401 Film Fest is aimed at discovering new, local, independent filmmakers. Our showcases will be accepting films from all over the world, but with at least 50% Rhode Island submission acceptance. The event is completely free to attend, which is no wonder why most of our screenings have reached venue capacity!

Entering the 401 Film Fest is not onlt a great opportunity for true independent artists to have their work seen but also a chance to win a cash prize. The outsider submission fee helps pay for event expenses (auditorium, projector, permits, prizes), and additional money raised goes to our charity of choice, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. Best luck!

We will be accepting submissions for the "3rd Annual 401 Film Fest", starting on January 1st, 2017 - July 31, 2017. It is free for Rhode Island, Massachusetts & Connecticut filmmakers to submit to, and a mere $5 for anybody outside of the region.

We are proud to say that in our 2 years up and running, we have raised over $3,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State and brought much needed awareness to our local and international TRULY independent filmmakers.

Thank YOU for supporting 401 Film Fest!

401 Film Fest on Eyewitness News/Street Stories

401 Film Fest Year 2 Promo

401 Film Fest on The Rhode Show CBS 2016

401 Film Fest on The Rhode Show CBS 2015

401 Film Fest Year 1 Promo

401 Film Fest has been a smashing success!!! We give our local amateur filmmakers, the people with a camera and a story to tell, a platform for their work to be seen with professionals from all over the world. Check out our facebook for pictures and press!!

We accept all genres and lengths from all over. However, half of the event is dedicated to just local, Rhode Island and New England talent. No Nudity!

All submission fees are non refundable.

Overall Rating
  • Jim McDonough

    I am proud to have been associated with the 401 Festival. All proceeds go to charity, and The Big Brother's Big Sister Association is near and dear to me. On top of it being a great cause, there are a ton of great films, and a fun atmosphere. I can't wait to go back next year!

    February 2018
  • Tim Labonte

    What a great and unique festival - Festival director Adam Theroux does such a great job getting a community together to celebrate what they do best: telling stories for a great cause. There's no stone (or film) left unturned - surprises pop up constantly as films play from near and far - Seriously, never bored or looking at your watch, and very organized. Keep up the great work, and I look forward to future festivals and events!

    January 2018
  • Adam, who runs the festival, is one of the nicest people you will meet. It was great talking with him, and seeing the films on display!

    December 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your feedback and support, Nick! It was fantastic meeting you too!!!

  • Brian Heil

    Adam and his team do an amazing job of featuring films. Highly recommeded.

    December 2017
  • Mathew Provost

    One of my favorite film festivals run by amazing people. New England, and Rhode Island especially, is such a great destination for film makers - so much so that I'd go every year if I could.

    There's always a good selection of films, great crowd, and I really enjoyed the interaction between fellow filmmakers and the audience throughout. There were numerous opportunities for networking at all levels. You can tell that there is a real passion for community here. Love'd it!

    November 2016