Rochester Int'l. Film Festival


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3 Days. Dozens of Films. 1,000s of Film Lovers.

The Rochester International Film Festival is one of the world's longest running short (<30 min.) film festivals. Since 1959, our event has been produced and presented by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Movies On A Shoestring, Inc. Each Spring we screen dozens of films at no cost to attendees for near-capacity crowds at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman Museum.

Voted City's "Best Local Film Festival" time and again!

The shorts we screen are submitted by filmmakers from all corners at all career levels and represent diverse cultures/worldviews. Genres: animation, comedy, drama, documentary, etc. If you're a filmmaker, submit to us! If you're an advertiser, snag a page in our keepsake print program. Screened films are awarded our distinctive Shoestring Trophy.

We provide a platform for filmmakers of all backgrounds. Our goal is to bring the best in short films to appreciative audiences in Greater Rochester, N.Y., and to help filmmakers connect with their peers and their fans. We offer visiting filmmakers assistance with hospitality and host a number of special outings and events for them. Learn even more at
Equipment & Facilities
The Rochester International Film Festival is held annually at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman Museum in Rochester, N.Y. Our projectionist is Darryl Jones, who receives assistance from Dryden staff, students from RIT's Motion Picture program and others. Submissions meet Region 1 or Region Free standards.
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PO Box 17746
Rochester, NY 14617, Monroe County
Rochester NY Finger Lakes Region
Year Founded: 1959
Parent Company: Movies On A Shoestring, Inc.
Industries Served
We serve filmmakers, production companies and entire communities. We do that by offering a means for sharing a love of short film, connecting with one another and bringing our "Best of the Fest" traveling collection to groups offering no-cost screenings at schools, libraries, etc. Ads in our keepsake print program are seen by 1,800+ attendees over a three day period during which we hold (4) distinct screenings which are FREE to attend. Join us!
Production Credits
Our 100% volunteer-run organization is comprised of 50+ individuals who serve on special committees, assist with pre-screening, participate in Final Judging and/or sit on our Board of Directors. Our community partnerships also play a large role in making the Rochester International Film Festival a success.
585-496-4433 (Phone 2)
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PO Box 17746 Rochester, NY 14617
Monroe County, Rochester NY Finger Lakes Region
Key Contacts
Donna Hooker, BoD Submissions Coordinator
Christine G. Adamo, BoD Communications
Gregory Langen, BoD President
Dan Reardon, BoD Treasurer
Anita Langen, BoD Secretary