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Actress Josie DiVincenzo

February 21, 2020

SUNY Niagara will host its 21st Annual Film and Animation Festival on Saturday, May 9, 2020, in the Arts and Media Theatre on the college’s Sanborn campus.  The event brings together filmmakers and animation artists from Western New York and beyond the region as well.

The highlight of the event is an international film competition in which awards are given to filmmakers in a variety of categories.  A $200 prize is awarded to the best films in the following categories: Drama, Comedy, Animation, Documentary, Music Video, Horror, and Experimental.  Judges for the contest include filmmakers, animators, actors, musicians, and other industry professionals.  Three additional $100 prizes are awarded to local filmmakers in the “Best of 716” category: Best High School Student Film, Best College Student Film and Best of the Festival.

The event is sponsored by SUNY Niagara’s Digital Media Department, Animation Department, Communication Studies Department, along with the Digital Filmmakers Club and the SUNY Niagara’s Office of Student Life.  Admission to the festival is free, with food and refreshments available for purchase at the event.

The SUNY Niagara Film and Animation Festival is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Austin Air Systems of Buffalo.  To submit a film for consideration, visit: NiagaraFilmFestival.  The deadline for submission is Wednesday, April 1, 2020.  To find additional details on the event, visit

Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220