Artemis Motion Pictures brings you the first film festival dedicated to honoring female action and empowerment heroes. Our sixth edition marks a continued celebration of 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.

AWIAFF extols the women who kick ass and change culture! Film has both the power to entertain and to awaken - to awaken awareness of the dynamic and powerful roles of women in our society and throughout the world. Our festival mission is to both kick ass and open minds.

Submit all narrative, animated, and documentary FILMS in any genre featuring women starring or co-starring as a physical action and/or empowerment characters.

Submit all MUSIC in any genre that is a film score, composition, song, or theme song created by female composers, female led bands, and female solo artists.

All categories are competition categories with awards in each category.


Artemis was very proud to have Paul Feig present our 2018 edition. He was joined by sponsors CAA, LA Weekly, Agenda Magazine, Citi, Final Draft, Habibi Bath & Body, and others.

The festival recognized Actress Michelle Rodriguez, Actress Ming-Na Wen, Director Rosemary Rodriguez, Director/Stuntman TJ Scott, Actress Dana DeLorenzo and stunt performers Debbie Evans, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Danielle Burgio, Kachina Dechert, Heidi Pascoe and Cassandra Ebner for their excellence in the female action genre.

The fourth edition was kicked off with The Artemis Awards Gala. Strong female characters were the theme and the lineup of action heroines and stuntwomen that showed up on the black carpet to receive their due at the awards presentation was impressive. Arrivals included all 2018 honorees as well as David Mazouz, Dot Marie Jones, Victoria Smurfit, Richard Portnow, Kristanna Loken, Yancy Butler, Zoe Bell and many others too numerous to mention.

A big highlight during arrivals was Dot Marie Jones—a cast member of the 2018 AWIAFF award-winning film Combat Nuns: All or Nothing surprised everyone when she drove on the sidewalk and parked her Harley right on the black carpet. The stunned crowd was delighted as Jones, dressed in a nun’s habit, took a drag off her cigar. Artemis Women In Action Film Festival Director Melanie Wise and the evening’s host Grace Parra hopped onboard the bike with Dot as the cameras snapped in a frenzy of excitement.

The festival received submissions from 32 countries, screened 78 films, expanded the number of screens as well as the panels and workshops offered. The filmmaker competition awards were expanded to recognize outstanding stunt work and choreography.

The panels included Artemis’ signature All-Stars of Stunts and Warrior Women panels. In honor of the #MeToo movement, the edition included A Sex Type Thing panel discussion hosted by August McLaughlin. The 2018 edition also included a cannabis panel discussion hosted by Windy Borman and two workshops on indie film financing, hosted by Ms. In The Biz and Seed N Spark.

Artemis Awards are presented for Best Film, Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Fight Scene, Best Action Sequence, Best Screenplay, Best Film Score, Best Song, etc.

Top three winners and two finalists of the Screenplay Competition will receive:

• Scholarship at a leading film school
• Production software
• Marketing prize packagers
• Final Draft script writing software. Final Draft is the industry standard in screenwriting software allowing writers to focus on what they do best – writing scripts. Value: 249.00
• InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip. Value: 100.00

• FILM - Gender of writers, directors, producers, etc is immaterial for qualification.
• MUSIC - Gender of creators must be female or female led.

Films must be submitted on Region 1 DVD, media on flash or data DVD, Region 1 Blu-Ray or via online screener for preselection. Screenplays can be submitted digitally or by regular mail. Music can be provided email, in .mp3, .aac, .aif, and .wav formats. Selected films MUST provide Region 1 BluRay and/or 1920x1080 ProRes Quicktime for screening at the festival (see notes below). Features longer than 75 minutes can elect to screen via DCP. If you are unable or unwilling to provide your film or screenplay in the outlined formats, please do not submit.

All film submissions should have a production date no earlier than January 2016 for the 2020 edition. Music does not have a production date restriction.

All foreign language films must be subtitled in English for pre-selection and screening.

