From the festival organizers:

“We are encouraging any type of film—even from an iPhone. Specifically we are looking for submissions in animation and graphic design, so participants do not need to be “filmmakers”. We want to inspire students to tap into something they believe in and a cause worth bringing awareness to.”

FastForwardFilmFestivalFast Forward Film Festival

Showcasing New Environmental Perspectives

Presented by RIT and WXXI/Little Theatre

The Fast Forward Film Festival invites emerging and established filmmakers from the greater Rochester area to submit to the inaugural Fast Forward Film Festival.

The Fast Forward Film Festival showcases independent short films that inspire a deeper connection to the environment. As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience, compel audiences to engage with the community, and raise environmental awareness.

Awards will be given for three categories:

  • Most inspiring, compelling, and engaging
  • Most unique perspective
  • Strongest call to action

Jury selections will be reviewed by:

  • Enid Cardinal, RIT’s Senior Sustainability Advisor to the President
  • Deborah Dickson, filmmaker and two-time Academy Award nominee
  • Jack Garner, acclaimed film critic and author
  • Todd McGrain, filmmaker, artist, 2014 recipient of the Audubon Award for Art Inspiring Conservation, and The Lost Bird Project co-founder

Entry Details:

NO ENTRY FEE. Films of all genres and styles will be accepted, but must be under five minutes in length. Entries must be submitted via the Fast Forward website, with entries beginning at 8 a.m. EDT on Oct. 8, 2014 and submissions accepted through 11:59 p.m. EDT Feb. 27, 2015. We will announce final selections by early April 2015. The website, fastforwardroc.org, with details and specs for uploading footage will be online by October 1, 2014. *

Festival Screenings:

Selected entries will be screened at the Little Theatre during Earth Week 2015 (week of April 21). Category award winners will be announced at the screening and receive a $1,000 cash award.

Premier sponsors for the Fast Forward Film Festival include RIT and WXXI/Little Theatre.

*Eligible applicants must reside in the greater Rochester region, but film location may be elsewhere. All films must not have previously been aired in any public or online venue.

 

The Festival Profile:

The Fast Forward Film Festival (FFFF) invites emerging and established filmmakers from the greater Rochester area to submit to the inaugural Fast Forward Film Festival. As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience and compel audiences to engage with the community and raise environmental awareness.

Embracing the short film format, FFFF 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, FFFF films will become an important communication tool to inspire change, connect people and build an environmentally concerned community.

Jury selections will be screened by four distinguished judges: Jack Garner, nationally renowned film critic and author of From My Seat on the Aisle: Movies and Memories, Deborah Dickson, Academy Award nominee, Todd McGrain, independent filmmaker and The Lost Bird Project co-founder and winner of the 2014 Audubon Award for Art Inspiring Conservation, and Enid Cardinal, RIT’s Senior Sustainability Advisor to the President. Selected entries will be shown at the Little Theatre during Earth Week 2015. At the event, awards will be given to filmmakers for the following three categories: (1) Most inspiring, compelling, and engaging, (2) Most unique perspective and (3) Strongest call to action. Winners will receive a $1,000 cash award.

For festival guidelines go to fastforwardroc.org.

Fast Forward Film Festival is an initiative of The Lost Bird Project.

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