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FILM | Fast Forward Film Festival


The annual Fast Forward Film Festival is dedicated specifically to celebrating local filmmakers making short films about a range of environmental concerns. This year's screening program takes place on Friday, April 13, and the festival's gala and awards ceremony will happen on Saturday, April 14.

Nineteen films, including three made by youth and 16 films by adults, are included in the 2018 program. "The Change" by Pittsford youths Caleb Holforth and Seth Denzak gives viewers an aerial view of Rochester and explores what stands to be lost. Tom Stringer's animated short, "A Fortune" (pictured), follows a boy who discovers a literal seed of hope.

The film screenings will take place at The Little Theatre (240 East Avenue) on Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m., and the gala and awards ceremony will be held at George Eastman Museum (900 East Avenue) on Saturday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. Screening tickets are $6-$8; combined tickets for the screening and gala are $25-$30.

EDITOR'S UPDATE: The festival winners are listed below, and all of the films are available online for viewing at:

ADULT CATEGORY Juried Award Winners

"A Fortune" Tim Stringer & Mirjam Makovec

"A Light Conversation" Josh Dubock & Marissa Steinheimer

"Keep Frozen" Ray Ray Mitrano

Adult Audience Choice Award

"Keep Frozen" Ray Ray Mitrano

YOUTH CATEGORY Juried Award Winners

"Be the Change" Jennifer O’Shea & Cookie Productions

"The Change" Caleb Holfoth & Seth Denzak

"Behind the Picture" Tylor Ngourn

Youth Audience Choice Award

"Behind the Picture" Tylor Ngourn