Chicago Women Film Fest is a bi-monthly and annual event dedicated to the promotion and screening of female talents from all over the world. The festival seeks features, shorts and screenplays of all genres for various sections of the competition. Women have been involved in the industry as directors, actresses, cinematographers, film producers, film critics, and other film industry professions, though women have been underrepresented in creative positions. According to Dr. Martha Lauzen, the executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, "If men are directing the vast majority of our films, the majority of those films will be about males from a male point of view. The female presence in filmmaking is more significant than just employment, it contributes to a greater cultural issue. Even though there is a huge gender disparity in filmmaking, there are notable exceptions, women who have figuratively broken through the celluloid ceiling and become pioneers in their field. Lois Weber, Kira Muratova, Leni Riefenstahl, Kathryn Bigelow, Jane Campion, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Claire Denis, Sofia Coppola, Patty Jenkins, Ava DuVernay, Catherine Hardwick, Amy Heckerling, Julie Taymor, Nora Ephron, Greta Gerwig, Chloé Zhao, and Lulu Wang are some significant female names in filmmaking today and in history. The festival advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries—in front of and behind the camera, across all levels of experience—to achieve parity and transform culture.

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Director
Best Producer
Best Actress
Best Cinematographer
Best Editor
Best Composer
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
Best Feature Screenplay
Best Short Screenplay

Film and script projects must have been completed in the past three years.
The applicant holds all the rights for submission.
We only communicate with the submitter of project.
Projects must have been directed, produced or written by a female talent.