Welcome Filmmakers!


Welcome to the Rochester Association for Film Arts & Sciences (RAFAS)

Formerly Rochester Movie Makers, we are currently making some changes to our website and branding. Expect a new website soon!

RAFAS is dedicated to fostering and supporting excellence in Film Arts and Sciences within the Upstate New York region. We seek to offer our members education on Film Arts and Sciences, organize and provide information related to local productions, and encourage and cultivate the production community at large.

Register for our newsletter to get the latest news and network with other filmmakers in the Rochester area. RAFAS general meetings and writers workshop meetings are open to the general public and you are welcome to attend.

Need Cast or Crew?

The best way to get volunteers is to know what you’re doing! What’s your project about? What positions are you looking to fill? When will you be shooting? Fill out the Project Announcement form and bring it to a meeting to help spread the word. Or email it to info AT rochestermoviemakers DOT org

General meetings

We meet on the FOURTH THURSDAY (Note: New Day!) of each month at RCTV, 21 Gorham Street, Rochester, NY 14605. Meetings begin at 6:00 pm (Note: New Time!).  Please arrive promptly, as the front desk person is only on duty till 7pm.

Click here for map and photos (PDF).

Writers Workshop
We hold writers meetings alternate Wednesdays at Carlson Cowork, 60 Carlson Road, 14610. Visit our Facebook group or calendar for the latest info.

RMM General Meeting Minutes – June, 2016

June 23, 2016
Start Time: 6:07 pm End Time: 8:05 pm
Location: RCTV 21 Gorham St., Rochester, NY

Organization Announcements:

  • The WNY Film, Art & Music Event will be at Genesee Community
    College August 12-14.
  • Wilhelmina Rochester is going to have a “Director’s Night,”
    showcasing their acting talent.
  • We will be using Meetup.com for membership management and
  • RAFAS is actively seeking new board members and volunteers.
Derrick & Jason
Derrick Petrush & Jason Berardi

Topic Presentation: Production – Cinematography

RMM Chairman Zachary Welch conducted the Round Table Discussion.
The table gave an introduction to camerawork, giving the ins and outs on the various positions, and what to expect your first day on set.

The panel included cinematographers Derrick Petrush and Jason

The discussion was video recorded and will be archived on the
RMM Web site.

June 23 General Meeting Minutes PDF

Thanks for a great Mind2Movie event and screening!

Rochester Movie Makers presents The 72 Hour Mind 2 Movie Challenge

Thanks to all our teams for participating in the challenge, which took place from May 19-22, and then attended our screening on Tuesday, May 31.

Each team was given the same three elements to incorporate:

  • Prop: a clock
  • Character: Bruce or Bryce Lemon who has a secret
  • Line: “This has never happened before”



“Another Chance”

Produced and directed by Dave Evers. With Patrick McCabe, Andrea Sillick, and Boris Sapozhnikov.


“Sold On Time”

Created and Written by Team “Phoenicks.” Produced by Ken Rhodes, Directed by Scott Fitzgerald, Cinematography by Jason Berardi, Editing and SFX by Codey Dingfield, Sound by Steve Miller, Additional Production Assitants Ty Dibble, Liz Lehmann, Susan Aser, Tyler Aser. Starring: Ken Rhodes, Danielle Smith, Susan Aser, Tyler Aser, Ty Dibble, Jordan Smith, Steve Miller and Jim Toepper.

For more about the Mind2Movie Challenge, click here.

May Meeting – The American Side Screening – Thursday, May 26 at The Little


We can’t put together a panel or show better than the producers and stars of The American Side coming to The Little for a screening and Q&A. This is your chance to see what we in WNY are capable of and meet many the people who do it. Tickets are available online and will likely sell out.

There are three sides to every story… the truth, the lie, and the American Side. Following a mysterious suicide at Niagara Falls, a low-rent detective unravels a conspiracy to build a revolutionary invention by enigmatic genius, Nikola Tesla.

Starring: Greg Stuhr, Alicja Bachleda, Camilla Belle, Matthew Broderick, Robert Forster, Janeane Garofalo, and Robert Vaughn. With Harris Yulin, Grant Shaud, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Norm Sham, Kelsey Siepser.

Thursday May 26 at 6:30 PM
The Little Theatre
240 East Ave, Rochester, New York 14604
Facebook Event

Buy Tickets at thelittle.org

Our May meeting IS the screening and Q&A of The American Side @ The Little 6:30pm Thursday. There will be no meeting at RCTV.