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1 The Buffalo International Film Festival About BIFF for 2007 – 2008 Revised January 7, 2008

2 What is… The Buffalo International Film Festival? The Buffalo International Film Festival is FUN,

3 What is… The Buffalo International Film Festival? The Buffalo International Film Festival is GOOD FOR BUSINESS,

4 What is… The Buffalo International Film Festival? The Buffalo International Film Festival is GOOD FOR THE ENTIRE WESTERN NEW YORK COMMUNITY.

5 What is… The Buffalo International Film Festival? The Buffalo International Film Festival, Inc. was founded as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable organization on January 21, BIFF is planning a major international Film Festival celebrating artistic and cultural diversity for the benefit of Western New York and the world community. The festival will include film and video competitions, screenings, educational events, and appearances by industry professionals and personalities. Festival events will be held at various venues in and around the Buffalo-Niagara area.

6 What is… The Buffalo International Film Festival? The Buffalo International Film Festival (BIFF) follows the tradition of world-renowned festivals – festivals with names like Sundance and Tribeca and Cannes. What makes BIFF unique is that the festival will highlight the past and present work of individuals who were born, raised, or educated in the Western New York Region and who have contributed to world motion picture history. Western New York has a rich cultural and artistic heritage. The Buffalo International Film Festival is dedicated to the mission of recognizing the achievements of Western New Yorkers, bringing visitors from all over the world to contribute to the local economy and encouraging local film production.

7 Who is… The Buffalo International Film Festival? The President and Founder of BIFF is Edward Summer. Mr. Summer has worked extensively in the motion picture industry. The President and Founder of BIFF is Edward Summer. Mr. Summer has worked extensively in the motion picture industry. BIFF Advisory Board members (alphabetically) include: Motion Pictures, Television and Media Howard Beckerman – Award-winning Animator (Mickey Mouse, Heckle and Jeckle, Popeye)Howard Beckerman – Award-winning Animator (Mickey Mouse, Heckle and Jeckle, Popeye) Isadore Bleckman – Emmy Award CBS documentary cameraman: Walter Cronkite, Charles Kuralt, and Mike WallaceIsadore Bleckman – Emmy Award CBS documentary cameraman: Walter Cronkite, Charles Kuralt, and Mike Wallace David Buckley – Producer, Director: CEO PRCMovies, Inc., Shanghai, ChinaDavid Buckley – Producer, Director: CEO PRCMovies, Inc., Shanghai, China The Five Burton Sisters – Producer, Director, Writer, Actor Manna from HeavenThe Five Burton Sisters – Producer, Director, Writer, Actor Manna from Heaven David Courier – Sundance Film Festival: Head of documentary film programs.David Courier – Sundance Film Festival: Head of documentary film programs. Tom Fontana - Producer / Writer: (St. Elsewhere, Oz, Homicide: Life on the Street)Tom Fontana - Producer / Writer: (St. Elsewhere, Oz, Homicide: Life on the Street) Roberta Friedman - Experimental Film Maker; Effects supervisor: Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes BackRoberta Friedman - Experimental Film Maker; Effects supervisor: Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back Ryan Harrington – A&E IndieFilms, Producer: Jesus CampRyan Harrington – A&E IndieFilms, Producer: Jesus Camp Linda Jones – Chuck Jones Enterprises, Chuck Jones Center for CreativityLinda Jones – Chuck Jones Enterprises, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Lloyd Kaufman – Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Founder Troma ProductionsLloyd Kaufman – Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Founder Troma Productions Janis Lipzin – Award-winning experimental filmmakerJanis Lipzin – Award-winning experimental filmmaker Ric Meyers – Writer/Asian Film Expert (A&E Biography; Discovery TV Incredibly Strange Film Show, Bravo Profiles)Ric Meyers – Writer/Asian Film Expert (A&E Biography; Discovery TV Incredibly Strange Film Show, Bravo Profiles) Jimmy Picker – Animator: (Academy Award: Best Animated Short 1983)Jimmy Picker – Animator: (Academy Award: Best Animated Short 1983) Lou Potter – Screenwriter: Emmy Nominee PBS Documentaries: Paul Robeson, Gordon ParksLou Potter – Screenwriter: Emmy Nominee PBS Documentaries: Paul Robeson, Gordon Parks Milton Rogovin – Award-winning Social Documentary PhotographerMilton Rogovin – Award-winning Social Documentary Photographer David Shire - Academy Award-winning composer, 125 motion pictures and television showsDavid Shire - Academy Award-winning composer, 125 motion pictures and television shows Fran Striker, Jr – Son of Fran Striker: Creator of The Lone Ranger, The Green HornetFran Striker, Jr – Son of Fran Striker: Creator of The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet

