Mark C. Poloncarz accepts 2017 Local Service Award
- Nov. 13, 2017
-- Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Festival concluded its 11 day fifth season programming with a slate of UK features that included the animated paranormal docudrama Borley Rectory, the dark fantasy The Gatehouse, the supernatural thriller Charismata, and the folk horror tale Dogged. The festival, which ran at Dipson Theatres Eastern Hills Cinema for eight days before moving to the Screening Room Cinema Cafe, screened a staggering 112 films: 40 features and 72 shorts. Almost 50 out of town filmmakers travelled to the Nickel City to screen their work, a record for the area, including producer Ross Sciafe and writer-director Richard Rowntree, both from the UK.
Special Awards were presented to Adrian Esposito (Filmmaker of the Year), a Rochester adult with autism who screened two documentaries;
Fred Olen Ray (the Living Legend Award); Devi Snively (the Lois Weber Award); Christopher Ray (the Indie Genre Spirit Award); Jon Keeyes (Dedication to Excellence in Indie Filmmaking) and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (Local Service Award). The Best of the Fest Award went to Black Fawn Films for the Canadian horror film The Heretics.
"We put on an 11 day film festival with virtually no budget," says filmmaker Gregory Lamberson, who co-founded the festival with Chris Scioli. "We showed over 100 films, and close to 50 filmmakers attended to screen their work and participate Q&As. These folks travel here on their own dime, network with each other and with locals, book hotel rooms and eat at restaurants, and have turned our no frills event into a destination festival for filmmakers around the world. We fully intend to grow Buffalo Dreams into the most exciting film festival in the state, outside New York City."
Scioli attributes the Film Festival's appeal to visiting filmmakers to presentation and filmmaker relations. "We show all films on a large screen, and we show all films one at a time, with no counter-programming. The filmmakers know we're devoting our attention to their work, and not splitting our audience. No one ever has to choose between films. This year we showed family films, documentaries, and foreign dramas in addition to horror and sci-fi. We have eclectic tastes and thumb our noses at artistic discrimination. The filmmakers know we take their hard work seriously."
The dates for the 2018 season are Nov. 2nd - 8th at the Eastern Hills Cinema, and Nov. 9th - 11th at the Screening Room. Submissions for films and unproduced screenplays can be made via:https://filmfreeway.com/BuffaloDreamsFantasticFilmFestival
For a full list of this year's award winners and nominees, visit http://www.buffalodreamsfantasticfilmfestival.com/