Etheria is the world's most respected competition showcase of new sci-fi, fantasy, action, thriller and horror films directed by women. Our audience includes producers, managers, show runners, distributors, and genre fans. Our festival’s goal is to highlight women directors making fantastic genre films and to connect these filmmakers to industry professionals.

ALL FILMS submitted to Etheria Film Night on FilmFreeway will be immediately considered for:

- The MAIN June lineup in Hollywood, California of the best new short genre films directed by women

- THE WORLD TOUR - an ongoing travelling showcase that takes selected films around the world for festivals, university screenings, conventions, and private events

The 2020 Etheria Film Night Hollywood Showcase will take place at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California in June, 2020. The event is hosted by American Cinematheque, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting all forms of films through screenings at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

Best Film - cash prizes, cool stuff, shiny award
Audience Award - cash prizes, cool stuff, audience award
Best Script - ISA membership

All competition selections receive a plaque/statue and a feeling of unrivaled success


Your film MUST be directed by a woman. A woman is someone who currently identifies as a woman when it comes to gender or sex. If there is a co-director, they must also be a woman. We are no longer accepting films with male co-directors. We embrace the queer and LGBT communities. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please do not hesitate to ask the director of programming:


Etheria Film Night only screens science fiction, horror, action, thriller, fantasy, speculative fiction, adventure, dark drama, grindhouse, crime, western, satire, dystopian, apocalyptic, mystery, noir, dark comedy, heist, disaster films, and any combination thereof.


Etheria Film Night plays a lineup of roughly 6-12 short films and one feature-length film. A short film should be between one minute and 20 minutes in length. We are no longer accepting feature film submissions. Feature films are invite-only. Please contact for more information. Feature films may not be submitted through the form on the website or through the submission services.


1. It doesn’t matter if your short film has screened anywhere else first; this is a showcase of the very best new films regardless of previous screenings. Think of us as a “best of” short film event.

FEATURE FILMS are invite-only and are no longer accepted via submissions. If you have any questions, email


1. Have your acceptance materials READY to send in. If accepted you will need to deliver materials with a very tight deadline, otherwise your film may get cut from the lineup. It’s your responsibility to provide materials so we may effectively screen your film.

2. You must be the copyright owner of the film.


Filmmakers will be notified regarding their acceptance status on or about March 1, 2019. Your film materials will be due immediately upon acceptance. These materials are due immediately, otherwise your film may not be screened (please, do not zip digital files).

1. Three high resolution digital photos of the director. Photos need to be 300 DPI and over 800 pixels. Aim for production stills that capture filmmaker directing/producing on set.

2. Five high resolution digital images from the submitted entry. This can be screenshots, posters, and production stills. Photos need to be 300 DPI and over 800 pixels.

3. A mailed physical copy of the film on a drive. Address will be provided. These are the film file requirements:

Quicktime File (MP4 or MOV)
23.976 fps
Codec: H.264
Bitrate: 40 Mbps
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (add letterboxing/pillarboxing if necessary)
Resolution: 1920 x 1080p
AAC Audio at 16-bit or 24-bit, at least 48kHz

Overall Rating
  • Lisa J Dooley

    Etheria is the best community to be a part of! The screenings are professionally run and the people are fantastic!

    August 2019
  • Sarah K Reimers

    This is a 5-star festival. If you are lucky enough to be accepted, you'd be crazy not to attend. Fantastic networking and promotion. The pre-festival promotion was excellent. The screening venue was amazing and my film looked and sounded the way I intended. The event was well attended and the parties were lively and fun! Thank you Etheria for including BITTEN in your 2019 festival, I had an amazing time!

    July 2019
  • Shihyun Wang

    We learned that our film 2019 prediction according to Nostradamus is one of the finalist, although we did not make to be one of the 8 films screened, we are glad to be on the short list of semi and finalist films. It's a great event with great communication. You should not miss it.

    July 2019
  • Jessica Sanders

    Wonderful, supportive, special festival, top programming at the amazing Egyptian theater. I was so impressed with this festivals, the organizers and the community they fostered. Will definitely come back!

    July 2019
  • Joe Russell

    To sum it up, the festival, its organizers and volunteers are totally amazing. Etheria provides way more than "just another place to screen your film.' They spend lot of energy not only celebrating the filmmakers and films, but also connecting those filmmakers with each other. They also do a great job getting people to fill the theater! One of the best audiences we had. I will for sure be attending this festival every year!

    June 2018