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2017 High Falls Film Festival

Festival Awards

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The Susan B. Anthony “Failure is Impossible” Award

Honors a woman in the film industry who has persevered in her career and triumphed over difficulties.

2017: Cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, ASC

2011: Director/filmmaker Julie Taymor                                         2005: Actor Angela Bassett

2010: Film Editor Thelma Schoonmaker                                       2004: Actors Sally Kellerman

2009: Actors Lynn Redgrave and CCH Pounder                          2003: Actor Candice Bergen

2008: Actor Rita Moreno                                                                  2002: Actor Lainie Kazan

2006: Director Agnieszka Holland                                                  2001: Actor Pam Grier


The Golden Lens Award for Cinematography

Honors a person who has made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of cinematography.

2011: Buddy Squires


The Rochester Film Legacy Award

Honors a filmmaker or film supporter based in the Rochester area whose passion and dedication embodies Rochester’s proud film legacy.

2016: June Foster
2015: Marilyn O’Connor
2011: Brock Yates


The Faith Hubley “Web of Life” Award

Named after its first recipient, honors a woman who understands the power of art in connecting with an audience and in making the world a better place.

2005: Jane Alexander, actor

2004: Mira Nair, filmmaker

2003: Jeannie Epper, stuntwoman

2002: Nancy Cartwright, voice actor

2001: Faith Hubley, animator


The Elizabeth Cady Stanton “Thorn in the Side” Award

Honors women who exemplify the collaborative nature of film and video. The award is named in honor of Stanton, who said: “If there is one part of my life which gives me more intense satisfaction than another, it is my friendship with Susan B. Anthony… we have indeed been thorns in the side of each other…”

2009: Debra Zimmerman

2008: Estela Bravo, director

2006: Stella Pence, (retired) Co-Director, Telluride Film Festival