48 Hours of Short Films in the Queen City


One of the reasons I wanted to start a film site for my own writing was to occasionally spotlight some local projects, screenings, etc., that I think are worthy of some attention. (Buffalo Spree continues to be a great source for calendar events like this, of course, and so is the Buffalo News Gusto section, which I have the pleasure of occasionally contributing to.) See: Hallwalls’ recent Jazz Noir series (returning in the fall), Squeaky Wheel’s annual Outdoor Animation Film Festival (July 27 and August 21), and, a very cool project happening from June 21 to 23, the Buffalo 48 Hour Film Project.

I must admit I was unfamiliar with the 48 Hour Film Project concept until I saw some Facebook posts; for its Buffalo incarnation, “filmmakers from all over the Buffalo area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world.”

This is a perfect event for college kids and others with a passion for film- and video-making, and I would expect some great work will come out of it.

You can find all of the details here, but note some key dates, all taken from the website:


Open Audition Casting:

Saturday, June 15

Noon–4 p.m.

Pierce-ArrowFilmArtsCenter, 1635 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo



Friday, June 21

6–7 p.m.




Sunday, June 23

5:30–8:30 p.m.  



Premiere Screenings

Wednesday, June 26–Thursday, June 27

7 p.m.

Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main Street, Buffalo

Tickets for the screening will be $10 and can be purchased at the Market Arcade.


Wrap Party

Wednesday, June 26

Directly following the screening

Cabaret Restaurant, 490 Pearl Street, Buffalo


Best of Screening

Wednesday, July 17

7 p.m.

Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St, Buffalo

Tickets will be $10, and available to purchase online directly through Helium’s website or at the door.

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