ReadingFilmFEST celebrates the filmmaker!

This is the third year of the ReadingFilmFEST - the small festival with a big attitude! Dedicated to bringing filmmakers and film lovers together, the festival specializes in creating a filmmaker-centric festival, with free lodging for visiting filmmakers with films selected for the festival, marketing assistance, location tour, filmmaker focused panels and parties...lots of parties!

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.

New for 2017, we have 2 new categories: Best Un-Produced Script, and Best Latino Film and Filmmakers categories.

ReadingFilmFEST is a production of the ReadingFilm office, which has a growing reputation as the filmmaker’s film commission, with its concierge-like service, providing diverse locations, easy access, and a supportive production environment to projects large and small. We nurture emerging filmmakers like no one else…because Reading Loves Film!

The student competition will include 2 categories: high school and college/university students. Students must be currently enrolled in high school or college to submit. Please upload a photo of your student ID for verification. Student films must be under 20 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!

This is what one filmmaker who attended last year had to say:

"“I have attended film festivals in New York City, outside Philadelphia, in northern and southern New Jersey, as well as eastern Pennsylvania. None of these events have been as fantastic and as worthwhile as the Reading FilmFEST.” – Director William D. Prystauk

Awards & Prizes

Best of Show Prize-
Concierge Package to help you shoot your next film in Reading (includes location scouting, hospitality package, no location fees, catering, and one day of aerial drone cinematography by an award winning DP).

- Best Narrative Feature
- Best Documentary Feature
- Best Short Film
- Best Made in Reading Film
- Social Impact Award
- Best Actor (or Actress) in a Film
- Best Use of Music in a Film
- Best Latino Film
- Best Un-Produced Script or Screenplay

- Best Narrative Short by a student College or High School Student
- Best Documentary Short - College or High School Student
- Best Music Video - College or High School Student

Rules & Terms

1. Film Entries must be submitted online by August 1, 2017
2. Films must be completed after January 1, 2016
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 will not accept any student film that it considers to be obscene or a careless promoter of malice, violence or hate.
9. ReadingFilmFEST does not grant fee waivers except for filmmakers from FAFT countries.
10. All fees are nonrefundable.

5 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Adam Evans

    The ReadingFilmFEST, while fairly new, is full of film lovers working to get unique stories and perspectives shown. I was fortunate enough to have my film played at the inaugural event and I met so many talented filmmakers and film lovers. I returned for the second year and had a wonderful time, this time as a viewer. Its well worth the entry fee as there are a number of unique benefits given to filmmakers, such as a guided tour of Reading.

    February 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Adam! We appreciated having your participation in our festival!

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    Scott Orris

    Everyone was truly so nice! Great festival!

    January 2017
    Response from festival:

    So happy to hear it Scott! Thanks for posting!

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    Andrew Hunsicker

    Great event, the organizers were top notch, committed film people. And the material shown was extraordinary. I highly recommend submitting to and attending this festival.

    December 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Andrew! It was wonderful to have both of your films in our lineup! Can't wait to see your next project!

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    Danny Kim

    From the moment I received an acceptance phone call (not a form e-mail or letter but an actual phone call!) from Reading FilmFEST director Tracy Schott, I had a feeling that this event was going to be special and it absolutely was! Ms. Schott mentioned to me how meaningful a call was when her films were selected and wanted to have that personal touch in this festival. And that’s what makes Reading FilmFEST special: it incorporates all the best that any festival has to offer to make it one of the best festivals I’ve ever attended.

    After that call, it kept getting better: complimentary hotel room for the duration of the festival, a contact person to provide answers to any questions before and during the event, networking opportunities with other filmmakers over refreshments including an opening night gala, a Reading FilmFEST bag with swag including a cool festival t-shirt, filmmaker workshops, and a charming trolley tour of Greater Reading for the filmmakers with a stop at the landmark Pagoda (which we had just to ourselves before it opened for the day), culminating in a delicious brunch at Stokesay Castle.

    Showrunners Ms. Schott, Mr. Marabella and Ms. Lange treated me and other filmmakers so warmly and with such familiarity even though it was the first time we’d met. The volunteers were also so warm and friendly, and eager to talk about the films.

    One of the core ideas in this film festival is having the filmmakers attend and interact with the public, and as Ms. Schott pointed out: that’s what differentiates a film festival from simply going to the movies. They provided attending filmmakers with valuable time for Q&A after their screenings which was enlightening and enriching. I had a great time watching the other films (although it was tough to make choices among the many venues!) and getting insight from the filmmakers about their works.

    Reading FilmFEST is a jewel among film festivals. I highly recommend it and suggest you get your films in now while it’s still young as acceptance is surely going to get harder as it becomes more popular!

    July 2016
    Response from festival:

    Danny - Thanks so much for your review and for bringing your wonderful film, The Stories They Tell, (and your mom!) to ReadingFilmFEST last year! We look forward to seeing your next film! Come visit us again soon!

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    Arnaud Bettan

    new festival but very good energy. Very good local communication and lot of opportunities for business.

    May 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Arnaud! We loved the energy of last year's festival and have lots of ideas of how to bring that up a couple of notches! So great to have NOLA Circus at ReadingFilmFEST last year!