International film "cineposium" comes to Buffalo in 2020

200 executives and commissioners from around the world to utilize Buffalo next September

Mike Baggerman
November 11, 2019 - 12:30 pm

North Park Theatre on Hertel Avenue promoting "Cineposium" 2020. November 11, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Some of the top executives in the world of film will convene in Buffalo next September for the global conference known as "Cineposium".

The 44th annual Cineposium, run by the Association of Film Commissioners International, will bring film commissioners and industry leaders to discuss the world of filmmaking when it comes to Buffalo from September 16 to September 19.

Upwards of 200 film executives are anticipated to take part in the annual Cineposium.

AFCI President Jessica Conopoli said that Buffalo was selected as the international location due to the amount of film production companies in New York State and, in part, because of Buffalo's proximity to Canada and the annual Toronto Film Festival.

"There is a thriving industry here," Conopoli said. "From what I'm hearing, there's been huge growth in the last ten years. That's a wonderful thing to spotlight."

She also touted government support as a reason for the conference's location.

The four-day event will include two days of panels and keynotes on "hot-button" topics such as diversity, tourism, and sustainability. Conopoli said one of the days will be dedicated to a "cultural and industry tour".

"It gives the host city a chance to really showcase what they have and who they are," Conopoli said. "That's incredibly important. It gives people a strong sense of place so when they leave they have a location etched in their mind, not just the inside of a conference building or hotel."

A location for the symposium has not been determined. Conopoli was scheduled to visit Niagara Falls to scout a potential site there. At the time of our interview with her, she did not visit the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Monday's announcement also saw an appearance from actors William Fichtner and Kim Coates, who promoted their upcoming drama "Cold Brook".

"We know what Buffalo is about," Fichtner, a Western New York native, said. "We love this place. People come here and the cast that was on my film, they were here a few days and are like 'This city is amazing'. I'm like 'You're not telling me anything I don't know. I grew up here'."

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