All submissions must be 7 minutes or under in length.

"Audience Awards and all the panels and connections you provided are phenomenal and the support you show for burgeoning filmmakers and female ones at that is simply brilliant." Sarah Clift, WFC Grand Jury Prize, Tangerine Entertainment’s Juice Award, MT Film Office Prize winner

"This was such an AMAZING, life-changing weekend!! I especially loved the women’s film challenge roundtable session. I received fantastic and practical advice that I’m already starting to implement." Allison Otto, GOOD DOCS WFC winner

"It’s festivals like these that help us women filmmakers break through the set archetypes of what ‘directors’ look and sound like." Cali Bondad, WFC Honorable Mention, ChromaColor Prize, POV Prize​

A disparity of any kind is caused by lack of opportunity. Along with its partners, Audience Awards is doing its part in providing opportunities to women filmmakers worldwide.As Directors UK’s 2016 report says, “By shutting out entire segments of society, we exclude unique voices and limit the scope of our culture as a whole.” We would like to include those voices and expand the scope of our entire culture. Audience Awards is a platform created by female filmmakers. As women, we know what it takes to get a leg up in this industry and we work every day to help make your film dreams come true.

The Challenge: Female filmmakers are invited to submit short fiction or nonfiction films, 7 minutes or under, to gain exposure and prizes to accelerate your careers. The top films are juried by industry professionals and premiere at Audience Awards Film Festival in LA, June 2018.

The Women’s Film Challenge Mission:

To exalt female-driven stories and the work of women in film
To promote and engage audiences to support female filmmakers
To encourage emerging talent to continue to create
To provide a platform for female filmmakers to find and become role models
To build awareness worldwide of the abundance of talented female directors, writers,
editors and producers in this industry
To connect female filmmakers to brands and brand opportunities
To contribute to the revolution that is just beginning
To show the #femalelens – behind and in front of the camera
The films will be juried by an industry panel and the top 10 films are deemed the finalists films. The Women's Film Challenge Premiere is the Audience Awards Film Festival Saturday Night Headline Red Carpet Event! The global audience will vote for the finalist films the week leading up to the premiere at AudFest 2018.

MENTORSHIP: WFC winning filmmakers will also be matched with top-tier women in the film industry at a mentorship brunch during the Audience Awards Film Festival.

Following the premiere, awards will be announced for:

Best Narrative Film
Best Documentary Film
Honorable Mention (Jury)
Best Film: Audience Choice
Honorable Mention (Audience)
Best in Score
Best in Cinematography
Best in Sound
Best in Editing
Entries will be evaluated based on the following judging criteria:

Creativity (45%)
Technical Merit (30%)
Adherence to the Assignment (25%)

The finalist films in this challenge may be used across additional multiple distribution channels.

***In the event that your film is accepted, your will receive an email that explains how to submit your film to the online film festival. You will then need to upload your film before the contest start date.***

Best Narrative Film wins a $15,000 Panavision camera rental package to help make your next film and one ChromaColor color corrections in ACES (the motion picture academy's color space developed to best accommodate digital cinematography) and mastering to HDR of any project up to ten minutes in duration. $7,000 value.

Best Documentary Film wins a Canon C100 w/24-105 camera kit and one ChromaColor color corrections in ACES (the motion picture academy's color space developed to best accommodate digital cinematography) and mastering to HDR of any project up to ten minutes in duration. $7,000 value.

Best Film in Competition: Audience Choice wins $500

All 10 finalist filmmakers win: All-access passes to attend AudFest; a year-long pro membership to Audience Awards, year-long promotion to agents, distributors and studios as a finalist in the prestigious Women’s Film Challenge. We will take your films to several distributors to shop them for distribution.

***In the event that your film is accepted, you will receive an email that explains how to submit your film to the online film festival. You will then need to upload your film before the festival start date.***

***In the event that your film is accepted, you will receive an email that explains how to submit your film to the online film festival. You will then need to upload your film before the festival start date.***

All submissions must be 7 minutes or under in length.

Films may have been exhibited or previously distributed.

No purchase necessary to enter or claim a prize. A purchase does not increase your chances of winning. Odds of winning will depend on the total number of entries received. Entry via the Audience Awards account and connection is required. You must have the authority to submit the film for our consideration.

