Welcome to the High Falls Women’s Film Festival!

A river and its high waterfall forged Rochester, NY, the home of Susan B. Anthony and George Eastman, creating a landscape that would ultimately change women’s rights and the film industry forever. By celebrating women in film since 2001, we have been a part of a cascade of change for an artform and for women everywhere.


To our filmmakers and fans-

I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well in these unprecedented times.

After careful consideration, and with deep regret, our Board of Directors made the difficult decision to postpone our festival until November 2021, when we will celebrate our 20th anniversary. Since social and economic challenges will be with us for the foreseeable future, we recognize the need to prioritize the health and welfare of the Rochester community at this time and preserve resources to ensure the future success of the festival.

Our festival celebrates and creates opportunity for women filmmakers from all over the world, not just by screening their films, but by also inviting them to be part of the larger conversation on inequality in the film industry. We celebrate and create opportunity for women in film, while informing, engaging and inspiring our local community. We are certain that next year’s celebration will be a fitting tribute to 20 years of championing women in film.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to celebrating a fantastic 20 years with you in 2021!

Kate Herrmann, Executive Director