We are no longer accepting submissions for the 2017 Rochester International Film Festival.

Stay tuned, we will be accepting submissions for the
2018 Rochester International Film Festival soon!

Our 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 viewer comments about their 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. We also offer home accommodations and local transportation for filmmakers whose works are screened at the festival.

Conditions of Entry

• Entries must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2017.

• Maximum length of entries is 30 minutes.

• Entries should be submitted on DVD (region 1 or region free) format for preliminary screening.

• $35 Entry fee if postmarked before December 1, 2016.
$50 if received between December 1, 2016 and February 1, 2017.
Entry fee can be paid by PayPal (see link below), or by US check/International money order (payable to Movies on a Shoestring Inc.).

• The festival is open to films and videos of all genres.

• Each entry must stand alone as a self-contained work. Episodes of a series, video components of a multimedia installation, or other fragments of larger works will not be accepted.

• Multiple entries on a single disc are not permitted.

• Each Official festival screening copy must be received 14 days before festival. If indicated format is not provided your entry may not be shown.

• Entries must be sent to us by traditional mail. UPS, FedEx, and other delivery services cannot deliver packages to P.O. Boxes.

• All possible care will be taken in the handling of your film; however, Movies on a Shoestring, Inc. cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to entries.

• For verification that your entry was received, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard or request a confirmation e-mail.

Click Here to download our entry form. Please complete and send with your film submission.


Mail DVD and entry form to
Movies on a Shoestring, Inc,
P.O. Box 17746, Rochester, NY 14617


Entry fee can be paid by US check, International money order (payable to Movies on a Shoestring Inc.) or:

2017 Festival Entry Fee




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