This is the ONLY All Lesbian film festival in the USA!

The mission of this festival is to uplift the visions and voices of women filmmakers and provide a public outlet for their art.

Cinema Systers intend to strengthen and connect this diverse community of women/womyn and build bridges among audiences, filmmakers and the community at large through the exhibition of Lesbian produced films and other events planned throughout the weekend.

"Lily Tomlin Award" (Best of Fest)

"Best Short Film"

"Best Feature"

"Best Documentary"

"Best Music Video"

"Audience Choice" Awards!

We are accepting all genres of films created by Lesbian filmmakers.

Films must be submitted for review in the following format:
- DVD or BLU-RAY (Regions 0 or 1)
- .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
- .MOV (QuickTime)

If accepted films must be submitted in the following format for exhibition:
- .MPG (MPET or MPEG2)
- .MOV (QuickTime)

Submission must have Film Title, Running Time & Contact Info printed on it.

Upon submission of your film, you must also submit:

1) An EPK or digital press kit, which includes a synopsis of the film, a film poster image or photo to represent the film (for our marketing/promotions), and a photo of the lesbian filmmaker(s) and filmmaker BIO (which may be used in our marketing/promotions).

2) A declaration of any film screening fees required by you (or anyone representing the film).

3) Your intention of attending the upcoming Cinema Systers Film Festival in Paducah, Kentucky, USA, and your willingness to take part in our "Artist Meets Audience" Filmmaker Q & A during the festival weekend (no fees or payment will be paid to you for participating in this Q & A).

Films submitted in any language other than English must be subtitled.

All films submitted to Cinema Systers Film Festival are required to have been produced by Lesbian filmmaker(s). Any film that does not meet this requirement will be disqualified.

Cinema Systers 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 Cinema Systers 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
  • Jennifer Grossman

    One of the best festivals I have ever been to! The support of this festival is instrumental to filmmaker's and their platform. I have seen them grown significantly in just a short time and there is so much to gain from being a part of that weekend. I highly recommend submitting a film or spending a weekend with these wonderful folks!

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Jennifer Grossman! We love having you and your films included in our festival. You are an inspiration and a creative soul. See you in May! :)

  • Asia LeMasters

    Great little lesbian festival. I wasn't able to attend, but my film, EVOKE, had its Kentucky premiere here!

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Asia. Hope you can make it next year. And please submit another film!

  • It has been a long time since I have been in a Lesbian space with this strong a female event. I enjoyed the festival. The audience was attentive and welcoming. The hospitality was excellent. I wanted a little more information about the ins and outs of the festival before arrival but it was easy to maneuver once we were in Paducah

    February 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Monique. I hope you can make it back to Paducah...and please submit another film!

  • Didn't get to attend, but the festival sounded like the best weekend ever. Great, sweet organizers and a good lineup of films and activities. :)

    June 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Sierra!
    We had a great time, and your film, "Only One", was so well received!

    We missed having you here in Kentucky for Cinema Systers 2017. Hope you will submit more of your films, and can make it to Paducah for the festival one day.

    Resin Rebel

  • Liss Platt

    This was an amazing festival with wonderful screenings, smart and engaging panels, and a welcoming lesbian-centric vibe. I feel fortunate I was able to show my feature documentary here, and the feedback I received from audience members was amazing (people really came up to me to discuss my film and how they related to it!). This festival is a unique opportunity to meet a range of creative lesbians - my partner and I plan to attend every year!

    February 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Liss Platt, for your kind and encouraging review! And thank you for being a brave, honest, talented filmmaker....and for sharing your talent and your award winning film with all of us. We look forward to seeing your next film....and seeing your faces in May in Kentucky!