Narrative and Documentary films with U.S. distribution (obtained prior to being selected for AWAIFF screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for a special screening. Films that have screened on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition. Selection for screening will be determined no later than six weeks prior to the festival.

Refunds are not available.

• Features over 75 minutes: Region 1 Blu-Ray disc OR DCP only.
• Features under 75 minutes: digital 1920x1080 Pro Res Quicktime AND Region 1 Blu-Ray disc.
• Shorts: digital 1920x1080 Pro Res Quicktime AND Region 1 BluRay.

• Narrative films under 75 minutes and all short films selected for screening will require digital file delivery of 1920x1080 Pro Res Quicktime AND Region 1 BluRay disc. Be prepared to supply BOTH deliverables. ••••• Why we ask for ProRes files: We program many shorts ‘blocks’ featuring between 3 and 9 shorts. Our theater REQUIRES a single BluRay be created for that screening. This practice also affords giving audiences the best viewing experience possible and provides amazing latitude to create the best BluRay possible for all the films in the block.
• Determination of screening format cannot be ascertained until festival programming is done.
• If you cannot provide the above, do not submit your film.
• Blu-Ray screeners and flash drives are not returned.
• Should filmmakers require AWIAFF to author a Region 1 Blu-Ray screener, the filmmaker will reimburse AWIAFF for authoring and media costs.

You, the entrant, acknowledge and agree as follows:

• You certify, by completion of any AWAIFF online submission form, that you have the legal right and authority to enter the film, screenplay or music (property) into The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival.

• By submitting your property to Artemis Women in Action Film Festival, you acknowledge that you have read, understand and agree to, and will abide by all the terms and conditions of submission of materials to this festival competition, which are listed in this release and on this webpage.

• You certify you have read, understood, and complied with all eligibility requirements.

• If the property is selected, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless AWIAFF from any claims that arise as a result of this submission or screening of your property as well as from damage to or loss of any submitted materials en route to the festival.

• Your submitted property is not subject to any claims or litigation and is not threatened by any claims or litigation.

• By submitting your property, you agree the festival may use your poster art, screengrabs, trailers/trailer links, etc. for social media and marketing purposes of the festival.

• By utilizing any of the submission options/platforms available herein, you hereby declare that all the above statements are true to the best of your knowledge and belief.

Overall Rating
  • Artemis Film Festival was a fabulous experience. The core team - Melanie, Zac and JL were so very helpful and supportive - Kudos to them especially. I met and re-met a number of filmmakers and had quality conversations and hope to have long lasting collaborations. This festival needs sponsorship and funding support to grow and make a difference. If you can please do!

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank YOU Heather - such a pleasure to have you!!! Hoping you can join us again very soon. Can we have another of your films, please? :D

  • Max Isaacson

    I really love Artemis. They have a great mission as a festival, and they stick to it. There's a feeling of awesome camaraderie, and they support and celebrate not only women in action today, but the pioneers who paved the way in the past. Can't wait to make more movies to submit to them!

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank YOU Max!!! We look forward to having MORE of your amazing films!!

  • Chris Warner

    Really appreciated the camaraderie of the various filmmakers, actors, and of course stuntwomen. Hope to see Artemis’ popularity continue to grow.

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Chris!! We look forward to more of your work!! :D

  • Linda Palmer

    We had a great time at the Artemis Film Festival with our short film, Cat Dexx: Inkosi! Zac and Melanie were very communicative and the programming was excellent! We enjoyed it very much and hope to be invited again with more work in the future :-)

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank YOU Linda!! It was a certain pleasure to screen Catt Dexx: Inkosi. Please do make more content we can share!!! :D

  • Amy Buchwald and Danny Woodburn

    Artemis is a well executed and very well supported Festival. The opening night Gala was packed so their PR is on point. We had a great article for our film appear in Agenda On-line mag, that was organized on their end. Our film had two screenings and the pre-Fest support by Melanie and Zach was above and beyond. This is a Festival to be in for any and all Women in Action themed films and film makers.

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank YOU Amy and Danny!! LOVED having Hot Flash!! We very much look forward to more of your amazing content!!