Based in Austin, TX, GIFT Fest tackles the challenge of gender equality in entertainment by focusing on our next generation of filmmakers and creators (22 and younger). When we ensure that girls and/or nonbinary individuals are 50% of the equation, projects are improved. GIRL improved.


A virtual festival, GIFT Fest showcases approximately 70 short films made by girls and enby youth for on-demand viewing during a week-long period in August. The festival also includes pre-recorded panels geared towards emerging filmmakers. In addition, Q&A sessions with the filmmakers are available for on-demand viewing.

NEW THIS YEAR: Select winners of the screenplay competition will receive a live reading of their screenplay.


Separated by age, each GIFT Fest award winner will receive feedback from professionals in the industry who will give advice and suggestions on how to raise your work to the next level.

- Four award winners in the 19-22 year old category;
- Four award winners in the 16-18 year old category;
- Two award winners in the 14-15 year old category;
- Two award winners in the 13 and younger category;
- Plus, CASH prizes!



Also separated by age, winners receive feedback from professionals in the industry and cash prizes.



The theme for this year is "Equal Rights." If your film is inspired by equal rights, you are eligible for the Spotlight On Equal Rights Line-up with additional awards/prizes.


GIFT Fest invites artists from around the world, who are 22 or younger and identify as girls or nonbinary, to submit content twelve minutes or shorter that meets the following criteria:

1. The director and at least 50% of the key creative team (writer, producer, cinematographer, editor) must be girls or nonbinary, and

2. At least 50% of the people on screen must be girls or nonbinary.

Awards are limited to films made in 2021-2022, but all official selections will be screened and included in the Q&A sessions.

Notification is in July.


- Pieces must be 12 mins or less.

- Entire crew must consist of students 22 or younger.

- Submissions from any genre of film are acceptable (i.e. narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, music video, etc.).

- Submissions from any type of television/web series are acceptable.

- Content must be in English or subtitled/translated to English.

- Any piece selected can be used for promotional purposes.

Overall Rating
  • WVN Productions

    We loved being part of the GIFT Festival -- such an incredible way to support and celebrate the incredible work of our youth filmmakers. Andee is so supportive and enthusiastic of all the filmmakers who come through the festival, and patient too!

    September 2022
  • Amelia Cuttle

    If I could give this festival more stars, I would! As an aspiring female filmmaker, this festival has provided me with invaluable opportunities in an industry that seriously lacks them. From the chance to showcase my work for the first time, to getting to meet other young creatives like me, to listening to skilled, experienced professionals, and finally to receiving specific, individual feedback on my writing -- submitting my script to this festival was one of the best professional choices I have made.

    Not to mention the WONDERFUL collection of films made by fellow filmmakers!

    Simply put: so much talent and heart was put into this festival, and I am so grateful to have been a part of it. Thank you to everyone who made it possible.

    August 2022
  • Wonderful festival that uplifts the voices of female and nonbinary filmmakers. Proud to be included in the 2022 festival!

    August 2022
  • Brian Cox

    The Girl Improved Festival evolves and improves every year. Their communication is prompt and supportive, and the networking opportunities for younger filmmakers are wonderful! Thanks for the chance to collaborate.

    August 2022
  • I absolutely adored being a part of GIFT Fest 2022! I was lucky enough to win Best Documentary for my film 'YOUnion' and had such a blast doing it!

    August 2022