Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival strongly believes screenwriting is the foundation upon which every successful film must stand.  Our Unproduced Original Screenplay Competition is open to feature length screenplays only (80 pages and up).  We are open to all genres.  For our 2016 edition, we are proud to announce Roy Frumkes will serve as our judge for this category.

Roy Frumkes


Street Trash creator returns to Buffalo.

Buffalo, New York – 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.

Roy Frumkes Document of the Dead

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.

Roy Frumkes street trash

“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.









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


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 for our 2016 season are already open on FilmFreeway and will soon open on WAB.  Thank you for submitting!


Submissions for our 2015 Original Unproduced Feature Film Screenplay Competition are open.

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.

Our Unproduced Feature Film Screenplay competition sets forth the following rules:

All submitted screenplays must be original works, using characters and scenarios created by the author, or using characters and scenarios in the public domain.

Screenplays must be feature length: 80 – 130 pages.

Screenplays must be in standard screenplay format, and may NOT be handwritten. The screenplay title, author’s name, contact information and tracking number must appear on the title page.

Screenplays must have numbered pages.

Screenplays must belong to the following genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Action, Thriller, Comedy or Cult/Bizarro. For our purposes, Action includes westerns, war, martial arts, crime dramas, etc. Thrillers include mystery, suspense and crime dramas.

Screenplays must be unproduced.

We do not have a Fan category for this competition.

Screenplays can be written by multiple authors.

Screenplays can be submitted through Without A Box or Film Freeway.

Film Freeway: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/BuffaloDreamsFantasticFilmFestival

Submit your Screenplay now!