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 Bechdel Film Fest is seeking local artists and graphic designers to create a design for t-shirts, posters, and promotional materials.

What we are looking for:

A design that highlights the foundation and heartbeat of the Bechdel Film Fest. The Bechdel test, first appearing in Alison Bechdel's 1985 comic strip, presents three rules: at least two female characters, who are given names, and talk to each other about something other than a man or boy. Today, just half of films produced meet these simple requirements, and media aimed towards children and teens is even bleaker in terms of on-screen females with their own narrative arc. At the Bechdel Film Fest, we're celebrating women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community which are often overlooked on screen, and we plan to highlight Akron as the inclusive community it is.

Original Design Submission Requirements:

-Design must be original work
-Designs need to be in no more than two colors
-Design should be simple enough to easily print on a shirt without losing detail.
-The file must be a VECTOR file, including these file types: Adobe Illustrator Files, CorelDraw Files
-Artwork should be submitted in a high quality image

-Designs must be appropriate and non-offensive
-Design must be sent by May, 1st, 2019. Email Submissions to

*no submission fee!

Submissions will be voted on during 5/2/19 through 5/5/19

-Winner will be notified via email by 5/6/19

-Winning design will be announced on the Bechdel Film Fest social media pages and website

-Winning design will be printed and sold on t-shirts and other merchandise prior to and at the event

-Winner will be awarded $1,000 and winning design becomes property Bechdel Film Fest

-By submitting your design, you give the Bechdel Film Fest committee the right to use your design for promotional materials for the event, as well as to edit your design, if needed. This will be done without further compensation to the artist.

Contest runs from 4/1/19 to 5/1/19*****

Please send questions to