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. (Feature and Short Docs are considered)

*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.

* 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 has been sent and confirmed as of August 31st, 2022.

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, 2021.

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
  • 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
  • Gabe.Video None

    An amazing experience with great films!!

    November 2022
  • Red Rose Film Festival is a real treasure. The entire experience from selection all the way to the awards ceremony was fantastic.

    The Zoetropolis theater is one of the coziest theaters I've been in. The atmosphere of the festival is so casual that it's hard not to feel comfortable and at home there. Speaking in the QnA session felt like a conversation with a friend I've had for years and it was so easy to get up and stage and talk about my film. In my conversation with Mr. Shank, he brought up quotes from my cover letter and asked me in depth questions about my film. This showed me that the team behind Red Rose not only watches your film, they carefully observe and recognize all of the details you painstakingly bake into them. They pick out their favorite parts, characters, shots, themes, etc. They have a genuine curiosity for your work and want to know more about it. They really went above and beyond to make you feel welcomed and a part of something special. As a selected filmmaker, I felt valued, heard, and respected. The passion behind Red Rose is obvious and it's so easy to tell that everyone involved loves what they do.

    A pet peeve of mine is communication between the festival and the filmmaker. There are so many festivals that lack open communication. With Red Rose, whenever I had a question it was quickly answered. If I was lost on my way, I was steered in the right direction. Communication was very fast and always informative.

    To everyone involved in putting on this festival, thank you so much. In my career as a filmmaker, this has been the best festival I've been a part of. I highly recommend it and will certainly return in the future.

    October 2022
  • Carson Smith

    My first in person film festival. It was a great experience and would highly recommend to any film makers that want to checkout the Lancaster area.

    October 2022