Mission Statement

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.

Core Principals

  • Artistry – We provide Western New York audiences and visitors access to the very best offerings in contemporary local, national, and world cinema.
  • Community Collaboration –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 – We celebrate the diversity of our community through programming and community partnerships that reflect and represent the rich and eclectic cultural fabric of WNY.

Past Programs



BIFF Executive Staff

Executive Director – Ray Guarnieri

Interim Festival Director -Laurie Brown

Programming Director – John Fink

Marketing Director – Don Burns

Judging Committee Chairman – Joel Resnikoff

BIFF Board of Directors

Sam Toles – Chair
Anna Scime – Vice Chair
Stephen A. Manuele – Secretary
Renee Russell – Treasurer
Renée M. Saracki