The Rochester International Film Festival, the world’s oldest continuously-held short film festival, has been produced each year since 1959 by Movies on a Shoestring, Inc. Each festival includes a wide variety of narrative films, documentaries, and animations submitted by independent filmmakers from all parts of the world.
By 1971 Movies on a Shoestring had firmly established itself among the world’s leading amateur festivals, so we modified our name to the Rochester International Amateur Film Festival. In 1983 we accepted our first video entries. The worldwide growth of film schools and of the film industry in general has led to a great increase in the number of professional quality short films being produced and competing for spots in our festival, so in 1996 we dropped the word “amateur” from our name and became The Rochester International Film Festival.
The 59th Rochester International Film Festival will screen 29 films from all over the U.S. and many countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Israel, Iran, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. Each show will include 6-8 films. Many filmmakers will be in attendance to accept the unique ' Shoestring Trophy' and participate in Q&As.
Admission is free. Donations accepted.