ReadingFilmFEST created by filmmakers for filmmakers!
SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN!

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO July 5, 2021!!

JUST ADDED - SCREENPLAY COMPETITION (see Rules & Terms for details and submission criteria).

Voted by filmmakers as a 100 Top Reviewed Film Festival, ReadingFilmFEST is the small festival with a big attitude! We are dedicated to bringing filmmakers and film lovers together, creating a filmmaker-centric festival.

Due to Covid-19, ReadingFilmFEST presented its festival in 2020 at First Energy baseball stadium. That worked out so well, we plan to do it again, and conditions permitting, also return to an indoor theater experience. This year’s festival will be a true hybrid event, combining both virtual and in-person activities. Online screening of the films and talkbacks will be streamed in real-time with the option of viewing any time within the timeframe of the festival.

For filmmakers ready to make the trip to Reading, the festival will offer:
- complimentary lodging for filmmakers whose films have been accepted
- educational/discussion panels for filmmakers
- wonderful audiences
- live Q&A with audiences
Filmmakers not able to join us in person will be offered the opportunity to do their talkback with the audience via Zoom and streamed live.

ReadingFilmFEST is committed to gender parity with no less than 50% of our program directed, written, and/or produced by women. We are looking for the best films in all genres by Women Filmmakers. The festival also encourages filmmakers of color and Latino filmmakers to submit their work to help us create a truly diverse program.

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.

The student competition is open to both high school and college/university students. Students must be currently enrolled to submit. Please upload a photo of your student ID for verification. Student films must be under 15 minutes in length and may be of any genre including fiction and non-fiction films (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.

AWARDS
- Best Narrative Feature
- Best Documentary Feature
- Best Short Film
- Best Made in Reading Film
- Female Filmmaker Award
- Social Impact Award
- Best Actor in a Film
- Best Actress in a Film
- Best Use of Music in a Film
- Best Latino Film
- BEST SCREENPLAY
- Best Short Film Screenplay by a Minority or Female Filmmaker

STUDENT AWARDS
- Best Narrative Short
- Best Documentary Short

Screenplay Competition details below.

1. Student filmmakers must submit proof of student status by uploading a photo of valid student ID.
2. 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.
3. Festival is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged entries.
4. Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry and fee.
5. 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.
6. ReadingFilmFEST does not grant fee waivers except for filmmakers from FAFT countries.
7. All fees are nonrefundable.
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***FEATURE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION RULES***
GENERAL ELIGIBILITY
This is a competition for Feature Length Screenplays only (80-120 pages in length).
- Screenplays must have been written originally in English. (No translations.)
- Scripts must not have been optioned or sold prior to July 1, 2021.
- Each submission must be accompanied with the appropriate submission fee.
- The Screenplay Competition is only open to writers who do not currently earn a living writing for film or television.
- Reading FilmFEST (RFF) reserves the right to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund. Please be sure to read the submission and formatting criteria!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
- If a submission involves two or more writers as applicants, please list all names on the cover page; indicate writing teams with “&” in listing author names (WGA).
- Once an entry payment has been received, we cannot provide a refund.
- Awards are based solely on the overall merit of entries. Judges reserve the right not to grant an award.
- We strongly suggest that applicants copyright their materials with the U.S. Copyright Office. Please consult an attorney if you have questions.

GENERAL FORMAT RULES
- We are only accepting Feature Screenplays and they must be approximately 80-120 pages in length.
- Screenplays must be formatted according to current industry standards and submitted as a pdf. Examples of software that can be used:
....• Final Draft
....• Studio Binder
....• Celtx
....• Movie Magic Screenwriter
- Font size must be 12-point Courier.
- Pages must be numbered in the top right-hand corner.
- Scripts must be submitted in PDF format and under 5MB.
- Only the TITLE of the FILM, AUTHOR(S)NAME(S), EMAIL ADDRESS and TELEPHONE NUMBER should appear on the cover page. The RFF is not responsible for inaccurate contact information.
- NO REVISIONS OR MISSING PAGES WILL BE ACCEPTED ONCE ENTRY HAS BEEN RECEIVED.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Online submissions will receive a confirmation email.

SELECTED SCRIPTS AND WINNERS
- Finalists will be announced on August 15, 2021
- The judges’ decision is final.
- Three finalists will be selected. Each finalist will receive script coverage (2 pages).
- From the finalists, the Grand prize winner will be selected and will have a table read with local actors during the Film Festival.

RFF has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information:
i) identities of readers or judges;
ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted material; and/or
iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process.

Except as explicitly stated, no representations or guarantees are made regarding the feedback or comments provided, or the quality thereof. The opinions of the readers are their own and do not reflect the opinions of RFF. RFF explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by RFF or by its readers, judges, and sponsors.

Originality and Permissions; INDEMNITY
Scripts must be the original work of the applicant(s). If based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation or rights agreements to the Festival. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigate or attest to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights.
BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, THE APPLICANT HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ANY 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.

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  • Doug Kirby

    Sadly we could not attend and due to time difference and the students could not take part, but next year we will try again and hopefully get a late pass or even visit.
    We still felt very involved a loved, really well done for putting this on during Covid.

    December 2020
  • It was great to be back, but in a really different climate. After two great experiences the last couple years, it came as no surprise that the team nailed it once again, even though the world was mostly shut down -- they really made the best of it, leading by example, paying respect to the importance of live screenings to independent filmmakers, "notarizing" (as I like to call it) the launch of their films no matter whether it's from a lawn or a theater, to a small gathering or a big crowd: it's all really important, and they totally defied COVID-19 with sophistication and safety.

    October 2020
  • Preston Chase

    It was an honor to be selected as part of the 2020 Reading festival! It's a great experience from panel discussion to Q&A’s and they were wonderful to communicate with. Thank you very much for screening my first film, Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story

    October 2020
  • We were so proud to be a part of the Women Short Film Section with our Film Icarus Stops for Breakfast - Great communication and Kudos to Tracy Shott and her team for pulling off an inperson festival in a pandemic!! We wish we could have been there in person but our experience was great even so! Looking forward to visiting next year!

    October 2020
  • Russell Emanuel

    Great film festival that treated us very well! Thank you so much!

    October 2020