The International Les Femmes Underground is a film festival centered on the subversive, unique, and innovative. LEFUFF, showcases artists from all walks of life creating work which redefines the manner in which womxn are represented in mainstream cinema. Making its debut in 2016, Les Femmes Underground is premiering in Los Angeles as the first ever traveling womxn’s underground film festival. Les Femmes Underground was created as a response to the decline of feminist icons and role models in the media. As feminists, we believe it is our responsibility to empower new generations of young womxn to generate work which breaks away from society’s gendered roles. Les Femmes Underground seeks to premier first time under-represented emerging feminist film-makers and artists.

Jury awards are given for the following categories:
Experimental Feature
Experimental Short
Music VIdeo
Experimental Music Video
Narrative Feature
Documentary Feature
Narrative Short
TV Pilots
Doc Short
Animated Film
Best Acting In A Feature Film
Best Acting In A Short Film

Screen Writing Competition.

Films must be produced, directed, edited or written by a woman. Films by men are accepted but they must be about women's social, economical, geographical, political or health issues. LEFUFF reserves the right to determine whether a film qualifies for this exception.

All non-English language films must have English subtitles or dubbed in English.

First and second time directors encouraged.

Productions must be independently produced, with the maker retaining complete editorial control and copyright. Productions must have been completed after January 1, 2021, and must not have been publicly screened in Los Angeles. Selected works can be screened from 16mm or Quicktime file.

Submission of an entry indicates acceptance of all regulations, guarantee that a screening copy in the format specified will be made available for the dates of the event, and authorization to publicly exhibit the work at Le Femme Underground Film Festival 2016. If screening copy is to be provided by a distributor or agent then entry must be submitted by that distributor/agent, along with any criteria or conditions.

The party responsible for sending film materials bears the cost of transporting selected films for competition programs. The festival incurs the cost of the films return. If sent via mail, the sender must provide the festival with necessary information regarding its return (date needed by/address/phone number). International parcels should be marked ‘For Cultural Purposes Only/No Commercial Value). The copy will be returned within three weeks after festival completion.

Overall Rating
  • Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    So honored and thrilled to have my work selected for Les Femmes Underground Film Festival! Thanks for supporting underground queer feminist experimental filmmaking!

    August 2021
  • Maria Brenda

    Thank you for selecting my trailer, MAYA the Sacrifice. I will definitely submit my future projects here.

    October 2020
  • What a great honor it has been to be among amazing artists on a very special journey of expression.
    Thank you Les Femmes Underground, you rock!

    September 2018
  • Sheila Schroeder

    While I was unable to attend this festival, I do have a lot of experience with festivals over the years. I must say the effort they put forth to communicate with their accepted filmmakers and screenwriters was top notch. They promoted each and every film/filmmaker/screenplay/screenwriter via their social media channels and it really provided a wonderful build up to the festival itself. Bravo Les Femmes!!!

    September 2018
  • I was very happy that my short film, "Kuo's Eyes" was selected for Les Femmes Underground Film Festival. Unfortunately, I couldn't attend the event on September 1st 2018 as I live overseas, but I can definitely say that the LEFUFF team did a great job: communication and networking were great, and the film line up was really interesting. I just wish I could have been there to meet everybody in person! Will be applying again.

    September 2018