16 Feb 2021
Call for entries

01 Mar 2021
Early deadline

01 May 2021
Standard deadline

10 Aug 2021
Late deadline

10 Aug 2021
Festival closed

16 Aug 2021
Notification date

17 Aug 2021
17 Aug 2021


40 Brattle St.,  02138 , Cambridge, MA, United States

Festival description
Short film festival 30'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  30'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 17 August 2021      Festival end: 17 August 2021

GRRL HAUS CINEMA is an ongoing program of short films and video art made by women, non-binary, genderqueer, and trans people. A mix of local, national, and international artists present work from a variety of disciplines: narrative, documentary, experimental, and conceptual. With an emphasis on low budget and DIY, GRRL HAUS is a space for underrepresented voices in the arts today.

For 2021 our main screenings will be held in July at two outdoor film events taking place in Berlin Germany.

In addition all submissions will also be considered for our monthly curated online screenings, which includes interviews with the filmmakers.

If we have permission (due to pandemic) to make more live events throughout the year - we will! And we hope to continue our end of the year event at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA.

GRRL HAUS is not your typical film festival, instead of having one big event - we have multiple events throughout the year. Our goal is to show as many quality short films made by women, non-binary, genderqueer, and trans people to an international audience.

We completely celebrate DIY culture and focus on sharing works to all different types of audiences. This can include audiences at international museums or to audiences at underground clubs. We believe that every audience deserves the chance to see these works, rather than just the typical film festival networking crowd. We want to reach all audiences and celebrate the inclusivity of creative and unique work in film.

GRRL HAUS started in 2014 at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA, USA. Since then the event has showcased over 400 filmmakers, including multiple musical performances, video art installations, exhibitions and local vendors. In 2016 GRRL HAUS relocated to Berlin Germany and started hosting small screenings of local films. As we established are identity in Berlin we began to include music and arts.

Within the past few years we have grown to not just showcase films, but also art, music, dance, photography, handmade crafts and clothing, and even tarot, astrology and spiritual meet ups. The idea of GRRL HAUS is constantly expanding. We believe in no boundaries for creativity and are constantly looking for new ways to celebrate the work of underrepresented people.

For our complete history of screenings, events, exhibitions, concerts and parties - you can view all our teasers and selected artists on our Media page :

International Screenings:
Our international screenings are curated from our over 400 yearly submissions. Through these submissions we select our favorite short films. This includes our end of the year festival screening at the Brattle Theatre and museum screenings at the prestigious Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

Mobile Kino Screenings:
We hold 3-4 screenings through Mobile Kino Berlin a year. These screenings we curate around the best of our local short film submissions and a selection of international short films. We invite the filmmakers to Q&A’s following the screenings, where they discus their works.

Loophole Monthly Screenings:
Once a month GRRL HAUS hosts screenings at Loophole Berlin. These events focus on sharing local films by local filmmakers. All of these screenings are free to enter and enjoy. We believe it’s important to keep some events free for the public.
These events build up our sense of local community and follows through with one of our founding principles : sharing our excitement and love for low budget, DIY events and making them accessible to everyone.

Online Screenings / Gimme 5:
At GRRL HAUS CINEMA we were forced to cancel all our events during this Corona season, and every artist on our program list was left without a show venue. Energized and in defiance of the virus, we wanted now more than ever to keep going. We want the artists to keep going. We want to encourage them to stay active, to create, and most importantly to show their work. We want to reverse the status quo of art being left behind in times of crisis when it is needed most.

For past year (and into the future) we have been running online screenings, which we have been curating and presenting live on our online platform. We have been hosting these themed screenings on our website and Vimeo, as well as promoting all the films on our social media platforms. We host 10-15 short films on our site for a week. And then we remove them and continue hosting other themed sets.

Through these screenings our audiences are able to watch amazing short films in the comfort and safety of their home. All of the online screenings are free to watch, so they are accessible to anyone in these uncertain times.


