Our inaugural CASCADIA International Women's Film Festival occurred in April 2017. We are located in beautiful Bellingham, WA, USA. The festival is dedicated to showcasing the exceptional work of women directors from around the world. Approximately 40 films will be screened over the course of the 3 1/2-day festival.
Our area of the Pacific Northwest is an ideal location for both filmmaking and viewing. Bellingham is a city of approximately 90,000 on the shores of Puget Sound and lies halfway between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC.
CASCADIA presents separate programs for short subject films, feature narrative and documentary films. One program showcases local filmmakers, considered to be those working in the region extending from Vancouver B.C., Canada to the Seattle, Wa. metropolitan area. CASCADIA also has a program dedicated to Indigenous Women Filmmakers and Emerging and Student Filmmakers. Please let us know if you qualify for consideration in this area.
Most festival film programs are followed by Q & A with the attending filmmakers and/or an industry or subject panel discussion. The festival also plans networking and social opportunities specifically for our directors. Directors are also our guests at CASCADIA's Saturday night Directors' party. The festival also stages a reception and program with its Honored Guest. Past Honored Guests have been Cheryl Boone Isaacs , past president of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Oscar-winning Documentary Director Freida Lee Mock. The 2020 Honored Guest has not yet been announced.
All filmmakers selected for presentation at the 2020 festival will receive a screening fee and laurels.
The Cascadia International Women's Film Festival accepts only short films directed or co-directed by women. To be considered for the 2020 festival, films must have been completed and released AFTER October 30, 2018. Only completed, final release films will be allowed. No additional editing or revisions will be permitted once a film has been submitted. We accept films of any genre but the running time including titles must be UNDER 25 minutes. Our feature films are curated. Films must be presented in English. If not, English subtitles or dubbing is required. We will NOT accept films that have been shown previously locally in another festival or at our local theatres (near Bellingham) and prefer that films not be shown in regional festivals or theatres (Near Seattle or Vancouver) or that they are currently accessible on streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix.Please let us know if your film has closed captioning. We strongly encourage those considering submitting to review the Official Selections from the previous festivals. This will be a good indicator of the level of quality we are seeking. Trailers for those films may be found on our website. http://www.cascadiafilmfest.org