Times best-selling author Simon R. Green, and one of the best of the fest.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvK9KByNM9o


Block 13: 9:30 – 11:15 (105 mins)

Short: Follow the Leader (20 m, USA)   

Pinup Dolls on Ice (85 m, Canada)  9:30 – 11:20  

Q&A  with co-producers/co-directors Geoff Klein and Melissa Mira

The Pinup Dolls are a hot retro act who put the tease back in striptease. When an old friend (Suzi Lorraine) hires them to put on a show at a secluded campground, the girls find themselves stalked by a homicidal maniac with a sick obsession with ice.   A slick, suspenseful slasher film lin the classic old.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFKQAw8MueQ


Monday 11/11

Block 14: 2:30 – 4:21

Short: Depths (6 m, animated, USA)

Short: The Adventures of Sheriff Kid McLain (18 m, US/Brazil)

Short: One Night at the Aristo  (24 m, UK)   

Buffalo Boys (81 m, Buffalo-Niagara)

Q&A with director Raymond Guarnieri and co-producer Joel Resnikoff.       MADE IN BUFFALO 

Crime Drama: Inspired by a true story, Buffalo Boys follows the life of Ian, a 15 year old living in Buffalo, NY. After discovering the man who raised him is not his biological father, Ian’s world is turned upside down as he heads down a path of self destruction and murder. 

Trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7mLRydRhoY


Block 15: 5:00 pm – 6:32 pm (92 mins; subtitled in English)

Asian Cinema Shorts     

Five International shorts exploring different genres from an Asian cultural perspective.

Short: Tokyo Halloween Night (23 m, Japan)                 

Short: Heat (26 m, South Korea)                

Short: Environmental Pressure and Species Adaptation (11 m, South Korea)       

Short: Ugry Night (20 m, South Korea)        

Short: The Birth of a Family (12 m, South Korea)


Block 16: 7:00 pm – 8:48 pm (108 mins)

Short: Memory Sculptor (17 m, Japan/US)

Japanese Cinema: The Tiger Mask  (91 m, Japan/US with English subtitles)  

Japanese Martial Arts Fantasy: The fictional masked professional wrestler and timeless hero, Tiger Mask, is back in a new Marvel superhero-inspired costume for a new generation of movie lovers!  A fun action film with excellent choreography.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAbOTjr63wA


Block 17: 9:20 pm – 11:17 pm (117 mins)

Short: Division Azul (13 m, Spain)  

Short: The Wild Diaries (27 m, France/USA)              

Nightmare Box(90 m, US/UK)  

Q&A with director Jon Keeyes

Thriller:  A woman wakes up in a strange room with no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there and must unravel the mystery of her identity before the room and its bizarre inhabitants destroy her.  A sophisticated, adult thriller co-starring  Debbie Rochon.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVU4YlqFrDg


Tuesday 11/12

Block 18: 2:00 pm – 3:46 pm (106 mins)   

Short: Wunderland (5 m, USA)

Short: Model 15 (9 m, New Zealand)

Dust of War (92 m, USA)  

Science Fiction Action: In a post-apocalyptic American Frontier, a soldier fends off a brutal warmonger to rescue a girl fated as the savior of humanity. It’s ‘Star Wars’ on the prairie!  Co-starring Gary Graham (TV’s Alien Nation), Tony Todd (Candyman) and Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth).

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cloORDih-M


Block 19: 4:30 pm – 6:28 pm (118 mins) 

Short: Ave Maria (8 m, USA)

Short: Brothers in Arms (20 m, USA) – kids in post apocalyptic world    

Found in Time (89 m, USA)         

Science Fiction: Smart film set in a contemporary alternate reality in which psychics sell their wares on the streets of New York City.  One man, who lives his life out of sequence, must solve a murder he commits himself.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLQcqIch470


Block 20: 7:00 pm – 8:46 pm

Short: Mirror Lake (21 m, Western New York)       MADE IN WNY  

 Q&A with director Will Graver

The Legend of Six Fingers (75 m, USA)      MADE IN BUFFALO-NIAGARA                   

Horror: A found footage film about two fdocumentary filmmakers searching for a legendary Bigfoot-like creature with three fingers on each hand.  Written and directed by Sam Qualiana (Snow Shark: Ancient Snow Beast), who co-stars with Lynn Lowry, Debbie Rochon, Andrew Elias and Tim O’Hearn.

Q&A with writer-director Sam Qualiana and co-star Andrew Ellias


Block 21: 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Short: Lapsus (30 m, France)                      

Sick: Survive the Night (90 m, Canada)

Q&A with writer-director Ryan M. Andrews  

Horror: Two years into the zombie outbreak, Sick roam the land and the remaining survivors struggle day to day trying to rebuild civilization.  Between the gore and mayhem, a twist filled character study co-starring Debbie Rochon.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLH8jU_61Nw


Wed 11/13

Block 22: 2:00 pm – 3:50 pm (110 mins)

International Short Films 

Seven films from around the world covering fantasy, horror, science fiction, action and even feel good drama.  Some are subtitled, some are in English.  This may be your only chance to see these wonderful films in Buffalo!

