Revolutions per Minute festival (RPM Fest) is dedicated to short-form poetic, personal, experimental film, essay film, animation, documentary, video and audiovisual performance.

We are looking for any work that experiments with the formal possibilities or hybrid form of film, audiovisual, animation and video under 10 minutes ( and the medium length and essay film categories will accept the work from 10 mins to 30 mins) .

Submit your work (produced after Jan.1st, 2023) through FilmFreeway for RPM24.

RPM24 Selections by Sept. 1st, 2024.

Due to the number of submissions, RPM Fest regrets that we can only notify applicants whose work is selected for the program.

RPM Fest 2024 was co-hosted by UMass-Boston, Boston City Hall, Goethe-institut Boston, Harvard University (CAMLab) and the Brattle Theatre (Cambridge) from Sept.27 to Oct.6, 2024.
One special program is scheduled on Dec.13th at Goethe-institut Boston.

Best of Festival
Best of Emerging Artist

* Artists are required to fill out a completed application form via FilmFreeway.
* Work should be produced after Jan. 1st, 2023.

*Due to the number of submissions, RPM Fest regrets that we can only notify applicants whose work is selected for the program.

*Screening Format:
*Accepted screening formats are Apple ProRes HQ422, 16mm, VR, Expanded Cinema and Installation. * NO DCP or 35mm.

* The festival only accepts online submission via FilmFreeway embedded Screener (Film links may be private). Please don't email us your film links.

* All work submitted must be fully completed as works in progress will not be considered (release date after Jan. 1st, 2023, the older work won't be considered).

* Productions must be independently produced, with the maker retaining complete editorial control and copyright.

* Submission of an entry indicates acceptance of all regulations, guarantee that a screening copy in the format specified will be made available for the dates of the event, and authorization to publicly exhibit the work at Revolutions per Minute festival.

Please Note:

*The festival does not provide transportation or lodging accommodations

* If screening copy is to be provided by a distributor or agent then entry must be submitted by that distributor/agent, along with any criteria or conditions. (Please don't ask us to rent the work from the distributors.)

File/Film Transportation:
*The party responsible for sending film materials bears the cost of transporting selected films.

The festival incurs the cost of the films return. If sent via mail, the sender must provide the festival with necessary information regarding its return (date needed by/address/phone number).

*International parcels should be marked ‘For Cultural Purposes Only/No Commercial Value'. The copy will be returned within three weeks after festival completion.

Overall Rating
  • RPM is one of the best festivals in the Boston area, showing an amazing diversity of experimental films. I was so honored to be included with my short film Tarantula.

    November 2023
  • RPM FEST was a wonderful experience. My short film was presented so well in a fitting programme. Many thanks to all the organisers who made it possible.

    October 2023
  • Mélissa Faivre

    Happy to have been part of the festival. Good programs ;)

    October 2023

    Happy to have participated in the 2023 festival. Great communication, excellent programming.

    October 2023
  • Francesca Svampa

    Great selection and communication! I hope to be in person next time!

    November 2022