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.

Overall Rating
  • Shara Ashley Zeiger

    This newer festival is doing everything right. They made you feel right at home in Akron between the best swag bag I've ever seen, some lovely events including a reception at their local art museum, and even held an encore screening that they included my film in. We screened 3x in one weekend! The festival directors are both also the most accessible people are work really hard to bring this event to their community. Also, the Nightlight Cinema is darling!

    March 2020
  • Mia'kate Russell

    Love this festival so much !!!! It was an honour to play there x

    November 2019
  • Emma Catalfamo

    What can I say, except what an outstanding festival- especially considering it was it’s first year. I am so honoured to have had my microshort “Hatch” screen here. Hope to see Brit & Joanna again next year!

    June 2019
  • Kate Haug

    Love this festival! The organizers truly care about film and completely support their filmmakers. The screening venue and program for my film was ideal; I could have not curated a better program myself. The festival organizers are thoughtful and professional. I highly recommend and completely support this festival. Programmers who are this sincere and hard-working are vital to our national arts community.

    June 2019
  • Michelle Muldoon

    Unfortunately I couldn't go this year, but I felt like I was there the whole time. The level of communication and responsiveness was outstanding.
    And the festival's presence and support of the films on social media was both excellent, and consistent (which is not often the case).
    This team loves film and believes in their mission and it shows in every email, online conversation, and promotion.
    I highly recommend Bechdel Fest in Akron.

    June 2019