Past and Current partners, venues, curation teams and organizations:
Alamo Drafthouse
Brain Arts
Boston Hassle
Brattle Theatre
​Das Giftraum
Dorchester Art Project
DMP Sci-Fi Sleepover at Babylon Kino
GIF - Girls in Film
Institute of Contemporary Art Boston
​Love Hotel
Mobile Kino
RAW Berlin
Worm Rotterdam
Under the Underground

Our 2020 selections and events:

Live Events:

Rise // GRRL HAUS - September 2020
September 23rd with Mobile Kino at Alte Münze
Featuring work by : Elsa van Damke, Coco Roy, Maren Sosada, Alena Shevchenko, Amina Krami, Nola Anwar, Brittany Angus, Flash Cat Media, lallie doyle, Vaiginta Perkauskaite, Anne Windsland, Samantha Rex, Mads Engel, Elda Sorra, Ana Minujin

GRRL HAUS//Double Feature - September 2020
September 28th at Loophole Berlin
Featuring work by: Kidd Tommy

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston - February 2020
Feb 17th at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Featuring work by : Gabriela Gažová, Marie-Josee Archambault, Mads Engel, Bita Ghassemi, Grace Rex, Sarah Ann Banks

Stupid Cupid - February 2020
Feb 14th at Loophole Berlin
Featuring work by :Tin Lee, Kat Vivaldi, Cadenza Zhao, Claire McFadden, Sara Koppel, Mika Orr, Yin Yee Low, Daphné Psarros, Ashley Barnhill, Kanchi Wichmann

/ˈalkəmʌɪz/ - January 2020
Jan 21st at Loophole Berlin
Featuring work by : Malado Baldwin, Traci Hercher, Mary Evans, Broadbent Sisters, storäe michele, Imogen Mansfield and Britt Angus

Online Screenings:

Films in Corona, Oct 19th - 26th, 2020
Featuring work by - Yvette Granata, Stephanie Burbano, Daphna Mero, Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Katerina Markoulaki, Anne Windsland, Samantha Rex

Open theme, August 21st - 28th, 2020
Featuring work by - Zoe Kavanagh, Chloë Ní Dhúada, Karyn Barnett-Day, Maria Servellón, Darren Mallett , Shannon Joy Shird, Antonia Baudouin, Carolina Romillo, Eili Bråstad Johannessen, Simone Faoro

Comedies, July 17th - 23rd, 2020
Featuring work by - Felicity Pickering, Veronika Bolotina, Sarah K Reimers, Heather María Ács, Amani Zardoe, Kidd Tommy

REVOLT, July 3rd - 9th, 2020
Featuring work by - Jaylan Auf, Kristina Maca, Mariana Stolze, Nina Jackson Levin, Amit Shamir, Cassandra Paige, Lucía Elena Ventura, Julia Feige, Ana Minujin

Home Is Where The Angst Is, June 19th - 25th, 2020
Featuring work by - Saulė Bliuvaitė, Cassiah Joski-Jethi, Netta Shalev, Elda Sorra, Abigail Bruley, Leticia Caceres, Emma Smith

Experimental, May 22nd - 28th, 2020
Featuring work by - Shayna Connelly, Imogen Mansfield, Momma Tried, Liberty Antonia Sadler, Amanda Kim, Alana Bartol, YL Hsueh, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Eva Justine Torkkola, Claudia Syhre, Erofili Moraiti

ISOLATION, May 15th - 21st, 2020
Featuring work by - Maggie Brennan, Ambie Drew, Erica Moriconi, Broadbent Sisters, Ellie LaCourt, Marija Lucic, Kristin Li and Clayton Beugeling

What our selected filmmakers receive:

- If selected for one of our live screenings - filmmakers plus one of their guests will receive free passes to the the event.

- Selected films will have the possibility of screening in other events in the future. This includes our party screenings and exhibition screenings.

- GRRL HAUS regularly recommends, curates and juries for other film festivals. We keep an archive of all our submissions and often send recommendations to other festivals/ programs/curation teams.

- Films and Directors name will be permanently listed on the GRRL HAUS CINEMA site, and in all of our social media pages.

- We heavily promote all of our selected artists work. This includes making trailers for all events and making feature posts on individual artists on our social media channels.

- Films must be directed or written by a women or non-binary or trans person. Co- directed or Co-written also acceptable.

- We accepts films in any genre. If you don't know where your film fits in our category listing

- please select "other"

- Films should be less than 30 min long

- Worldwide submissions accepted

- Films submitted must be in digital format.

- Filmmakers must agree to the use of their film stills and clips of films being included in promotional materials and trailers for the event

- All languages are accepted. Non-English language films must have embedded English subtitles

- Entries must be submitted by individuals 18 or older.



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