Best of the Fests

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Best of the Fests

Three-day “Best of the Fests” presents favorite films from High Falls, ImageOut, and Rochester Jewish film festivals at The Little April 27-29 Rochester, N.Y. – A new collaboration between three of Rochester’s largest film festivals will highlight the “best” movies to a broader film-loving audience. This mini-festival will run three nights at The Little Theatre on Wednesday through Friday, April 27, 28 and 29, with each festival showing two standout movies. The High Falls Film Festival, which celebrates women in film behind the camera and on screen, was established in 2001, the same year the JCC launched the Ames Amzalak Rochester International Jewish Film Festival, which presents the best contemporary Jewish-themed films. ImageOut was founded in 1993 and today is New York state’s largest LGBT film festival (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender). Collectively these three festivals bring hundreds of films from around the globe to Rochester each year, to be screened for tens of thousands of audience members.

“The ‘Best of the Fests’ initiative has grown out of our mutual desire to share great films with the community and to get Rochester excited about the depth of unique cinematic experience that festivals regularly bring to town,” said Paul Allen, ImageOut’s board chairman. “Our three festivals have been working together for several years, presenting movies in each other’s line-up that highlight our overlapping missions and interests. But this ‘Best of the Fests’ really takes our collaboration to the next level, by sharing great movies that general audiences might not necessarily seek out during our regular festival times.”

Tickets are $8 general admission and $6.50 for JCC, ImageOut, and Little Theatre members. Tickets can be purchased in advance at thelittle.org or just prior to the screenings at the Little

Upcoming films for this Series

This series does not have anything scheduled right now.

Past films from this Series


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Apr 29, 2016
Duration: 87m
Rating: Not Rated
The events on the night John Lennon was killed, seen through the eyes of those who lived it. The great men and women of NYC who did all they could to save a life, some without even knowing it was...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Apr 29, 2016
Duration: 88m
Rating: Not Rated
Benny, a college freshman at the University of Akron, Ohio meets and falls for fellow freshman Christopher at a football game. With the support of their families and friends they embark on a new...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Apr 28, 2016
Duration: 94m
Rating: Not Rated
An old Jewish baker struggles to keep his business afloat until his young Muslim apprentice drops cannabis in the dough and sends sales sky high.


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Apr 28, 2016
Duration: 60m
Rating: Not Rated
Three Yemeni teenage girls enter an entrepreneurship competition but along the way encounter the hardships of a country marked by a broken educational system, joblessness and a threatening Al-Qaeda...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Apr 27, 2016
Duration: 84m
Rating: Not Rated
The Guy With The Knife traces the friendship between a prominent gay rights activist and a convicted 'gay-bash' murderer, set against the backdrop of gay rights, victims' rights and prisoners' rights...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Apr 27, 2016
Duration: 90m
Rating: Not Rated
In 1948, a group of World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of 'Machal' -- volunteers from abroad -- this ragtag band of brothers not only turned...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Jun 5, 2015
Duration: 95mins
Rating: Not Rated
(Directed and written by Eric Schaeffer, US/ 2014, 95 min., drama) Meet Ricky Jones. She’s a beautiful young woman in her early twenties who lives in Kentucky. She’s got a job at the local coffee...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Jun 5, 2015
Duration: 83mins
Rating: Not Rated
An unconventional romantic comedy, The Park Bench mixes live action with gorgeous animation to create a whimsical tale of life and love – and literature. Emily, a neurotic graduate student studying...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Jun 4, 2015
Duration: 98mins
Rating: Not Rated
A family trip. Packing all the childhood baggage. After the death of her oldest sister, a globetrotting nature photographer is pressured into joining her dysfunctional family for a vacation, along...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Jun 4, 2015
Duration: 89mins
Rating: Not Rated
Adi, Gal, Hanin, Inas, Rawan and Rezan – six Israeli and Palestinian teenagers – first meet at a women’s leadership program in the U.S. called Building Bridges for Peace. Their commitment to justice...