The Citizen Jane Film Festival supports independent film by independent women. We tackle head on the gross under representation of women in the film industry with wild rebellion through art! In one inspiring weekend we create an intimate web of support for female filmmakers and our faithful audience of all genders. With unique film experiences, lively discussions, workshops, and boisterous parties, CJFF honors female filmmakers from diverse backgrounds and in all stages of their careers. We bring guest artists and audiences from all over to share ideas and build a collaborative community to last far beyond the festival itself. We have hosted pioneers of the film industry such as Christine Vachon, Julia Reichert, and Yvonne Welbon and we've also screened the new voices of independent film, such as Tiny Furniture and Hellion. But we equally find the film that hasn't had it's place yet, all believing that together we create a collective of female filmmakers that are exceptional voices and can create community. We screen all genres in the idea that the variety of styles is what makes us think and that filmmaking is a constantly evolving form, both in platforms and styles.

If you are accepted into the festival, we truly hope you will join us for the weekend (and we help support you so you can make it worth your while). If you are a feature filmmaker and we accept your film, part of screening your film at our festival is having a representative of your film in attendance at our festival since our main goal is to build a community of female filmmakers and an engagement with our audiences. We are open to filmmakers or representatives beyond the director. In fact, one of our goals is to shine a light on all aspects of production in filmmaking!

PLEASE NOTE: The Citizen Jane Film Festival screens films directed or co-directed by women. Please do not apply to our festival if the film is not directed or co-directed by a woman. Nearly every other festival is for you :)

Awards & Prizes

We do not give out awards for two reasons: 1) we believe that our festival is about building community and to give out awards would make us feel competitive instead of supportive (even though we know it feels awesome to get one, no lie!); and 2) we're too small and too diverse to give awards. It would be weird.

Instead, we invest in throwing a kick-ass festival that you would want to go to, and raise funds to help support attendance and also make your time as a filmmaker well spent while in Columbia, Missouri and as meaningful as possible.

Rules & Terms

*Submissions must be directed or co-directed by a woman.

*FIlmmaker has all necessary legal authority and rights required to submit this film to the Citizen Jane Film Festival

*If a feature film is accepted, we ask that one female filmmaker attend the festival to represent the film during the audience Q&A and participate in the festival experience.

*Films and videos of any length or genre: narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, dance, student and young filmmakers are accepted by Citizen Jane Film Festival.

*CJFF is not a “premiere” festival meaning that your film does not have to be a premiere to be accepted. We only accept completed films and prefer to wait until the following year for works in progress.

*Preview formats: we STRONGLY prefer the online screener for environmental reasons. If you cannot do this, please send 2 DVDs coded for region 1 or 0.

*Non-English language films must be subtitled in English.

*Because of a small staff, we cannot return any materials submitted. Screeners are not shared outside of our office and submissions committee.

*Please use paper cases for DVDs. It is unnecessary to send your DVD in a jewel case or include any press materials. Any additional packaging will only be discarded/recycled.

*If sending a check, make payable to Citizen Jane Film Festival.

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    Lisa Joyce

    It was a wonderful experience at CJFF. The festival clearly cares about its mission of bringing women together to celebrate female filmmakers. It was inspiring and empowering.

    November 2017
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    Maysles Documentary Center

    Amazing festival, especially towards teen filmmakers!
    Very welcoming and great response time to emails
    Would definitely recommend submitting!

    November 2017
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    Ursula Taherian

    By far THE best festival I have attended to date! I have never been better taken care of at a film festival than I was at Citizen Jane. 10 out of 10 in communication, organization, programming, and hospitality. There is nothing more inspiring than spending four days with bad a** female storytellers! Thank you to Barbie, Amy, Donna, Gabby, our liaison, Sam, and all of the staff, volunteers, and filmmakers that made our visit so special. I was honored to be a part of your world!

    November 2017
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    Chell Stephen

    i love this fest and am so grateful for the support they've shown me and my work. my first film CRYSTAL was programmed in 2014 and i unfortunately was unable to attend, and definitely regretted it!! this year my 2nd short Shauna is a Liar was accepted and I came to town for a few days to enjoy the fantastic environment these excellent organizers put together. Amazing programming / films, stimulating activities and welcoming folks everywhere. just an overall great experience.

    November 2017
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    Ruth Pickett

    By far the best festival I've had the good fortune to be a part of. So supportive and inspiring, they clearly care about the filmmakers & the programming was amazing. Loved it!

    November 2017