BIFF 2015, running October 15 – 18, will highlight more women in film, more LGBT influenced films, and has a diversity development committee to not only seek out more films made by minorities, but create the kind of environment that encourages them to engage in film in the first place.
In addition to presenting 24 features and 38 shorts, the Buffalo International Film Festival in conjunction with Squeaky Wheel will host the first all-women filmmaker panel in the history of Buffalo’s film festivals – guests include Rochester Film Commissioner Nora Brown, film distributor Crystal Calhan and filmmaker Anna Scime.
“We’re thrilled to host this special panel as well as seven feature films directed by women in our program this year. All of these guests have experience working in larger markets,” said Tilke Hill, the festival’s director of diversity.
You’ve heard about Ninja Turtles filming in Buffalo. As goofy a film as that may be, it’s a huge deal. When Ray was filming Buffalo Boys, there were only 2 other projects being filmed in Buffalo. Now there are dozens every year. This film festival isn’t aspiring to remain small and quaint. It aspires to rank in the top 10 fim festivals in North America within 10 years. A properly run, and well-attended film festival creates the momentum not just for its own growth, but to make an impression to outsiders that Buffalo is a filmmaker’s dream.
So go. See a movie! Meet directors and actors. Be inspired, and share your experience on social media.
Below is the lineup of events. Below that is a visually stunning promotion of the festival. Check out the website for more. This revival is another proud moment for our city. We hope you take part in it.