The BNFF is a film festival like no other! Not only does the BNFF capture the essence of what filmmaking is all about, but it also captures the essence of the filmmakers themselves, providing the atmosphere and the go-to connections for their next films, locations and everything under the sun. We are the 1st and the VOICE of film in WNY!
If you are looking for the perfect place to showcase your films and abilities, this is the place! With the backdrop of Niagara Falls & the Buffalo Region, there is no more recognizable name or location in the world than Niagara Falls itself. Use us to network your films, launch your next project, find financing, or locate the best locations and deals for the buck, there is no one better in this area to steer you in the right direction than our festival founder, Bill Cowell, who will go to the bat for you.
Some of our high-profile guests and participants have included Academy Award Winners Robert Redford, Lou Gossett Jr., Richard Dreyfuss, Thomas Curly, Golden Globe Nominee Cindy Williams, Stanley and Cheryl Boone Isaacs (current Governor and Past AMPAS President), and more. Don't cheat yourself of a great opportunity and sweet talk from other festivals. Our history is in black and white.
Other guests and/or supporters of the BNFF are: Robert Culp, Tom Holland, Lou Ferrigno, Brendan Wayne, Wanda Jackson, Herschell Gordon Lewis, J.D.Zeik, Hilary Duff, Joanne Shenendoah, William Fichtner, Tom Sizemore, Evander Holyfield, Michael Madsen, Larry Bishop, Eric Roberts, Robert Forster, Aidan Quinn, Charles Grodin, Penny Marshall, Mark Johnson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ed Asner, Joe Mantegna, Kim Basinger, Barbara Hershey, Wilford Brimley, Randy Newman, Roger Towne, Jon Van Ness, Barry Kivel, Caleb Deschanel, Robert Rich III, Mike Starr, Ellen Chenoweth, Judy Henderson, Barry Levinson, Pauly Shore, Frank Dux, Stephen Lang, and many more.
Looking forward to making your connection in our region that loves the arts and has produced many famous industry icons both behind the camera, on the screen, and abroad.
The BNFF is committed to providing ample opportunities to fellow filmmakers and all others in bringing cinematographic arts and other related entertainment products to Western New York through high-profile community events, talent, productions and films from around the country and the world.