ROCHESTER TEEN FILM FESTIVAL 2022
Thursday, August 4, 2022 | 5:30pm
Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave)
Doors open at 5:00pm.
FREE and open to the public.
Film screening, awards ceremony, and reception.
WXXI Public Media and The Little Theatre are proud to sponsor the Rochester Teen Film Festival, a collaborative, juried media competition for youth (13-18 years old) in the Rochester region, honoring the work of urban, suburban, and rural teen filmmakers and providing young people an authentic opportunity to participate in a real film festival.
The Lineup and Awards:
Award: Best Screenplay
Filmmaker: Evan Breckman
Award: Best Public Service Message
Film: DO NOT DISTURB
Filmmaker: Emma Barstow
Award: Most Innovative Film
Filmmaker: Beatrix Wun
Award: Best Narration
Filmmakers: Arianna Knolla + Rowan Wilkens
Award: Best Cinematography
Film: THE KEY
Filmmaker: Samuel Owens
Award: Best Art Design
Film: RESIDENTIAL EVIL
Filmmaker: Harrison + Jack Saxon
Award: The Alex Ketchek Award for Best Animated Film
Film: OLD WORLD
Filmmaker: Andrei Campbell
Award: The Marilyn O’Connor Award for Social Justice
Film: AMAZING PEOPLE
Filmmaker: Patrick O’Connor Mason
Award: The Jack Garner Award for Best Director
Film: THE COST
Filmmaker: Luka Galle
Award: Philip Seymour Hoffman Best of Festival Award
Film: THE UNATTAINABLE DREAM: Redlining in Rochester, NY
Filmmakers: The Edison Career & Technology High School Digital Media Students
Daymaris Ponce Pagan
Joshuan Perez Pacheco
The Little does not check for proof of vaccination. Masks are encouraged but optional, up to individual personal preference. This event will feature general admission (unassigned) seating, and concessions will be open for sale (eating in the lobby and auditorium). Full covid guidelines are available at thelittle.org/covid
Awards and Judging
All submissions are judged by a jury and finalists have been selected to have their films shown at the Little Theatre. The young filmmakers selected as part of this year’s festival will also have a chance to earn one of the following four awards, each of which comes with a cash prize:
The Philip Seymour Hoffman Award
honors the life and legacy of the late Academy Award-winning actor and Fairport, New York native. The annual award is given to the teen who’s film is chosen by the judges as “Best of Fest.” The award was established in association with the Hoffman family with funds raised during The Little Theatre’s Philip Seymour Hoffman Tribute Film Series.
Alex Ketchek Award for Best Animated Film
is presented in memory of Alex Ketchek, a 2010 Rochester Teen Film Festival finalist who tragically passed away in 2013.
The Jack Garner Award for Best Director
is a new annual award in the memory of long time RTFF jury member and much beloved and spirited national film critic. It is given through the support of Bonnie Garner and the Garner family.
The Marilyn O’Connor Award
is presented to a film that addresses a social issue through the lens of compassion, equity and social justice. Marilyn O’Connor has never crossed a picket line. She’s been fighting for equality and justice as a youth, a parent, a public defender and Family Court Judge. She was recognized for mentoring young women in the practice of law as the recipient of the NYS Women’s Bar Association’s Betty Weinberg Ellerin’s Mentoring Award and was one of the founders of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, an organization that supports and encourages women in the legal community.