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 overall feature-length film.

*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 shorts will be considered.)

*Best Documentary: Awarded to the best non-fiction film. (Both features and short docs will be considered.)

*Best Student: Awarded to the best film created by a student(s) who is currently in high school or college (or was enrolled in high school or college in 2022). A valid student ID photo must accompany your submission; please email a picture of your current, valid high school or college ID to info@redrosefilmfestival with your name and film title in the subject line after you submit your film.

*The Red Rose (Local Recognition): Recognition is awarded to the best film directed by a
Central Pennsylvania filmmaker.

* Best Director
* Best Actor
* Best Actress

Prizes will be awarded to each winner of each major category - TBA

(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 will be sent on or about September 20th, 2024.

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 September 1, 2023.

9) While RRFF 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 egregious scenes or depictions of graphic violence, sexual content, or vulgar language may be disqualified.

10) RRFF 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 RRFF's website. Filmmakers fully retain all rights, title and interest in their films and all intellectual property.

12) RRFF 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 are subject to change without prior notice.

15.) It is up to the filmmaker to use discretion for travel considerations; at this time, we are not able to provide paid travel or reimbursement for travel-related costs for filmmakers.

16.) RRFF strongly encourages all nominees to attend the festival weekend; this consideration is not, however, a prerequisite to receiving an award or recognition.

17). Student filmmakers must submit proof of student status by uploading a valid/current Student ID (See "Best Student" award under Awards & Prizes above).

Thank you and happy submitting!

Overall Rating
  • John Barnhardt

    Great Festival. Ryan was such a great communicator. We are so grateful to be part of it. - John

    November 2023
  • Kyle and everyone at Red Rose made us feel completely at home. The screenings were great image and sound. The parties and networking had a home-y feeling and everyone was so kind and encouraging. This is a top notch festival in a decent sized city. They support filmmakers so thoroughly.

    November 2023
  • Andrew Labens

    We had a wonderful time at Red Rose, they were very welcoming and easy to communicate with!

    November 2023
  • Mark Shaba

    Very happy to be a part of this year's edition - the festival organizers were communicative & friendly, we couldn't attend the event as we live in Australia but it looked like a great experience. Thank you!

    November 2022
  • One of the best film festivals in Central PA! If you're from PA and have a film, keep this one on your radar!

    November 2022