Akron, Ohio is the hometown of professional basketball player LeBron James, and rock n' rollers The Black Keys, DEVO, and Chrissie Hynde. Now it is also the city with an emerging feminist film festival, proud of its inclusivity!
Bechdel Film Fest--Akron, OH is a winner of the Akron Knight Arts Challenge grant. Bechdel Film Fest will feature stories that pass the “Bechdel Test,” a standard which brings attention to gender inequality in film. Our festival hopes to feature works made by female directors, producers and actors, and stories including LGBTQ+ characters and gender non--conformity. All filmmakers are welcome to submit their films but each film must pass the Bechdel Test.
We welcome feature-length films and shorts, fiction and non-fiction. We also have opportunities for family-friendly screenings.
Our second event is May 28-May 31, 2019 in Akron, OH. We have five screening spaces with multiple screenings each of the five days of the festival. This is a great opportunity for a filmmaker to reach new audiences.
We will be awarding prizes in categories based on submissions. More information about this coming soon.
**All films submitted must pass the Bechdel Test: must include at least 2 female characters with names & they must discuss something other than men or boys***
Film must have been made since 2017.
The entry fee is not refundable.
Bechdel Film Fest-Akron, OH is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Bechdel Film Fest--Akron, OH 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 or damage to the screening videos entered.
Do not send any discs or files to us. Online materials are good enough for now. No porn content.
Rules and terms and conditions are subject to change at the discretion of the Bechdel Film Fest--Akron, OH.