Rochester Teen Film Festival

SAVE THE DATE: Rochester Teen Film Festival event will be held on Thursday, August 5th 

WXXI Public Media and the Little Theatre are proud to sponsor the Rochester Teen Film Festival, a collaborative, juried media competition for youth (13-18 years old) in the Rochester region. The screening and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, August 5, 2021. Details here: 


CALL FOR ENTRIES!

WXXI Public Media and the Little Theatre are proud to announce and invite entries for the Rochester Teen Film Festival, a collaborative, juried media competition for youth in the Rochester region. 

Film Submissions Guidelines: 

  • Films and videos are created by high school teens (ages 13-18 years old)
  • All genres are welcome
  • Videos must be appropriate for school-based audiences
  • Videos cannot exceed 10 minutes

Purpose: The purpose of the festival is to honor the work of urban, suburban, and rural teen filmmakers and give young people an authentic opportunity to participate in a real film festival. 

Awards & Judging: All submissions are judged by a jury and finalists have been elected to have their films shown at the Little Theatre. Young filmmakers will also have a chance to earn the Philip Seymour Hoffman Award, which honors the life and legacy of the late Academy Award-winning actor and Fairport, N.Y. native. The annual award is given to the teen whose film is chosen by the judges as “Best of Fest” and was established in association with the Hoffman family.



Film Entries Due: June 21, 2021

Now closed for 2021 submissions


Support Resources
Educators: Use these resources (lesson plans, video, tip sheets) from our public media partners to support students/teens working on their Rochester Teen Film Festival submissions.
Video/Audio Production Tips (from PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs)


The Rochestser Teen Film Festival and showcase event is made possible with support from:




Past Festival Finalists