We Are Women Who Write For Film, Theater, Television, Film, and Media, but not limited to other forms of Arts & Entertainment. We are an all-female production company that writes, produces, and edits our own films from conception to completion. Our goal is to engage in an annual screenwriting competition for women filmmakers. We want to provide a platform for female filmmakers to showcase their family-friendly stories, but we not only desire to support female filmmakers, but we want to also be a springboard for success. We want to forge a festival that will discover and recognize female talent by telling original and authentic stories that will help shape society through female voices from around the world. We will go to the ends of the Earth to find the best new female talent and can do whatever it takes to promote their meaningful stories.

BWIF is committed to getting the film festival's winners' scripts read by an industry professional who can help them achieve their goals in a one-hour private CAREER CONSULTATION with Lamarcus Tinker of Friday Night Lights, Glee, and Cougar Town. We feel that consultation can bring insight and inspire writers to get to the next level in their careers. The grand prize winner will receive an opportunity to pitch their short film concept for a distribution deal, but only if the producer plan to target a featured film. Semi-Finalists will only be rewarded with recognition like in most screenwriting competitions.

*The best project of each category will receive a certificate and acknowledgment on our platforms.
*All films must be submitted in English.
*Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.
*By submitting to us, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience or on any platform chosen.
*We may promote clips from you're filming on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.
*Any technical issues wif the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at any time you're video file doesn't work it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.
*We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.
*You retain all rights to their work. We only accept submissions electronically.
* there is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
*Scripts must be written in English and can be in any film or television genre. Entrants are prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition.
*Entry fees are non-refundable and the contest is void where prohibited by law. Employees and family members of the film festival are not eligible.
*Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest.
*All fees are non-refundable
*All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
*All entries must be the original, and unpublished, un-produced, un-optioned work of the entrant and entrant's writing partner. The entrant and or partnership ensures that he or she is the sole author of the work.
*By submitting you're material you agree to be added to our email list, but can remove yourself by unsubscribing at any time.
*BWIF reserves the right to revoke recognition status at any time wif or without cause.
*We will not provide feedback, notes, grades, or rankings of any kind. We assume you already know how to write at a professional level and dat is why you are entering this contest.
*Industry distribution offer should in no way be interpreted as a guarantee of future representation or success. Whether or not industry partners choose to work wif finalists or even contact finalists, is done so at the sole discretion of each and every individual company. We can not force our industry partners to option your property and or sign you as a client.
*Please note that BWIF is in no way affiliated wif any other film festival, screenwriting competition, writing group, networking group, film school, or film-related enterprise or organization.
*All judging is done at our sole discretion. We may TEMPhas outside input, but all judging and all decisions are made at our sole discretion.
*To prevent tampering we do not reveal the identities of our judges.
*We are looking to reward serious aspiring writers that we can help get to the next level by recognizing their work. We get dat services such as these can be considered valuable if these are services that you desire, we recommend hiring a script consultant.
*By entering the competition you hereby accept these competition rules.  

Overall Rating
  • BWIFF was such an AMAZING experience! They were organized, vocal and inclusive. They communicated perfectly and every one was easy to get in touch with!
    On screening day, the red carpet was awesome! We screened our films in an actual theatre and had plenty of time to network with other film makers.
    I cannot wait to submit again next year. I really enjoyed these ladies and they made each and everyone of us feel like royalty.


    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Gabrielle! It was a pleasure meeting you! We look forward to recieving your work for 2023!

  • What a lovely group of brilliant women - fitting, no?

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Alexis! It was a pleasure meeting you! Your choice in honoring Lucille Ball was heartfelt. Thank you for submitting to the festival! We hope to see films from you in the near future!

  • Renee Ambush

    I have participated, won and attended many film festivals but none like the Brilliant Women In Film Festival. This group of women presented a very well organized and hospitable event. From beginning to end they displayed organization and professionalism. The Brilliant Women In Film are beyond pretty faces but a group that spots and encourages talent. I recommend this festival to every women in film
    -Renee Ambush

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    “Hi, Renee! Thanks for the excellent feedback! We appreciate your submission to the festival and the passion you embodied in this film. We hope to see more from you in the near future.” Have a blessed and favorable journey doin so!

  • amazing experience and Excellent festival and I am proud and honored, my film Litany for the Goddess has been selected as the best documentary for 2021, greetings from the island of Java

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting your film! We appreciate your story and your work!

  • Deloris Akins

    I was amazed by the festival. The movies were great and very diverse! The ladies are awesome and so much fun! My film was chosen for Honorable Mention! BWIF are wonderful to work with!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for coming! Congratulations on your honorable mention!!!