We want to ensure that every filmmaker attending Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival has a great time in our city.
If you're traveling by train, plane, or bus, let us know when you're scheduled to arrive and we'll try to save you cabfare by arranging a ride to your hotel (or friend's house).
If you're staying at the Comfort Suites Downtown, you'll be just one block away from the Dipson Theaters Market Arcade Film & Arts Center (MAFAC) on Main Street in downtown Buffalo.
In the hotel lobby, the Buffalo Visitors and Convention Bureau will have a table set up to provide you with information about the city.
MAFAC opens early in the afternoon to alow easy access for pedestrians from Main Street to Washington, but Buffalo Screams won't be setting up until 4 pm. Every selected film receives two free passes for the entire festival; we'll make badges for you to wear. Show yours at the box office (sometimes located out front, sometimes at the concession stand) and you'll get a free ticket (or tickets) for the block of films you wish to see (a block consists of 1 or 2 shorts and a feature). We need you to get your tickets so we can track attendance, and you'll need your ticket stub to get 10% off meals at the Bijou Bar and Grill next door. If you know the names of the two people from your film receiving free passes, please notify us in advance so we can get a head start.
There are restaurants and bars all around the theater, and an above grounbd train that is free in the downtown area.
We provide one "community table" from which attending filmmakers can sell copies of their films. Keep in mind that we're showing 47 films, so it's best to limit your stock to the film you're screening, though we'll try to be accommodating.
Our awards dinner is Sunday, October 21st, at a different location: The Screening Room Cinema Cafe, located in the Northtown Plaza off Sheridan Drive in neighboring Amherst. We will provide transportation for any out of town filmmakers who need iit. If you decide to drive, and have never been to the Screening Room, please speak to us for directions, as the Screening Room can be hard to locate once you've entered the plaza.
This year, to show as many films as possible, we're showing two blocks on Sunday night, opposite the awards dinner.
Everyone except for our announced guests must pay to attend the awards dinner: the cost is $18.00 per person, which includes one beer, wine, or soda. The dinner is always a highlight of the festival.
We like to have Q & A sessions after the films. These sessions will be brief, but MAFAC has a spacious lobby with a small cafe, and we encourage you to continue the dialog there - we really do believe that networking is essential to the success of any festival.
It is a good idea to bring a back-up copy of your film in case there are any technical difficulties. We're showing 47 films, and it's impossible to tech them at the theater in advance. We can show standard DVD or Blu-ray.
If you sent us a screener with a discalimer, it's on you to provide us with a "clean" version - it's not hard for one to slip through the cracks, and if all we have is a copy with a disclaimer, that's what we'll have to show.
Buffalo Screams Chairman