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The Exceptional Women’s Film Festival curates a collection of films that portray inspiring stories of - or made by - empowered women. We envision a future where women and girls will be equally represented in film and media, and in all walks of life – from the sciences and trades, to politics and leadership, to athletics and the arts – and we believe in the power of storytelling to uplift and inspire our audience.

Films in narrative or documentary genres portraying a positive story of empowered women or girls are eligible for submission, with special consideration given to films produced or directed by female, non-binary, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA filmmakers. Films in Spanish with English subtitles and/or films made by Latinx filmmakers are especially encouraged for submission. We accept films up to 40 minutes in length, but prefer films 20 minutes or shorter, and filmmakers of all experience levels, from professionals to students, are welcome to submit.

Our festival is put on by the Network of Exceptional Women, a 501(c)4 incorporated in Washington State that works to support women seeking leadership roles in their communities and training to run for public office. Proceeds from the Festival will go towards our scholarship fund.

For our inaugural year, given we're still in the throws of the Covid pandemic, we're starting small, with an in-person festival the first weekend of March at our local Drive-In Theater and a mirrored online option to view the films virtually that same weekend. As the Network of Exceptional Women continues to grow and expand across Washington State and the Pacific Northwest, so too do we look forward to evolving our Festival into a celebrated, notable event.

A $100 cash prize will be awarded to each of our 2021 award categories: Women in Science, The Natural World, Arts and Expression, Empowerment at Home, Athletics and Adventure, Political Activism and Leadership, and Girl Power (awarded to a film or filmmaker featuring an exceptional young person, 18 years of age or under).

Our judges reserve the right to offer an additional special jury award, or to skip awarding a category, at their discretion.

- Submission fees are non-refundable.

- In submitting, you grant the Festival the right to screen your submission theatrically and virtually at the Exceptional Women’s Film Festival (EWFF) the first weekend of March, 2021, at no charge to the Festival.

- Foreign language films will only be accepted if they have been dubbed into English or subtitled in English.

- We do not accept works-in-progress and will not update a submission with a more recent cut. Please do not submit your film until it is complete.

- If submitting more than one film, a separate completed entry is required for each title.

- Films that are selected by EWFF are chosen by a committee of media professionals and women who are distinguished in their fields. The authenticity of character, quality of storytelling, quality of production value, and exemplification of our mission to curate inspiring stories of empowered women are the principle factors in our selection of films.

- By submitting a film, the submitter grants EWFF the right to utilize any image and/or excerpt of three (3) minutes or less from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival, for general promotional purposes for the Festival.

- The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening in the U.S., and online and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The party submitting the film shall indemnify and hold harmless The Network of Exceptional Women and the Exceptional Women’s 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.

- By submitting a film, the Submitter agrees to abide by these terms, rules, and guidelines.

If your film is officially selected, you will be asked to provide:
- a high resolution file download via Dropbox, Google Drive, We Transfer, or Vimeo that is 1920×1080 pixels, 23.97 fps, 48 kHz Audio, in mov or mp4 format.
- A digital press kit including film stills in high resolution jpg format, a synopsis, production credits and director bio.
- A high resolution downloadable trailer file 1920 x 1080 pixels in mov or mp4 format (required for films over 20 minutes, appreciated but not required for super shorts)

Overall Rating
  • This is the best festival I've ever been to. The staff is genuinely interested in fostering talent, and is so warm and welcoming. I hope to be a part of this festival every opportunity that I get.

    April 2021
  • Clarissa Rebouças

    The festival is very well organized and Sarah super nice and careful!

    April 2021