City of Angels Women’s Film Festival was launched successfully in 2019 with the goal of empowering and connecting women and those identifying as female in the film industry, and showcasing extraordinary films made by women both in Los Angeles and globally. Our goal is to improve gender equality in film and celebrate diverse women's stories.

City of Angels Women's Film Festival is focused on honoring films that have been either directed, produced, edited, or include a cast driven by women. (For example: We will accept a film directed by a man if the film was either written or produced by a woman or includes a female driven cast or female protagonist. ) The screenplay category is open to both men and women. (Scripts written by men must include a female protagonist.) We also welcome LGBTQ themed films and scripts. We encourage student filmmakers to submit their work and also accept experimental films both feature and short length.

City of Angels Women's Film Festival is an excellent festival to exchange ideas about the art and business of filmmaking. With that in mind, we provide outstanding panels and Q&A's with established industry leaders. Mark your calendar for Sept 23rd, 2021 because this year we will be hosting an international panel with top UK filmmakers including: Producer Rosa Bosch (Buena Vista Social Club, The Devils Backbone), Bafta Award winning Producer Lisa Marie Russo (Locked In: Breaking the Silence, Swandown) and Bafta Award winning Kate Ogborn (Under the Skin and The Deep Blue Sea) and award winning Producer, Paul Dubois. (Dark Signal, JAS, Next). Please see our website for sign up and details by Sept 1st.

Notable guests participating in our last annual festival including Alison Eastwood (Battlecreek, The Mule) Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir (John Wick, Atomic Blonde) and Mary Vernieu (Knives Out, Silver Linings Playbook) and others.

"CITY OF ANGELS WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL couldn't be more perfect. Every aspect of the festival was thoughtfully curated-from the diverse showcase of films, the panelists and venues. It lives on in my heart."
Aina Dumlao, Director.

"This festival rocks! Empowered women and great films! Submit to CITY OF ANGELS WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL!"
Natalie Denise Sperl. Actress.

"City of Angels Women's Film Festival is amazing! Great audiences and events, and as a filmmaker, I appreciated the support for quality projects by underrepresented groups. Can't wait to see what's next for them." Mitch Del Monico. Director.

"CITY OF ANGELS WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL has given two of my projects with female writer/directors an amazing opportunity to connect and empower themselves with the Hollywood Film Industry through participating in this festival. We were excited to win "Best Foreign" with our UK entry. I highly recommend submitting to this amazing festival!"
Paul Dubois. Producer/Director/Actor.

"CITY OF ANGELS WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL is a hidden gem that isn't going to stay hidden after its recent success. Everything about the event was fantastic! The venue, the hospitality, and the personal care. This is a filmmaker-focused festival and you feel it right away. What's so amazing is the quality of filmmakers you meet and the planning put into enhancing conversations and connections. I loved everything about CITY OF ANGELS WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL and can't wait to return."
Michelle Muldoon. Director.

City of Angels Women's Film Festival will adhere to all local and state regulations regarding Covid 19 in order to ensure the safety of our participants. We ask that our guests also comply with those regulations. The festival reserves the rights to adjust dates and times accordingly.

 

***A NEW PRIZE HAS BEEN ADDED TO COAWFF:
A DISTRIBUTION OPPORTUNITY with SHOUT! STUDIOS
for the winners in the following categories:
BEST FEATURE FILM (overall)
BEST SOCIAL COMMENTARY FILM
BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY (overall)
Winners of these categories will secure a meeting with the acquisitions team at Shout! Studios for a potential distribution deal or a potential development deal. (Meeting will take place within 30 days of COAWFF's closing date.)

Other prizes:
DREAM MAGIC STUDIOS PRIZE of
a full day of rental at their Studios in Canoga Park for your next project worth $2500.00
Promoted Publicity on COAWFF website
Laurels
IMDB win credits

Categories for awards:

Best Feature Film (overall)
Best Comedy Feature
Best Dramatic Feature
Best Short Film (overall)
Best Short Short (overall)
Best Comedy Short
Best Dramatic Short
Best Full length Documentary
Best Short length Documentary
Best Script of any length (overall)
Best Feature length Script
Best Short length Script
Best Drama Script
Best Comedy Script
Best Teleplay
Best Female Protagonist Film
Best Female Driven Cast Film
Best Animated Film
Best LGBTQ Themed Film
Best LGBTQ Themed Script
Best Student Film.
Best Experimental Film.
Best Ensemble Cast Comedy (both short and feature length film)
Best Ensemble Cast Drama (both short and feature length film)
Most Innovative Feature Film
Most Innovative Short Film
Most Innovative Feature Screenplay
Best Foreign Feature Length Film
Best Foreign Short Length Film
Best Foreign Feature Length Script
Best Foreign Short Length Script or Teleplay
Best Social Commentary Award Feature Film.
Best Social Commentary Short Film.
Angel Award for Inspiration and Excellence.

All Award Winners will receive:
-Laurels
-Certificates
Select Winners:
-Promotion on the COAWFF website
-The Angel Award Trophy-given to "Special Achievers for their Extraordinary work and Inspiration."
IMDB win credits

FESTIVAL RULES AND REGULATIONS/FILMS

All festival submitters guarantee the City Of Angels Women's Film Festival that they have the legal authority to act on behalf of their project and to give COAWFF the right to screen and promote their work(s)/project(s).

