A Femme International Film Festival is a premier festival that focuses on platforming women filmmakers “by women, for everyone”. Our Festival was created in 2005, when it became apparent that there was a need to enhance women behind the camera as Directors, Producers, and Writers. We were the first in Los Angeles to host such an event and film festival empowering women. All those that followed are just duplicates of the movement we started over a decade ago.
Through our Partners and Sponsors we have provided one-one-one meetings with our filmmakers or helped secure financing. CBS Entertainment Diversity Department and Sony Entertainment met with a selected group of our filmmakers with the goal to offer potential employment and/or placement as a director or writer under their diversity department. It is through our direct efforts that these opportunities are being secured for our LA Femme Int. Film Festival Filmmakers.
As LA Femme moves into the next few years, it plans to expand its platform so that more women in the industry and from around the world can have the benefit of taking their film to the next level through increased distribution outlets, more key positions in the entertainment industry and more recognition as artistic creators emerging as leaders in the industry.
Our goal is to create more such opportunities through exemplary programming, networking, and panel events. A classic professional atmosphere will create a sense of ‘opportunity’ for participants. LA Femme International Film Festival is “By Women for Everyone.”
To continually showcase and celebrate commercially viable films Written, Directed, or Produced by women.
To opening a pathway for women entering the industry by encouraging mentor-ship and artistic sharing between those women established in the field and those just beginning.
To Platform new emerging talent and support established women in cross-over roles.
To assist in distributing the feature films that are platformed in our festival with domestic theatrical releases and home video distribution.
La Femme International Film Festival will support and nurture the artistic entertainment productions of women for the benefit of distribution to an international and domestic audience.
»Our emphasis is on providing a complete specialized festival based on showcasing and celebrating commercially successful films written, directed, or produced by women and creating a system of access for those new to the industry directly to established women industry professionals.
»To assist in distribution of these films
»To mentor other women into positions of power in the independent and big budget, studio entertainment community.
LA Femme Film Festival is more than a festival it is an emergence of artistic, professional women who make a difference in the entertainment community by creating productions that speak to a world wide audience. We were the first festival of its kind in Beverly Hills to not only platform existing films and artists but also distribute and mentor such films and the woman artists who created them.
Our Distribution Partner screens all the films from the festival and offers distribution deals annually to those selected to screen. In the last several over 10 films were awarded a full distribution deal, other received limited distribution. We hope to see more in the future through our additional distribution partnerships.
In addition, each winner receives a crystal award, gifts and prizes valued up to $3,000.
ATTENTION FILMMAKERS: If you are submitting from a developing or embargoed nation and not from the United States a physical DVD or Blue Ray DVD should be sent to our office even if you have an online submission. Sending these DVDs (2 standard DVDs Disks or one each if you are sending a Blue Ray DVD-that start at first frame of picture) it is highly suggested due to the sometimes months to get DVDs to our office from different countries we have found that this saves the filmmaker a lot of cost and stress. If you are selected to screen in the festival you will need to get those DVDs to us very fast. Our announcement date and the date we need Exhibition copies in our office is very very short. For this reason we do suggest sending along those DVDs after you have submitted online. This is not a requirement but strong suggestion.
DVD's must be formatted for Zone 1 / North America or Zone 0 / All Regions. No other zones are accepted. Email us if you need any exceptions to this. You MUST include your tracking prefix number on your DVD. (This is for submissions from third world or embargoed countries. Online submissions are accepted for those in Canada, US and Continental European nations. See above for more details)
Please mail all materials to the following address:
LA Femme International Film Festival
324 S. Beverly Dr.#436
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Also note you will be disqualified if you are screening in another woman's festival in LOS ANGELES during the same weekend as our festival. We want to ensure that our festival attendees are able to participate and network with our industry professionals and if your attention is split then you may not make the most of the events.
IF SELECTED DO I NEED TO SEND A PHYSICAL COPY?
Yes!!! We DO NOT download your films , nor do we actually make copies to screen for you. This is your job as a filmmaker to have the elements prepared and sent to the festival. It is also your job once invited to screen to get us those elements and send them to our office. Do not submit unless you are a professional and understand your obligations in exhibition copies.
DO I HAVE TO SELECT THE CATEGORY I AM SUBMITTING TO?
Yes do your best to determine where it may fit. If your film is selected for the Festival, our Programming Staff will determine which program best suits the project. Make sure your application is complete. You will need to select and submit under shorts, features, screenplay, TV Pilot, commercial or music video. It is the mid length films that most filmmakers have questions regarding.
DO YOU HAVE TO BE A WOMAN TO SUBMIT A FILM?
" NO this film festival is to support and nurture the development of women in leading film positions. But you will need to follow the below guidelines.
" A woman needs to be involved in one of the three film positions: Director, Producer, Writer".
"Writers of Screenplays and TV Pilots must have at least one woman writer on the writing team".
" Closing Night Gala Awards Show is by invitation only".
" We accept films from all countries world wide".
" We accept music videos and commercials".
"We accept animation".
HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH "SHORTS" FROM "FEATURES"?
The requirements are different for narrative Feature Films , shorts or documentaries.
NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS
" 1 to 40 minutes running length is considered a SHORT
" 60 to 120 minutes running length is considered a FEATURE
"40 to 59 minutes running length is considered a MID LENGTH FEATURE
" 50 minutes or more running length is considered a FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
"1 to 40 minutes running length is considered a SHORT DOCUMENTARY
" 30 seconds to 5 minutes running length is considered a Commercial/Music Video
" 15 minutes or less running length is considered a Mobisode
" 30 minutes or less running length is considered a Webisode
" any length is considered for a Game
Any film falling between the times will be accepted ( as a MID LENGTH FILM) but decided upon by the festival staff what competition category it will be entered into.
ANYTHING THAT FALLS BETWEEN WE WILL DECIDE WHAT CATEGORY OF FEATURE, DOCUMENTARY OR SHORT.
WHEN DOES THE LA FEMME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TAKE PLACE?
The Festival will take place in OCTOBER in Los Angeles, CA
CAN I SUBMIT MY FILM AS A "ROUGH CUT"?
"Rough Cuts," "Avid Cuts," or "Temp Prints" will be accepted for screening. You should always list directly on the tape box which elements of your film are missing. This will assist us in the judging process.
CAN I SUBMIT MY FILM WITH A "TEMP TRACK" OR "SCRATCH MUSIC"?
"Temp Tracks," "Scratch Music," or "Temp Sound" will be accepted for screening and showing. Again, you should always list directly on the tape box which elements are missing.
CAN I ARRANGE A SCREENING FOR YOU OF MY FILM PRINT?
No. We now screen everything on ?" DVD or DCP
DO YOU ACCEPT VHS TAPES IN PAL OR NTSC FORMAT?
We accept NTSC formats or PAL DVD formats ONLY
We do accept DCPs if formatted correctly by a professional post production house.These are to be UNENCRIPTED ONLY and not contain any menus either for the dvd or the dcp. You will get the exact technical specs for this DCP and it must be PC based DCP ONLY!
DOES LA FEMME PROJECT DIGITAL AT THE FESTIVAL?
Yes we do project on digital projection. However, the digital projection options are given at time of film selection in the festival.
HOW MANY FILMS CAN I SUBMIT?
As many as you like. Or you can re-submit your film if it was not selected last year. However, each submitted film must have its own DVD , completed Submission Form, Entry Fee, and Supplemental Materials. DO NOT put multiple projects on the same DVD. Even if you are submitting a commercial or music video.
DOES IT MATTER HOW BIG MY BUDGET WAS, OR IF I HAVE AN AGENT OR CELEBRITIES, OR IF IT'S BLACK & WHITE, OR VIDEO, OR GENRE?
Not at all. Just send in the work. We will be selecting a wide variety of projects so no worries. We want to see what the indie feature filmmaker is producing.
SO WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? WHAT KIND OF FILMS STAND OUT?
Good story telling with a female in one of three key positions, Director, Writer, Producer. We look for well crafted films of all kinds with diverse voices that push the limits.
IF MY FILM IS NOT CHOSEN, MAY I SPEAK WITH A PROGRAMMER FOR NOTES OR FEEDBACK?
Unfortunately, no. With over 3,000 films to go through, we don't have enough time to speak or correspond with you individually about your film. Please forgive us. But what we will do is offer you one ticket to attend the festival and parties so that you can network if you film is NOT selected to screen.
WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF MY FILM WAS SELECTED?
We will contact you via email the first week of September for those selected. If you are not selected because of the volume of submissions we will not be able to notify you of your rejection. We are working to resolve this notification process but please be understanding we are a very small staff. Please make sure that the email address and telephone you provide will be operational at that time of festival selection which is in September. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.
DO YOU ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS ON DVD?
Yes, but since universal technical standards don't yet exist for burning and copying DVDs, please read the following FAQ carefully. Must be able to play any region.
DVD's must be submitted in plastic safe cases. These are the industry standard push-button hub, literature clip, full sleeve for artwork, dark plastic cases, clear cases, small or large cases are acceptable. Do not wrap your DVD in paper and then send it along because these are often damaged in the mail.
DVD's must be formatted for Zone 1 / North America or Zone 0 / All Regions. No other zones are accepted in the submission process, including projects in International Category.
DVD's must be formatted in consumer dvd disc MPEG video using the code of your choice. Neither QuickTime (.mov) or Microsoft (.avi) files are accepted. They must be NTSC only and REGION 1 or 0 for play in dvd deck only. They will not be played on a computer so make sure you check the dvd before sending to us that it will play on your own home dvd deck. NOT A COMPUTER!!!!!!
DVD's must not include stickers of any kind: only laser printed artwork Disk labels, should be on the disc itself. If you are burning a consumer disc please write your Project Title, Film ID# and Contact # on the disc with a black Sharpie pen. PLEASE test your consumer-burned DVD on several makes and models of players BEFORE sending it to our offices. If in doubt, always send a back-up. Technical problems can delay the completion of your submission.
All DVDs must start at FIRST FRAME of picture and NOT contain start up menus. NO MENUS AT THE START OF DVD OR DCP
WHAT DOES LA FEMME STAND FOR?
The LA in LA Femme uses a double "entendre" meaning two things: "The Woman" and "Los Angeles Woman"
Response from festival:
So glad you enjoyed the festival. Yes we have to schedule it that way so that the seminars have great panelists. We just can not stop the screenings during the seminar times because then we would decrease the amount films we could show. Always tough deciding what to attend. But it is like that at all great festivals around the world. Hope to see you return with your next film.