The BNFF is an opportunity to showcase creative writing, film and video arts, and the people who passionately pursue following their dreams of sharing the fruits of their labors with others. Many of these people create their screenplays, teleplays, films, and videos while working "real jobs" - others have been fortunate and have real jobs in the entertainment industry - many are students, hoping to get that big break. There are many local filmmakers and screenwriters - established and aspiring - here in the Buffalo Niagara Region... there are many more around the country and the world!
The BNFF is the place to showcase both local productions and those from around the country and the world. It is the place to come together and celebrate this shared passion for film, filmmaking, and the filmmaker/screenwriter. With the backdrop of Niagara Falls in late March - crisp air, the promise of Spring, the beauty and power of the Falls... come celebrate with us. The BNFF is a filmmaker's festival. A festival hosted by filmmakers and screenwriters for filmmakers and screenwriters.
The BNFF Film Competition is open to non-student filmmakers whose films and videos that have been completed no later than October 31, 2006, and to student filmmakers whose films have been completed no later than December 1, 2006. All films must be available for screening during the festival. The BNFF Screenplay & Teleplay Competition is open to writers who do not earn a living writing for film or television. Other rules and conditions do apply for both Competitions, and are available on the BNFF web site.
In addition to film screenings, industry leaders and others will present seminars and panel discussions on topics of interest to filmmakers, screenwriters, and entertainment industry professionals. Opening and Closing Night Galas, Filmmaker Receptions, and a Festival Expo featuring products and services from BNFF Sponsors and others will be held during Festival week. A Film Market will also be held during Festival Week, to provide filmmakers, distributors, and buyers the opportunity to network, and conduct business.