Anyone may submit to this festival, but videos will be judged for admittance into the festival before audience and jury voting opens. Preliminary judging will be based on the quality of content and adherence to the assignment. Videos will be judged by a score of 1-3. Videos that score a 1 will not be allowed to compete in the festival. The film must not (i) infringe any rights of publicity or privacy, moral rights or IP rights, including any music-related rights, (ii) be defamatory or indecent, and (iii) violate any applicable laws. You must have obtained and been able to prove that you have all the necessary rights to the music in your film. Creative Commons licenses will not be accepted and do not prove that you have the rights to the music on your film.


To enter the festival, filmmakers must create an Audience Awards account and follow the instructions from the festival landing page of the contest brief.



PRIZES: Prizes subject to change

Best Narrative Film wins a $15,000 Panavision camera rental package to help make your next film and one ChromaColor color corrections in ACES (the motion picture academy's color space developed to best accommodate digital cinematography) and mastering to HDR of any project up to ten minutes in duration. $7,000 value.

Best Documentary Film wins a Canon C100 w/24-105 camera kit and one ChromaColor color corrections in ACES (the motion picture academy's color space developed to best accommodate digital cinematography) and mastering to HDR of any project up to ten minutes in duration. $7,000 value.

Best Film in Competition: Audience Choice wins $500

The first place jury winner of the Documentary AND Narrative categories will receive one ChromaColor color corrections in ACES (the motion picture academy's color space developed to best accommodate digital cinematography) and mastering to HDR of any project up to ten minutes in duration. The work can be conducted remotely and subject to some availability caveats. Each offer has a rate card value in excess of $7K per color correction. The filmmaker must schedule the color corrections session in advance with ChromaColor.

To enter, you must have a valid Audience Awards account. Signing up for Audience Awards is free of charge.

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If you participate in the festival via your wireless mobile device (which may only be available via participating wireless carriers and is not required to enter), standard messaging or data rates will apply according to the terms and conditions of your service agreement with your wireless carrier. Other charges may apply and may appear on your mobile phone bill or be deducted from your prepaid account balance. Wireless carriers' rate plans may vary, and you should contact your wireless carrier for more information about rate plans and charges relating to your participation in this festival. Internet and data may not be available from all mobile phone service carriers and handset models. Cellphone service may not be available in all areas. Check your phone's capabilities for specific instructions.

Entries generated by a script, computer programs, macro, programmed, robotic or other automated means will be disqualified. Entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted, false, lost, late or misdirected, deceptive or otherwise not in compliance with the Official Rules may be disqualified from the festival at the sponsor's sole and absolute discretion. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an entrant, the entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the Audience Awards account of the entry, which the entrant will have the obligation to establish. Authorized account holder is defined as the person assigned to an email address by an internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses. All materials submitted become the property of the sponsor and will not be returned. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the individual who actually submitted an entry cannot be resolved to the sponsor's satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible. Illegible and/or incomplete entries and entries submitted by entrants who do not meet the eligibility requirements (including all requirements with respect to age and residence) are void. All users must text verify to vote for films. The phone numbers will never be used for any purpose except to protect voting standards.


Voting is open to the public. Voters can vote once a day for as many films as they like. Filmmakers can vote for their own films and any other films they like once a day. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Any questions regarding the determination of a winner will be decided in the sole discretion of the sponsor, which is final and binding in all matters relating to this festival.

The approximate retail value of the prize(s) may be based on information provided by the sponsor and the value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law. For tax reporting purposes, the winner(s) may be required to provide the sponsor with a valid social security number before the prize is awarded. An IRS Form 1099 may be issued in the name of winner(s) or, if a minor in the jurisdiction in which they reside, in the name of their parent or legal guardian, for the actual value of the prize(s) received. The prizes are awarded “as is” without warranty or guarantee, either express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). Prizing may be fulfilled by a third party. Prizes are nontransferable and cannot be substituted or redeemed for cash by the winner.


Winners will be notified via email within one day of the festival closing. All winners are subject to verification at the sole discretion of Audience Awards. As part of the verification process, Audience Awards may, without otherwise altering the grant of rights to festival entities, require potential winners to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, and except where prohibited by law, a liability and publicity release. Any and all materials submitted become the property of the sponsor and will not be returned.


