Rochester International Film Festival

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

61st edition

May 09 - May 11, 2020
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 61th Annual fest is May 9 - 11, 2019.

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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Dates Open call: Jul 09, 2018

Early bird deadline: Dec 01, 2018
Regular deadline: Feb 01, 2019
Late deadline: Feb 04, 2019

Notification date: Mar 30, 2019
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