Film Festivals, Film Programs & online viewing

Celebrating diverse voices expanding cultural awareness and connection through short film. Spark Filmmakers Collaborative’s free film programs celebrate the skilled, artistry, and diverse storytelling styles of filmmakers in Western New York and worldwide while building cultural awareness and connection. Our stories help us see ourselves in each other breaking down stereotypes perpetuated by lack of representation.

Belive in Ukraine Film Program

Embark on a global journey of solidarity with the “Believe in Ukraine” event series, commencing on February 24, 2024, in Buffalo, New York, and spanning 40 cities worldwide. Join us in expressing unwavering support for the resilient Ukrainian people as we commemorate the second anniversary of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

This program, created in collaboration with Ukrainian filmmaker Anastasiia Kiril, will feature a 30-40 minute short film program curated to bring more understanding and appreciation of Ukraine and the Ukrainian experience to the world via Ukrainian-centered storytelling.

All self-identifying Ukrainian filmmakers, regardless of their current residence or birthplace, are invited to submit their films for consideration at the Buffalo event and other participating cities and future screenings over the course of 2024. Submissions are accepted via FilmFreeway.

Haudenosaunee Micro-Short Film Program

Haudenosaunee Micro-Short Film Program

The Haudenosaunee Micro-Short Film Program, curated by Seneca filmmaker Terry J. Jones, features a collection of short films created by Haudenosaunee filmmakers from all over Turtle Island. From narrative to documentary, experimental to dance, youth films to animation, this robust collection of micro-short films exemplifies the breadth of talent of established and emerging Haudenosaunee filmmakers. Each screening program is followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

Spark Micro-Short Film Festival

Spark Micro-Short Film Festival & MicroMania® Channel are nonprofit projects created to support independent voices in film by celebrating the skill and artistry of micro-short cinema (up to 5 minutes long before credits). Our annual film festival features a multi-day short film program showcasing brilliant and impactful storytelling curated to spread cultural awareness and inspire voices of all kinds to self-represent their stories and vision in film and video.

WNY Filmmaker Spotlight @ Fitz Books

Join us every second Saturday through December at Fitz Books & Waffles for a short film screening program and filmmaker chat with local Western New York filmmakers.

MicroMania Vimeo Channel

Launched in April 2020, the MicroMania Channel (2.35+ Million views) was created to showcase officially selected Spark Micro-Short Film Festival (formerly MicroMania Film Fest) films to international audiences online.

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