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When is BTF 2020?

The 2020 festival will be April 16th-18th in Philadelphia. Venue info will be provided soon.

Where is this year’s festival?

For the 2020 festival BTF returns to legendary Philly venue World Cafe Live for the second year in a row! Other venues will be announced soon!

Why the name change?

When we began the festival in 2015, we chose the name Bechdel Test Fest because our original mission was to increase the parity between women and men on stage. Our mission has evolved to be more inclusive, and now our name has too! We are now Be There Fest, or still BTF Philly for short.

What is the timeline for submissions?

Early-bird submissions opened on October 31st, 2019. The early bird application fee is $5 per act submitted. Beginning November 16th, a submission fee of $10 will apply. Submissions close on January 5th, and you will be notified of your act’s status by February 1st.

Do I need all my tech ready to go with my application?

Nope! The application form will just ask what tech needs you anticipate, so we can start planning. If your act is accepted to the festival, you’ll then receive a separate survey asking about your specific tech needs.

Are there gender requirements for acts? Can cis men submit acts? What if my act isn’t ALL women/nonbinary performers?

BTF welcomes any act that would like to submit. However, preference is given to acts featuring marginalized identities. The lineup is at the discretion of the planning committee.

What happens if I don’t have a video to submit with my group’s application?

You may submit if you don’t have a video; however, the organizers will give preference to teams that have submitted a video and/or have seen in person previously, so that we can make sure to program the best for the fest!

When is tech due?

If selected for the festival, your tech will be due in March. We will communicate the exact deadline in the near future. Please note, because of the size of the festival tech is a HARD DEADLINE and there are no exceptions.

When will the lineup be announced?

Acts will be notified of their selection status by February 1st, and once the list is finalized the lineup will be announced shortly after.

Who is allowed to attend BTF 2020? Is there an age limit?

All ages are welcome to attend any venue that is all-ages, however, please be advised that comedic material is uncensored, and some material may be unsuitable for minors. Some BTF venues may be 21+ and require ID to enter.

Will there be alcohol?

Yes, there will be alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available for patrons over 21 for purchase at the venues that provide it. Must present valid ID, no exceptions!

Where does my money go?

Every year we donate some proceeds to charity. We also pay all of our performers: it’s not a lot, but we think it’s important that artists be compensated for their work. Finally, we reserve a little nest egg for next year’s fest, and pay the committee a small amount for all their hard work.

Got another question? Contact us and we’ll get back to you right away!

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