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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
~ CELEBRATE OUR 60TH WITH US ~
Filmmakers love our volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Est. 1959, Movies On A Shoestring, Inc., produces and presents the Rochester International Film Festival annually. In fact, it's the longest running, continually held Short Film festival in the world. No wonder we're oft voted the area's "BEST Local Film Festival" despite stiff competition.
Selected entries appear at George Eastman Museum's famed Dryden Theatre (Rochester, NY). There we foster a love of motion pictures by screening short films from around the globe which are rich in artistic expression. We also educate viewers in art and technique. This gives unsung films/film crews eager audiences for their cinematic creations.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
"(RIFF) is a cinematic treasure! Every year, they bring some of the highest quality short films and independent filmmakers from around the world to our community ... we highly recommend them. 10 out of 5 stars!!" - BOA Editions, Ltd.
~ 3 DAYS. DOZENS OF FILMS. 1,000s OF FILM LOVERS. ~
Welcome to the Rochester International Film Festival--the longest running, continually held, Short Film festival in the world. Since 1959, it's been produced and presented annually by Movies on a Shoestring (aka MOAS, "moh-az"). Over three days we host (4) distinct screenings at no cost to the public, offering a wide variety of exceptional films.
~ ALL GENRES. EVERY CORNER OF THE GLOBE. ~
Filmmakers worldwide submit films, which are viewed in their entirety before possibly moving on to Final Judging. At that point, our Selection Committee narrows the choices down to a few dozen. Films which screen in our area's "BEST ..." fest receive a distinctive Shoestring Trophy. Filmmakers enjoy Q&As, lunches, dinners, day trips and more!
~ WHAT'LL YOU DO WITH YOUR TROPHY? ~
MOAS maintains a permanent traveling collection, dubbed "The Best of the Fest." Organizations which would like to host free, non-commercial screenings of their own may borrow from that collection to screen our most popular films--according to audience response--in private group settngs. Still, we wonder: What'll you do with your Shoestring Trophy?
~ FIND OUT. SUBMIT YOUR FILM! ~
Like trivia? The Movies On A Shoestring name is a double entendre, as back in the day most amateur filmmakers shot on 8 mm. Its narrowness dubbed it "the shoestring gauge." As a 100% volunteer-run nonprofit, we're a grassroots operation that runs on a shoestring budget. Yet, we treat our filmmakers like gold (and vice versa). Submit your film today!
Al Figler; Brian Moffitt (webmaster); Christine G. Adamo (Communications Coordinator); Dan Reardon (Financial Contact); Greg Langen (Critique Coordinator ); Josephine Perini
Our selection process unfolds in (2) stages. First, each entry is viewed in its entirety by Screening Committee Members who discuss the film's merits and vote whether to advance it to Final Judging. Whatever the outcome, each filmmaker receives a detailed CRITIQUE LETTER summarizing viewers' impressions which includes direct quotes.
After Preliminary Judging is complete, a select panel of Final Judges views the advanced entries in their entirety once again. Among those, official festival selections are identified. Each entry selected to screen at the fest receives our distinctive Shoestring Trophy. Related filmmakers receive assistance with lodging, meals and local transportation.
GENERAL GUIDELINES & RULES
+ 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: Online stream, 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.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
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.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Rochester International 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.