Short:  Eugenia (14 m, Israel)                                     

Short: The Last Piper (20 m, Norway)  

Short: Refugio 115 (8 m, Spain)                 

Short: The Blow-Ins (16 m, Ireland) 

Short: Micro-Time (14 m, Israel)

Short: In(B)etween (14 m, Spain)

 Short: Kendrick: A Grim Tale of Hatred and Revenge (24 m, Austria)


Block 23: 4:30 – 6:31 (121 mins)

Short: Little Man of Steel (10 m, USA)    

Short: The Liberator (20 m, USA)

Superhero Action starring Lou Ferrigno, Peta Wilson and Michael Dorn!                

Squid Man (91 m, USA)  (possible Q&A)               

Comedy: When Squid Man gets downsized out of the Superhero Society, he’s forced to crash on the couch of his former sidekick and only friend. Now he spends his time boozing in a dead end bar, reminiscing about the days when the hero groupies were plentiful and even a second-rater like him could sometimes save the universe.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/53476944


Block 24: 7:00 pm – 8:52 pm

Short: One More for the Road (17 m, Canada) 

Q&A with writer-producer Kelly Michael Stewart and director Navin Ramaswaran

On Air (95 m, German) 

Thriller:  A serial killer known as the Nightslasher calls a pirate radio show, and now “Doc Rock” must prevent him from killing his next victim.  DO NOT let the English subtitles scare you off: this cat and mouse nail biter is the most suspenseful film of the fest, with outstanding performances and bravura cinematography.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghno54vbs30


Block 25:  9:30 pm – 11:33 pm (123 mins)

Short: Bloody Mary – A Tale of Revenge (6 m, Canada)

Dry Bones (87 m, Buffalo-Niagara)  MADE IN BUFFALO-NIAGARA             

Horror Comedy: Non-competition film written and co-directed by festival co-chair Gregory Lamberson, starring and co-directed by Michael O’Hear, starring O’Hear, Debbie Rochon and Kevin VanHentenryck (Basket Case).  A man with a traumatized past returns to his childhood home, where he battles a succubus.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilMCOa0ouI8

Q&A with writer-director Greg Lamberson and star-director Michael O’Hear

Short: The Outlaw 3: Vengeance is Mine (33 m, Buffalo-Niagara)  MADE IN BUFFALO-NIAGARA

The third chapter in local musician Aceifer Genovese’s trippy heavy metal serial about Six, son of Lucifer, co-stars Lynn Lowry.

Q&A with writer-director Aceifer Genovese


Thursday 11/14

Block 26: 2:00 pm – 3:59 pm (119 mins)

US  & Canadian Shorts

Six outstanding science fiction, fantasy and horror shorts from Northern America.

Short: Desert Road Kill (17 m, USA) – hitchhiker, camper              

Short: Burn Brightly (12 m, USA) Kid allergic to sun

Short: The Girl in the Road (16 m, Canada)

Short: Motel Charlie (10 m, Canada)

Q&A with director Steven Lang

Short: The Final Five (40 m, USA)

Short: Agophobia (24 m, Canada)


Block 27: 4:30 pm – 6:23 pm  (113 mins)

Short: Kin (8 m, Canada)

Short: Retention (6 m, USA) 

Short: Somnium (15 m, Canada)   Q&A possible

Project London (84 m, USA)       

Science Fiction Action: In this special effects-rich science fiction actioner, a young man joins a ragtag resistance force to fight a totalitarian government; giant robot vs. giant monster battles ensue!  

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXP0r2B59mA


Block 28:  7:00 pm – 8:55 (115 mins)

Short: The Trouble I Got (10, Canada)

Short: Belly of the Wolf (20 m, UK)

Imago (85 m, USA)

Q&A with writer-producer Mel House and director Chris Warren

Science Fiction Horror: A young woman searching for her missing brother encounters otherworldly, Lovecraftian creatures in this smart monster fest.  World Premiere, co-starring Debbie Rochon.

Trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x8djPEpRoM


Block 29: 9:20 – 11:35     

Short: The Family Business (5 m, USA)

Short: The El Chupugcabra (15 m, USA)  

The Squad (“Zveno”) 120 m, Russian Federation)

Supernatural Thriller:  In this beautiful ghost story, a young scientist seeking to avoid military service takes a position at an orphanage where supernatural occurrences draw him into a mystery.  We chose this as our closing film because it’s a rare opportunity to see a top notch mystery from a different country and in a different language.  One of the best of the fest, don’t miss it!

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi6JjVbEXgI


See you next year!


