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 Womans 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. Please let us know if you 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

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  • Shiva Nouri

    Thank you so much Jessica Martin for your great and kind communication .I appreciate that.

    July 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Shiva for making such a terrific film!

  • Hands down, the best film festival I've been to this year (and we've been to over 20). Cheryl's organization, programming and hospitality was beyond superb, and the schedule was full of inspiring events, guests and most importantly - kickass female directors. Will certainly come back again, and if you're thinking of submitting - don't think twice! A truly warm, incredible experience awaits. Thank you.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Muriel. We try hard to make every one of our filmmakers feel welcome and show respect for your work. Was great to have you and your film. Hope to see you back one day soon with a new project!

  • Deanna Milligan

    Wonderful festival! I felt very welcome and the organizers did an excellent job of running the festival and organizing events to connect all the filmmakers. Highly recommend!!

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Deanna. Was great to have you at the festival and screen CASCADIA!

  • Donna Wheeler

    A truly wonderful festival experience and support of female film director's voices from around the world. Honored to screen here, among top films and filmmakers.

    April 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Donna. It was great to have you and your film at the festival.

  • This fest deserves ten stars! It was wonderful attending the Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival. Simply magic. Helmed by the charismatic and tour de force Cheryl Crooks who goes out of her way to way to celebrate the directors, the films and the community that supports it. For a festival organized exclusively by a volunteer staff, they outshine some larger festivals with more resources. I was picked up at the airport and given a host family to stay with for the duration of the festival allowing a chance to connect a little more deeply with Bellingham and the community. The programmed films were top notch and you could feel there was such thoughtfulness in the curating. They promise to watch all submission three times. No festival boasts this. Such integrity. They also pay a $50 stipend to each film screened. This fest does a fierce job to treat you with kindness and dignity. Lady directors. Put this on your list of festivals to apply too. If you don’t get in, keep trying with new work. Bravo to the staff on a successful festival. And hello to all the new friends I have made!

    April 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mary-Lyn. We at CASCADIA work hard to make the festival a good experience for our selected and visiting directors. We look forward to having you join us again sometime soon!