Rochester International Film Festival


Years running: 63 (since 1959)

Rochester International Film Festival

International Short Film Festival in Rochester.


One of the oldest short film festival in USA. Selection process has two stages. Each entry is first viewed in its entirety by MOAS members, who discuss the film and vote whether to keep it for final judging. Every filmmaker receives a critique letter summarizing viewers' comments about his or her entry.

When preliminary judging is completed, final judges view all the entries that were kept and make the final festival selections. Each entry chosen for the festival receives our distinctive Shoestring Trophy. Organizers also offer home accommodations and local transportation for filmmakers whose works are screened at the festival.


  • Maximum length of entries is 30 minutes.
  • The festival is open to films and videos of all genres.
  • Submit via Filmfreeway systems.
  • Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



United States

Official Website



Movies on a Shoestring
PO Box 17746
Rochester, New York 14617
United States

Phone: 585-267-7446


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    September 08, 2020
  • Earlybird Deadline
    December 31, 2020
  • Regular Deadline
    February 14, 2021
  • Notifications
    April 18, 2021
  • Event Dates
    6 — 8 May 2021
Categories & Fees

Maximum length of entries is 30 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $60
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