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.

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

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.

Overall Rating
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Networking
  • Amanda Spencer

    This is a great, chill little festival and we were very honored to be included. I met some other wonderful filmmakers here. Highly recommend.

    March 2019
  • Thank you for having Back to the Wall be a part of your festival and for being the top always very professional and friendly communications.

    February 2019
  • I thoroughly enjoyed attending, as well as participating in, the California Women's Film Festival. As a first time writer/director, it was a delightful introduction to the festival experience, with the most inclusive group of fellow filmmakers, a warm and friendly moderator/host, and a very thoughtful film-loving audience. It was nicely organized and in a great location! Thank you for including us in your 2019 line-up!

    January 2019
  • Neil Watson

    Thanks so much for screening our film. Although we only had one female character, we has many femal filmmakers on the crew and the festival was happy to accept us. The reception and panels were excellent and the quality and care from the festival was too notch

    January 2019
  • I am so honored to have attended this fabulous festival in beautiful Santa Monica. The attendees were so supportive of one another and the organizers so accommodating. Thank you for including me. I have the time of my life.

    January 2019