Buffalo International Film Festival (est. 2006) champions regional, national, and international films that push the limits of independent cinema – presenting quality films from around the world to WNY residents and visitors. BIFF is committed to amplifying diverse voices and exhibiting cutting-edge programming in narrative, documentary and experimental film. A proud supporter of local filmmaking and the arts; BIFF also offers workshops, seminars, industry panel discussions, fiscal sponsorship and professional development opportunities, as well as an Offscreen series of art, music and performance.
We provide Western New York audiences and visitors access to the very best offerings in contemporary local, national, and world cinema.
We connect filmmakers, and WNY film and arts communities through collaborations and partnerships that align with local efforts to provide access to an increasing quantity of quality filmmaking resources in WNY. We contribute to WNY’s thriving cultural ecosystem through the implementation of this world-class festival.
Education & Engagement
We provide educational, financial and logistical support to local institutions, makers, and audiences by offering quality programming, as well as seminars, workshops, classes, internships and career development resources for film arts professionals.
Diversity & Inclusion
We celebrate the diversity of our community through programming and community partnerships that reflect and represent the rich and eclectic cultural fabric of WNY.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sam Toles, Chair
Paige Sarlin, Vice Chair
Stephen A. Manuele, Secretary
Renée M. Saracki, Treasurer
Tammy McGovern, Board Member
Keith Poplawski, Board Member
Meg Knowles, Board Member
Renee Russell, Emeritus
Anna Scime, Interim Executive Director
John J. Fink, Artistic Director
Holly Pilato-Scharnweber, Community Coordinator
U-Myah Chaney, Marketing Intern
Liv Paolini, Programming Intern
Ethan Menges, Communications Intern