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
  • SherLann D. Moore

    It was truly an honor to be named a Feature Script Finalist. The overall festival is the epitome of professionalism. From the quality of the Laurel to the timely communication was top notch!

    July 2020
  • It was an honor to be paired up with NAACP nominated documentary PushOut. Cute venue and the hosts were very plesant and passionate about Women In Film.

    January 2020
  • The organizers of this festival are very lovely and professional. I was unable to attend the festival in person because I had just given birth a week beforehand, but I had friends who attended and said it was an awesome atmosphere and a full audience.

    January 2020
  • DENISE PINES

    Fantastic festival for meeting fellow professionals and being in a supportative environment. Our film "PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools" won Best Feature Documentary.

    January 2020
  • Katharine Lee McEwan

    A very well organised festival with a great calibre of films screened. An absolutely wonderful opportunity to be exposed to and meet new female filmmakers and their work!

    January 2020