Rules & Guidelines

PLEASE NOTE:  You must submit your application through Film Freeway.  The final extended deadline for registration is March 31st.  This is a two step process:


Create an account on Film Freeway with a log-in name and password and open a project.  You’ll give your film a title such as FilmByYourName as a place-holder for now.  Fill out the Submitter information.  You may add optional background information but that is not required.  Be sure to SAVE.  You will be able to return to your film project at any time and fill in the team and your film’s information and upload your film – between April and May 1st. [See Rules below.]


Making sure you are logged in, go to Film Freeway’s list of festivals and select or type in Flicks4Chicks.  Follow the instructions to submit.  You will see the payment information.  If you are a member of any Women in Film and Television chapter or a member of Harvard Square Script Writers, be sure to enter the discount code and hit apply to receive a 25% discount on the $100.00 submission fee.


One of the main characters must be a female.

A woman must hold AT LEAST ONE of the following lead creative roles: Producer, Director, Writer, Director of Photography, or Editor.

All submissions must be 10 minutes or shorter in length, including credits.

You must be 18 years or older to submit or your project must be submitted by a designated legal producer of record who is over the age of 21.

Each team may only produce and submit 1 film.

The story must be based on one of the situations assigned to you by the Flicks4Chicks contest.  Registered teams receive their situations on April 1st.

The contest is open world-wide except where prohibited by law. All entries must be either in English or contain English subtitles.

All films must be submitted by midnight on May 1st via the Film Freeway portal. No editing or revisions are permitted after entry.

Do NOT send stills or press kits.

Only entries submitted through will be processed and considered for screening and awards. Submissions made in any other manner will not be accepted.

Only entries produced and completed between April 1st and May 1st 2016 will be eligible.

The film must be completed in that one month time frame of the contest. Material gathered or shot before April 1st will not be accepted.

Participants whose films are selected to be screened at the Different Faces Different Voices Flicks4Chicks film festival will be contacted by email and/or phone at least 2 weeks prior to the festival (June 29th and 30th).

Award Possibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Best Beyond-the-Bechdel Film
  • The Different Faces Different Voices (Diversity)
  • Best Drama
  • Best Comedy
  • Best Direction
  • Best Acting – Female
  • Best Acting – Male
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editing
  • Best Musical Score
  • Best Costumes
  • Best Special Effects
  • Best Sound Engineering
  • Best Storyline
  • Best Dialogue

Winners must show photo identification to claim their prizes. Harvard Square Scriptwriters reserves the right to examine additional identification and may choose to accept or deny awarding the prize based on the identification presented.

Awards will be given to the specific winner, e.g., Best Editor prize will be given to the best editor; Best Film Prize will be awarded to the Producer of Record, etc.

All decisions by judges, programmers and organizers shall be made at their sole discretion and will be FINAL. NO REFUND of your entry fee will be permitted.

By submitting your entry, you confirm and warrant you have all necessary legal authority to submit the entry into the Flicks4Chicks Festival and to use all music, images and content in the entry and to authorize use and exhibition of the film.

You warrantee that you have exclusive rights to your film as well as any pertinent releases including but not limited to use of all actors’ images and performances, any location usage, any trademarked or copyrighted images and music which appear in the film. Harvard Square Script Writers’ and Women in Film and Video/New England reserve the right to request proof of such releases at any time before films are screened.

By submitting your film, you agree to allow Harvard Square Script Writers and Women in Film and Video New England to exhibit your film in venues during its 2016 Different Faces Different Voices festival, regardless of subsequent distribution deals secured after the submission process. You further agree to allow Harvard Square Script Writers usage, in perpetuity, of clips from the film and all related publicity material submitted for promotional use on television, radio, in print, web for purposes of promoting this and other Different Faces Different Voices and Women in Film in Video events.

If your film is accepted for submission, you agree to grant Harvard Square Script Writers the right to show your film in its entirety on its website, video channel, and at the Different Faces Different Voices and Flicks4Chicks websites for one year after the festival.  Optionally, you may opt out of this screening requirement.  A team that opts out must provide the Festival with a trailer within two weeks of the end of the screenings.  The trailer will run for one year from time of submission.

You must provide your film as a digital download when you submit. FilmFreeway accepts all major video formats.

Digital exhibition format will be used at the Festival theatrical location. If your film is selected, you must supply the highest possible quality digital version for conversion to DCP. High Definition formats are preferred. We recommend ProRes422 or DnxHD36.

The Different Faces Different Voices Flicks4Chicks Festival has no responsibility for loss, theft, or damage to the materials you submit.

By claiming a prize, you authorize the use, without additional compensation, of your name, likeness, and/or voice and photograph for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium now known or developed in the future throughout the world that Harvard Square Script Writers’ Different Faces Different Voices film festival deems appropriate.

By submitting an entry, you agree to the Rules, Terms, and Conditions as set forth above, and further agree to indemnify and hold the Harvard Square Script Writers and Women in Film and Video/NE and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders , sponsors, or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the “Festival Indemnitees”), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including attorneys’ reasonable fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Festival Indemnitees due to or arising out of your film and any other materials you submit in this Festival, or your conduct during and in connection with this Festival, including but not limited to claims of violation of copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation.

This contest shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.