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.”
But things change, and thanks to some dedicated film lovers, local movie fans can rejoice. Consider: There is a festival (or two) a month for the next three months. There are specialty series specifically for horror and noir lovers. And there are rare opportunities to see acclaimed and noteworthy independent films on the big screen, with a crowd of like-minded attendees.
So grab your popcorn, and start watching.
Niagara Falls International Film Festival
The first fest of autumn is the Niagara Falls International Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 26-29. An outgrowth of the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, the NFIFF features 11 feature-length movies and 24 short films covering a variety of genres.