8 Who is… The Buffalo International Film Festival? BIFF Advisory Board members (alphabetically) include: Authors: Literature, Journalism (alphabetical) : Lauren Belfer – Author: New York Times Best-seller: City of LightLauren Belfer – Author: New York Times Best-seller: City of Light Lawrence Block – Edgar Winner and New York Times Best-selling Author: All the Flowers Are Dying; Tanner on Ice; Six Million Ways to DieLawrence Block – Edgar Winner and New York Times Best-selling Author: All the Flowers Are Dying; Tanner on Ice; Six Million Ways to Die John Kessel – Nebula Award winning author, Theodore Sturgeon Award for story Buffalo.John Kessel – Nebula Award winning author, Theodore Sturgeon Award for story Buffalo. Nancy Kress – Nebula & Hugo winning author of 23 books including the Sleepless Trilogy Nancy Kress – Nebula & Hugo winning author of 23 books including the Sleepless Trilogy

9 Who is… The Buffalo International Film Festival? How Science Works: The Film and Video Competition Advisory Board includes (alphabetical) : Howard Bloom - Author: The Global BrainHoward Bloom - Author: The Global Brain Dr. Shawn Carlson - MacArthur Genius Fellowship; Founder: Society for Amateur Scientists and "LabRatsDr. Shawn Carlson - MacArthur Genius Fellowship; Founder: Society for Amateur Scientists and "LabRats Jok Church - Artist/Writer/Creator Beakman & Jok, Beakman's WorldJok Church - Artist/Writer/Creator Beakman & Jok, Beakman's World Niles Eldredge - Evolutionist - American Museum of Natural HistoryNiles Eldredge - Evolutionist - American Museum of Natural History Kendrick Frazier - Editor: Skeptical Inquirer, The Magazine for Science and ReasonKendrick Frazier - Editor: Skeptical Inquirer, The Magazine for Science and Reason Andrew Gellis - Producer/Writer - T-rex Back to the Cretaceous - IMAX 3DAndrew Gellis - Producer/Writer - T-rex Back to the Cretaceous - IMAX 3D Don Glut - Writer/Producer/Director - Author The Empire Strikes Back (the novel), The Dinosaur EncyclopediaDon Glut - Writer/Producer/Director - Author The Empire Strikes Back (the novel), The Dinosaur Encyclopedia Dr. Herbert A. Hauptman - Nobel Laureate, Nobel Prize in ChemistryDr. Herbert A. Hauptman - Nobel Laureate, Nobel Prize in Chemistry David Heeley – Winner of 7 Emmy Awards, Producer/Director, PBS: Nature, Discovery Channel, Sesame Street, Turner Classic MoviesDavid Heeley – Winner of 7 Emmy Awards, Producer/Director, PBS: Nature, Discovery Channel, Sesame Street, Turner Classic Movies Adrienne Mayor – Author: The First Fossil Hunters, Fossil Legends of the First Americans, visiting fellow: Princeton, StanfordAdrienne Mayor – Author: The First Fossil Hunters, Fossil Legends of the First Americans, visiting fellow: Princeton, Stanford Craig Miller - Writer, Producer, Publicist: Lucasfilm, Star Wars Fan Club, Curious GeorgeCraig Miller - Writer, Producer, Publicist: Lucasfilm, Star Wars Fan Club, Curious George Richard Milner - Author Encyclopedia of Evolution, Contributor: Natural History Magazine, Star: Darwin The MusicalRichard Milner - Author Encyclopedia of Evolution, Contributor: Natural History Magazine, Star: Darwin The Musical Mark Mortenson – President and CEO Buffalo Museum of ScienceMark Mortenson – President and CEO Buffalo Museum of Science Raymond O'Keefe – Founder: Niagara Aerospace MuseumRaymond O'Keefe – Founder: Niagara Aerospace Museum Jim Steranko – Award-winning Artist, Publisher, Writer, MagicianJim Steranko – Award-winning Artist, Publisher, Writer, Magician

