Buffalo International Film Festival kicks off Friday, ‘The Runner’ short film to make North American premiere


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Buffalo International Film Festival will be kicking off Friday night at North Park Theatre on Hertel Avenue. That’s where a short film called ‘The Runner’ will be making it’s North American premiere. It was shot here in the Queen City two years ago.

Los Angeles Director and native Buffalonian Justin Berardi has returned back home to promote the film. ‘The Runner’ has been shown at film festivals all over the world. It’s a short 12 minute film with no dialogue, about a recovering alcoholic who turns to running as a way of confronting his past and seeking a deeper purpose. The film covers universal themes like self improvement, transformation and community issues like addiction.

Berardi says scenes were shot all over buffalo.

“We shot in some locations that are kind of off the radar and that was one of the biggest reasons for shooting the film here is that I really want to utilize locations that audiences won’t be familiar with so some of those locations include Grand Central Terminal, Silo City. I had always known that I wanted to come back here to shoot a film and seeing the city really rally around the arts and film making and bringing other films here as well over the past 10 years or so has really been a game changer,” said Justin Berardi, Director.

‘The Runner’ will be premiering at 10:15 Friday night.

For more information on the Buffalo International Film Festival and how you can buy tickets, go to: http://buffalointernationalfilmfestival.com/

For more information on ‘The Runner’ go to: http://www.therunnershortfilm.com

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