Rochester International Film Festival

3 DAYS. DOZENS of FILMS. Hundreds of  FILM LOVERS. (est. 1959)

For Your Enjoyment

The best in Short Films

Join us! All four distinct screenings are FREE to attend.

  • June 6 Thursday 8pm
  • June 7 Friday 8pm
  • June 8 Saturday 4pm matinee
  • June 8 Saturday 8pm

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June 6-8, 2024

66th Festival 2024

The Rochester International Film Festival is produced and presented by Movies On A Shoestring, Inc.

Our next festival will be held June 6-8, 2024 at George Eastman Museum’s famed Dryden Theatre 900 East Avenue  in Rochester, New York.

Donation welcome, we are an all-volunteer non-profit organization

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Raves & Praise

Audience members rave about our carefully-selected programs of films from around the world and attend the festival year after year. Filmmakers appreciate the thoughtful feedback, audience reception and warm welcome we offer them. We’re proud of the comments we receive from both audience members and filmmakers; here are a few examples of their praise:


We hope one day you’ll be among them!

I could not recommend this festival more! In fact, it was one of the highlights of my film-festival going experience. Rochester International takes care of the filmmaker in a way I’ve never experienced at another festival: every day is planned out and includes tours, meals, networking events, art galleries, and of course the screenings at the beautiful Dryden Theater. Plus, the screenings were filled with audience members! It was the kind of festival that encouraged genuine relationship building with other filmmakers. Rochester is worth the entry fee!

Doron Drew Feldman
2023 Filmmaker


After our evening at the festival, our group of four discussed all the films. Bravo to you all!
Denali was the most thought-provoking. Given the speed at which AI is changing, we thought this film incredibly timely, and we appreciated the way the filmmaker presented AI used in a somewhat positive manner. We all had questions we would want to ask those we have lost and would jump at the chance to do so…we think.

Barbara Q-M


As co-directors, we went in 2023 to the 65th Rochester International Film Festival and loved the whole experience! We had quality time with filmmakers from all over the world, to share, learn and build rapport during many fun and well-organized events. The festival took good care of all of us and provided host families to stay with, who are also film lovers and big supporters of the fest. It was heart-warming to attend and be welcomed into this community. We were excited to see all the films and appreciated high local attendance at the screenings.

Leslie Dann
2023 Filmmaker

Just want to thank you for your time and enthusiasm on the Rochester International Film Festival.  Not only did I love your program of the “Best of the Best” at the Irondequoit Public library, but my wife and I loved the Thursday and Friday programs at the Dryden.  It is obvious why this group/program has existed for these 65 years.  This was our first (after living here for over 50 years!) but will not be our last time enjoying the various works of art your group picks out.  A very hearty thank you.

David Gloss
2023 Patron

This was one of the best festivals I attended. The team behind it are very professional, they really care about the filmmakers and do their best to give the films the screening they deserve. The hospitality from the community is overwhelming and I can easily say it was nice to spend the weekend there with the people of Rochester. The team planned a whole weekend full of events and mixers parties, including visits to Kodak Planet, George Eastman Museum and Mansion, and MAGIC Center at RIT. I highly recommend submitting to this festival and do your best to attend it.

Waleed Bedour
 2023 Filmmaker


We are thrilled to once again be part your festival, with only a 44 year interval!
I believe it was 1976 and it was one of my first 16mm films called The Building.
I was super excited, and I remember that I enjoyed it immensely, and I still have my trophy!
I remember everyone was super nice to me – I was 18 years old at the time and it was all very heady!
It was all great fun!

John Gray
“Extra Innings”

Attending the 60th Rochester Film Festival was such an honour.
It was an exceptional experience. The team behind the festival offered an incredible level of hospitality, organizational skills and clear communication.
The screenings were always in a full theatre and the the films selected were very well crafted, thought provoking and international.
I would highly recommend submitting your work to RIFF and attending it as well.

Mak Abdelhai

“The 61st ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL gave us a home away from home. It was an absolute privilege to showcase our film ‘TO REMEMBER ME BY’ at the prestigious Dryden Theatre and visit the George Eastman Museum. 

Our Gratitude to Josephine Perini and the entire team for putting up such a great show not only for the filmmakers but for the audience.

All the films screened were Top of Line. We got to visit some extraordinary places and even do a Press Interview. 

I can’t tell how much this has helped our film. Emails for more International festivals have started pouring in. A special thanks to our wonderful host Cathy Feinen, we love you and all the volunteers. 

There is no better place to visit and showcase your film then the Rochester International Film Festival.

We will eternally be grateful to you all. Hope to return soon with another film.

GO RIFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” –

 Rahoul Daswani
“To Remember Me By”

I can’t thank you enough for your amazingly warm hospitality, I really felt at home.

I’ll never forget my experience in Rochester with the great RIFF team.

Your encouragement gives us the strength to believe more in ourselves and hurry to make a new film to contribute in RIFF again where every single person from audience to organizers appreciates art and encourages talents.

Big hugs and kisses and hope to see you again! 🤗😘💐

Joelle Manih
“The Oak Tree”




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Traveling to the Fest


Do you plan on traveling to Rochester for this year’s festival?

If you’re part of a film crew and want to join us for this year’s fest, we welcome you with open arms and are happy to help you make all necessary arrangements. Just ask!
Click HERE to jump to our “Contact” page, where you’ll find email addresses for frequently requested contacts and a phone number for personalized assistance.

Each Spring we hold (4) distinct screenings over a long weekend at the famed Dryden Theatre at George Eastman Museum (Rochester, NY). As a member of the viewing public, join us for one or for all four!

Admission is FREE, though we do accept donations at the door. We recommend arriving early, as we screen to near-capacity crowds.

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Since 1959, Movies on a Shoestring, Inc., has produced and presented the Rochester International Film Festival. Our 501(c)(3) nonprofit is 100% volunteer run and funded by grants, sponsorship, advertising and your generosity. Our EIN # is 7023535, verifiable using the Exempt Organization (EO) Select Check Tool at

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The Rochester International Film Festival is produced and presented by Movies On A Shoestring, Inc., offering four distinct screenings each year at George Eastman Museum’s famed Dryden Theatre in Rochester NY.


3 Days. Dozens of Films. Hundreds of Film Lovers. See short films of ALL genres from filmmakers worldwide! Join us! All four distinct screenings are FREE to attend.