October 22, 2015

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Fast Forward Film Festival calling for entries

ROCHESTER — Submissions are now being accepted for the Fast Forward Film Festival 2016, a first of its kind festival focused on showcasing new environmental perspectives. The Fast Forward Film Festival invites amateur and professional filmmakers from the Rochester and Finger Lakes region to submit short films of five minutes or less. Submissions are open to all ages, there is no entry fee, and winners will be awarded cash prizes. Select films will be screened at the little and Dryden theaters during Earth Week on April 21 & 23, 2016.

“We encourage films that tap into the local experience and compel audiences to engage with the community while raising environmental awareness,” said Dr. Andrew Stern, founder of the Fast Forward Film Festival. “Embracing the short-film format, the festival challenges filmmakers to utilize the power of visual storytelling to convey the urgency of environmental issues.”

Last year, over 100 qualifying films were submitted by the Rochester community from both veteran and first-time filmmakers on topics such as beekeeping, composting, sustainable living, pollution, waste, and many more.