****2021 FESTIVAL CANCELLED****
Due to the on-going pandemic, continued uncertainty for the fall and anticipated funding challenges, the board of directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 festival. Thank you for your interest.
The High Falls Women's Film Festival in Rochester, NY celebrates the achievements of women in all aspects of filmmaking through programs that recognize the best work of female cinematic artists. Our focus is inspired by our city’s legacy as the birthplace of film (George Eastman) and the women’s rights movement (Susan B. Anthony).
Since its inception in 2001, the Festival has screened more than 750 films, spotlighting the cinematic works of women and bringing the finest independent motion pictures and film artists to Rochester and Western New York audiences. The Festival includes features, documentaries, shorts, and children's programs, parties, meet & greets and educational panels/workshops.
HFWFF is proud to celebrate and create opportunity for women in film, while informing, engaging and inspiring our local community. We look forward to seeing your work!
Best of the Fest Feature Narrative
Best of the Fest Feature Documentary
Best Director - Narrative
Best Cinematographer - Narrative
Best Director - Documentary
Best Cinematographer - Documentary
Therese DePrez Award for Outstanding Production Design
To be eligible for HFWFF, films must comply with the following:
• Film must be made by at least one woman in a leadership role: Director, Writer, Executive Producer, Producer have preference. Woman cinematographer and/or editor will be considered.
• If selected the festival requires a DCP file and/or Blu-ray for exhibition (2 copies). We do not accept DVD format for screening.
• Premiere status has no bearing on whether a film is selected. HFWFF does not accept films available on streaming services or in theatrical release prior to the event. Any film invited MUST communicate if release plans change.
• Non-English films must be subtitled.
• No honorarium available.
• No works-in-progress please.
• Work completed after January 1, 2019 will be accepted.
By submitting your film for consideration to the High Falls Women's Film Festival, you are telling us that you have full authority to do so, that the film is cleared for potential festival exhibition, and that you accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. You agree that all necessary rights have been secured, and exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights including but not limited to music, images, and content.
Submitting your film to us constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the High Falls Women's Film Festival. If your film is accepted to be part of the program, you will do your best to work with us to have the film’s director and other key personnel (actors, writers, producers, etc) attending the festival to present the film and interact with the Rochester audience. The High Falls Women's Film Festival is also hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival or online for promotional and other non-commercial purposes. You shall also indemnify and hold harmless the High Falls Women's 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.