10 Who is… The Buffalo International Film Festival? Regional Historic and Cultural Advisors (alphabetical) : Richard Baer – Baer & Associates: Architectural ConsultantsRichard Baer – Baer & Associates: Architectural Consultants Mark D. Donnelly, PhD – Cultural Niagara: Buffalo Niagara Arts & CultureMark D. Donnelly, PhD – Cultural Niagara: Buffalo Niagara Arts & Culture Dennis Galucki – Director: Landmark Society of the Niagara FrontierDennis Galucki – Director: Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier Marti Gorman – Founder: Buffalo By Choice, Buffalo Heritage Unlimited Press, Buffalo Old Home WeekMarti Gorman – Founder: Buffalo By Choice, Buffalo Heritage Unlimited Press, Buffalo Old Home Week William H. Loos – Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts (founder, Mark Twain Room): Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (Retired); President Emeritus, Western New York Heritage PressWilliam H. Loos – Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts (founder, Mark Twain Room): Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (Retired); President Emeritus, Western New York Heritage Press Jane Marinsky – Artist, Educator: Preliminary Logo DesignJane Marinsky – Artist, Educator: Preliminary Logo Design Matthew W. Meier, AIA; Partner: Hamilton, Houston, Lownie Architects.Matthew W. Meier, AIA; Partner: Hamilton, Houston, Lownie Architects. Alvin Parker – Historian, Educator, Ely S. Parker Interpreter, Member Heron Clan: Seneca NationAlvin Parker – Historian, Educator, Ely S. Parker Interpreter, Member Heron Clan: Seneca Nation Dan Sack – Forever Elmwood, PataphysicsDan Sack – Forever Elmwood, Pataphysics Christine Smyczynski – Author: An Explorers Guide to Western New YorkChristine Smyczynski – Author: An Explorers Guide to Western New York Paul Warner – Hadley Exhibits, Inc. : National Account ExecutivePaul Warner – Hadley Exhibits, Inc. : National Account Executive Scott S. Wood – scott alexander wood designScott S. Wood – scott alexander wood design

11 The Buffalo International Film Festival Completed Activities : Completed Activities : June 24, 2007 Student Films Across America – Co-PresenterJune 24, 2007 Student Films Across America – Co-Presenter July 2007 – Umbrella organization for documentary film: Calvin of OakknollJuly 2007 – Umbrella organization for documentary film: Calvin of Oakknoll September 29, 2007 – The First Buffalo Motion Picture History Tour (Organized to bring prominent international members of Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) to the Buffalo and the Western New York region).September 29, 2007 – The First Buffalo Motion Picture History Tour (Organized to bring prominent international members of Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) to the Buffalo and the Western New York region). October 16, 2007 – UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage -- Common Council Resolution establishing October 27, 2007 as Buffalos celebration of the first such event.October 16, 2007 – UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage -- Common Council Resolution establishing October 27, 2007 as Buffalos celebration of the first such event. October 19, 2007 – Established celebration of 111 th Anniversary of founding of Vitascope Theater, worlds first movie theater founded October 19, 1886 by Mitchell H. Mark of Buffalo, New York.October 19, 2007 – Established celebration of 111 th Anniversary of founding of Vitascope Theater, worlds first movie theater founded October 19, 1886 by Mitchell H. Mark of Buffalo, New York. October 24, 2007 – First UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage in Buffalo, New York – Mayors Proclamation: The Honorable Byron Brown.October 24, 2007 – First UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage in Buffalo, New York – Mayors Proclamation: The Honorable Byron Brown. October 27, 2007 – First UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage in Buffalo, New York – Celebration at Ellicott Square Building with recreation of entrance to Vitascope Theater.October 27, 2007 – First UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage in Buffalo, New York – Celebration at Ellicott Square Building with recreation of entrance to Vitascope Theater. November 8-11, 2007 – Buffalo Film Festival recommends…. Second Annual Polish Film Showcase.November 8-11, 2007 – Buffalo Film Festival recommends…. Second Annual Polish Film Showcase. December 1, 2007 – Official Founding of Buffalo Film Society, a membership organization.December 1, 2007 – Official Founding of Buffalo Film Society, a membership organization. November 25, 2007 – The Buffalo News: Front Page article on Vitascope Hall, The Worlds First Movie TheaterNovember 25, 2007 – The Buffalo News: Front Page article on Vitascope Hall, The Worlds First Movie Theater January 1, 2008 – Official Founding of Buffalo Cinematheque.January 1, 2008 – Official Founding of Buffalo Cinematheque. UNESCO: World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

12 The Buffalo International Film Festival: The Ultimate in International Branding The Buffalo International Film Festival – a premier regional and international media and entertainment event - is currently soliciting founding sponsors for their prestigious Western New York festival. By agreeing to partner with the not-for-profit BIFF, your business will be associated with an international event garnering worldwide media attention. Sponsors of Sundance, Tribeca, and the Toronto International Film Festival listed at right.

