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Buffalo International Film Festival announces lineup

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Mon, Sep 17th 2018 04:00 pm
Local premieres, festival award winners & critic favorites Oct. 4-8
Venues include North Park Theatre, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, Burchfield Penney Art Center
The Buffalo International Film Festival (BIFF), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit film festival serving Western New York, has announced its complete lineup, including opening night film Christina Kallas' "The Rainbow Experiment"; the closing night presentation of Adam Linkenhelt and Pat McGee's "American Relapse"; and the world premiere of Niagara Falls-lensed "The Rainbow Bridge Motel." In addition, BIFF will present Western New York premieres of Sundance, South By Southwest, Cleveland and Slamdance award winners "The Sentence," "Thunder Road," Manry at Sea" and "MexMan."
Tickets are on sale now at buffalofilm.org.
New for programming for 2018 includes independent episodics, as well as a new student block highlighting emerging Western New York talent. Additionally, BIFF includes special events, free industry panels and a special performance by pioneering experimental filmmaker and musician Michael Snow.
This year, BIFF will screen more than 125 films from 22 countries. Venues include the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.), Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (341 Delaware Ave.), Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center (617 Main St.) and Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.).
"Our 12th annual festival again includes acclaimed films from around the world as well as from around the region. This year we're proud to deepen our commitment to cinephiles as well as the growing Western New York film industry through the expansion of our local and student programming lines," said Interim Executive Director John J. Fink.
Festival Director Tilke Hill added, "BIFF returns offering an inclusive survey of creative works from around the world and region highlighted by our new episodic programs. To cap off this new programing section we close the festival with a screening of the timely 'American Relapse' - the basis for an upcoming 'Viceland series' - as we continue the vital conversation about the evolution of cinematic storytelling through the development of new platforms."
Ticket options include BIFF's all-access Bison Pass for $39.99 (until Oct. 5). The full line-up, including screenings, confirmed guests and free panels, is available at buffalofilm.org/lineup. Individual screening tickets are $12, with matinee pricing available for the first show of the day on Friday and Monday. Youth programs hosted at Squeaky Wheel and panels are free to attend.
A full description of films, events and attending guests is available at buffalofilm.org
The 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, BIFF also offers workshops, seminars, industry panel discussions, fiscal sponsorship and professional development opportunities.

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