The Red Rose is dedicated to the growth & enrichment of the Central Pennsylvania Film Community.

Through the promotion of independent film, new technologies and continued economic development RR|FF intends to expand tourism, industry education, job creation and better incentives for Pennsylvania Film Production.

This festival recognizes the many voices of filmmakers & innovators across the planet and celebrates their perspectives, cultures and visions.

*Best Picture: The top prize is awarded to best feature film that showcases character-driven narratives.

*Best Short Narrative Film: Awarded to the best short film with content specific to character driven or culturally related content. (Both Animated and Live Action are being considered.)

*Best Documentary: Awarded to the best non-fiction film.

*Best Student: Awarded to the best film created by a student(s) who is currently in college (or was enrolled in college in 2019). A valid student ID photo must accompany your submission; please email a picture of your current, valid college ID to info@redrosefilmfestival with your name and film title in the subject line.

*The Red Rose (Local Recognition): Recognition is awarded to the best film directed by a
Lancaster County resident.

(ATTENTION RR|FF wants LOCAL filmmakers from the host county to apply to their appropriate films category. "THE RED ROSE" is a category comprised of FEATURES, DOCS, & NEW MEDIA. "THE RED ROSE" is a recognition award for excellence by a local filmmaker)

NOTE: Films with graphic violence, sex, or language may be disqualified.

1) All decisions of programmers and jurors are final. All entries will be viewed and given equal consideration.


3) All submitted materials must include the FilmFreeway tracking number and additional information as listed in the General Rules.

4). Press Kit materials as listed above will be sent only upon notification of Officially Selected. The Red Rose Film Festival assumes NO RESPONSIBILITY of marketing and promotion if proper press kit materials are not sent after notification as deemed in the General Rules. It is the sole responsibility of the Filmmaker to send all materials listed.

5) Notification date has been sent and confirmed as of Jan 1, 2021.

6). If selected as an Official Selection, projects are to be uploaded to Vimeo, YouTube, or or give permission to RR|FF through FilmFreeway. Lack of compliance may result in rescinding of Selection Offer.

7) RRFF reserves the right to select films from the entire pool of submissions.

8) There are no restrictions on premiere or distribution status, but we reserve the right to disqualify films that may not have been completed prior to January 1, 2019.

9) While RR|FF respects many diverse global perspectives the festival does reserve the right to not accept a film that is perceived to promote a careless or malicious culture of hate, violence, or obscenity. Films with graphic violence, sex, or language may be disqualified.

10) RR|FF does consider works in progress.

11) All entered films grant the Red Rose Film Festival a non-exclusive limited-use agreement to use selected portions of films chosen for competition and/or to use film promotional materials to promote the festival, including the rights to utilize any excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at RRFF for promotional purposes and/or on RR|FF's website. Filmmakers fully retain all rights, title and interest in their films and all intellectual property.

12) RR|FF does not accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials. Please do not send us any original copies, master copies, the only copy you have, etc.

13). By agreeing to these Terms and Conditions, you certify that you hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film and have read the regulations.

14). Dates and guidelines subject to change without prior notice.

15.) It is up to the filmmaker to use discretion in length of travel but ask filmmakers to take reasonable measures to judge the need for flights in making travel arrangements.

16.) It is preferred that nominees are in attendance.

17). Student Filmmakers must submit proof of student status by uploading a valid/current Student ID.

Thank you and happy submitting!

Overall Rating
  • Red Rose Film Festival has been very communicative throughout this whole process. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the festival but my cinematographer was able to attend and speak for the film on behalf of all us. Not only was he happy to see our film on the big screen, he had nothing but nice things to say about the in-person festival and left with some heartwarming memories and an overall great experience! Thank you Red Rose Film Fest!

    June 2021
  • James Abroms

    This is one of those gems of a festival that is worth the price of admission! Our regret is that we couldn't really network with Covid-19, but we highly recommend.

    November 2020
  • Jamie Root

    I loved how communicative the admins of the festival are. they actually take the time to watch and assess the films. A lot of festivals feel very “clique-y” but my correspondences with Red Rose Film Festival festival felt genuine and authentic.

    November 2020
  • Brad Kenyon

    This was a great festival - a lot of momentum. It is run by people who are passionate about films. There are several different venues that show the films around the city. Highly recommend.

    January 2020
  • Radheya Jegatheva

    Was amazing to be part of this film festival. I am a student filmmaker on the other side of the world and communication with me was first class, and I could feel I was truly part of the festival. Hope to make it there in person someday. Kudos t the organisers!

    January 2020