Deadlines for Submissions:
Early: February 23, 2017 Shorts $30 / Works-In-Progress $40
Regular: May 1, 2017 Shorts $40 / Works-In-Progress $50
Late: October 20, 2017 Shorts $50 / Works-In-Progress $60
Extended Late Deadline: December 25, 2017 Shorts $60 / Works-In-Progress $70 / Features $80
1st Annual Bechdel Film Festival
Founded by filmmaker Cressandra Thibodeaux, the Bechdel Film Festival is dedicated to supporting and promoting female filmmakers. The festival will take place, February 15-22, 2018 in Houston, Texas. In addition to short films, we'll have feature documentaries, panel discussions, script readings, "Works-in-Progress" and much more.
All films must be directed or co-directed by a female.  All scripts must be written by a female or have a female protagonist.
Call for Submissions: 1st annual Bechdel Film Festival
Bechdel Films announces the call for submissions for the 1st annual Bechdel Film Festival, February 15-22, 2018 in Houston, Texas.
In addition to showcasing the best of independent cinema in short films and feature films from around the globe, including in documentary, narrative, world cinema, animation, LGBTQ, retrospective and premiering films, the 1st annual Bechdel Film Festival is specifically seeking films to feature in the following special program categories:
•    Short Films on Contemporary Artists
•    Experimental Short Films
•    Works-In-Progress
•    Spotlight on Web Series
•    Spotlight on Texas Filmmakers: Short films made in Texas
•    Emerging Filmmakers Program: filmmakers 18 and younger may submit for free
•    Feature-length screenplays.
Filmmakers may submit their films via Withoutabox and FilmFreeway.
Emerging Student Filmmakers (high school & younger) submit for Free!
  • Emerging Filmmakers submit for free under their respective categories.
  • Emerging Filmmaker films MUST be works written, directed, and shot by high school age students – 18-YEARS OLD AND YOUNGER. This category is not for university or college filmmakers. Adult supervision is limited to advisory capacity. Emerging filmmakers must submit a copy of his/her valid high school identification (student id, school record, passport, drivers license or official identification that includes date of birth) to receive the fee waiver and to be eligible for this category. 
Submission Guidelines
  • Films must have been completed after January 1, 2015. 
  • Online screeners from secure sources only. Include screener link and password in your submission.
  • Press kit is optional - electronic only, please
  • A Houston premiere is required. Texas, World and US Premieres are not required, however premieres (especially Texas premieres) are preferred and premiere status may be one of the factors considered when determining a film's inclusion in the Festival.
  • The festival does not screen films available on VOD or any online streaming portal at the time of the festival. However, the festival reserves the right to make exceptions to this rule.
  • All films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for festival presentation.
How do I submit my film to Bechdel Film Festival? You may submit your film through Withoutabox or FilmFreeway.  If you already have a Withoutabox or FilmFreeway account, please go ahead and log in. If you do not, please register in the section titled "For Film Festivals & Screenplay Competitions" and follow the instructions on the site.
How will I know if my film is selected for the Festival? We will notify the contact person listed under “Main Contact/Submitter” in January 15, 2018 via e-mail regarding the status of your film.
My film has aired on television. Can I still submit to Bechdel Film Festival? Yes, only if you submit a significantly different version for consideration in the Festival, it may be eligible.  Also all films that have aired on television, but not within the US, are eligible.  However, if we feel so strongly about your film, we will make acceptions.
Can I submit more than one film? Yes. However you need to treat each film as a unique entry, and create a separate application for each.
Can I submit a rough cut of my film? 
We strongly encourage you to submit a completed film UNLESS you wish it to be consider in our special category "Works-In-Progress."  We are setting up special screenings for "Works-In-Progress" films, inviting people from the film industry to see your film and to provide invaluable feed-back.  
Does the festival screen films, which are a "Work-in-Progress?" Yes, we believe this is an important aspect of filmmaking, which is receiving invaluable feed-back and possibly finding investors for your project.  However, all "Works-in-Progress" must be 50-minutes or less.  We will not screen any "Works-in-Progress" which are over 50-minutes.
Can I submit an updated version of my film after I’ve already submitted to Bechdel Film Festival? 
 We only accept one version of your film for consideration in both the completed films category and also "Works-In-Progress."
How recently must my film have been completed to be eligible? Films eligible for consideration in Bechdel Film Festival  2018 must have been completed on or after January 1, 2015.
How can I be sure you received my submission?
 We receive a high volume of film submissions, and consequently, are unable to notify each individual submitter. If you have applied online through you can log into your online application and see if your film has been received by the Programming department. You may also send us a self-addressed, stamped postcard, which we will mail back to you as confirmation of receipt.
In which format should I submit my film? The format of your submission should be an online screener through Withoutabox or FilmFreeway.
What exhibition formats can you screen during the festival? We can screen BluRay, mp4 files, .MOV files only.  We are NOT screening DCPs.
What kind of films do you screen at Bechdel Film Festival? Bechdel Film Festival screens short films, feature documentaries, web series and "works-in-progress" which are either directed or co-directed by female filmmakers. We screen a wide-range of films – including personal, political, historical, experimental, biography, and many more.
How do you distinguish shorts from features? Shorts are less than 40 minutes and "Works-in-Progress" are less than 50 minutes and features are over 50-minutes.
If my film is in a language other than English, do you require subtitles?
 Yes, we require either subtitles or dubbing on any film that is in a language other than English. Subtitles are preferred.
Can Bechdel Film Festival send me feedback or comments on my film?
 Unfortunately, because of the high volume of film submissions we are unable to provide feedback on your film submission.  However, we provide screenplay feedback for an additional fee.
Where is the festival located and when does it take place? Bechdel Film Festival takes place February 15-22, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  Ouropening screening with happen at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  Most screenings and script readings will happen at 14 Pews, located at 800 Aurora Street, Houston, Texas.

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