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Submission Guidelines

We are currently accepting film submissions for the 2017

Festival taking place on March 22 - 25, 2017.

Deaf Rochester Film Festival: March 22 - 25, 2017


The Deaf Rochester Film Festival (DRFF) is accepting film submissions for the 2017 Festival taking place on March 22-25, 2017. The deadline is January 30, 2017. The deadline date is when the film(s) need to be in the DRFF office or submitted electronically with a link, not the date by which the films should be postmarked.


All lengths and genres are accepted for possible consideration, including experimental, animation, documentary, narrative, and student films. Captions (and English subtitles, in the case of foreign - language films) are strongly encouraged. Please complete the entry form for each film submitted.

Films considered for possible inclusion in DRFF 2017 must be completed between 2014 and 2017.


Additionally, your film(s) must meet one or more of the following eligibility criteria:

  • The film is made by a Deaf or Hard of Hearing filmmaker,


  • The film is made by a hearing filmmaker with a Deaf or Hard of Hearing executive director,


  • The film must feature at least one deaf character,


  • The film is about the Deaf experience.


Each entry must be submitted to DRFF 2017 by emailing Joan Naturale your vimeo or any other link with the access password with your name, film title, genre, running time and year, in that order, to by January 30, 2017 for prescreening purposes only.

PLEASE NOTE: If DRFF 2017 selects your film(s), be prepared to mail your film(s) in DVD format to Joan Naturale by February 15, 2017. Region-free DVDs (NTSC) are strongly preferred for DRFF 2017 screening purposes. Entries for both Vimeo & DVD formats must be labeled clearly with your name, film title, genre, running time, and year, in that order. Send your entries to: 

Joan Naturale

NTID Library Liaison

Rochester Institute of Technology

Wallace Center, Bldg. 5-1422

90 Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY 14623-5603


The festival program will be announced by early February 2017. All submitting filmmakers will be notified prior to February 2017 at the email address provided at the time of submission, to allow time for development of press kits with film stills (color and b/w), headshot(s) of director(s) & writer(s), trailers, clip reels, posters, and postcards to maximize your film’s exposure.

Questions? Contact us. 

"We look forward to previewing your films! Thank you!"

- Stacy Lawrence and Brenda Schertz

DRFF 2017 Co-chairpersons

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