The Film Grove Online Film Festival is the first step to getting paid for your film. Film Grove uses its festival to obtain quality short and feature films for its streaming channel. If you are invited to show your film on our streaming channel, you become a participant in our profit sharing program whereby you are paid for the number of complete views your film receives per quarter.

Film Grove limits it content to films written by, directed by, or starring women and people of color. We also show films where the subject matter is of importance to women and people of color.

Film Grove screeners determine the awards for:

Best Feature Film - $500
Runner Up Feature Film - $350
Best Short Film - $250
Runner Up Short Film - $150

Each film that the screeners determine to be of good quality will be invited to be shown on the Film Grove streaming channel. Filmmakers are paid through a profit sharing arrangement where the filmmaker receives payment based on the number of views per quarter. The number of views are determined and reported by an independent third party.

Audience awards are determined by votes cast by the audience from February 15, 2021, to March 1, 2021. Audience awards will be given for the following:

Audience Award Best Feature Film
Audience Award Best Short Film
Audience Award Best Director Feature Film
Audience Award Best Director Short Film
Audience Award Digital FX
Audience Award Best FX
Audience Award Best Actor
Audience Award Best Actress
Audience Award Best Animated Film
Audience Award Best Documentary
Audience Award Best Comedy
Audience Award Best Sci Fi
Audience Award Best Action
Audience Award Best Horror
Audience Award Best Thriller
Audience Award Best Drama

1. Film Grove accepts films from all filmmakers, worldwide. Provided that:

(a) The film was written or directed by a woman or person of color, or

(b) The film's main protagonist is a woman or person of color, or

(c) The film's subject matter pertains to issues or experiences of women or people of color.

2. Entries must have been produced in 2015 to 2020.

3. No entry will be accepted after the final deadline of December 7, 2020. Your entry must be received by 11:59 PST.

4. More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be submitted separately.

5. Films produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles or be dubbed in English. The subtitles must be encoded in the film copy.

6. Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present their work.

7. If your work is selected, you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by Film Grove:

(a) You must execute a release agreement wherein you:

(i) accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances and releases necessary to exhibit your film on the Film Grove channel

(ii) warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film to the public; and

(iii) indemnify and hold harmless Film Grove, its parent company, its affiliates, and subsidiaries and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising out of exhibition of your film on the Film Grove channel.

(b) You must deliver in a manner designated by Film Grove an exhibition copy of the invited work.

(c) You must provide a properly completed and signed official Film Grove “Acceptance Agreement Form” and all publication assets as specified in the “Materials Checklist”.

(d) You must provide at least one DVD copy of the final, completed film for Film Grove archives and internal purposes.

7. All Films Must Include a Fictional Events Disclaimer in the End Credits.

(a) If your story is not based on actual events, you must state to the effect that:

"The events depicted in this movie are fictitious. Any similarity to any person living or dead is merely coincidental."

(b) If your story is based on actual events or inspired by actual events, you must state to the effect that:

"This story is based or inspired on actual events. In certain cases incidents, characters and timelines have been changed for dramatic purposes. Certain characters may be composites, or entirely fictitious."

8. Judgment Criteria

Film selection is based on the score determined the screener(s) compensated by Film Grove. Our Screeners will score your film based on many factors, including, without limitation, the following:

(i) Story

(ii) Premise

(iii) Theme

(iv) Subject matter

(v) Pacing

(vi) Characters and Characterization

(vii) Diversity of Characters

(viii) Cinematography

(ix) Directing

(x) Dialogue

9. Film Grove's decisions are final.