Buffer Festival, a film festival and marketplace that looks to celebrate premiere projects in the digital sphere, has announced the initial lineup of creators who will showcase their works at its 7th annual gathering. Buffer Festival will be held from Oct. 4 to 6 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.
Over 20% of the creators attending Buffer this year will be there for the first time, the festival says, including comedy vlogger Mac ‘MacDoesIt’ Kahey (pictured above), trans non-binary YouTube star Ash Hardell, humor writer and digital storyteller Evelyn From The Internets, BuzzFeed‘s Freddie Ransome (of the publisher’s ‘Ladylike‘ squad), Sharlene Taulé from the Fox musical drama Star, and Hedy Clark — the 14-year-old U.K. YouTuber and animator.
Returning Buffer attendees include filmmaking collective Wong Fu Productions, vlogger Elle Mills, comedy creator and musician Jon Cozart, sex expert Shannon Boodram, actress Whitney Avalon, YouTuber-filmmaker PJ Liguori, and author Melanie Murphy.
In addition to the aforementioned screenings, Buffer Festival also comprises panels, networking opportunities, and other educational initiatives for up-and-coming creators. For instance, Buffer recently announced a new initiative dubbed Road to Freedom, which will furnish support to young indigenous filmmakers. Buffer and sponsor Samsung Canada have worked with roughly 50 young members of the Muscowpetung, Bird Tail, and Ocean Man First Nations communities.