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 25 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. 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 honored guests at CASCADIA's Saturday night Directors' party. Last year's festival also featured a reception and program with honored guest Cheryl Boone Isaacs, past president of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The 2019 honored guest has not yet been announced.

All filmmakers selected for the festival will receive a screening fee and laurels from the festival.

Films must be directed or co-directed by women. This year's selected films must have been released no later than 2017. Films can be of any genre but must be UNDER 25 minutes in length. Our feature films are curated. Films must be subtitled in English or English subtitles. We strongly encourage those considering submission to first review our 2017 & 2018 Official Selections as an indicator of the level of quality we are seeking. Trailers for the films may be found on our website.

Overall Rating
  • More Raca

    A wonderful film festival. So happy to have participated with my short film "Home" and also part of the Studio Script Session with the new script "She". Well done to the team.

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for the review and for participating in our April 2017 festival. It was so important to us to have exceptional films like yours directed by women from around the world.

  • Sofya Badalova

    It was amazing!Thank you for this experiance

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Sofya. We were so happy to have you and your wonderful film at CASCADIA. Look forward to seeing you again here.