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Bechdel Film Fest plans to highlight films that pass the Bechdel Test, which brings attention to gender inequality in film and fiction.
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Bechdel Film Fest, in partnership with the Nightlight Cinema and Akron Summit County Public Library, will take place May 28 - June 2, 2019. 

The festival will feature high quality curated films that pass the “Bechdel Test,” which brings attention to gender inequality in film and fiction. To pass the test, a film must have at least two female characters, who are given names, and talk to each other about something other than a man or a boy.

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. Exposing young Akronites to great art featuring women front and center can directly impact gender equality in future generations.

The downtown festival will be an opportunity to showcase talented female screenwriters, directors, actors and highlight compelling stories of women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other communities which are often overlooked on screen, and will highlight Akron as the inclusive community that Akronites already know it to be.

Why? Because everyone's story matters.

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"Nevertheless, She Persisted."
"Nevertheless, She Persisted."

This poster, by Jodi Lynn's Emporium of Doodles, features portraits of women through out history and around the world that each and every one should know their stories and be inspired by what they have done as a celebration of HERstory. Included in any reward level $25 and up.

T-shirt design illustrated by Jodi Lynn's Emporium of Doodles and hand-screened by APEMADE. Included in any pledge $50 and up

Fe-mint-ist
Fe-mint-ist

 "Fe-mint-ist" handmade lip balm (1/6 oz.) by Aromaholic illustrated by Fartsy Arts. Vanilla & Mint Chocolate flavored lip balm made with all natural ingredients: cocoa butter, coconut oil, beeswax, rosehip oil, apricot kernel oil, avacado oil, jojoba oil, peach and cherry kernal oils

Included in the $100 level pledge

Feminist AF
Feminist AF

Whether you want to write a quick note to your Senator or Congressman, send a little support to your favorite activist or mentor, or just hollaring at your BFF, this postcard by the Bird + the Beard delivers the perfect message.

The cards are A2 flat cards (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"), 80 lb. cover weight. Smooth texture, bright white. 100% recycled with 30% post-consumer waste.

Included in the $100 level pledge

Feminist magnet from Jen Talley Design, featuring some of our favorite sheros from pop culture and real life. The magnet is 2x3 inches, has a mylar covered front and a super-strong flat magnet covers the entire back.

Included in the $100 level pledge.

Granddaughter Sticker
Granddaughter Sticker

"We are the granddaughters of the witched you could not burn" 2.5x3.5" die cut matte water-proof vinyl sticker, digitally printed in the midwest by All Things Grow.  

Included in the $100 level pledge.

Tiny Jane Jacobs
Tiny Jane Jacobs

 The First 20 to pledge at the 100 level will receive a kit to create their very own Tiny Jane Jacobs! Tiny Jane is the mascot of the Tiny Activist Project, highlighting lesser known stories of people who fought to save our cultural resources.

(Did you know that just 8% of designated historic sites representing the history of minority populations such as women, people of color, LGBT+?! Bechdel Fest will be taking place at one of those sites, where Sojourner Truth made her "Ain't I A Woman?" speech.)

The $250 level and up include exclusive sponsorship opportunities at our 2019 festival.

All funds raised will go towards raising matching funds to unlock $48,000 provided by the Knight Arts Challenge. Thank you for helping us reach out goal and host an amazing festival!

Risks and challenges

The most immediate task is to raise matching funds to unlock our challenge grant before May 2019 so that the festival goes off without a hitch. Beyond crowd funding, organizers have already secured a significant amount of in-kind donations, are writing grants to local and national foundations, and are working hard to secure corporate sponsorship dollars. Every dollar adds up, so thank you for your support!

Beyond the financials, a film festival is a project with a lot of moving parts. Organizer Brit Charek has experience organizing events that attract up to 5,000 people and has organized a successful regional conference for the past three years. By partnering with the Nightlight and working closely with others who have experience running film festivals and community events, our team is confident it can provide a great experience for everyone involved. If you are interested in lending your talents for the festival, please visit our website and sign up to volunteer!

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    Festival Ally

    Since Bechdel Fest launches on the anniversary of Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman" speech on the same block as its historical marker, we commissioned illustrator Jody Lynn Burton and screenprinter April Bleakney to create these one of a kind handmade t-shirts.

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    "Fe-mint-ist" handmade lip balm by Aromoholic illustrated by Fartsy Arts

    Feminist AF postcard by the Bird + the Beard

    Magnet by Jen Talley Designs

    "We are the granddaughters of the witches you tried to burn" sticker by Marcy Davy

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    The BFF's BFF

    An official festival t-shirt and sticker

    A "Nevertheless, She Persisted" print by Jodi Lynn Doodles

    5 tickets to a film of your choice

    Early access to purchase tickets

    Your name/company name on our website will be linked to a website of your choice -- as long as it fits within our mission of course)

    Your name/company name listed on screen before each film at the festival

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    2 official festival t-shirts and stickers

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    10 tickets to a film of your choice

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    Film Sponsor

    Sponsor one (1) film at the festival and receive:

    One (1) minute to welcome and speak to the audience before the film begins

    Quarter-page ad in the 2019 festival guide

    Logo on website

    Two (2) tickets to your presented film

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    The exclusive sponsor of our opening night of the 2019 festival receives:

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    Free Family Film Day Sponsor

    The exclusive sponsor of our Free Family Film Day (Saturday, June 1, 2019) during the 2019 film festival receives:

    Opportunity for a short welcome speech or video

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    Full-page ad in 2019 festival guide

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    Exclusive Festival Presenter

    The exclusive title sponsor of the festival receives:

    Two-minute commercial before each film or a presenter throughout the festival

    Back-page ad in the 2019 festival guide

    Logo on promotional materials, signage, website

    Twenty (20) tickets to movies of your choice during the festival

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