The Ax Wound Film Festival features an eclectic selection of horror films written and directed by women and non-binary filmmakers from around the world.

Special Notice regarding 2021:

Since 2015, the festival has taken place at the Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery in Brattleboro, VT. Due to the pandemic, we canceled in 2020, and airing on the side of caution, we will host the 2021 festivities on the virtual platform, Eventive.

“Ax Wound showcases features, shorts, and trailers and offers plenty of panels and networking opportunities, plus a long list of attending moviemakers and other guests, all part of a friendly, supportive environment for female talent. Diversity is not just Ax Wound’s mission statement; it also describes the impressive variety of themes and subjects of its showcased films.” -MovieMaker Magazine

•All selected filmmakers are eligible to be 1 of 10 winners to receive a copy of Final Draft Screenwriting software.

•Ax Wound Film Festival is partnering with Videomaker to provide complimentary digital magazine subscriptions to all filmmakers submitting their films in 2021. We will have details included in the final notification emails.

•All accepted filmmakers will be invited to take part in a live virtual Q&A, be featured on our social media channels, website, and other potential opportunities TBA.

•All submissions must be written and directed by women and non-binary filmmakers.

•Films will be considered regardless of year, premiere status, or current availability online. However, once selected we kindly request all public links to that film be made temporarily private (i.e. YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc.) through the completion of the festival.

•If your film is selected it is incredibly important that all files and accompanying assets be received no later than November 11, 2021. This will provide the organizers with enough time to successfully upload, test, and catch any potential technical glitches and ensure a smooth and frustration-free virtual experience for you and the audience.

Overall Rating
  • Luana Di Pasquale

    Must apply to this AMAZING 🖤 Film Festival!!!

    February 2022
  • Shoshana Rosenbaum

    It was an honor to be part of Ax Wound Film Festival this year. I really appreciated the festival's hard work on making the festival as vibrant as possible even though it was virtual, through the Dischord channels, Zoom Q&As, and other events. What a fantastic display of talent from women and non-binary filmmakers!

    January 2022
  • Eunice Levis

    LOVED being part of Ax Wound Film Festival! Fantastic genre festival, curated so thoughtfully.

    January 2022
  • Dycee Wildman

    Ax Wound remains one of my absolute favorite festival experiences year after year. While the virtual adventure this year did not fully scratch the itch of previous in-person years, it was still a truly incredible experience reflecting the love and care that Hannah brings every year. There are many festivals with more bells and whistles but none with more heart or more community. The films at Ax Wound are always inspired and the panels made me thrilled to work on new projects to bring and share next year. Ax Wound makes me proud of to count myself among the Women In Horror community and I would recommend anyone interested submit their work to this thoughtful and fun festival immediately.

    January 2022
  • Ax Wound is absolutely the best curated genre festival on the circuit. It is clear that Ax Wound is dedication to cultivating and supporting emerging talent within the horror genre. From the programming to the Filmmakers Q & A, Ax Wound is committed to showcasing richly diverse voices in genre cinema. I will continue to support Ax Wound, because they continue to support filmmakers like me... ❤

    January 2022