Bechdel Test Fest 2019
BECHDEL TEST FEST 2.0, April 26-28
Festival of new plays and films that pass the Bechdel Test:
2 female characters, who speak to each other, about something other than a man
Tickets $15 / $10 students/seniors plus service fees. (Free events noted below)
Festival passes available $35 general, $25 students/seniors (no additional service fees, not available online – available at the box office in person or by phone 480-350-2822).
6:30 – Panel discussion: “Bechdel and Beyond” (FREE)
7:30 – Cafe Abundance & The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood
9:30 – Opening night party @ Tempe Center for the Arts (NO COVER)
4:00 – SHORTS: Apricot / June in January / Scattered & Lilies from Iron / Is it Cold in Here?
7:00 – A Land Shaped by Women & An Ocean of Bees
12:00 – Workshop: “Sides/Callbacks”
2:00 – Mother’s Way & The Way North
4:00 – Awards ceremony
(FREE – including new AUDIENCE AWARDS to be voted on throughout the festival)
5:00 – Closing party @ Rula Bula (NO COVER)
Arizona winner Susan Hansell‘s An Ocean of Bees is also receiving a development process. Playwright Tira Palmquist workshopped The Way North with Phoenix Theatre in January/February a newly revised script will be presented at the Bechdel Test Fest. We are also excited to present two short play winners, Alison Campbell and Ann Marie Wilding’s Lilies from Iron and Julie Weinberg’s Is it Cold in Here?
Additionally, the festival features short films selected in coordination with the Worldwide Women’s Film Festival. From 89 films selected for their festival, 17 passed the Bechdel Test from which 6 official selections were chosen to be screened as part of the Bechdel Test Fest, including those named a Grand Prize winner and two Honorable Mentions (as listed above).
HUGE thank you to all of our readers, screeners, and submitting playwrights and filmmakers. We are honored to work with you.
Artistic Director: Brenda Jean Foley
Literary Manager: Laurelann Porter
Festival Production Manager: Jason White
Event photographer: Laura Durant, Durant Communications
The festival would not be possible without the generous support of our donors, our partners at Durant Casting and Worldwide Women’s Film Festival, as well as Arizona Commission on the Arts, The City of Tempe, and Tempe Center for the Arts.