2013 Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival Film Selections

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival has announced an ambitious slate of 85 films which will screen between Friday, November 8th and Thursday, November 14th at the Dipson Amherst Theatre in Buffalo, New York.  Several distinguished genre filmmakers are scheduled to attend: Lloyd Kaufman, who will receive the Dedication to Filmmaking  Excellence award, is screening Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1, billed as a Sneak Preview, as a fundraiser for the Niagara Arts & Culture Center (NACC) in Niagara Falls; Roy Frumkes will screen Animosity, which he executive produced for writer-director Brendan Steere; and Brett Kelly will screen the horror comedy musical My Fair Zombie.  Albert Pyunn receives the Indie Genre Spirit Award in absentia; Road to Hell, his homage to Walter Hill’s Streets of Fire, will screen.

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival will show 26 features and 59 short films over seven days.  According to festival co-director Chris Scioli, 45 of those films were produced in the United States, including 13 filmed in Western New York; 13 were submitted by Canadian filmmakers; and 27 entries are international or international/US co-productions.

“We wanted to create an international film festival unlike any other in Buffalo or Western New York,” says festival co-founder Gregory Lamberson.  “Part of that plan involved expanding the scope of our programming to include science fiction, fantasy, horror, action, thrillers, animation, cult and fan films.  I’m happy to say we’ll be screening quality films in every one of those categories from all over the world.  Chris and I are thrilled by how many filmmakers from outside Buffalo – outside the country! – will be joining us.”

The awards ceremony will be held in the theater on Sunday, November 10th.  Advance tickets will go on sale at Dipson Theatres’ website this week.

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival is sponsored by Off Beat Cinema, Alternative Cinema, Seeley and Kane’s Books and Comics, and Western New York Grip & Electric.  The Festival will be preceded by Buffalo Film Expo, a one day event comprised of film discussion panels, to be held on Sunday, November 3rd, at Holiday Inn Buffalo Airport.

2013 Film Selections:

Non-Competition Features

Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1 (USA/Western New York)

Blood Marsh Krackoon (USA)

Dry Bones (Western New York)

The Legend of Six Fingers (Western New York)

Official Feature Film Selections

Atlantis: The Last Days of Kaptara (USA)

Animosity (USA)

Buffalo Boys (Western New York)

Constant Angel (Western New York)

Dust of War (USA)

Echo Dr.  (USA)

Empire Gypsy (USA)

Found in Time (USA)

Imago (USA)

Motivational Growth (USA)

My Fair Zombie (Canada)

Nightmare Box (USA/UK)

Pinup Dolls on Ice (Canada)

Project London (USA)

Road to Hell (USA)

Sick: Survive the Night (Canada)

Squid Man (USA)

Official International Feature Film Selections

Judas Ghost (UK)

The Squad (“Zveno,” Federation of Russia) 

On Air (Germany)

The Tiger Mask (Japan)

Wrath of the Crows  (Italy)

Official Short Film Selections

Agophobia (Canada)

Attack of the Killer Bees (USA)

Ave Maria (USA)

Bloody Mary – A Tale of Revenge (Canada)

Broken Wings (Western New York)

Brothers in Arms (USA)

Burn Brightly (USA)

Depths (USA)

Desert Road Kill (USA)

The El Chupugcabra (USA)

The Family Business (USA)

The Final Five (USA)

Five Points (USA)

Follow the Leader (USA)

The Girl in the Road (Canada)

He’s Not Looking So Great (USA)

His Name is Clown Face (Western New York)

The Horizon Project (Canada)

Kin (Canada)

Kiva (Western New York)

The Liberator (USA)

Little Man of Steel (USA)

Merinthophobia: Fear of Being Bound or Tied Up (USA)

Mirror Lake (Western New York)

Motel Charlie (Canada)

One More for the Road (Canada)

The Outlaw 3: Vengeance is Mine (Western New York)

Retention (USA)

Rhythm (Western New York)

Somnium (Canada)

The Summoners (USA)

Tasha and Friends (Canada)

The Trouble I Got (Canada)

Ugliest Man in Cartoons (USA)

Undead Playground (Western New York)

Wormchild 2: Fresh Flesh (Western New York)

Wunderland (USA)

Official International Short Film Selections

 The Adventures of Sheriff Kid McLain (USA/Brazil)

Apartment 15 (Italy)

Belly of the Wolf (Belly of the Wolf)

The Birth of a Family (South Korea)

The Blow-Ins (Ireland)

Division Azul (Spain)

Environmental Pressure and Species Adaptation (South Korea)

Eugenia (Israel)

Heat (South Korea)

In(B)etween (Spain)

Kendrick: A Grim Tale of Hatred and Revenge (Austria)

Lapsus (France)

The Last Piper (Norway)

Maid of Horror (Australia)

Memory Sculptor (Japan/USA)

Micro-Time (Israel)

Model 15 (New Zealand)

One Night at the Aristo (UK)

Refugio 115 (Spain)

Tokyo Halloween Night (Japan)

Ugry Night (South Korea)

The Wild Diaries (France/USA)




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