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The 2018 Buffalo International Film Festival (BIFF) is all about options. Consider the numbers: 125 films from 22 countries over the course of five days (Oct. 4-8) at four venues in the city of Buffalo. It all adds up to one of the area’s biggest and boldest film fests, and a diverse mix of genres and styles. While there is no festival theme, exactly, a number of BIFF e…

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The Buffalo cinema scene is thriving. That fact is clear when studying the fall calendar of film screenings and festivals. It isn't just packed with events - it is packed with quality. This was not always the case. In fact, just a few years ago it would have been difficult to call the area's loose collection of one-off film screenings and scattershot series a “scene.” B…

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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 “Pha…

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With more than 100 films screening over three days, the 2018 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival more than qualifies as a noteworthy local fest. The fourth annual event runs from Aug. 3-5 at the Millennium Buffalo (2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga), and features a unique focus on the work of Christian filmmakers and Christian-themed films. GLCF founder and organizer Sh…

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Using the Buffalo International Film Festival 2015 as a microcosm to demonstrate Buffalo’s let’s-put-on-a-show energy, there are many reasons to be excited about the event’s ninth iteration, taking place Thursday through Sunday.The late Ed Summer founded the festival in 2003, and new BIFF Executive Director Raymond Guarneri said the festival is being expanded from “Ed’s vi…