The Deaf Rochester Film Festival (DRFF) has a proud history of hosting film festivals since 2005. Most films featured in the film festival have been written, produced, created, and performed by Deaf and hard of hearing individuals and film production companies around the world.
DRFF’s mission is to promote and showcase films by deaf and hard of hearing filmmakers; screen films about the Deaf experience; encourage analysis and interpretations of Deaf Cinema and Deaf visual aesthetics; develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Deaf gaze in light of the diversity of genres, cultures, and styles of filmmaking; foster film as a medium for historical preservation of Deaf Culture; provide networking opportunities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing filmmakers and others involved in the field; and inspire future generations of Deaf and Hard of Hearing filmmakers.
All our best,
Deaf Rochester Film Festival Team 2020
mEET THE DRFF COMMITTEE
Youmee Lee: Co-chair
Doug Baker: Co-chair
Hayden Orr: Festival Assistant / Jr. DRFF
Arlene Sankey: Treasurer
Beth Noworaztky: Event Coordinator
Brenda Schertz: Advisor / Sponsorships
Jeanne Behm: Workshop Coordinator
Sean Furman: Film Screening Coordinator
Natasha Hill: Social Media Coordinator
Blake Nitko: Social Media Advisor
Dylan Panarra: Public Relations Coordinator
Amelia Hamilton: Photographer
Malvana Ramborger: Graphic Designer
Guillaume Chastel: Interpreting Coordinator
Darian Slattery: Editor
Joan Naturale: Archivist
Surya Sahetapy: Outreach Coordinator
Blast from the drff's past!
Deaf Rochester Film Festival (DRFF) is proud to be running since 2005. Rochester has the highest per capita population of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in the United States, so it is only natural for Rochester to be the heart of the Deaf poetry and American Sign Language (ASL) studies. DRFF has brought countless Deaf and hard-of-hearing filmmakers from around the world to the Rochester community, taken place at various venues in the Rochester, New York area, and gathered the sign language communities to gather, discuss, and celebrate films, theatre, performances, and art made by Deaf and hard-of-hearing people all over the world!
Click on program booklet thumbnails below to view previous festivals!