The Film Girl Film Festival has been dedicated to showcasing women in film since 2016. After going on hiatus, we are back, and we should have a few new announcements regarding a new festival location shortly! In the meantime, if you are a female-identifying, nonbinary, genderqueer director, we welcome your feature and short film submissions.

The festival will occur in March 2024.

Update! The festival is moving to a new venue and a new city for March 2024, and will now be taking place at Chicago's Music Box Theatre! As such the Film Girl Film Festival will take place over the following weekends:

Saturday, March 23 from 4:30pm-6:30pm, with an after party to follow in the Music Box lounge from 6:30-8:30pm.
Sunday,March 24 from 7:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday, March 31 from 7:00pm-9:00pm

The festival will also continue to offer online viewing options, and some features and short films will be restricted to online only viewing. More details to come!

Audience Award for Best Short and Best Film
Prize determined by audience ballots.

Jury Award for Best Short and Best Film.

Prize determined by a selected group of female-identifyilng judges.

All shorts or films directed by women are eligible for consideration. Films directed by men will also be considered if they have at least one woman as the main protagonist. No short or film made before 2020 will be accepted.

Any film accepted can be used for promotional purposes.

We reserve the right to change our programming.

Overall Rating
  • Wonderful Midwest home-grown fest. Great opportunities to network with other filmmakers, good film selection.

    April 2024
  • Leon McConnell

    great films. great venue. Fun location. Communicative and friendly organizers. Cool after party. What more can you ask for. I had a great time and was proud to be a part of this festival. Thank you for selecting our film, A Place for them.

    April 2024
  • We were honored to be part of this amazing film festival. I was not able to make it to Chicago, but was able to see some of the amazing films online. It was humbling to meet some brilliant, female filmmakers. I cannot recommend this festival enough!

    April 2024
  • I wasn’t able to attend the festival, but the programming looked fabulous, and the zoom discussion among filmmakers in the same program was well moderated and very fun to participate in.

    April 2024
  • Hijas del Maguey

    Amazing festival, we are so grateful to be selected and screened at Film Girls Film Festival. Andrea was so helpful and communication was great. Unfortunately we could not be there but they got us online interviews. It shows that they are truly cinema lovers and their purpose is to disclose independent movies and female filmmakers and stories in order to have a more equal industry. We really recommend this festival.

    April 2024