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The 2022 Davis Feminist Film Festival (DFFF) will begin accepting admissions on October 3 2021. Admissions will close on November 6, 2021. The 2022 format for the festival has yet to be decided.

The Davis Feminist Film Festival is an annual grassroots event that uses alternative media as a springboard for linking art to social issues. The festival aims to showcase independent film including documentary, narrative, and experimental genres in order to explore perspectives often missing from mainstream media and culture. Now in its 16th year and increasingly international in scope, the festival provides an inclusive public space for artists at the margins - particularly those with marginalized racial and/or gender identities - to raise consciousness about gender, race, class, sexuality, and many other dimensions of social inequality. The festival takes place in Davis, CA in May of each year. It is a fun, inspiring, community-building event for artists and audiences alike!

The Davis Feminist Film Festival started in 2005 as a fundraiser for international internships with grassroots feminist non-profit organizations run through the Gender and Global Issues Program (GGI) housed in Women and Gender Studies at UC Davis. In 2007, when the funding for GGI ended, the Consortium for Women and Research partnered with other campus units in order to sustain and grow the festival until 2014. Since 2015, Davis Feminist Film Festival has been run through the Women's Resources and Research Center.
The Davis Feminist Film Festival welcomes films from professionals, students, and community members locally, nationally, and internationally. People underrepresented in the media field are especially encouraged to submit a film for consideration.
The Davis Feminist Film Festival is a short film festival. Films must be 25 minutes or less in length.

BASELINE CRITERIA: To be eligible for consideration, two of the following criteria must be met.

1) Film was created with an eye for gender and social justice issues.
2) Film links local and global issues.
3) Film was created by people underrepresented in the field, particularly those who identify as womxn or men of color, queer, transgender, non-binary, disabled, white womxn.
4) Films made by people from the Davis/Sacramento area.

REQUIREMENTS: Submissions will not be considered unless all parts of the application are complete.

1) Film length: under 25 minutes
2) Synopsis (250 word maximum)
3) 1-page, double-spaced cover letter addressing how your film fits at least two of the submission criteria
4) Copy of Film (minimum 1080p downloadable video)
5) Captions or subtitles: To make the festival accessible for as many viewers as possible, films must include large-scale closed captions or subtitles in English regardless of the language spoken in the film.
A separate application must be completed for each submission. Although reasonable care will be taken to protect submissions from loss or damage, the Regents of the University of California does not assume responsibility for films submitted for consideration.


Exhibition: Submitted works will be reviewed by the festival curation team and some of them will be selected for public exhibition. By submitting my film, I understand that it may be screened for public exhibition as part of the 2022 Davis Feminist Film Festival and I authorize the UC Davis festival organizers to do so.
Permissions and Rights: I have obtained written permissions and rights to use all of the copyrighted material contained in my submitted work, including but not limited to consents from actors and music licenses for any commercial music. I will provide proof of such permissions upon request. I will be fully responsible for any problems, legal or otherwise, resulting from failure to obtain proper consents, releases, or licenses.
Post-Selection Procedures: At the discretion of festival organizers, exhibited works may be archived in a UC Davis campus library. The Regents of the University of California is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

Overall Rating
  • Sarah Carlot Jaber

    Thank you so much ! <3

    May 2022

    Amazing selection of films ! Very honoured to be part of this festival, thank you very much, longue vie au Davis Feminist Film Festival!!

    May 2022
  • Lava B. Khonsuwon

    So honored Zenophobia was selected for the Davis Feminist Film Festival! We are so grateful to be among powerful womxn film makers. Thank you DFFF!! Much gratitude.

    June 2021
  • Amina Maher

    A lovely Festival with an important approach and vision. Thanks for the support and your deep understanding of power dynamic and structure.

    June 2021
  • Pilar Pedraza

    It was a great experience to participate in this wonderful festival and show our short film made by the Chimila indigenous community of Colombia. Thank you very much for the opportunity and we hope to be part of a next edition.

    June 2021