Calls for Submission
Underwire is the UK’s only film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts.
Founded in 2010 by Gabriella Apicella and Gemma Mitchell with the aim to change the face of the industry from the inside out, the festival has awarded training and mentoring opportunities to over 40 filmmakers, and has screened over 300 films. Underwire is now a BAFTA recognised film festival.
The Underwire Awards are given in recognition of the teamwork and skill necessary to produce a film, and aims to acknowledge the artistry and vision required in the key production roles. These awards are open to films with women working in each specific category, and we accept a mix of genres: drama, animation, documentary, music video and artist film.
Deadline: July 15
To Submit: https://filmfreeway.com/UnderwireFestival
3rd Annual Femme Frontera Showcase
The showcase will be held on September 15th, 2018 in El Paso, Texas.
Femme Frontera is a collective of six women filmmakers from the U.S.-Mexico border region. We advocate for the amplification of films made by female filmmakers from our region as well as from around the world. We celebrate these unique voices through showcasing work locally and nationally and educational initiatives.
For the 3rd Annual Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase, the theme for 2018 is empowerment through the female perspective. We are looking for stories of hope, perseverance, and resistance. Though priority will be given to filmmakers who were born, live, and/or created their short films in El Paso, TX, Las Cruces, NM, Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and their surrounding communities, FFFS welcomes short film submissions made by women from around the world. Submission in $20, and student submissions are FREE!
Deadline: August 1st
To Submit: https://www.femmefrontera.org/submissions-2/
The Go West Film Festival
“Through a celebration of classic and contemporary Western film, the Go West Film Festival explores social and environmental issues currently impacting the West, enhancing a deeper understanding of the nexus between Western myth and reality.”
Now in its fifth year, The Go West Film Festival continues to celebrate the genre of Western film annually in Greeley, Colorado. From the University of Northern Colorado and AIMS Community College campuses to the illustrious Kress Cinema and Lounge, we screen at several venues all over Greeley.
Deadline: August 1
To Submit: https://filmfreeway.com/TheGoWestFilmFestival
Santa Monica International Film Festival (SMFF)
Santa Monica Film Festival (SMFF) is held in state-of-the-art theaters in upscale downtown Santa Monica. SMFF showcases a selection of new films from emerging filmmakers.
Established in 2006, Santa Monica International Film Festival (SMFF) is one of the premier showcases for U.S. and international independent film held annually in Santa Monica, CA. Each year, the entertainment community and film fans around the world turn their attention to the Santa Monica International Film Festival. Interest and anticipation builds to a fevered pitch leading up to the SMFF, when movie lovers watch films, attend the glamorous ceremony and learn who will receive the highest honors in independent filmmaking.
Deadline: August 1
To Submit: https://filmfreeway.com/santamonica
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF)
Celebrating its 33rd annual festival in 2018, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) presents American indies and studio films, international films, student films, special tributes, seminars and introduces filmmakers to South Florida audiences. The festival runs November 2 – 18, 2018, and screens 200 films in Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Hollywood, St Augustine, and The Bahamas. Considered one of the most important regional film festivals in the U.S., the Festival's commitment to first-time filmmakers and innovative programming make it the perfect test market for your film.
Deadline: August 1
To Submit: https://filmfreeway.com/FortLauderdaleInternationalFilmFestival
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
Now in its 14th year, the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWIFF) showcases an impressive line-up of short and feature-length films (narrative, documentary, experimental and animation) by established and emerging women filmmakers from around the world.
This six day celebration is organized by Women in Film and Television Vancouver, a not-for-profit society founded in 1989 to advocate for, celebrate and promote women working in screen-based media. VIWIFF continues to provide a platform for challenging gender imbalance and the lack of diversity in the Canadian screen-based media industry through a combination of film screenings, discussions, and professional development opportunities as well as incorporating International Women’s Day events into its programming.
The festival will be held March 5-10, 2019 and screens films with women in at least three of the following seven key creative roles: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Lead Performer. Films completed after March 2016 are eligible. International films, as well as films from students, are encouraged and welcomed. Full film submissions guidelines available here.
Deadline: August 3
To Submit: https://filmfreeway.com/VancouverInternationalWomeninFilmFestival
Athena Film Festival
The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College is a weekend of inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of strong, bold women leaders from all walks of life – stories of ambition, courage, resilience, and moxie. The curated program includes Academy Award-nominated films, top-tier features, documentaries, and shorts — including U.S. and world premieres. It is a weekend that celebrates the stories of remarkable women — stories that need to be told and deserve to be honored.
The festival is a project of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard and Women and Hollywood, a leading voice for women in the entertainment industry. The Artemis Rising Foundation and its CEO Regina K. Scully is the festival’s founding sponsor. The eighth annual Athena Film Festival will be held Feb. 28- March 3, 2019. The submission period will close on August 15, 2018.
Deadline: August 15
To Submit: https://athenafilmfestival.com/submit-your-film/
Bay Area Women in Film & Media (BAWIFM) 2018 Shorts Showcase
Bay Area Women in Film & Media (BAWIFM) presents the 2018 Shorts Showcase. We are seeking independent women centered short ﬁlms, web series, music videos, and transmedia projects to be screened in September 2018.
Bay Area Women in Film & Media (BAWIFM) is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that actively provides networking, educational and social opportunities for over 1,000 women and gender nonconforming film and media professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. We offer creative and professional support to our members through monthly events, panels and workshops, co-presentations, an annual short film showcase and an active on-line community. We work with individual film, television, and media professionals, and local organizations and business that help women to connect, create and to be inspired. Whether you are just launching your professional career or you are an established professional in the field, BAWIFM is an invaluable social and professional network of Bay Area women in film and media.
Deadline: August 15
To Submit: https://filmfreeway.com/BAWIFMSHORTS
High Falls Film Festival
Founded in 2001, the High Falls Film Festival is one of the few film festivals worldwide that celebrates the work of women filmmakers, and is one of the longest running women’s film festivals on the East Coast.
The High Falls Film Festival celebrates the artistry and innovation of women in film — behind the camera, in leading roles on the screen, and at the heart of storylines. The focus on women in film is inspired by Rochester, New York’s legacy as the birthplace of film (George Eastman and Kodak) and the women’s rights movement (Susan B. Anthony).
Deadline: August 31
To Submit: http://highfallsfilmfestival.com/2018/submit-a-film-to-the-festival/
GRRL HAUS CINEMA
GRRL HAUS CINEMA is an ongoing program of short films and video art made by women. 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.
The main annual event takes place at the historic Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA. The event has showcased over 80 filmmakers, including multiple musical performances, video art installations, and local Boston vendors.
Deadline: September 1
To Submit: https://filmfreeway.com/GRRLHAUSCINEMA
Santa Fe Network
SFN’s mission is to showcase local above-the-line talent, while also providing a platform to exhibit all kinds of content made in the Land of Enchantment. SFN embeds content hosted on Vimeo, YouTube, or any compatible video hosting service in order to offer free public access to stream content made by New Mexico media makers or projects filmed in the “Land of Enchantment.” SFN can either present the full length Media Project, or just a trailer (and a link to the full version on a 3rd party platform, like iTunes, Amazon or Netflix).
America Heard is a web series of short documentary films being created by filmmakers across the nation in the wake of the 2016 election. Our goal is to feature at least one film from each of the 435 congressional districts and show the diversity of political perspectives throughout the United States. We are looking for filmmakers to create short documentary films in their community, focused on building dialogue across the country.