The 20%: Women Filmmakers Festival and Showcase is co-hosted by the Loyola New Orleans Women's Resource Center and Tulane University in April (exact date TBA). The festival commemorates the extraordinary triumphs of women in the creative arts and filmmaking and supports the advancement of women in key leadership roles in the film industry. Proceeds from the festival assist in paying for the jury prize, the best student film prize, and the audience film prize as well as other costs associated with the festival.

The 20%: Women Filmmakers Festival and Showcase considers each film submitted to be in competition. The Jury Prize, selected, screened and voted upon by our student/faculty jury, will be rewarded with a cash prize, amount to be determined.

We will also give the following awards to qualified films:
- Best Student Film- $100
- Audience Best in Show Award- $100

Please note that all prizes will be paid in USD.

Entries must not exceed 35 minutes in length.

Please only apply in one category. Multiple entries will be disqualified.

The 20%: Women Filmmakers Festival and Showcase seeks to empower women directors, editors, cinematographers, DPs, and screenwriters. To qualify, your film must feature a woman in one or more of these roles. Anyone who identifies as a woman is welcome to submit their film!

If selected, your film must be available as a digital file. No physical media will be accepted.

**Entry into any STUDENT competitions MUST also email proof of student ID.**

Foreign language films must be subtitled in English. A working screener that is accessible via your film’s profile on FilmFreeway. Anything other than a screener for the film will not be considered. Likewise, if your submission screener is inaccessible due to an inaccurate password, we cannot guarantee that your film will be considered.

The filmmaker consents to allowing their film to be shared in its entirety with Feminist Fest staff, including volunteer student screeners. We may also screen your film with community partners who may be interested in supporting a screening or Q&A.

It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to acquire authorization for copyrighted material that may be used in their film. The filmmaker will hold harmless Feminist Fest from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney and court fees) which may be incurred by reason of any claim.

We do not pay screening fees or guarantee travel or distribution for filmmaker

We reserve the right to refuse any submission without refund of submission fees. Films submitted after 20 days are not eligible for refunded fees.

By submitting, the filmmaker acknowledges and agrees that they shall be bound by these terms.

Overall Rating
  • Gaelle Raymond

    Loyola University Feminist Fest is organized wonderfully. We had this year an online event due to COVID19 but the organizers were very kind and the chosen films were amazing.

    December 2020

    Thank you so much to the wonderful Loyola University Feminist Fest. Extra shoutout to the programming director, Caleigh. You were such a pleasure to deal with in our emails. Not only was I ecstatic that my film was chosen to be part of the festival but we also won the Jury Prize. A wonderful gift for the cast and crew. Thank you Caleigh and staff for your kind feedback and for being so wonderful. I highly recommend entering this festival. Thank you Loyola University, the Womens Resource Center in New Orleans and New Orleans Film Society. 🙏

    April 2019
  • What a fantastic gem of a festival wrapped inside another week-long festival (Loyola University's Feminist Festival). I've been to big and small festivals with my film, and I can truly say that this was the best treatment of sound my film has ever had. The Nunemaker Theatre rocks. The student tech crew was awesome. I did the Q&A after, and the questions were well thought out and sent to me in advance. My only complaint was that there were not more people there. It's so tough to get butts in seats in NOLA. So much going on! But, if you get a chance to go next year, this event is amazing. The films were amazing. I was so proud to screen my film among them. I look forward to watching this festival grow and grow.

    April 2019