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The Buffalo International Film Festival Website Underwriter Opportunities for 2007 – 2008Revised November 10, 2007
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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, 2005. 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 and year round activities will be held at various venues in and around the Buffalo-Niagara area.
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 and bringing visitors from all over the world to contribute to the local economy.
Who is… • The Buffalo International Film Festival? • The President and Founder of BIFF is Edward Summer. Mr. Summer has worked extensivelyin 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) • Isadore Bleckman– Emmy Award CBS documentary cameraman: Walter Cronkite, Charles Kuralt, and Mike Wallace • David Buckley– Producer, Director: CEO PRCMovies, Inc., Shanghai, China • The Five Burton Sisters– Producer, Director, Writer, Actor “Manna from Heaven” • David Courier – Sundance Film Festival: Head of documentary film programs. • 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 Back • Ryan Harrington – A&E IndieFilms, Producer: Jesus Camp • Linda Jones – Chuck Jones Enterprises, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity • Lloyd Kaufman – Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Founder Troma Productions • Janis Lipzin– Award-winning experimental filmmaker • 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) • Lou Potter – Screenwriter: Emmy Nominee PBS Documentaries: Paul Robeson, Gordon Parks • Milton Rogovin– Award-winning Social Documentary Photographer • David 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 Hornet
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 Light • Lawrence 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.” • Nancy Kress – Nebula & Hugo winning author of 23 books including the “Sleepless Trilogy”
Who is… • The Buffalo International Film Festival? • How Science Works: The Film and Video CompetitionAdvisory Board includes (alphabetical) : • Howard Bloom- Author: The Global Brain • Shawn Carlson - MacArthur “Genius Grant;” Founder: Society for Amateur Scientists and "LabRats” • Jok Church- Artist/Writer/Creator Beakman & Jok, Beakman's World • Niles Eldredge- Evolutionist - American Museum of Natural History • Kendrick Frazier- Editor: Skeptical Inquirer, The Magazine for Science and Reason • Andrew Gellis- Producer/Writer - T-rex Back to the Cretaceous - IMAX 3D • Don Glut- Writer/Producer/Director - Author The Empire Strikes Back (the novel), TheDinosaur Encyclopedia • Dr. 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 Movies • Adrienne Mayor – Author: The First Fossil Hunters, Fossil Legends of the First Americans, visiting fellow: Princton, Stanford • Craig Miller- Writer, Producer, Publicist: Lucasfilm, Star Wars Fan Club, Curious George • Richard Milner- Author Encyclopedia of Evolution, Contributor: Natural History Magazine,Star: Darwin The Musical • Raymond O'Keefe- Founder Niagara Aerospace Museum • Jim Steranko– Award-winning Artist, Publisher, Writer, Magician
Who is… • The Buffalo International Film Festival? • Regional Historic and Cultural Advisors (alphabetical): • Richard Baer – Baer & Associates: Architectural Consultants • Mark D. Donnelly, PhD – Cultural Niagara: Buffalo Niagara Arts & Culture • Dennis Galucki– Director: Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier • Marti Gorman – Founder: Buffalo By Choice, Buffalo Heritage Unlimited Press, Buffalo Old Home Week • Jane Marinsky – Artist, Educator: Preliminary Logo Design • Alvin Parker – Historian, Educator, Ely S. Parker Interpreter, Member Heron Clan: Seneca Nation • Dan Sack – Forever Elmwood, Pataphysics • Christine Smyczynski– Author: An Explorer’s Guide to Western New York
The Buffalo International Film Festival • Completed Activities: • June 24, 2007Student Films Across America – Co-Presenter • September 29, 2007 – The First Buffalo Motion Picture History Tour (Organized to bring prominent members of Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) to the region) • October 16, 2007 – UNESCO World Audiovisual Heritage Day -- Common Council Resolution establishing October 27, 2007 as Buffalo’s celebration of the first such event. • October 19, 2007 – Established celebration of 111th Anniversary of founding of Vitascope Hall, world’s first movie theater founded October 19, 1886 by Mitchell H. Mark of Buffalo, New York. • October 24, 2007– First UNESCO World Audiovisual Heritage Day in Buffalo, New York – Mayor’s Proclamation: The Honorable Byron Brown • October 27, 2007 – First UNESCO World Audiovisual Heritage Day in Buffalo, New York – Celebration at Ellicott Square Building with recreation of entrance to Vitascope Theater
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. UNESCO
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.
