You got questions? We got answers.

When is BTF 2019?

The 2019 festival will be March 7th – 9th in Philadelphia, and consist of evening blocks at Franky Bradley’s, The Playground at the Adrienne, and World Cafe Live. Info about venues is right here.

What is the timeline for submissions?

Early-bird submissions open on October 25th, 2018. There is no fee for applications submitted between October 25th and November 11th. Beginning November 12th, a submission fee of $5 will apply. Submissions close on November 30th, and you will be notified of your act’s status by December 25th.

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. ALL TECH IS DUE ON JANUARY 15TH 2019 NO EXCEPTIONS.

When is all my tech for my act due?

IT IS DUE ON JANUARY 15TH 2019 WITH NO EXCEPTIONS! Just wanted to say that again since there are no exceptions. We love you. Please have your tech on time.

Is it JUST women and femme performers? 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 will the lineup be announced?

January 1st 2019.

Who is allowed to attend BTF 2019? 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. This year our charity partner is Camp Sojourner, a leadership camp for girls. 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.

Do you have permission to use Alison Bechdel’s name?

We were in contact with her about using her name for the festival, and Alison graciously gave us permission to use the name “The Bechdel Test Fest”. In years past we even invited her to come but scheduling issues wouldn’t allow it. Maybe someday 🙂

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


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