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.

As a Chapter of WIFTI, Women in Film and Television International, our members are also connected to a global network of Women in Film/Women in Film and Television chapters worldwide with over 10,000 members, dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video, and other screen-based media.

BAWIFM began as Cinema Chicks in founding Board Member Liza Maine Seybold’s living room in 2001. In 2003, Liza assembled a board of directors, incorporated as a nonprofit organization and the group officially joined the larger network of Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI.) At that time, our local chapter was called BAWIFT (Bay Area Women in Film and Television.) The first local chapter founded was Women in Film in Los Angeles, and the largest chapter is New York Women in Film and Television. Chapters began to form in metropolitan areas throughout the United States and the world, and WIFTI was formed, the parent network of chapters. Individuals who are members of their local chapter have the additional benefit of being a part of WIFTI. Each chapter pays and annual membership fee to WIFTI.

In January of 2009, we were renamed Bay Area Women in Film & Media (BAWIFM) to better reflect the diversity and growth of the Bay Area as the heart of the digital media and technology industry and the growth of digital media for screen-based media distribution. BAWIFM is currently a non-profit member chapter of Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI,) which has grown into a global network with over 10,000 members combined. WIFTI is dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video, and other screen-based media.

BAWIFM is a run by a volunteer Board of Directors who have each made a two year commitment to BAWFIM, who attend twelve monthly work meetings, and plan and execute monthly events throughout the Bay Area.


Everyone's a winner. All winners receive laurels for 2018 Shorts Showcase. We host a theatrical screening for all winners which will be held in Fall 2018 in/near San Francisco, CA.

We will be announcing one prize at this year's event selected from the chosen entries!

At this time we welcome directors to join us for the screening but we can not subsidize travel or accommodation.

- Works must have a woman in lead creative role, defined as director, producer, writer, editor, or cinematographer.
- Must be a short film/video UNDER 15 MINUTES (if a web series, please submit as many episodes as you like, as long as combined they are under 20 min.)
- Must be completed no earlier than 2016
- No works in progress.
- Non-English language films must have English subtitles
- All genres are accepted

BAWIFM Members Free - (Please include BAWIFM member name and number or profile link with application.)

Regular Deadline
Standard Fee: 20.00
Student Fee: 10.00

Late Deadline
Standard Fee: 25.00
Student Fee: 15.00

STUDENTS! Please send student ID via an attachment on e-mail.

In one package, please be ready to send the following. Screening copies will not be returned.
• A synopsis of the film, director's statement, cast/crew info, social links, and a cover letter introducing your film and the flimmakers.
• A digital poster, postcard or art for your film and a digital copy of the artwork.
• Digital stills of the film

- See Guidelines.
- Entrant does not be a member of BAWIFM to submit an entry
- Submission format: upload to FilmFreeway.

For more information on joining, visit

I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree that to the best of my knowledge, all information in this document is true; I confirm that a woman has directed or co-directed the film submitted or is in a lead creative position; I have all necessary legal authority and rights required to submit this film to Bay Women in Film & Media; I have read and accept all of the entry guidelines and rules; I acknowledge that my entry materials may not be returned to me; I hold The Bay Women in Film & Media harmless from damage to or loss of the submission package en route to Bay Women in Film & Media; If accepted, I grant Bay Women in Film & Media the royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to exhibit my film or video and to use, reproduce, publish, translate and exhibit any and all publicity materials related to the film, including but not limited to stills, press releases, bios, trailers in whole or in part without limitation to territory, and/or to include said publicity materials with other works in any form, media, or technology, for the year of entry.