Rochester International Film Festival

Rochester Int'l. Film Festival (RIFF) // produced & presented by Movies On A Shoestring, Inc.

59th edition

Apr 20 - Apr 22, 2018
Rochester, New York, United States

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films
Film length
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, B-Movie, Biography, Burlesque, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film noir, Flash, Foreign, Health, Hip Hop, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, LGBT, Live Action, Medical, Melodrama, Microcinema, Mockumentary, Music, Musical, Mystery, Nature, News, , Parody, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Religious, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science, Science fiction, Silent movie, Social issues, Spiritual, Sports, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War, Western

Mission / description SUBMIT YOUR SHORT FILM TODAY & GET MORE THAN YOU BARGAINED FOR! The Rochester Int'l. Film Festival is the longest-running, continuously-held, short-film festival in the world. Over 3 days we screen dozens of films for 1,000s of film lovers at the famed Dryden Theatre at George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. Our next fest runs April 20-22, 2017.

Submit by Dec. 1, 2016, for 30% OFF our submission fee.

In Preliminary judging, your entry is viewed start-to-finish. You then receive a critique letter which sums up our screening committee's comments. If your film is selected for viewing at the Rochester Int'l. Film Festival, you'll be awarded our distinctive Shoestring Trophy.

Want (5) more reasons to enter our festival? You got ‘em!

Filmmakers who attend our award-winning fest enjoy: Private tours of the George Eastman Museum’s film archives, networking with filmmakers from around the world, help arranging individual accommodations, day trips to places like Niagara Falls, lunches, dinner parties, etc.

Go to, print an entry form and mail it in with your film. It really is that easy. Rochester Int'l. Film Festival | c/o MOAS | P.O. Box 17746 | Rochester, NY 14617 | | voicemail: (585) 496-4433, EST.
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Class Founded: 1959
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Sep 07, 2015

Early bird deadline: Dec 01, 2016
Regular deadline: Jan 22, 2017
Late deadline: Feb 01, 2017

Notification date: Mar 21, 2017

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Fees Fees range from 35.00 to 50.00 USD . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD
Other prizes: Trophies, certificates
General rules Conditions of Entry

• Entries must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2017.

• Maximum length of entries is 30 minutes.

• Entries should be submitted on DVD (region 1 or region free) format for preliminary screening.

• $35 Entry fee if postmarked before December 1, 2016.
$50 if received between December 1, 2016 and February 1, 2017.
Entry fee can be paid by PayPal (see link below), or by US check/International money order (payable to Movies on a Shoestring Inc.).

• The festival is open to films and videos of all genres.

• Each entry must stand alone as a self-contained work. Episodes of a series, video components of a multimedia installation, or other fragments of larger works will not be accepted.

• Multiple entries on a single disc are not permitted.

• Each Official festival screening copy must be received 14 days before festival. If indicated format is not provided your entry may not be shown.

• Entries must be sent to us by traditional mail. UPS, FedEx, and other delivery services cannot deliver packages to P.O. Boxes.

• All possible care will be taken in the handling of your film; however, Movies on a Shoestring, Inc. cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to entries.

• For verification that your entry was received, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard or request a confirmation e-mail.