Entries are now closed for ReadingFilmFEST. Join us at the festival November 1st-4th!

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ReadingFilmFEST celebrates the filmmaker!

This is the year four of the ReadingFilmFEST - the small festival with a big attitude! Dedicated to bringing filmmakers and film lovers together, the festival specializes in creating a filmmaker-centric festival, with free lodging for visiting filmmakers with films selected for the festival, marketing assistance, location tour, filmmaker focused panels and parties...lots of parties!

The festival is juried by a panel of local film enthusiasts, with winners chosen by film professionals in each genre. Each film is viewed by at least 3 jurors, ensuring a fair process and high quality selections.

ReadingFilmFEST is a production of the ReadingFilm office, which has a growing reputation as the filmmaker’s film commission, with its concierge-like service, providing diverse locations, easy access, and a supportive production environment to projects large and small. We nurture emerging filmmakers like no one else…because Reading Loves Film!

The student competition will include 2 categories: high school and college/university students. Students must be currently enrolled in high school or college to submit. Please upload a photo of your student ID for verification. Student films must be under 20 minutes in length and may be of any genre including narrative, documentary, animation or music video (note – films with graphic violence, sex and language may be disqualified). Existing or new projects by students will be accepted. Student films will be juried by the festival’s regular jury of film lovers and experts.

The festival will also include educational panels directed at professionals and students alike.

Submit today!

ReadingFilmFEST promises to be a weekend complete with interesting panels, fabulous parties, location tours, networking opportunities, and of course, great films!

- Best Narrative Feature
- Best Documentary Feature
- Best Short Film
- Best Made in Reading Film
- Social Impact Award
- Best Actor in a Film
- Best Actress in a Film
- Best Use of Music in a Film
- Best Latino Film

- Best Narrative Short - College or High School Student
- Best Documentary Short - College or High School Student
- Best Music Video - College or High School Student

1. Film Entries must be submitted online by July 1, 2018
2. Films must be completed after January 1, 2017
3. Student filmmakers must submit proof of student status by uploading a photo of valid student ID.
4. All films selected for screening at the festival grant ReadingFilmFEST the right to use stills and excerpts of up to two minutes for promotional purposes.
5. Festival is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged entries.
6. Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate Entry and fee.
7. While ReadingFilmFEST does not restrict or censor the artistic content or style of any submission, the FEST does reserve the right to not accept for submission or honor with award any film that is perceived to promote a careless or malicious culture of hate, violence or obscenity.
8. ReadingFilmFEST will not accept any student film that it considers to be obscene or a careless promoter of malice, violence or hate.
9. ReadingFilmFEST does not grant fee waivers except for filmmakers from FAFT countries.
10. All fees are nonrefundable.

Overall Rating
  • Ryan Simmons

    We were unable to attend but the festival was amazing at communicating and their level of service is unrivaled.

    November 2018
  • I had a great time at the Reading Film Festival. The people that run this festival really care about the filmmakers and the films they show! Reading Film Festival was very well run and the communication was excellent. Even better was the slate of films that they presented. A very well thought out and entertaining line up with a lot of high quality films. I'm honored they choose my film to be a part of their festival, and I'm glad I was able to go and experience it for myself. Definitely worth the application fee for what turned out to be a great experience!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Keith for your kind words! Our audience really enjoyed your film! We can't wait to see what you come up with next!

  • Reading Film Fest is absolutely fantastic!! Such a wide range of films on display and a lot of interesting filmmakers to meet. The staff and organisers are just an absolute dream to communicate with and they really care about the filmmakers. This is truly a filmmakers festival!!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Bryce! Loved having you and Liam join us for the festival! Thanks for making the trip and sharing your fun film with ReadingFilmFEST!

  • A fantastic festival all the way around. Terrific curators, content and community. Every night was a party. Super filmmaker forward in all ways. A weekend the LONG LOST team will always remember!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Erik for joining us at ReadingFilmFEST and bringing your cast and crew for the festivities. Our audiences loved your film! Congrats on your success!

  • Vicki Speegle

    A friend recommended I enter Reading and after my recent experience there I can see why. They truly are the filmmakers' festival, and obvious lovers of just good storytelling. I'll never the warm hospitality I received, the great films I saw, or the wonderful new folks I met.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Vicki for sharing your lovely film with us. Our audience was so moved by In the Night I Remember Your Name. We wish you great success with your film and hope to see you back in Reading soon!