ReadingFilmFEST created by filmmakers for filmmakers! ReadingFilmFEST celebrates the art of filmmaking!

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 that offers:
- complimentary lodging for visiting filmmakers who have been selected to screen at the festival
- location tours
- filmmaker focused panels
- wonderful audiences
- and parties and networking events...lots of parties!

We are committed to gender parity with no less than 50% of our program directed, written, and/or produced by women. Looking for the best films in all genres by Women Filmmakers to highlight in our festival in November to honor the 100th year anniversary of the 19th Amendment!

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.

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
- 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 1, 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
  • Fantastic festival experience with a great team that made us feel totally welcome, plus great communication from day one. Excellent panels, screening venues, events and cool after parties! Thank you RFF for recognizing our film, Tarab!

    December 2019
  • Mostafa Mehraban

    The festival is very good and authentic.
    The organizing team is very kind and attractive..
    I wish the best for the Reading Film Festival...

    November 2019
  • Grace Uther

    Thank you so much for including our short film Nineteen Ninety Nine! It was such an honour to be a part of Reading Film Festival's incredible line up!

    November 2019
  • Grandin Theatre Film Lab

    Very proud to say that a project our students made was a part of the Reading FilmFEST. Communication from the staff was excellent, and the hospitality was top notch. There was a great variety of programming, and a number of filmmakers were in attendance, which was great. Would recommend!

    November 2019
  • Stacey Larkins

    I had a fantastic time at the ReadingFilmFEST! I saw some amazing films, I was blown away by the programming. The staff were really nice and welcoming, the screening locations were beautiful, films looked and sounded great. Thank you ReadingFilmFEST for a wonderful experience!

    November 2019