University of Rochester
The Gollin Film Festival

The Gollin Film Festival is the premier student film festival at the University of Rochester. The festival, in its 9th year, is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate students at the University and is sponsored by the Film and Media Studies Program with generous support from Studio Arts. The Gollin Film Festival, named in honor of Professor Emeritus of English Richard Gollin, gives University of Rochester undergraduates the chance to gain recognition and present their original works to a wide audience.

A panel of faculty members associated with the Film and Media Studies Program judges the films. Cash prizes are awarded to the first, second, and third place winners during a screening of the winning films on April 24, 2014. Films receiving honorable mention are also screened during the festival.

Each student may submit up to 2 films created since enrolling at the University.  Moving images can be shot or created in any media or using a variety of media including cell phones, .gif animation, video, 16mm film, Hi-8, Flash, etc. We will need your submission to be delivered in an accepted digital format.  Accepted digital formats are: mov, .mp4, flv, and .avi.  Your movie file needs to be delivered to us on USB drives, SD cards or as an accessible file on CD or DVD disc.  Please note: we will not accept auto-play or menu-driven DVD formatted discs of your movie.  We must be able to access a file version of your  movie in one of the aforementioned formats.

Sample films from last year:


hold still by kirsten williamson from Kirsten Williamson on Vimeo.