On Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, get into the spirit of Earth Week with the first Fast Forward Film Festival. This event challenged local filmmakers to create a short film (under five minutes in length) to raise awareness for an environmental cause of their choosing. On Friday, the Little Theatre will host a screening of the top 16 films selected by the festival jury, narrowed down from the nearly 100 entries that were received. Then on Saturday, the Dryden Theatre will hold a Festival Gala and Awards Ceremony, including a second screening of the films in competition for cash prizes. Categories include "Most Compelling, Engaging, and Inspiring"; "Most Unique Perspective"; and the "Strongest Call to Action." Following the screening, there will also be a public vote for the Audience Choice Award.
Friday evening's screening will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students with ID, seniors (65+), and Little Theatre members. Saturday's Festival Gala starts at 5:30 p.m., with the Finalist Screenings & Award Ceremony set to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for this two-part event include entrance to the Eastman House and gardens and are $25 for adults and $20 for students (with ID) and seniors (65+). For more information, visit fastforwardroc.org or call 484-0343.