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**Important Update**
To our fellow documentary lovers,

It’s with tremendous sadness that we announce the 2020 One Take Film Festival, previously slated for April 30 to May 3, has been postponed. With the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have to put the safety of our guests, staff, and filmmakers first. 

Refund information for 2020 passholders:

-          A full refund for your OTFF 2020 pass is available
-          Conversion of the pass into a donation to the One Take Film Festival is also an option
-          Please contact for either of these options

At this time there are more important concerns than film festivals, but this stings. We’re crestfallen that we won’t be able to show all the wonderful, thrilling, eye-opening docs we had planned for you. Having said that, we’re excited for the day we once again get to sit in a dark room with just our friends, and some fantastic non-fiction filmmaking.

What’s next for the One Take Film Festival? First off, we will return. When that might be is uncertain at the moment, but you will be the first to know of any new information. We'll post updates to our website, Updates on the One Take film series will be available at

You can stay up to date with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) here:

Thanks for your patience, understanding and support! 


The One Take Team 


One Take Film Festival

It's doc time once again! Year 4 of the One Take Documentary Film Festival is happening April 30 to May 3, 2020! This Rochester, N.Y. Film Festival has grown out the Little Theatre's highly successful monthly documentary series that began in 2012. It celebrates and promotes the art of non-fiction filmmaking and stimulates public understanding and appreciation of the documentary film.  Over the course of four days, we’ll celebrate the art of documentary filmmaking in its many forms.  We seek films that inspire, surprise, challenge, enlighten, and entertain us.

Presented by and Hosted by The Little Theatre

The Little Theatre is the premier cultural center for the presentation of American independent and foreign films, visual arts and music for the greater Rochester community.  Through educational events, the Little Theatre provides local artists a place to share and discuss their visions with a diverse audience.  The Little Theatre engages the community in a warm and inviting atmosphere with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, promotes friendly discussion and opens cultural horizons.

The Little Theatre began in Rochester in 1928 as a link in a proposed chain of small theaters designed to provide an "intimate" alternative to the large commercial movie houses of the day. The Little Cinema Movement, which was dedicated to showing "art films that appeal to the intelligent and sophisticated," started in 1925. When it opened in 1929, The Little Theatre was the fifth "little temple of the cinema" to be built. 

Over its rich history, The Little has been home to countless festivals, performances and special events and now boast five theaters and The Little Café which serves fresh food specials, coffees, wine, beer and free nightly music.

To discover mover, visit the Little Theatre in person at 240 East Avenue in Rochester NY or find out more about the films and music offerings online.