Cinema Femme magazine continues our short film festival into 2021!

Cinema Femme is the voice of the female film experience, a platform for stories about womxn in film and their allies that aims to inspire change in the industry. Our short film festival is an extension of our mission, and the womxn we feature (

For 2021, we are turning our four-day festival into a bi-monthly (February, April, June, August, October) festival. If selected, your short will be showcased during the month of February on the Cinema Femme streaming platform with nine other films.

Five films will be selected. One filmmaker behind one of the five films will be awarded a six-month mentorship with a seasoned filmmaker. Our April 2021 mentor is
filmmaker Cecilia Albertini who has had award-winning short films, features, and has worked with Francis Ford Coppola on a LIVE film experiment done through his alma mater, UCLA. More details to come!

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One of the five selected films will be awarded the Mentorship Recipient Award: a six-month mentorship with seasoned female-identifying or non-binary filmmaker.

Our April 2021 mentor is the award-winning filmmaker and editor Cecilia Albertini. She is a director and writer originally from Italy and based in Los Angeles. Her award-winning films have screened at Academy-Award qualifying festivals such as HollyShorts, the LA Shorts Fest and the Urbanworld Film Festival, and they have been showcased by platforms such as KCET and Rai Cinema Channel.

Cecilia’s work, which spans from heartfelt dramas and dark comedies to socially-relevant documentaries, often features strong-willed women at the edge of society fighting against higher forces and standing up for their place in the world.

Cecilia graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Film Studies, and earned her MFA in Film Directing/Producing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Cecilia is also an actress, and appeared in major television shows in Italy as well as in feature films.

One of her recent projects was working with Francis Ford Coppola on a LIVE film experiment conducted at his alma mater, UCLA.

*PLEASE READ OUR GUIDELINES CAREFULLY before submitting your film as we do not issue refunds for entry fees. It is your responsibility to ensure your film meets our criteria and submission guidelines.

** Films accepted to the festival will be played on our online platform for the week of the festival, and then will be taken down**

*You are required to send us a downloadable HD H.264 file of your film. Or allow access to download via FilmFreeway or via Vimeo only. Once you receive an acceptance letter you are required to allow your film to be downloaded for our online platform

*Complete the details required, providing a brief synopsis of the film, credits, production stills, and additional promotional items. Please review to ensure all the information submitted is correct.

*Please provide stills from the film; press materials; headshots and filmography of the director; b&w and/or color and video trailer links from Vimeo and Youtube (if available) and social media handles to help promote your selection. Please submit them with your application.

**Failure to deliver a digital HD screening file within 30 days of Notification Deadline Forfeits accepted invitation**

*All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and the filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music and exhibition.

*We will accept films that are between 10-45 minutes, and they must fit into the live-action, documentary, or animated short-film category. We accept films created by womxn (that includes self-identifying). The film must have at least one female or female identifying main character. The more diverse the better, representation is important!

*We are accepting submissions from all over the world, but keep in mind, if you are a winner of our "Best" award, and get matched up with a mentor, it is important that you have ways of communicating (Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp, Email).

*There is no requirement level, or pre-festival experience requirement. We are judging based on quality, not quantity.

I. Certification of Film Entrant: A. I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree as follows: B. I have read, understand and fully comply with all submission eligibility information, Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry and Entry Eligibility requirements; C. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true; D. The Short, Documentary, or Other Media I am submitting as my entry is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation; E. I am duly authorized to submit this Production to the online festival; F. I hold Cinema Femme Film harmless from any damage to the print(s) or tape(s) or media en route or otherwise during the course of the Festival; G. I hold Cinema Femme harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry; H. I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the Production; I. I give permission for Cinema Femme to use excerpts of up to three minutes of the Production for promotional purposes; J. I give permission for Cinema Femme to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the Production for promotional purposes; K. I give permission for Cinema Femme to screen the Production on their website during the duration of the online film festival; L. I own or have authorization to all necessary copyrights and licenses; (If requested) will be able to provide model/actor release verification if requested; will be able to provide music, product and other copyright licensing verification if requested. As the Submitter/Producer, I agree to take on all copyright liability in regard to submitted film. M. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into Cinema Femme film festival or other Cinema Femme events

II. Film Submissions A. SUBMISSION FORMAT: All Festival submissions should be sent vie a Web Link. SUBMISSION LENGTH AND GENRE: we accept short form of films in live-action, documentary, or animation genres. All short forms would be deemed within a G, PG, PG-13, R, or NC-17. (1) Short form submissions are those under forty-five (45) minutes. B. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. C. MULTIPLE ENTRIES are allowed, however, a separate entry form and fee shall be submitted for each. D. PRODUCER / FILMMAKER / COPYRIGHTS: Submitter (filmmaker or producer) will be referred to as “Producer or Submitter.” Producer must own all copyrights; must be able to provide music, product and other copyright licensing verification if requested. Producer agrees to take on all copyright liability in regard to submitted film. E. SUBMISSION DEADLINES: Submissions with postmarks prior to and after these will not qualify for entry into the Festival. F. ENTRY FEES: Entry fees are non-refundable. If your entry fee is not received with or prior to your submission, your entry may be deemed disqualified at the discretion of Cinema Femme. G. PREMIERE/DISTRIBUTION STATUS: We accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere; submissions may have distribution agreements already in place. H. LOSS OR DAMAGE: Every precaution will be taken to prevent damage to materials while in the possession of the Festival. I. CINEMA FEMME MARKETING: By submitting, Producer is consenting for use and copying of accepted projects for the purpose of promoting Cinema Femme. Producer is giving Cinema Femme permission to use up to three minutes of submission to promote the Festival. J. CINEMA FEMME EXHIBITION AND SCREENING: By submitting, if chosen as an official selection, Producer is hereby granting permission for Cinema Femme to exhibit Producer’s submission on the Cinema Femme website. III. General Waiver Guidelines A. General. By entering this Contest, entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Festival. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. B. By entering the online festival, entrants release, waive any claims with regard to, and hold harmless the promoter and the host from and against any and all claims of any kind that are or could be asserted with respect to any matter relating to the festival. Entrants further agree to indemnify, defend and hold the promoter and host harmless from any and all damages, liabilities, fees and cost incurred in defending against any third party claims or threats of claims asserted against promoter and/or host arising from any entrant’s participation in or conduct associated with the online festival.

Overall Rating
  • This first-year festival was incredible! So well organized and important. I was honored to be included. The live panel discussions were engaging and allowed us to network virtually. I hope to participate again.

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Christiana! We'd love that, and love your work! :)

  • Claudia Lee

    Being selected for Cinema Femme Festival 2020 was a real privilege. The festival was run by the most passionate group of film lovers and offered an unbelievable selection of Q&A's. Getting to be part of Q&A lead by Karen Kusama was a dream come true. And winning the prize of a mentorship with Haroula Rose has been the most incredible and priceless experience. I would recommend this festival to everyone!!

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Claudia! That means a lot, excited to follow you and your career :)

  • This festival is such a special event, cherishing feminine energy and creativity. It's been an honour to be part of it. So well organised, the atmosphere was really warm and welcoming. Rebecca Martin really took care of everyone to feel comfortable, the communication was just great.
    I really recommend this festival, it's been an incredible experience and I will always remember it :)

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Weronika! So happy to have you a part of the fest!

  • Victoria Malinjod

    Cinema Femme is such an amazing festival! I met so many talented female filmmakers! I am so grateful that my short film "Don't Burst My Bubble" won a 6 months mentorship with Deborah Kampmeier. This is such an exciting opportunity and I can't recommend this festival enough. Thanks again for everything! :)

    August 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you 💗