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
St. John Fisher College
Strengthening stewardship of the world's resources
RIT Sustainability Office
Sustainability topics
Lori's Natural Food CenterLori's Natural Food Center
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 Association for Film Arts and Sciences
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
Seneca Park Zoo
Potential film location and interview subjects
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
New York Parks, Recreation & Historic
Information on all things environment in Rochester

Community Partners

EPIC10 Films
Filmmaking technical advice or consultation
Constellation Brands
New York Film Academy logoNew York Film Academy
Learning by Doing
Red Jacket OrchardsRed Jacket Orchards
Orchards * Juicery * Farmstore
Impact EarthImpact Earth
Creating more sustainable communities
New York Women in Film & Television
Mini Maker FaireMini Maker Faire
Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth
Magnus Apollo Design Studio

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

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