1. City of Angels Women’s Film Festival accepts submissions for feature films, foreign films subtitled in English, short films, feature documentaries, short documentaries, TV Pilots, student films, feature-length screenplays, short screenplays, scripts for television/web series.

2. All films must be submitted with an online screener.

3. All feature narrative and feature documentary submissions must be 45+ minutes in length.

5. All short film narrative and short documentary submissions must be under 45-minutes in length.

6. Student film submissions of all lengths will be considered. When submitting as a student, please submit under student pricing and make sure to include a copy of your student id under your "files & attachments."

7. Festival will present selected films as a live in-person event from September 24-26, 2021.

8. All Submission fees are non-refundable. Please do not submit under student pricing if you are not a student. Doing so, will result in disqualification.

9. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, festival dates, location and/or format are subject to change.

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION RULES AND REGULATIONS:

1. City of Angels Women’s Film Festival Screenplay Competition accepts feature-length screenplays, short screenplays, and TV Pilots screenplays. Feature-length screenplays must be no longer than 130-pages. Any screenplay over 130 pages must be submitted as part 1 and then separately as part 2.

2. Submitted screenplays cannot have been optioned, purchased, or otherwise produced at the time of submission.

3. Writers may submit as many screenplays as they’d like to the competition, however, each script requires a separate application and payment.

4. All entries must be submitted in English.

5. Submissions must include a title page with the author(s) and any relevant registration or copyright information. Submitting Writer must have the legal right to submit.

6. Screenplays must be submitted in PDF or MS WORD.

7. All screenplays are considered complete once they are received by City of Angels Women's Film Festival. No revisions or updated copies will be accepted.

8. Submission fees are non-refundable. Please do not submit under student pricing if you are not a student. Doing so, will result in disqualification.

9. Please be sure to read all rules and regulations prior to submitting your project.

10. We expect all participants to adhere to local health rules and regulations pertaining to Covid 19 as we endeavor to keep our participants and guests safe.

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  • WVN Productions

    Wonderful film festival that provided a great space for our youth filmmakers to showcase their work and connect with others!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the great review! We appreciate it and greatly enjoyed screening the films from WVN. Very talented young filmmakers!

  • ANDREA URENO

    City of Angels Women’s Film Festival is the bright shining star that has been much needed on the circuit. Lisa Crosato, Founder, and her talented team, were so welcoming, helpful and inclusive. It was kismet to launch my World Premiere of our short documentary, a girl can change the world, at this lovely theatre (with comfortable seats). The publicity gamut from social media to local articles to national (mention in Variety) was more than I ever expected. The staff, panelists, sponsors and audience were all engaged and very in the moment at this 3 day festival, making it very special. The grande finale was the Awards Gala. It was so spectacular.
    This festival and the promotion of women in film, women filmmakers and women-focused screenplays is authentic . You could feel the magic. I have the best memories and made friends and contacts that I am still in touch with. I am deeply honoured to be connected to CoAWFF and my award as Best New Filmmaker makes it that much more meaningful.
    I highly recommend this festival for serious filmmakers, screenwriters and connoisseurs of all genres focusing on women. Whether or not I have a film or screenplay, I will be there to enjoy the films and the atmosphere they offer.
    Lisa and Team, you are an inspiration and thank you for empowering women and girls in such a formidable way.

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for such a heartfelt and amazing review! And congratulations again on your win for BEST NEW FILMMAKER! Your film tackles the subject of gender equality very successfully and inspires so many! You and your team were made such a great contribution to the festival! Thank you! We can't wait to see what's next for you! Keep shining!

  • We highly recommend entering this wonderful festival. It is great working with empowering women in such an affirming environment. We are forever grateful for the experience and the City of Angels Women's Film Festival's support. We are thrilled with being award winners. Thank you City of Angels Women's Film Festival! Wishing you all the best!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Willa and Karen for the stellar review! Congratulations again on your awards! It was such a great experience to be able to screen your film and to be able to acknowledge and honor such talented and passionate filmmakers like you. Can't wait to see what's next for you creatively!

  • Screening our experimental short film BLACKBERRY at the City Of Angels Women's Film Festival was such a gift. Lisa and her dynamic crew were incredibly welcoming and easy to communicate with. Shining a light on women in film is such important work and it was an honor to support this festival and its mission. We were humbled and so grateful to have been awarded Best Experimental Short and look forward to the opportunity to screen again at this charming and passionate festival.

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Sebastian, for the lovely review and congratulations again on your win!! We appreciate being able to screen and honor cutting edge films like yours! We can't wait to see what's next for you and your team! Keep shining!

  • Linda Manning

    I am so grateful to City of Angels for awarding my script "Charlotte" Best Feature Screenplay. Founder, Lisa Crosato, has been wonderfully communicative and helpful. She is creating a vibrant, empowering community and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. If you have a female-centric script that you want seriously considered enter this festival!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Linda, for such a wonderful review! Congratulations again on your win for your screenplay CHARLOTTE, which just completely wowed us! We look forward to seeing what you're working on next! Keep shining!