Showing new environmental perspectives
Rochester, New York

The Fast Forward Film Festival encourages films made by Rochester, NY residents that tap into the local experience and compel audiences to engage with the community and raise environmental awareness.

Embracing the short film format, Fast Forward challenges filmmakers to utilize the power of visual storytelling to convey the urgency of our environmental problems. Shorts are a liberating form that allow for greater experimentation and give voice to both aspiring and veteran filmmakers. By focusing creativity into films under five minutes in length, Fast Forward films become an important communication tool to inspire change, connect people and build an environmentally concerned community.

The Fast Forward Film Festival is an initiative of the 501(c)(3) non-profit The Lost Bird Project. For more information on The Lost Bird Project, visit

Friday, April 13, 2018 I Film Screenings at The Little Theatre
Saturday, April 14, 2018 I Festival Gala, Screening, & Awards at George Eastman Museum

Jury awards will be given to the top 3 selected films in both the adult and the youth program. All awards will be presented at the Film Festival's annual Gala event.

For the Adult Program:
(3) Winners will each receive an award of $2,000.
(1) The Audience Choice Award recipient will receive an award of $1,000.

For the Youth (under 18) Program:
(3) Winners will each receive an award of $1,000.
(1) The Audience Choice Award recipient will receive an award of $500.

Filmmakers must be from the greater Rochester, NY region.
Films of all genres and styles are accepted.
Films must be under 5 minutes in length.
Films may not be promotional or for commercial use.

Please make sure to read all of the festival rules as well as the terms and conditions. If a film is accepted, press materials for the film may be required, which can include but may not be limited to: high-resolution publicity stills and filmmaker bio. The Fast Forward Film Festival does not offer notes or specific critique of any films not accepted for exhibition.


By entering your film for consideration for the 2018 Fast Forward Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2018 Fast Forward Film Festival. The Fast Forward Film Festival is also hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Fast Forward Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and 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 the screening videos entered. 2018 Fast Forward Film Festival may opt to withdraw your work from the festival at any time for any reason. 2018 Fast Forward Film Festival does not pay screening fees. By submitting your film via FilmFreeway you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work.

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