ReadingFilmFEST created by filmmakers for filmmakers!

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 has had to revamp this year's film festival to ensure the health and safety of our volunteers, filmmakers and audience. This year’s festival will be a hybrid event, combining both virtual and in-person activities. The festival will include an outdoor celebration and drive-in style screening of our opening night films, with plenty of room for social distancing while offering opportunities to network with audience members and other filmmakers. We will also offer in-theater screenings and talkbacks with limited seating. 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 who's 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 to highlight in our festival to honor the 100th year anniversary of the 19th Amendment!

ReadingFilmFEST is also seeking films that promote conversation about racial issues, especially those produced by minority filmmakers.

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 in 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 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.

Submit today!

- 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 Narrative Short
- Best Documentary Short
- Best Music Video

1. Film Entries must be submitted online by July 15, 2020
2. Films must be completed after January 1, 2019
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 does not grant fee waivers except for filmmakers from FAFT countries.
9. All fees are nonrefundable.

Overall Rating
  • 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