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Rochester Street Films: Submissions

Reconnect Rochester in partnership with Floating Home Films are now seeking proposals for transportation-based documentary story concepts.

As part of our Rochester Street Films program, Reconnect Rochester is offering $500 and an opportunity to work with local filmmakers Alex Weiser and Ander Kazmerski who will guide you through the process of creating a film about transportation. People of all neighborhoods and filmmaking experience are encouraged to submit a proposal. Our selection process will be based on the cohesion of the concept and the perceived impact this film could have on the community.


This year’s submission period has closed. But if you’d still like to make a film for a future Rochester Street Films event, contact us.


Theme: Moving Beyond the Automobile

Are you or someone you know living without a car in Monroe County? Tell us that story – the whys and hows. Whether your subject does it to stay active, help the environment, or save cash, we want to know what their daily experiences are like. What are the challenges they face year-round? What are the rewards? And how has living car-free changed their life – for better or worse?

Submission Requirements

  1. 100 word or less summary of your film concept.

  2. The film’s one-sentence logline.

  3. 100 word or less reason why this film must be made.

  4. 60 second or less video example. Quality of camera does not matter, but show us what we might see in this film. You can narrate, show your neighborhood, interview someone. Let’s see a flavor of your approach. This does not need to be polished. Include a link in your submission.

To Submit:

Please email your submission (items 1-4 above) to Your submission must be received before midnight on December 9, 2016 or it may not be considered.

Terms & Conditions

  • All creative approaches will be considered and there are no restrictions regarding style, genre, or creative approach. However, to qualify, productions MUST somehow relate to the theme Moving Beyond the Automobile as outlined above, AND take place partly or entirely within Monroe County, New York.

  • All submissions must be received by midnight on Friday December 9, 2016.

  • Alex Weiser and Ander Kazmerski of Floating Home Films will be available to the winning filmmakers for guidance and consultation throughout the entire film production. Individual pre-production meetings will be held with the winning filmmakers on Thursday 12/15 and Friday 12/16. Winning concepts must be completed by 2/20.

  • Filmmakers who submit must have access to a camera and editing software to make their film. Equipment will not be provided.
  • All dialogues must be presented in English or with English subtitles.

  • There are no restrictions on length, however, typical Street Films are 5-15 minutes in length.

  • There is no ‘Premiere’ requirement for inclusion, however we will give preference to new, unmade ideas.

  • Work-in-progress films that are not final cuts may be entered, but please clearly note what is missing or will change.

  • If your film was submitted for previous editions of Rochester Street Films, you may re-enter it if you have made significant changes and if the eligibility requirements are met.

  • More than one entry may be submitted, however, each entry must be submitted individually. Please do not send one email containing multiple film ideas.

  • Reconnect Rochester reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted.

  • By submitting a film entry, the producer agrees that all rights and clearances have been obtained, that any copyrighted sound, music, image or content included in the work have been legally cleared for use, and that Reconnect Rochester is not responsible for any copyright infringement resulting from public screenings.

  • By submitting a film entry, you acknowledge Reconnect Rochester has the right to copy any submitted material and use images and trailers for non-commercial use. Promotional use may include a clip of any accepted film being included in a radio or TV program, or in a festival trailer for Rochester Street Films.

  • $500 will be given to the winning film director(s) and will be fulfilled approximately 8-12 weeks after completion of the film. Award recipient is responsible for all applicable taxes on cash prizes. Eligibility is at the sole discretion of Reconnect Rochester.

  • By submitting a film entry, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by these Terms & Conditions.


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