The Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival is a one-day celebration dedicated to elevating voices and showcasing talent from historically underrepresented groups in mainstream media.

Our mission is to:

● Bring awareness to the lack of diverse representation in front of and behind the camera
● Inspire and empower media creators of underrepresented and marginalized groups to engage in filmmaking as a feminist act
● Examine media through the intersecting lenses of gender, sexuality, race, ability, class, age, etc. 
● Cultivate a welcoming safe space that fosters cross­-cultural understanding

Now in its fifth year, the GRFFF was originally the brainchild of independent publisher The Bandit Zine as a film version of their magazine. What started as a small evening showcase has now grown into an all-day festival that includes interactive workshops and panels, performances by local artists, and films screened from around the world.

In 2017, the festival was held for the first time at the UICA in downtown Grand Rapids. We hosted seven panel discussions, three unique speakers, and screened thirty-one films. The festival also featured a drag show, sketch comedy show, and an interactive animation workshop.

We’re excited to see the fest grow even more this year, and are so happy to be a part of the ever­-evolving Grand Rapids feminist community.





We accept films from any genre, at any production level, from anywhere in the world. To be considered, films must be:

  • Created by one or more members of underrepresented or marginalized groups
  • In line with social justice advocacy
  • Under 20 minutes in length
  • English-language subtitled if a non-English language film

Submit for free using our submission page. GRFFF also accepts submissions from FilmFreeway and Festhome for a small fee.



What kind of films are considered feminist films?

There is no one template for a feminist film. We accept narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental films covering all sorts of topics. However, the main goal of the GRFFF is to elevate voices and showcase talent from historically underrepresented groups in mainstream media. See our Programming page to learn more about past screenings.


When will I know if my film has been accepted?

We will be notifying everyone, whether your film has been accepted or not, by mid-September.


How will I be notified?

If you submit via our website, you will receive an email from us. If you submit with FilmFreeway, Withoutabox, or FestHome, you will receive a notification through that service.


What if the link I submitted is not the final rendering of my film?

That’s okay! As long as your film will be completed by the end of August, you can send us the final version once you receive your acceptance notification.


Will prizes be awarded? 

Since our priority is to showcase a wide range of talent and voices from all ages and skill levels, rather than create a competetive atmosphere, we do not award prizes.


How does the film fest work?

GRFFF is run entirely by volunteers and is made possible through community partnerships and sponsors. And we're always looking for more!  Get Involved >