We are a short film festival that aims to celebrate women in the industry. Our goal is to put a spotlight on those filmmakers who are still underrepresented and give them the recognition they so rightly deserve.

The festival will take place in the beautiful and historic Cinema Village East in Manhattan.

We have industry panel of judges, and we celebrate films that empower female producers, directors, writers and/or protagonists. We welcome all films that focus on women’s stories or experiences. We accept all domestic and international film submission that meets the below criteria.

All films entered are required to have two or greater of the following different specified creative roles fulfilled by women: Director(s), Writer(s), Cinematographer(s), Producer(s), Composer, SFX Artist, Editor, Production Designer and/or lead talent). Any unproduced screenplay or TV pilot must be written by women.

Any films that do not meet the aforementioned requirement and are submitted will be disqualified from the festival consideration and no refunds will be disbursed.


All selected films get the original laurel.
All nominees and finalists get a special laurel, signed certificate of winner and laurels to:


NO REFUND of your entry fee will be permitted.
All decisions by judges, programmers and organizers shall be made in their sole discretion and will be FINAL.
Female Voices Rock (FVR) has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: i) identities of screeners or judges; ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project; and/or iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process.
FVR explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by the FVR Festival judges or by its volunteers.
For films to qualify, the protagonist of the film must be a woman, and a woman must hold AT LEAST ONE of the following roles: Producer, Director, or Writer.
Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via the participating submission platform - FilmFreeway.
You must provide your film on a digital download for submissions. Digital exhibition format will be used at the Festival theatrical location. If your film is selected, you must supply the highest possible quality digital version.
We strongly encourage filmmakers to submit ONLY their fully-finished film. We will judge each submission as a completed work, whether it is or not. Once a film is submitted, we will not update the submission with a more recent cut. Should the film be accepted for screening during the Festival, the filmmaker may have the opportunity to supply the festival with their most recent version, given extreme extenuating circumstances such as a corrupted file.
FVR and their affiliates have no responsibility for loss, theft, or damage to the materials you submit.
This is a short film festival only . All submissions must fall under the 30 minutes.
By submitting your entry, you confirm and warrant you have required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images and content in the entry and to authorize use and exhibition of the film.
You must have exclusive rights to your film as well as any pertinent releases including but not limited to actors image, location image, trademarked or copyrighted image and music. FVR Festival Producers reserve the right to request proof of such releases at any time before films are screened.
By submitting your film, you agree to allow FVR to exhibit your film in venues during its 2019 festivals, regardless of subsequent distribution deals secured after the submission process. You further agree to allow FVR Festival usage of clips from the film and all related publicity material submitted for promotional use on television, radio, in print, web and at live Festival events.
You authorize the use, without additional compensation, of your name, likeness, and/or voice and photograph for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium now known or developed in the future throughout the world FVR Festival deems appropriate.
You are responsible for all shipping costs and risk of loss of your submitted materials to the Festival. The Festival has no responsibility for loss, theft, or damage to the materials you submit.
By submitting an entry, you agree to the Rules, Terms, and Conditions as set forth above, and further agree to indemnify and hold Female Voices Rock and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders, sponsors, or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the "Festival Indemnites"), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including \ attorneys’ reasonable fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Festival Indemnites due to or arising out of your film and any other materials you submit in this Festival, or your conduct during and in connection with this Festival, including but not limited to claims of violation of copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation.

Overall Rating
  • Angelita Mendoza

    Great festival! It was amazing to see so many great films directed by women. It gave us a platform and a community. The films looked great on the big screen at one of my favorite theaters in NYC. I would highly recommend this festival to all female filmmakers looking showcase their work in a supportive environment.

    November 2019
  • Donna Wheeler

    Wonderfully supportive festival, championing the voices and stories of female filmmakers, as writers and directors. I'm honored my short screenplay was selected as a Finalist script, and delighted by the variety and breadth of women's projects programmed.

    November 2019
  • Esther Artner


    we had an amazing experience at this festival! Thank you so much for everything!
    Esther Artner and Julie Deffet

    November 2019
  • Maria Akay

    the entire FVR team was very communicative throughout the process and answered all of our questions immediately. this festival is a great platform for female filmmakers, and it was great to see the films screened in a beautiful theater in NYC at Village East Cinema. our team has a rgeat time at the closing party - and even walked away with the Best Writer award! highly recommend this festival.

    November 2019
  • Emily Johnson

    These organizers were amazing! Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to attend the festival but my sister went for me and said that both events were fabulous and well organized. There were technical difficulties with my DCP file and they helped me every step of the way. They were so kind and patient with me because I am new to filmmaking and they never once questioned me. They just guided me and communicated so well! Highly recommend this fest!

    November 2019