By submitting to this festival, you agree to share the rights to your film submitted to this festival in perpetuity with Audience Awards. You hereby assign to Audience Awards non-exclusive rights, title and interests, including all intellectual property rights, in and to such other submissions and shall be entitled to the unrestricted use and dissemination of these other submissions for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without acknowledgment or compensation to you. You agree to execute any documentation required by Audience Awards, in its sole discretion, to confirm such assignment to, and unrestricted use and dissemination by, Audience Awards of such other submissions.

You must have obtained all the necessary rights, including music rights, consents, authorizations and licenses covering the film. There must not be pending or anticipated litigation regarding the film. You may have to provide proof of rights.


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If a festival is terminated before the end date/time, the sponsor will determine the winner from all eligible entries received as of the termination date/time. If any such malfunction, error, disruption or similar damage occurs and impairs the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the festival, Audience Awards may, in their sole discretion, suspend or terminate the festival by posting a notice at


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The festival and these Official Rules shall be construed and governed in accordance with the substantive laws of the state of Montana, as distinguished from the choice of law rules. By participating, entrants agree that all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant's rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the sponsor in connection with the festival shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Montana, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. By participating, entrants consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state and local courts located in Delaware.


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In the event that any provision of the Official Rules is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions will remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. The sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules will not constitute a waiver of that provision. To the extent, there is a conflict between these Official Rules and any terms of use or other agreement posted on the sponsor’s website, Audience Awards website or elsewhere, these Official Rules control.


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You may not vote on behalf of someone else. Filmmakers and third parties may tell their customers,

friends and neighbors about the competition and direct them to Audience Awards to vote for a film. Filmmakers are encouraged to share information they believe is relevant through links to the filmmakers’ Audience Awards pages. Filmmakers are responsible for complying with all applicable terms of each third-party platform, and all applicable laws, in connection with sharing information about its film. Neither filmmakers nor third parties retained by you may solicit or entice others to vote by offering any type of consideration including gifts, awards, bribes or inducements, including merchandise, cash, online currency, discounts, lottery or anything deemed to have value in exchange for votes, including donations to charity. Noncompliance may result in removal from the competition. Soliciting others for votes or sending spam related to voting is not within the spirit of the competition and films may be subject to removal from the competition if it is determined that they have participated in any such activities.

Notwithstanding anything in these rules, filmmakers may purchase print or digital advertisements simply stating that they are participating in the program, and they are encouraged to reach out to their friends, family, and fans to vote. The count of eligible votes by the Audience Awards shall be deemed final. The Audience Awards reserve the right to eliminate or disregard any or all votes in excess of stated limits or otherwise not in accordance with the Official Rules or any instructions on the website, including any voting instructions.

The Audience Awards are not responsible for, nor are they required to count, in their sole and absolute discretion, late, lost, misdirected, unlawful or illicit votes, votes cast for a filmmaker later determined to be ineligible, votes cast in violation of the rules, votes achieved through automated means by using more than one account, using another person's name or identity, or votes that are achieved through other fraudulent means, unsportsmanlike conduct or in a manner otherwise inconsistent with these festival rules. If you are caught cheating and you have an entry in a film and video festival, your entry will/may be deleted from the festival and not be eligible to receive a prize. Using vote-collecting websites including, but not limited to,,,, etc. is not allowed.


The festival is open to the public worldwide, excluding the following: Antarctica, Afghanistan, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Belarus, Bouvet Island, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Christmas Island, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of Lao, People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Serbia and Montenegro, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Zimbabwe. An eligible minor (the age of majority is eighteen (18) in most states but twenty-one (21) in Mississippi and nineteen (19) in Alabama and Nebraska) should obtain a parent or legal guardian’s permission prior to entering. Further, entrants must be members in good standing of the Audience Awards in order to participate in the festival and win the prize(s).

Employees of Audience Awards and/or their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, directors, officers and distributors and other prize suppliers and each of their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household (whether legally related or not) are not eligible to enter or win. The festival is governed by U.S. law, is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, and is void where prohibited.