5th Annual

Bluestocking Film Series

July 17, 2015 to July 18, 2015

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South Portland ME 04116
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Narrative Short
Film submissions in this category must adhere to the following to be considered:

Narrative fiction films (any genre) with a total running time of 30 minutes or less that pass the Bechdel Test and feature a complex female protagonist.

The Bechdel Test requires at least 2 (or more) women characters who talk to each other for more than a few seconds about something other than a man, men, or boys.

We are specifically looking for highly-visual, well-produced, cutting edge, provocative films that push women/girl characters in new directions (away from tired tropes).
Blue Collar Heroine Challenge
Movies depicting complex blue collar working women are as rare as movies that depict professional working women who aren’t lonely.

And so the Bluestocking Film Series "Blue Collar Heroine Challenge" is born.

Accepting submissions of fiction narrative short films ONLY with running time no longer than 30 minutes. No documentaries will be considered.

For full requirements and definitions for this challenge, please click the category to view details.


The Bluestocking Film Series is an exclusive showcase for high-quality, provocative short fiction films featuring complex female protagonists driving the story and leading the action. This innovative screening series takes place at SPACE Gallery in the beautiful, culturally vibrant city of Portland, Maine. The series also travels around the country and the world.

The only film event in the world to require female protagonists, submissions must also pass the Bechdel Test. We celebrate and promote talented, established and emerging filmmakers who take the creative risk of placing female protagonists front and center. We introduce audiences to those who are contributing to the art and craft of cinema and who have the potential to influence the future of filmed entertainment.

We encourage and promote production of narratives that reflect the diverse experiences of women/girls. We have a marked preference for well-structured, highly visual, cutting edge, provocative films, especially ones that explore the plurality and variety of female relationships.

To be considered, your submission must feature a female protagonist and pass The Bechdel Test (film must feature at least 2 female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man). To find out more about the test, please Google it.

At this time, we invite submissions of short NARRATIVE FICTION films ONLY. Feature length films will not be considered. Straightforward documentaries will not be considered.


Entering our fifth year in 2015, the Bluestocking Film Series exclusively showcases short narrative films originating from around the world created by talented, emerging or established directors that feature complex female protagonist and pass the Bechdel Test.

Our mission is to present films that place women and girl characters front and center, driving the story and leading the action, films that portray these characters as strong, capable, flawed, and complex as their male counterparts.

The Bluestocking Film Series was founded by filmmaker Kate Kaminski and is produced with partner Betsy Carson (Gitgo Productions).


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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 protagonist and pass the Bechdel Test.

We're specifically looking for cinematic stories that portray women characters who are as strong, complicated, flawed, and heroic as their male counterparts.


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, ticketed, for-profit screenings during our annual event as well as touring shows that take place after the annual event. 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 venue for our annual event are confirmed on our website, please note that dates and venue 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 first, feature a complex female protagonist in the leading role and second, pass The Bechdel Test. Therefore, all submissions are required to feature 2 (or more) women characters who talk to each other (for more than a few seconds) about something other than a man (or men or boys). To learn more about the Bechdel Test, please Google it.

Both categories carry a cash prize.

For submitters who wish to mail a DVD screener, please mail to:
Bluestocking Film Series
P.O. Box 2266
South Portland, ME 04116


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 and/or for exhibition. 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 Test for Women in Movies when applying that test to submissions.