13 The Buffalo International Film Festival: The Ultimate in International Branding UNESCO: Memory of the World, World Audiovisual Heritage Day Sponsors School of Visual Arts School of Visual Arts Foundation Spirit of America Award The Digital Nitrate Prize Co-Sponsors Website Affiliates

14 The Buffalo International Film Festival: Audience Demographics The Buffalo International Film Festival has researched the target demographic in WNY using Scarborough Research and Media Audit. These two highly respected marketing firms are used by print, radio and television clients, advertising agencies, sports teams/leagues and financial institutions nationwide. Scarborough Research was founded in 1975 and conducts studies in 75 markets across the country. Media Audit was founded in 1971 and conducts surveys in 80 US markets. These two firms offer the most reliable information available – their data is an integral part in multi-media planning across the country.

15 The BIFF Audience – Who Are They? In Buffalo… 408,621 Adults ,621 Adults % female, 48% male52% female, 48% male 88% are aged 25+ (55% are in the Demo)88% are aged 25+ (55% are in the Demo) 73% report an HHI of $35K+ (28% earn $75K+)73% report an HHI of $35K+ (28% earn $75K+) 64% have attended college. 46% are White Collar.64% have attended college. 46% are White Collar. 72% are White, 21% are African-American, 7% identify themselves as Hispanic/Other72% are White, 21% are African-American, 7% identify themselves as Hispanic/Other In Rochester… 241,800 Adults ,800 Adults % are female, 48% are male52% are female, 48% are male 78% are aged 25+ (50% are aged 25-64)78% are aged 25+ (50% are aged 25-64) 78% report an HHI of $35K+ (32% earn $75K+)78% report an HHI of $35K+ (32% earn $75K+) 67% have attended college. 50% are White Collar67% have attended college. 50% are White Collar 78% are White, 12% are African-American, 10% identify themselves as Hispanic/Other78% are White, 12% are African-American, 10% identify themselves as Hispanic/Other Extended Population: 6 Million ResidentsExtended Population: 6 Million Residents The current BIFF Web site receives 20,000 hits and 6,000 page views per month!

16 On Founding Sponsors will receive VERY SPECIAL PLACEMENT LARGER THAN UNDERWRITERS Premiere Underwriter Home Page Header Size: 498 (w) x 78 (h) pixels Display (Silver Level) Size: 128 (w) x 98 (h) pixels Skyscraper (Gold Level) Size: 128 (w) x 248 (h) pixels Marquee Underwriter Home Page Header Minimum 25% Home Page Rotation Size: 498 (w) x 78 (h) pixels

17 The Buffalo International Film Festival on the Web Official Website for Buffalo International Film Festival: Official Website for Buffalo International Film Festival: MySpace: MySpace: FaceBook: (Biff Buffalo) FaceBook: (Biff Buffalo) Flixter: Flixter: BIFF Mailing List: BIFF Mailing List: PayPal – Buffalo International Film Festival is fully registered with PayPal to accept tax-deductible donations online. Use PayPal – Buffalo International Film Festival is fully registered with PayPal to accept tax-deductible donations online. Use Official Website for How Science Works: The Film and Video Competition: Website for How Science Works: The Film and Video Competition: How Science Works Mailing List groups.google.com/group/HowScienceWorks How Science Works Mailing List groups.google.com/group/HowScienceWorks How Science Works MySpace How Science Works MySpace

18 The Buffalo International Film Festival Buffalo International Film Festival, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit charitable corporation with a tax determination from the IRS (as of January 21, 2005) and NY State and is registered with the New York State Attorney Generals Office. President: Edward Summer Treasurer: David R. Koepsell Secretary: Renée Russell Accounting: Richard Wetter - Semanchin & Wetter, LLP Legal: Charles Beinhauer – Pfalzgraf, Beinhauer & Menzies, LLP DUNS: Employer ID: NY State Tax Exempt ID: (as of October 27, 2006) Banking: M&T Bank, Buffalo, New York Contact:

19 "Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light to all that are in the house. "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works…." Math. 5:13-16


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