Rochester International Film Festival

RIFF | Rochester Int'l. Film Festival // produced & presented by Movies On A Shoestring, Inc. (est. 1959)

62nd edition

Jun 11 - Jun 13, 2022
Rochester, New York, United States

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Children, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Multimedia, Narrative fiction, Student, TV, Web
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 3 DAYS. DOZENS of FILMS. 1,000s of FILM LOVERS.

The Rochester International Film Festival is produced and presented by Movies On A Shoestring, Inc. (est. 1959)--a 100% volunteer run nonprofit--and is one of the longest running short film festivals in the world! Our 62nd Annual fest is June 11-13, 2020.

Over the course of three days we host four distinct screenings, showing dozens of films to 1,000s of film lovers at the famed Dryden Theatre at George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. Submit your short film (<30 min.) today and consider joining us next Spring.


Our selection process is twofold. In Preliminary Judging, your entry is viewed in its entirety. Each submission receives a thoughtful Critique Letter which sums up Screening Committee Members' comments. Select films then move on to Final Judging.

If after Final Judging your film is selected for viewing at the Rochester Int'l. Film Festival, you will be awarded our distinctive Shoestring Trophy and be invited to attend our fest. Once here, you'll participate in audience Q&A sessions ... and much more.
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Class Founded: 1959
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Jul 09, 2018

Early bird deadline: Dec 01, 2019
Regular deadline: Mar 01, 2020
Late deadline: Mar 01, 2020

Notification date: Mar 30, 2020

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Fees Fees range from 35.00 to 90.00 USD . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD
Other prizes: NON-MONETARY AWARDS: Trophies, Certificates of Merit, Honorable Mentions, Press Coverage & Festival Perks (i.e., private lunches, dinners, day trips)
General rules GET 30% OFF -- SUBMIT YOUR FILM BY DEC. 1, 2019.

Why submit your film to us? Filmmakers who attend our award-winning fest enjoy: Private tours of GEM's film archives, networking with filmmakers from around the globe and complimentary day trips, lunches, dinner parties, accommodations assistance, etc.

Submitting your film is easy:

1.) Visit
2.) Print out & complete your entry form.
3.) Mail it in with your film and payment (USD only)


+ Entries: 30 min. MAX
+ Genres: Open to most all genres
+ Payee: "Movies On A Shoestring, Inc."
+ Payments: Check or International Money Order (in USD)
+ Preview format: Digital download or DVD (NTSC)

When mailing us correspondence or submitting films, include a copy of your Entry Form and ONLY use the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). We utilize a P.O. Box and CANNOT accept deliveries by any other courier.

- NO episodes: Stand alone, self-contained works
- NO video components or fragments of larger works
- NO tapes or discs containing multiple entries (submit separately)
- NO late entries accepted (must be postmarked by stated deadline)

While your entry is handled with care, we DO NOT accept responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged entries.


MOAS, Inc., and, thereby, the Rochester International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is duly authorized to commit the film for screening and both understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

That individual/corporation shall indemnify and hold harmless Rochester Int'l. Film Festival from and/or against any and/or all claims, liabilities, losses, damages and/or expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening and loss of or damage to any screening videos entered.


Rochester Int'l. Film Festival
c/o MOAS | P.O. Box 17746
Rochester, NY 14617 | USA

OR CALL US: (585) 496-4IFF | (585) 496-4433, EST