The California Women’s Film Festival is deeply honored to celebrate women filmmakers, artists and writers by providing a showcase and networking forum in the heart of Hollywood.

The CWFF understands how important it is to hear and see the educated, entertaining and diverse stories of women from around the globe. We provide a platform so these voices can be heard and shared with audiences that want to be inspired. The California Women’s Film Festival accepts all projects that has at least one woman in one of the key production positions: (Producer, Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor, Lead Actress, Etc......). Projects that are produced and/or directed by men are accepted as long as there is a lead female protagonist and/or the story is based around women. The California Women's Film Festival operates as a biannual event. Our Winter season will be held in January and our Summer season will be held in July.

Awards & Prizes

Best Director
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actress
Best Actor

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Student Film
Best Foreign Film
Best Animation
Best Music Video
Best Experimental Film
Best Short Screenplay
Best Feature Screenplay

Audience Award 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Rules & Terms

California Women's Film Festival General Rules
-Projects must have at least one woman in one of the key production positions: (Producer, Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Lead Actress, Etc......).
-Projects that are produced and/or directed by men are accepted as long as there is a lead female protagonist and/or the story is based around women.
-All genres are accepted.
-Works in progress should be clearly marked on the screening copy.
-Submissions in languages other than English must be subtitled or
dubbed.
-The entry fee is per category.
-Entry fee is non-refundable.
-Fee waivers are not available.
-DVDs must clearly be labeled with FilmFreeway tracking ID and contact
info.
-Our Festival will consist of Award presentations, red carpet photos,
-screenings and Q&A sessions.
-For more information please contact us at info@calwomensfest.com
-Please do not send paper press kits with your screener unless requested.
-DVDs will not be returned.

I agree to the terms outlined in the General Festival Rules for the California Women's Film Festival. The California Women's Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless California Women's Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

13 Reviews

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    James Mason

    First recognition for a script that is daring, yet timely. Proud that they at least gave it a chance.

    July 2017
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    Brooke Lewis

    Female Fabulous! It was an absolute honor to have our film "Psycho Therapy" screen at this festival. Our film was written and directed by Staci Layne Wilson and I was the executive producer, producer and lead actress. It was a gift to watch many incredible films brought to fruition by women with empowering messages. An inspiring festival and I hope to be invited back in the future.

    July 2017
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    Jennifer Dunbar

    I was incredibly impressed with the quality of films at this festival and you could feel the love and support for women filmmakers!

    July 2017
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    Victoria Murad

    An amazing showcase for independent filmmakers, especially films with women in leading roles! Thank you California Women's Film Festival!

    June 2017
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    Carolina de Athey

    It was a Pleasure to be a part of the California Women's Film Festival. I truly enjoyed. All though I was stuck in Brazil the communication was great and we were able to arrange all necessary for Q&A. Great, great Festival to be a part of and awesome for women in film. Thank you and Cheers!

    January 2017