Cinema Femme magazine continues our short film festival into 2022!

Cinema Femme is the voice of the female film experience, a platform for stories by 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 (

Twenty films will be selected. Four filmmakers behind four of the twenty films will be awarded a six-month mentorship with a seasoned filmmaker.
Mentors for our February festival will be announced soon. Past mentors have been Deborah Kampmeier, Haroula Rose, Patricia Vidal Delgado, Laura Moss, Kate Hackett, and Cecilia Albertini. Our mentees have gone on to successful projects.

For our February 2022 installment we will have in-person screenings along with virtual. We are very excited about having our first in-person screenings. The in-person screenings will kick the festival off on 2/19/22 and 2/20/22. Then the festival will stream the films 2/21/22 - 2/25/22. For the filmmakers that who can make it to the in-person, we will be having a Q&A to follow their screening. For those who can't make it, we will have a virtual Q&A.

The in-person screenings will take place at Chicago Filmmakers, Firehouse Cinema (1326 W. Hollywood Ave., Chicago, IL 60660).

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

*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 5-45 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
  • Cinema Femme is changing the game! Rebecca was extremely communicative, supportive before, during, & after the fest. So happy to be included :]

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Connor! Love "Fletcher", so glad we could feature :)

  • Great festival! We loved the communication and very deliberate engagement from the Festival Director. We were also able to participate fully, despite being miles away in The Gambia, thanks to the different opportunities we had, including an interview and a virtual Q&A. Extra love for winning the Audience Favourite Award at the festival.

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jama! It was a pleasure having you and your film as part of the festival. Love the passion behind it!

  • Amin Maher

    A lovely festival and a great experience. Thanks Rebecca Martin and all the staff of the Cinema Femme for such a great event! :)

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Amina! It was an honor to have your film as part of our festival. Hope to talk soon :) - Rebecca

  • 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 :)