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2017 High Falls Film Festival

Festival Info



The 2018 High Falls Film Festival comes to Rochester November 1 – 5

The slate of films to be presented in the 2018 Festival will include cutting edge features, documentaries and short films from around the world. Audiences will enjoy opportunities to meet and talk with filmmakers and actors following screenings, as well as at panel discussions and parties throughout the Festival.


About The High Falls Film Festival Women’s Focus

Since 2001, the High Falls Film Festival has been celebrating the artistry of women in film — behind the camera, in leading roles on the screen, and at the heart of storylines.  High Falls Film Festival’s focus on women in film is inspired by Rochester’s legacy as the birthplace of film (George Eastman and Kodak) and the women’s rights movement (Susan B. Anthony).


The Location

The festival is held in Rochester, New York, where Susan B. Anthony launched her fight for women’s equality and George Eastman invented motion picture film – an ideal backdrop for the festival.  Films are screened at the landmark Little Theatre in the city’s vibrant East End district, an area filled with excellent dining and abundant night life — all just a short walk away.

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The Events

Be certain to make time for the stimulating discussions, panels, workshops, Q&A sessions with filmmakers and celebrity guests.


Our “coffee chats” with filmmakers feature intimate discussions with directors, producers and writers, offering an inside perspective of filmmaking from a women’s point of view.

A highlight of the festival is the presentation of the coveted Susan B. Anthony “Failure Is Impossible” award to a women who exemplifies the courage, passion and artistry necessary to succeed.  Past award winners include: Candice Bergen, Angela Basset, Lynn Redgrave, Rita Moreno, Diane Ladd, Joan Allen and Nancy Schreiber, ASC.