How you can get involved

We are creating more than a film festival. We are connecting people and resources to create a local community in Rochester that is attuned to the state of the environment and recognizes the urgency of our environmental problems.  Here’s how you can be a part of the Fast Forward Film Festival community.

Become a Friend

What are Friends of the Festival?

Friends of the Festival are a growing network of organizations throughout the greater Rochester area that offer support to Fast Forward filmmakers. Friends of the Festival support the festival’s mission and assist festival entrants by providing knowledge, resources, and other means where applicable throughout the submission period.

We are always looking for more Friends to share their expertise and support with the festival filmmakers. Please contact us at to learn more about the Friends of the Festival network and how you can be a part of it.

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Friends of the Festival

Friends of the Festival are a network of organizations throughout the greater Rochester area that offer support to Fast Forward filmmakers. Friends of the Festival support the festival’s mission and assist festival entrants by providing knowledge, resources, and other means where applicable throughout the submission period.

Our Friends circle is constantly growing. If you or your organization is interested in becoming a Friend of the Festival, contact us at for more information.

Festival Friends

Official Check In Sponsor: Yelp Rochester
The Nature Conservancy
Locations, preserve access
Interviewee subjects, connections, local experts
Information on nature topics
Genesee Valley Audubon Society (GVAS)
Information on birds and environmental conservation
RIT Sustainability Office
Sustainability topics
Art and Vintage on Main (AVoM), Art Gallery
Photographers, models, artists in Rochester
NYS Pollution Prevention Institute
Environment and pollution topics
Monroe County Central Library
Camera equipment, use of film editing equipment (available to High School aged and younger)
Rochester Movie Makers
Resources, forms, crew support, etc.
Rochester & Rochester/Finger Lakes Film Commission
Locations, interviewees, crew support
Jack Garner
Former chief film critic for Gannett Newspapers, author of From My Seat on the Aisle
Film knowledge, tips and advice
Rochester Documentary Filmmakers
Filmmakers may join this network of local filmmakers
Information on sharing communities or events
Harley School
Resource for Harley students, or topic of Harley green initiatives
Center for Environmental Initiatives, Riverwatch
Information on water topics
braineryRochester Brainery
Assistance with networking for speakers or interview subjects
Green Drinks
Information on green businesses in Rochester
Sierra Club of Rochester
Environmental preservation topics
Rochester Contemporary Art Center
Artists or green projects in Rochester
M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
Sustainability or worldview topics
First Fridays Rochester, City Gallery Night
Artists or green projects in Rochester
Visual Studies Workshop
Access to photography and visual arts
Good LuckGood Luck
Java’s Café
RIT Film & Animation Department
Access to actors, film knowledge
Harts Local GrocersHart's Local Grocers
Topics on food, green initiatives, composting
Socially Good Business
Connection to local green businesses, topics on green business initiatives
Information on all things environment in Rochester
Seneca Park Zoo
Potential film location and interview subjects
EPIC10 Films
Filmmaking technical advice or consultation
New York Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

Community Partners

Arena's For LifeConstellation Brands
New York Film Academy logoNew York Film Academy
Learning by Doing
Heron Hill Winery
Finger Lakes region
Rochester Solar Power Organizational Team
New York Women in Film & Television
Red Jacket OrchardsRed Jacket Orchards
Orchards * Juicery * Farmstore
Lori's Natural Food CenterLori's Natural Food Center
Impact EarthImpact Earth
Creating more sustainable communities

Thank you to our 2016 Friends of the Festival and Community Partners!

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Once the festival gets underway, we will need a team of local volunteers to make this event a success! Email to learn more, and be sure to subscribe to our newsletter  for updates and announcements.

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Join the Conversation

Join the Fast Forward Film Festival community on social media. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Hashtag #FastForwardROC

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Become a Sponsor

Funds and proceeds from Fast Forward Rochester help showcase filmmakers and artists of all ages in Rochester, NY.  Join Fast Forward and make a difference right here in our local community while supporting the arts.

With your help the Fast Forward Film Festival will sustain and fortify its goal of showcasing new environmental perspectives, building a community of environmentally-conscious citizens and improving the awareness of environmental initiatives and concerns of community members in our region.

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To become an official sponsor, contact

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Green Story Guide: A Teaching & Learning Opportunity 

The Green Story Guide (GSG) is an interactive educational guide for youth that combines filmmaking resources and storytelling tools with environmental educational materials. Teachers, after-school programs, clubs, and youth groups can use the GSG to learn about environmental topics such as pollution prevention efforts and how they can inspire action in their own community.

Green Story Guide



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Support FastForwardROC! We are an initiative of the non-profit organization The Lost Bird Project. All donations are tax-deductible.


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At the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015, we held several events at the Rochester Brainery and Good Luck restaurant.  Check back in for new event listings.



Fast Forward Info Sessions: Putting Rochester on Fast Forward 
Thursday, January 8th  I  7:30pm-9:00pm  I  FREE  I  Registration required
Saturday, January 17th  I  12:30pm-2:00pm  I  FREE  I  Registration required

Jan 8&17 FFFF info sessions


Green Drinks in January with the Fast Forward Film Festival
Thursday, January 15th  I  6:00pm-7:30pm  I  RSVP

Kick off Green Drinks 2015 with the Fast Forward Film Festival!  The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) hosts Green Drinks in the Rochester area on the third Thursday of each month. Green professionals, business owners and like-minded individuals meet to network and share ideas about sustainability.  Join Green Drinks and the Fast Forward Film Festival for good drinks, good food and good conversation at Good Luck Restaurant.

Good Luck address: 50 Anderson Ave., Rochester, NY 14607

Free parking is available, first come, first serve, in the lot adjacent to the restaurant.


ARTIST LECTURE: Connecting More Deeply with the earth through Art


12-4-14 ROC Brainery Artist Lecture

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