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Film Submissions for DRFF 2020



The Deaf Rochester Film Festival (DRFF) is accepting film submissions for the 2020 Festival taking place on April 14 - 18, 2020. The deadline is February 15, 2020. *Winners will be recognized with awards.



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) will be required. Please complete the entry form for each film submitted.

There are no submission fees.

Films considered for possible inclusion in DRFF 2020 must be completed between 2016 and 2020; OR the film has never been screened at any film festival / event in the United States.

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.


Your entry must include video link for prescreening purposes.

PLEASE NOTE: If DRFF 2020 selects your film(s), it is possible that you may have to mail film(s) in DVD format to our film screening committee by March 15, 2020. Region-free DVDs (NTSC) are strongly preferred for DRFF 2020 screening purposes. Entries for DVD formats must be labeled clearly with your name, film title, genre, running time, and year, in that order.


The festival program will be announced in March 2020. All submitting filmmakers will be notified prior to March 1, 2020, 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.

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