DUE TO THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC WE WILL NOT DO LIVE SCREENINGS AT OUR THEATRE VENUE UNTIL IT IS SAFE - THE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL WILL BE ONLINE IF THE PANDEMIC CONTINUES TO DECEMBER 2020 - OUR SPECIAL EVENT THIS YEAR IS OUR NEW HOLIDAY FILM FESTIVAL FOR HOLIDAY THEMED FILMS.

We are expanding our music program. Musicians may be male and female but video directors must be women.

We are taking our lead from the Academy Awards - COVID19 is spiking again and theatre festival seating does not allow room for proper and safe distancing. The Hollywood Women's Film Festival 2020 events will be online this year. Our film industry member Jury panel vote on selections. Winners will get their laurels and we will screen the official film selections online. Winners will be notified. Our top prize winners will also be interviewed on our show SHE TALKS CINEMA.

ABOUT US

We are the women of New Hollywood. In Their Footsteps: Women Pioneers of Old Hollywood Light the Way The Hollywood Women's Film Institute is a Los Angeles based non-profit feminist arts and education organization, bringing together women in film, music, TV, Academia and media, from all over the world through our Global Sisters Program. The Institute provides all inclusive platforms for women in the arts. The Hollywood Women's Film Festival is a program of the Hollywood Women's Film Institute. We were established to provide a forum for women from all countries to come to Los Angeles and show their films. Our goal toward change is to engage both men and women in raising awareness through working together and participating in panel discussions and workshops to balance the power scales and end gender and racial inequity. Our panels and workshops are focused on filmmaking, directing, writing, producing, composing, costume design, artistic support, financing, distribution, activism in the arts, and ending the systemic culture of sexism in our industry.

Our board members are writers, directors, producers, activists, professors, actors, attorneys, artists, authors and journalists. It is our goal to bring together the film and Television industries with academia, music and media, in order to facilitate substantial and lasting change for women in the arts. Our educational programs include panels, lectures, workshops and new filmmaker program.

The Women of New Hollywood are keeping the vision of the women pioneers of Hollywood’s golden era alive by re-inventing Hollywood. The success of women in film is an homage to their genius. We invite you to join us. Walking in the footsteps of the women pioneers in writing, directing and producing, Mary Pickford, Alice Guy Blache, Dorothy Arzner, Ida Lupino, Hedy Lamar, Lucille Ball, Marion Davies, Tressie Souders, Marion Wong and all the women film pioneers, we bring you The Hollywood Women’s Film Institute and The Hollywood Women’s Film Festival.

New Awards: Best TV Pilot, Best Podcast, Best Web Series, Best Spoken Word Social Justice Video, Youth Program Best Emerging Filmmaker. In addition to our various jury awarded filmmaker awards, our special awards include: Lifetime Achievement Award, Humanitarian Award, the Dorothhy Arzner LGBTQ Director's Award and our Activism Awards. We also have a foreign film program, a student film program and our new music program.

For the most outstanding US film we offer access to our fiscal sponsorship, for the filmmaker's next film. Awards and prizes vary.

All film submissions for our holiday film festival must have a woman at the helm. A woman writer, director and at least one women producer. A male co-producer or co-writer is acceptable, but not a male director. We are expanding our music program. Musicians may be male and female but video directors must be women. We may make exceptions depending on the project. We are very interested in filmmakers who take risks and have a global inclusive view. Our holiday festival is for inclusive holiday and faith based films. Please keep in mind, we are a feminist film festival. We will reject films which discriminate against anyone on the basis of.race. sex gender identity, ethnicity, sexual preference, sexual identity or religion.

Our submission refund policy does not extend past one week after your original submission.

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  • Aline Jewell

    My experience at HWFF 2020 was transformative, to say the least. I was impressed with the curating of excellent short films, documentaries, music videos, and feature films and thoroughly enjoyed watching the program during the period of the festival as well as listening to the podcasts and forum interviews. HWFF is a unique, inspiring and empowering festival for female filmmakers and creatives in the industry. I salute the Festival Director J.R. Niles for her decision of not canceling the festival this year due to the pandemic and going ahead with the festival online for two great weeks. It was an honour to be part of HWFF 2020. I'm also immensely honoured for my film being awarded Winner Best Dark Comedy Short Film and I'm looking forward to HWFF 2021!

    October 2020
  • Sylvio Rocha

    Amazing opportunity to watch and present quality content covering subjects rarely addressed on the main stream film industry. Lovely initiative from Hollywood Women's Institute to support such initiative. Looking forward more and more years ahead of more inclusive and gender equal industry!

    October 2020
  • La'Chris Jordan

    This was an amazing festival and we are so happy to have been selected! The HWFF staff are very friendly and communicative and their commitment to female filmmakers is inspiring. Thank you again for selecting our film, January 14th, for the Best U.S. Social Justice Short Film. We definitely plan to submit films in the future!

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for sharing your art and for doing the film panel. You are a joy to work with. Looking forward to seeing your next film.

  • Lani Cupchoy

    A wonderful festival! I appreciated their dedication to move the festival to virtual during covid. Great guest speaking line up. Thank you for the award of Best Spoken Word for my documentary Food Medicine.

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for sharing your art!

  • Kelly LaCombe

    Can’t wait to hear some feedback:)

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for sharing your art!