Calls for Submission

The Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival (POW Film Fest)

POW Film Fest is Portland's premiere film festival showcasing films directed by women. In it's 11th year, the festival features the work of some of today's top women directors, while honoring the true pioneers and recognizing the next generation of leading women filmmakers. We also offer film workshops for girls and non-binary youth ages 15 -19 with our POWGirls program.

The Festival has had the honor of hosting a variety of emerging filmmakers and accomplished Directors including Allison Anders, Irene Taylor-Brodsky, Kathryn Bigelow, Cheryl Dunye, Gillian Armstrong, Amy Heckerling, Penelope Spheeris, Ondi Timoner, Joanna Priestley, Catherine Hardwicke, and Barbara Kopple.

Deadline: September 14
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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: September 14
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Artemis Women in Action Film Festival

Artemis Motion Pictures brings you the first film festival dedicated to honoring female action and empowerment heroes.

We celebrate powerful women taking action onscreen. From female action heroes to female activists, we shine a spotlight on women in narrative, documentary and animated films who are fearless, fierce, and revolutionary.

All narrative, animated, and documentary films featuring women starring or co-starring as a physical action and/or empowerment characters are welcome at Artemis. All categories are competition categories with awards in each category.

Deadline: September 15
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Rising Above Festival

Held in the most prestigious theater in Los Angeles at LA Live: Regal in a 300 seat theater: Rising Above was created by multi-award winning Producer/Actress/Writer Summer Moore to feature projects that “rise above” obstacles and challenges and empower a change. We are a hybrid evolving festival with the ability to shift it’s focus to issues that require a change. Again in 2018, we celebrate women who are working to make the world a better place through Film/TV, Music, and Fashion.

Deadline: September 19
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Who Write in Film Screenwriting Competition

We are Women Who Write in Film and our goal is to be the world’s foremost screenwriting competition for women. We want to support female writers and producers of all shapes and sizes, but we don’t just want to support female writers. We want to be a springboard for your success. We want to forge a festival that will discover and recognize the best emerging female talent and the most original female voices from around the world. We will go to the ends of the Earth to find the best new female talent and then do whatever it takes to put the top new female screenwriters firmly on the entertainment industry’s radar by designating them as finalists and winners in the Women Who Write in Film Screenwriting Competition.

Deadline: September 20
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The Las Cruces International Film Festival

The Las Cruces International Film Festival (LCIFF) celebrates independent film-making from around the globe in the majestic Southwestern town of Las Cruces, New Mexico. The festival strives to bring the best in narrative features, documentaries, short subjects, animation and foreign language films in all genres to its indie audience. It provides a rich educational opportunity to filmmakers, students and the general public alike through its on-site workshops, panel discussions and seminars.

Deadline: September 30
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Women Deliver Film Festival

Women Deliver triannual conferences are world-renowned convenings focused on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women.

From June 3-6, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada, over 6,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, artists and journalists will flock to Vancouver with dreams of accelerating progress girls and women everywhere.

One of the most creative program elements of Women Deliver Conferences is the Film Festival – previously referred to as the Cinema Corner – designed to spark conversation on the issues facing girls and women and inspire change through multimedia. Past Women Deliver Conference Film Festivals have taken place in Washington, DC (2010), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2013), and Copenhagen, Denmark (2016) – making it a truly international affair. Curated by Emmy-winning filmmaker, arts curator and global health advocate, Lisa Russell, MPH, the Women Deliver 2019 Conference Film Festival will be a dynamic exhibition of the power of arts and storytelling.

Deadline: September 30
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The BlueCat Screenplay Competition

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition, now in its 21st year, is accepting submissions for its 2019 competition!

Founded in 1998 by award-winning writer Gordy Hoffman, BlueCat has remained committed to discovering the world’s unknown screenwriters, and continues to showcase their work to a global audience year after year.

BlueCat’s Winners and Finalists have gone on to sign with high-profile agencies, including ICM, CAA and WME. Moreover, their work has been sold to several major studios such as Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. and Universal. Additionally, BlueCat writers have won awards at Sundance, Berlin, and Tribeca following their success with BlueCat.

As a result, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has become one of the largest and most prestigious screenplay competitions in the world.

Deadline: September 30
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The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West. Big Sky offers an ideal setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and develop lasting relationships with fellow filmmakers and industry. The festival draws an audience of 20,000 and film entries from every corner of the globe to a uniquely intimate mountain town setting with local Montana flavor.

Deadline: October 8
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The Museum of Pop Culture 2019 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival (SFFSFF)

The fourteenth-annual festival will screen in Seattle, Washington in early 2019. We're looking forward to this year's excellent submissions from around the world, and wanted to let you know about it too!

From now through October 15th, MoPOP, in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), is encouraging original and creative science fiction and fantasy film submissions 15 minutes or shorter in length* for the festival. Submissions will be judged based on originality, quality, artistic merit, innovation, voice, style and narrative. 

We're looking for animated or live-action submissions in science fiction (examples: futuristic stories, space adventure, technological speculation, social experiments, utopia and dystopia) and fantasy (examples: sword and sorcery, folklore, urban fantasy, magic, mythic adventure). We welcome submissions that step outside the boundaries of reality and inspire a sense of wonder.

A nationally recognized panel of distinguished film, television, literature, and science fiction industry professionals, peers and film critics will review qualifying submissions and determine the winners.

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Deadline: October 15
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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: November 1
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Submissions Now Open: 2019 Regional Actors Showcase

Now in our 6th year, the New Mexico Film Foundation is going regional with its New Mexico Actors Showcase. The Actors Showcase is an opportunity for New Mexico’s great acting talent to present themselves to the public. And the showcase is meant to help actors raise the bar on their professionalism.

This is how it works: Actors will submit a 2 minute video audition using a monologue or a scene with a reader off camera. The use of video auditions is becoming a more popular way of casting, so it is important that actors know how to make a great video, including proper lighting, sound, setting, and of course their acting ability. Judging will be based on these qualities.

Deadline: November 30
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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).

Deadline: Rolling


America Heard
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.

Deadline: Rolling