History and Submission Information for the Rochester Film Festival

This spring marks the 57th year for the Rochester Film Festival. This spectacular event encompasses a total of four screenings. The screenings are scheduled for the last weekends in April of 2015. There are shows on Thursday the 23rd, Friday the 24th and two shows on Saturday the 25th. Screenings take place at the Dryden Theatre, which is part of the George Eastman House and well known as one of the oldest museums of photography. The event is free to attend, though donations are accepted at the door and will be appreciated. The entire event is being produced by an organization known as Movies on a Shoestring. If you are in the Rochester area this is a great event, and one that you should plan to attend. It is one of the oldest running film festivals in the world!

Festival History

The Rochester Film Festival claims to be “the world’s oldest, continuously held short film festival.” It was started by movie enthusiasts in the year 1959 and has held yearly festivals each year since it began. It focuses on short films, which can be narratives, documentaries or animated short films. They allow submissions from people all over the world.

The name of the producing foundation came from the budgets of films and from the 8mm camera style, which was originally called a shoestring because of how narrow the shot was at the time. The first Rochester Film Festival was held in the Rochester Public Library. Today, the festival is held at the George Eastman House. This wonderful building is known over the world as the oldest museum dedicated specifically to the art of photography.

Each year Shoestring Awards are given to each participant that is chosen to take part in the prestigious event in Rochester, NY.

Submission Information

Currently, the submission deadline has past for entering the Rochester Film Festival. The process of getting a film selected for the festival involves two rounds of judging. Films that pass both rounds of judging will receive a Shoestring Award. In order to make it into the festival entries should have been postmarked by February 1, 2015. Since this is a short film festival, none of the entries may be longer than 30 minutes total. The entry fee is between $35 to $50 depending upon when the submission is sent.

For more information visit http://rochesterfilmfest.org/submissions/.

Lots of Green!

This September, unless you dislike fun, games, and contests, you are going to the Rochester Irish Festival. This thing has got something for everyone; Irish dancing, great food, and great music. All you have to do is believe – and show up – to have a great time.

The Rochester Irish Festival features the best celebration of Irish culture around. You will see more green than you can imagine over the event weekend. Saturday is the day to go if you can only spend one day there. Activities throughout the day include dancing lessons, kid’s activities, and Celtic music that will blow your mind.

To prepare for such an amazing event, you are going to need something green. You may seem out of place if you show up without the color green on some piece of clothing. But, don’t worry – if your wardrobe leans towards more blues and reds, you can pick up a green festival t-shirt at the event. Green buttons, beads, and other merchandise are also available for sale at booths and stands inside the festival. These can add to your Irish flair as well.

Corned beef, Irish stew, and great beer are among the food and beverage items available inside the festival on Friday and Saturday. Beautiful Irish dancing and well known Irish bands like Celtic Fire provide the whimsical backdrop to the fun and lively environment.

The contests are a great incentive to start paying attention before the festival even begins. In 2014, the festival raffled off a limo package. The winner, and up to 5 of their closest friends, was driven to the festival in an executive VIP limousine, given free admission to the festival, given tickets to redeem for food and drinks, and then received a safe ride home in style.

After a weekend of eating, drinking, celebrating, and dancing, a traditional Irish mass is held on that Sunday morning of the festival to set everything right again. After the festival, there is a tendency towards sadness as you wait in anticipation for next year’s festival. But, don’t be sad – time goes by quickly.