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Oscar winners among those walking red carpet for Niagara Falls International Film Festival

The red carpet is being rolled out in Niagara Falls on Wednesday for the opening of the inaugural Niagara Falls International Film Festival.

Two Oscar winners will be honored at the event, with arrivals from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St.). Niagara Falls native Mark Bridges, who won Oscars for his costume design in “The Artist” and “Phantom Thread,” will be given the key to the city and a star on the Niagara Falls Walk of Fame.

Craig Barron, an Oscar winner for his visual effects work on “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” will be presented with the Legacy Award. His long resume also includes work on such blockbusters as “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

Barron also will participate in an event that includes a workshop and screening of “Benjamin Button” at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Regal Cinemas Niagara Falls (720 Builders Way, Niagara Falls).

The festival, an outgrowth of the former Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival, will screen more than 30 feature films and shorts from Sept. 26 through 29 at three venues: Rapids Theatre, Regal Cinemas Niagara Falls and the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). For a full list of films, visit

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