February 18, 2015

Daily Messenger Media gets the word out about the Fast Forward Film Festival

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ROCHESTER — The Fast Forward Film Festival is a short film (5 minutes or less) competition that encourages novice, emerging and established filmmakers from the greater Rochester area to submit works that use storytelling through film to convey the urgency of today’s environmental problems.

The festival is calling for submissions through Feb. 27.“We are looking for local environmental short films that move you and that tell a story,” said Rebecca Delaney, project director of the festival. “We have seen quite a range of submissions from groups, classrooms, organizations and individuals, and we are excited about seeing the rest of the submissions.”

Selected entries will be shown at the Little Theatre and George Eastman House during Earth Week 2015, April 17 and 18. Sponsorship this year for the festival comes from Rochester Institute of Technology, the Pollution Prevention Institute, The Little Theatre, WXXI and the George Eastman House.

The community is invited to attend the screenings, and all ticket proceeds go back to the venues, which is a unique premise for a film festival.

Tickets are on sale now at

There is no entry fee. Entries must be submitted via the Fast Forward website — — by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 27. Final selections will be announced in early April 2015. Cash prizes will be given, in addition to gifts and exclusive experiences.

Awards of $1,000 for first place and $250 for honorable mention will be given in three categories: most inspiring, compelling and engaging; most unique perspective; and strongest call to action.

The selections will be reviewed by an esteemed panel of jurists: Enid Cardinal, RIT’s senior sustainability advisor to the president; Deborah Dickson, filmmaker and three-time Academy Award nominee; Jack Garner, acclaimed film critic and author; and Todd McGrain, filmmaker, artist and 2014 recipient of the Audubon Award for Art Inspiring Conservation.