Brian Bailey and filmmaker Linda Maroney founded the first Rochester Teen Film Festival in 2006 to honor the work of urban, suburban, and rural teen filmmakers and to give them the opportunity to present their work at a real film festival. The event aims to provide a large, authentic audience so that the voices of teenagers can be publicly and respectfully heard. Each year, the submissions are juried by a jury of professional filmmakers, critics, and academics. One of the selected films each year is honored with the Philip Seymour Hoffman "Best of Fest" Award, which honors the life and legacy of the late Academy Award-winning actor and Fairport, NY, native. The award was generously established in association with the Hoffman family. The films of past finalists, and information about submitting films, can be found here:
The Rochester Teen Film Camp also provided additional opportunities for youth to express their ideas and experiences through the medium of film. No previous experience in filmmaking was necessary to attend this one week, intensive summer camp hosted by Nazareth College. At the end of the week, students presented their short films at a public event on campus.