The BIFF Audience – Who Are They? • In Buffalo… • 408,621 Adults 18+ • 52% female, 48% male • 88% are aged 25+ (55% are in the 25-54 Demo) • 73% report an HHI of $35K+ (28% earn $75K+) • 64% have attended college. 46% are White Collar. • 72% are White, 21% are African-American, 7% identify themselves as Hispanic/Other • In Rochester… • 241,800 Adults 18+ • 52% are female, 48% are male • 78% are aged 25+ (50% are aged 25-64) • 78% report an HHI of $35K+ (32% earn $75K+) • 67% have attended college. 50% are White Collar • 78% are White, 12% are African-American, 10% identify themselves as Hispanic/Other The current BIFF Web site receives 20,000 hits and 6,000 page views per month!
BIFF Website Sponsorship/Underwriter Categories… • Due to the high demand and high profile nature of the Buffalo International Film Festival, BIFF will be offering a limited number of special opportunities to help underwrite the Festival’s website and other work during 2007- 2008. These sponsorships include: • One (1) Premiere Level Title Underwriter $10,000 • Two (2) Marquee Level Underwriters $ 5,000 • Four (4) Gold Level Underwriters $ 2,500 • Five (5) Silver Level Underwriters $ 1,000
www.buffalofilmfestival.com Premiere Underwriter Home Page Header Size: 498 (w) x 78 (h) pixels Skyscraper(Gold Level) Size: 128 (w)x 248 (h) pixels Display(Silver Level) Size: 128 (w)x 98 (h) pixels Marquee Underwriter Home Page Header Minimum 25% Home Page Rotation Size: 498 (w) x 78 (h) pixels
Sponsors The Buffalo International Film Festival: The Ultimate in International Branding Current Sponsors and Co-Sponsors Spirit of America Award School of Visual Arts School of Visual Arts UNESCO:Memory of the World,World Audiovisual Heritage Day Co-Sponsors The Digital Nitrate Prize
BIFF Website Sponsorship/Underwriter Commitment… Manzella Marketing Group is the official sponsorship sales partner of the Buffalo International Film Festival. MMG has the right to deny any potential sponsor that does not fit the image of the Festival presentation. YES! We would like to be a select sponsor/underwriter of the Buffalo International Film Festival Web site. We understand that the duration of the relationship is 18 months. Business Name:________________________________ Level Selected (Circle one): Premiere Marquee Gold Silver $10,000 $5,000 $2,500 $1,000 Read and Agreed:__________________________ Date:______________ Buffalo International Film Festival, Inc. __________________ Date:______________
The Buffalo International Film Festival on the Web • Official Website for Buffalo International Film Festival: www.buffalofilmfestival.com • Official Website for How Science Works: The Film and Video Competition: www.HowScienceWorks.org • MySpace: www.myspace.com/buffalofilmfest • FaceBook: (Biff Buffalo) www.facebook.com/profile.php?id665012000 • Flixter: http://www.flixster.com/user/buffalofilmfestival • E-mail:BuffaloFilmFestival@Gmail.Com
The Buffalo International Film Festival President:Edward SummerTreasurer:David R. KoepsellSecretary:Renée Russell Accounting:Richard Wetter - Semanchin & Wetter, LLP Legal:Charles Beinhauer – Pfalzgraf, Beinhauer & Menzies, LLP DUNS: 187168039 Employer ID:20-2271599 NY State Tax Exempt ID: 241556 (as of October 27, 2006) Banking:M&T Bank, Buffalo, New York Buffalo International Film Festival, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit charitable corporation with a tax determination from the IRS and NY State and is registered with the the New York State Attorney General’s Office.