12th Annual

The Buffalo International Film Festival

October 10, 2019 to October 14, 2019


Narrative Feature


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
April 10, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Regular Deadline
May 8, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Late Deadline
June 5, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 60.00
WAB Extended Deadline
June 22, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 90.00 85.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

July 22, 2019

Features: minimum 45 minutes

Projects completed after April 1, 2017

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

Projects must be a premiere in Western New York

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

REGION 0    
REGION 1    
Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)
Film Gauge

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

The Gold Bison
- Best Short Film - Best Feature Film, Narrative - Best Feature Film, Documentary

Best of Fest: Audience Award
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

Thank you for your interest in the Buffalo International Film Festival (BIFF). BIFF welcomes submissions from all over the world. Our festival aims to provide Western New York audiences with the finest in current contemporary cinema from around the world and around the region.

To ensure you project qualifies please read through the following terms, conditions and rules governing our curatorial process. Your submission constitutes an acceptance of the following terms and conditions.

1.- Only entries submitted digitally via Withoutabox will be considered. Vimeo links are strongly prefered for review.
2.- BIFF defines short films as works under 45 minutes. Films over 45 minutes long must be submitted as feature films.
3.- BIFF defines episodic content as narrative or documentary works with story arcs unfolding over multiple episodes. Makers may submit a single episode or provide multiple episodes as a single video file for review, no longer than 90 minutes. Preference will be given to work which has not premiered online. Work that was first publicly available (online) prior to September 1, 2017 will not be considered.
4.- BIFF requires all feature and short films to be World, International, US, East Coast or Western New York premieres. A Western New York premiere is defined as not having screened publically in the United States within a 100-mile radius of Buffalo, NY, prior to the festival, October 4-8, 2018.
5.- Feature films and shorts available direct to United States consumers via home video mediums prior to September 25, 2018 including online streaming, video on demand, and DVD will not be considered.
6. - Films that have publically premiered prior to April 1, 2017 (either domestically or internationally) are not eligible for consideration.
7.- Exhibition formats for the Buffalo International Film Festival vary from venue to venue. Filmmakers are expected to provide physical media which may include BluRay (Region A/1 or Region Free only), Digital Cinema Package (DCP) or .mov. No other formats will be accepted for exhibition.
8.- Works in Progress will be reviewed by our submissions committee. If you’re film is not yet complete please include your post-production schedule and work to be done (ie: color grading, score, sound mix) in your cover letter.
9.- At any time you may replace your original submission at anytime however any prior evaluation of your film will not be discarded. Filmmakers are strongly encouraged to provide “picture-locked” edits.
10.- All submissions are reviewed using the following criteria: strength of direction, storytelling, production/technical value, cultural value, and audience interest. We welcome diverse submissions that blur the boundaries between documentary, narrative and experimental work.
11.-If invited to screen at the Buffalo International Film Festival, you acknowledge the festival is under no obligation to provide a screening fee.
12.- The Buffalo International Film Festival endeavors to complete our selection process by August 10, 2018 and inform all submitting parties via email of their selection status.
13.- Contacts designated on the submission record will receive information including print shipping and deadlines, attendance, and a general festival and Buffalo orientation guide. You agree to keep the contact information associated with your submission record up to date.
14.- Showtime and venue scheduling is at the digression of the festival and may be subject to change.
15.- By submitting a project to BIFF you assert that you are the designated representative of the project’s producer and at this time have the right to enter into an agreement to exhibit said project at a film festival in the United States. You also agree should the project’s distribution status or availability change to provide inform the festival via email at info@buffalofilm.org.
16.- The Buffalo International Film Festival and its host venues aspire to provide the best quality presentation possible. All exhibition media provided in advance will receive a technical screening prior to its festival screening. BIFF and its venue partners will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of its presentation resulting in the cancellation or interruption of a screening, nor will fees be refunded in any such case.

By accepting our invitation to screen you agree to the following terms:

1.- No project may be withdrawn after accepting an invitation to screen at the festival.
2.- Your project is currently compliant with the rules set forth in the terms of entry.
3.- You agree not to host a screening (of 15 or more persons) of your film in the United States, within a 100-mile radius of Buffalo, NY prior to your screening. Limited private screenings of less than 15 persons for the purposes of feedback (such as a small friends/family screening or for the purposes of fulfilling a thesis/class requirement) are permissible on a limited basis.
4.- Your project has received, or will receive all applicable legal clearances required for a public screening in the United States. You agree to hold the Buffalo International Film Festival harmless and to indemnify the festival, its sponsors and venues against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees and court costs) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, and screening.
5.- BIFF reserves the right to reclassify a submitted project for the purposes of programing and juried awards consideration.
BIFF’s programing team is available to assist should you have any questions. Please email info@buffalofilm.org for support.