Few would dispute that Rochester’s rich film heritage plays a big role in the wealth of film festivals you can find in Rochester, pretty much year-round. Below are some of the upcoming film festivals in 2018. For those that are still accepting submissions, we’ve include submission deadlines.
90-Second Newbery Film Festival – March 25 at 2 pm, George Eastman Museum’s Dryden Theatre – Enjoy a free screening of some amazing and hysterical works created by Rochester’s youth, who create 90-Second videos based on Newbery Award and Honor Books. Screening is free, but click here to make required reservations.
Fast Forward Film Festival – April 13 from 7-8:30 pm at the Little Theatre, April 14 from 6:30-10 pm at the Dryden Theatre. Embracing the short film format, Fast Forward challenges filmmakers to utilize the power of visual storytelling to convey the urgency of our environmental problems. By focusing creativity into films under five minutes in length, Fast Forward films become an important communication tool to inspire change, connect people and build an environmentally concerned community. Click Here for tickets.
One Take Film Festival – April 19 – 22 at the Little Theatre. Check website for dates, times and tickets. The One Take Film Festival has grown out the Little Theatre’s highly successful monthly documentary series that began in 2012. The series celebrates and promotes the art of non-fiction filmmaking and stimulates public understanding and appreciation of documentary film. The One Take Film Festival is a four day jubilee of education, art, music, food, empowerment, and film that brings together filmmakers and audiences for direct engagement after each event.
Real2Reel Film Festival – Date and location to be determined – “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” -Frederick Douglass
What is your struggle? How have you progressed? We here at REAL2REEL are looking for youth made videos, music, poetry, song, dance, or art. Real2Reel is seeking youths’ expression of struggle and progress in 2018, the year of Frederick Douglass. Whether it be a personal triumph or a national concern, we want you to share it & we can show it. SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY 3/30/18.
Rochester Int’l Film Festival – April 26 at 8pm, April 27 at 8 pm, April 28 at 4 pm and 8 pm at George Eastman Museum’s Dryden Theatre. The Rochester International Film Festival is the longest running, continually held, short film festival in the world! Are you a fan of narrative film? Documentaries? Animation? Foreign language? Suspense? Whatever it is you love most about short film, we’ve got it! All four screenings are FREE to attend!
JCC Ames Amzalak Rochester International Jewish Film Festival – July 8 – July 16, 2018 at the JCC of Greater Rochester. The JCC of Greater Rochester established the Rochester Jewish Film Festival in 2001 to present the best contemporary Jewish themed films from around the world to the Rochester community. RJFF exists to promote awareness and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people; to strengthen community consciousness of Jewish identity, history and culture; to provide a forum for community gatherings that allows valuable dialogue; and to create an international showcase for filmmakers whose work explores Jewish themes. SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH APRIL 15, 2018.
Reel Mind 10th Anniversary Film Festival – May – June, Check website for films – The Reel Mind Film & Theatre Series features films, performances and art exhibits that address the social stigma of mental illness and behavioral disorders while providing a message of hope that recovery is possible. The series is a collaborative project of a number of mental health agencies including NAMI-Rochester, The Mental Health Association, DePaul, East House, the Genesee Valley Psychological Association, the University of Rochester and the Rochester Psychiatric Center.
Rochester Teen Film Festival – August 8, 2018 – The purpose of the festival is to honor the work of urban, suburban and rural teen filmmakers and give young people an authentic opportunity to participate in a real film festival. This year, young filmmakers will again have a chance to earn the Philip Seymour Hoffman Award, which honors the life and legacy of the late Academy Award-winning actor and Fairport, N.Y. native. The annual award is given to the teen whose film is chosen by the judges as “Best of Fest” and was established in association with the Hoffman family. SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH JUNE 11, 2018.
ImageOut Film Festival – October 4 – 14, 2018 – ImageOut is a premier LGBTQ+ film festival in New York State. We present LGBTQ+ arts and cultural experiences showcasing films, other creative works and artists to promote awareness, foster dialogue and build community. Our vision is for ImageOut to be recognized and respected as a major arts and cultural organization enriching the community by celebrating and bringing visibility to LGBTQ+ artists and themed work. SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN FROM FEBRUARY 16 – JULY 26.
High Falls Film Festival – November 1- 5, 2018 at theaters across Rochester. The High Falls Film Festival celebrates the achievements of women in all aspects of filmmaking; through programs that recognize the best work of female cinematic artists. The Festival includes features, documentaries, shorts, and children’s programs, parties, meet & greets and educational panels/workshops. SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN FROM MARCH 23 – AUGUST 31.