Taking place annually in July in beautiful Portland, Maine, Bluestocking Film Festival is an exclusive showcase for high-quality, provocative short fiction films featuring complex female protagonists driving the story and leading the action.
All short film submissions therefore must have a female main character and also pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test (include at least 2 or more female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man). At every screening since we began in 2011, we prove that audiences love a good story no matter what the lead character's gender is.
We are very proud to have received FilmFreeway’s “100 Best Reviewed Festivals” designation two months in a row in 2016.
For its 7th season, and for the first time ever, Bluestocking's show will go on the road throughout 2017 as a program of Cinefemme! A gala one-night-only premiere will take place this May in Los Angeles where we'll screen Bluestocking's 2017 selections (exact date TBA). After our opening show, the films will travel around Maine, across the U.S. and around the world to reach new audiences and to build capacity with lovers of great female-driven films, wherever they may be.
Women are over 50% of the population, yet to this day, women still play a leading role in films only 12% of the time. Bluestocking demonstrates that women and girls can legitimately dream of driving the action in a film and becoming a writer-producer-director.
In July 2016, Bluestocking's 3-day festival and screenings reached 500+ audience in Maine and brought filmmakers and honored guests together for networking and connection. Our Best of Bluestocking show screened internationally last fall in Manchester, U.K. and twice in Sweden.
Bluestocking's 2016 prize jury notably included Amma Asante (British Academy of Film and Televsion Arts award-winning film director), Michelle Kantor (Cinefemme) and Maria Giese (Women Directors in Hollywood).
Tema Staig, founder of Women In Media, presented one of our evening programs and hosted a fun, packed, opening night networking event. Bloggers Megan Kearns (Bitch Flicks), Che Grayson (TED Resident), Annie LaBarba (NYWIFT), and New Hampshire-based Leah Gage (who wrote about the event in real-time) all were in attendance to document the event.
A special afternoon screening of historic female-driven films was presented by Women Make Movies co-founder Ariel Dougherty. We hosted an opening day panel (moderated by Boston Globe film critic, Loren King; with panelists Yolonda Ross, Maria Giese, Ariel Dougherty, and Alison Beyea, ACLU of Maine), which was followed that night by a gala opening night party featuring great drink, food, and conversation.
"Bluestocking Film Series is nothing short of genius — a beacon in the storm of gender inequity in Hollywood. The program truly casts a rare light illuminating a better future when women's voices are no longer censored and silenced in American storytelling. It is just this sort of inspired foresight that could result in the inclusion of women in the voice of our civilization — at last."
—Maria Giese, film director, founder of Women Directors: Navigating the Hollywood Boys Club
"Bluestocking was the real deal with uniting women in film and talking real issues in this business. The camaraderie was real with these filmmakers, and it continues on after."
—Yolonda Ross , Actor-Writer-Director
Again, to be considered, your submission must feature a female protagonist and pass The Bechdel-Wallace Test (film must include at least 2 female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man). We reserve the right to reject any film that doesn't pass the test, regardless of any of its other virtues.
NOTE WELL: we invite submissions of short fiction films ONLY, with a preference for films 15 minutes in running time or less. Feature length films are not considered. Nonfiction films/documentaries are not considered.
Rules & Terms
As a showcase for talented directors (whether established or emerging), the Bluestocking Film Series seeks high-quality, provocative, and innovative films that feature complex female protagonists and pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test (2 or more fem characters who talk to each other about something other than a man).
We're specifically looking for cinematic stories that portray women characters who are as strong, complicated, flawed, and heroic as their male counterparts and highlight female relationships with each other. Please note: Films that center stories of female relationships with men (or boys) are not in keeping with our mission, however good they might be.
BLUESTOCKING FILM SERIES GENERAL GUIDELINES:
You must be 18 years of age or older to submit a film.
By submitting your work, you guarantee that your entry is your original work, and does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of other people. You further guarantee that all listed creators have authorized submission to Bluestocking Film Series.
If selected, you agree to allow Bluestocking Film Series to screen your film in public, at booked screenings throughout 2017. By submitting your film, you also guarantee that you have no distribution agreements that would disallow us to screen your film as described.
Until dates and venues are confirmed on our website, please note that dates and venues are subject to change.
We watch submitted films in their entirety. Submitted films are initially assessed by Artistic Director and Lead Curator Kate Kaminski, then films are viewed by a select panel of judges to be assessed and scored according to our guidelines and mission. Please read through all criteria before submitting your film. All selection decisions are final.
ALL submissions must
1) feature a complex female protagonist in the leading role
2) pass The Bechdel-Wallace Test.
Therefore, all submissions are required to feature 2 (or more) female characters who talk to each other (for more than a few seconds) about something other than a man (or men or boys).
All films must be submitted electronically. No DVD entries will be considered.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
I hereby agree for my film to be screened at Bluestocking Film Series events. I have the express authority to submit the film to the festival and I guarantee that I have obtained all necessary rights for a film festival screening. We reserve the right to use a clip or photos from accepted entries for promotional purposes. The Bluestocking Film Series will not be held responsible in the case that screening materials are stolen, lost or damaged during shipment. We do not return materials submitted for consideration. Please do not send originals! The organizers reserve the right to decide all questions regarding the rules and regulations. Further, the Bluestocking Film Series reserves the exclusive right to determine what constitutes "passing" the Bechdel-Wallace Test when selecting submissions.