The Bread and Roses Film Festival is a female-centric film festival dedicated to showcasing, supporting, and celebrating the brilliant and talented cis and trans women working behind the camera in key creative roles like writer and/or director, though we do love to see films that feature a mostly female production crew. Students are also welcome!
BRFF is run by an all-female team and is 100% curated by a panel of all-female judges, who are particularly interested in elevating marginalized voices (e.g., LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC), as well as a wide range of stories centering on any of the many social justice issues around the globe. Added bonus if the film is fully produced in the state of New Jersey.
BRFF officially kicks off at the Jersey Shore in the Fall of 2023 with a small and mighty force, including one full day of film screenings (10/07), as well as an opening reception the night before (10/06).
BRFF entrants are required to pay the submission fee in order to participate in the festival, as these fees go to directly support various festival costs. For this reason, submission waivers cannot be given for any reason. Also, in order to keep the festival affordable, we are unable to provide any screening fees. Thank you for your understanding.
BRFF fully supports an equitable and inclusive environment both on and off screen and our main focus is to showcase films that are written and/or directed by cis/trans women, as female voices have long been (and continue to be) on the sidelines of mainstream cinema. Everyone is welcome to attend, volunteer and otherwise support us in any way.
The inaugural BRFF is an officially sponsored project of Precipice Collective, a New Jersey based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Please take time to carefully and thoroughly review the details below, as by submitting your film into competition in the Bread and Roses Film Festival (BRFF), you acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these rules and conditions. All film submissions may only be exclusively accepted via the FilmFreeway platform.
Films submitted must feature a cis or trans woman in at least one or more of the following:
• Female-centric storyline
General Submission Rules:
• All genres are welcome.
• Films should have been completed from 2020-present.
• Premiere status not required.
• Submission waivers and screenings fees cannot be provided.
• Once submission fees are processed, they become non-refundable.
• Fees may vary based on submission category and respective deadlines.
• Shorts films are 40 mins or less, exclusive of credits.
• Feature films are 40 - 120 mins, exclusive of credits.
• All films must be in English or contain English subtitles.
• Films submitted should be fully finished works, and will be judged as such, whether it is or not. No revisions of materials will be accepted once entry has been submitted.
• Entrant must be ready and willing to share a high-quality and downloadable standalone file for the submitted film (e.g. DCP format), as well as any other requested materials, such as film posters, and still images for promotion.
Terms & Conditions:
The individual or organization submitting the film (which must be a wholly original work with no disputes regarding the ownership), hereby warrants that it is duly authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. If a film is based upon another person’s life, book or other underlying work, applicants must secure the rights to make such adaptations. BRFF expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.
BRFF has no obligation to disclose any of the following information: identities of screeners or judges; notes, feedback, or other information relating to the submitted project; and/or details regarding the submission review or selection process. BRFF explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by BRFF, its affiliates or volunteers.
Upon selection, the entrant grants BRFF the right to utilize publicity materials related to the production (i.e., press kits, posters, stills, etc.) for promotional purposes in all mediums, including broadcast, print, internet, as well as social media platforms.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Bread and Roses Film Festival (and Precipice Collective) from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of and/or damage to the worked entered.
Participation in BRFF implies an understanding and acceptance of these regulations. The Festival reserves the right to rule on cases not foreseen by these regulations.
BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, I/WE HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.