The High Falls Women's Film Festival celebrates the achievements of women in all aspects of filmmaking; through programs that recognize the best work of female cinematic artists. Since its inception in 2001, the Festival has screened more than 700 films, spotlighting the cinematic works of women and bringing the finest independent motion pictures and film artists to Rochester and Western New York audiences. The Festival includes features, documentaries, shorts, and children's programs, parties, meet & greets and educational panels/workshops.

Best of the Fest Feature Narrative
Best of the Fest Feature Documentary
Best Director - Narrative
Best Cinematographer - Narrative
Best Director - Documentary
Best Cinematographer - Documentary
Therese DePrez Award for Outstanding Production Design

Film must be made by at least one woman in a leadership role: Director, Writer, Executive Producer, Producer have preference. Woman cinematographer and/or editor will be considered.

No honorarium available. No works-in-progress please. If selected the festival requires a Blu-ray or DCP file for exhibition. We do not accept DVD format for screening.

By submitting your film for consideration to the 2019 High Falls Women's Film Festival, you are telling us that you have full authority to do so, that the film is cleared for potential festival exhibition, and that you accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Submitting your film to us constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2019 High Falls Women's Film Festival. If your film is accepted to be part of the program, you will do your best to work with us to have the film’s director and other key personnel (actors, writers, producers, etc) attending the festival to present the film and interact with the Rochester audience. The High Falls Women's Film Festival is also hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. You shall also indemnify and hold harmless the High Falls 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.