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2016 High Falls Film Festival

Kodak and High Falls Film Festival launch 2016 competition for shorts shot on film

Posted July 22nd, 2016 by Kate Herrmann in News, Uncategorized


Submissions are being accepted by High Falls Film Festival of shorts made on film, to be considered for the KODAK Vision Award, which marries the festival’s mission with Kodak’s commitment to supporting the achievement of women in the industry. Shorts made on film, under 30 minutes in length, are being accepted through Sept. 10 at The winner will receive an in-kind grant of Kodak motion-picture film valued at $2,500, in the filmmaker’s choice of 35mm or 16mm for a future project. The winning short will be screened during this year’s festival, Nov. 10-14 in Rochester, N.Y., during a Kodak Shorts on Film program.


High Falls Film Festival celebrates the artistry of women in film — behind the camera, in leading roles on the screen, and at the heart of storylines. The festival’s focus on women in film is inspired by Rochester’s legacy as the birthplace of film and the women’s rights movement.


Kodak was a founding sponsor of the festival in 2001 and has again partnered with the festival to present the 2016 Vision Award. This contest for women filmmakers was launched during the run of the 2015 High Falls Film Festival.  The inaugural winner was British filmmaker Katy Milner, who utilized the film prize in creating her autobiographical short “Graffiti,” which will be screened during the 2016 festival, taking place Nov. 10-14 in Rochester, N.Y.


“The KODAK Vision Award at High Falls Film Festival was inspired by George Eastman’s powerful legacy of philanthropic giving and Kodak’s ongoing commitment to supporting female filmmakers,” said Sascha Rice, Global Marketing Director, Entertainment Imaging, Eastman Kodak Company. “We are thrilled to be partnering with High Falls on this award. We are proud of our film heritage, honored to support the local community, and excited to shine a light on the next generation of female filmmakers.”


It is estimated that only 17 percent of all filmmakers and artists working behind the camera today are women, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. That fact has been a driving force behind the festival since its inception. The annual High Falls Film Festival presents a slate of international features, short films, and documentaries.


“As one of the oldest and most important women’s film festivals in the world, High Falls does Rochester’s legacy in film and women’s rights quite proud, as we celebrate the best contemporary work from around the world,” said Nora Brown, Executive Director of High Falls Film Festival, who is also a filmmaker and the Rochester/Finger Lakes Film Commissioner. “With Kodak’s help we are fortunate to be able to recognize, support, and celebrate women filmmakers.”


About the Vision Award Competition

Each short shot on film submitted to High Falls Film Festival will be considered for the KODAK Vision Award. The film must be made by a woman, feature a woman in a strong leading role, or focus on women and their life experiences. Preference will be given to films made by women in a leadership role or roles, including director, screenplay writer, producer, and cinematographer, or a film focused on a woman’s story. All genres are welcome, including live action narrative, live action documentary, animation, experimental, and hybrid. Judging will be based on storyline, editing, and production value. For this category (shorts shot on film) the submission fee of $30 will remain flat through the deadline of Sept. 10.


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