Manchester International Women's Film Festival has had a rebrand and will now b called Womxnchester International Film Festival, fitting right? We are a film festival celebrating women in front and behind camera. We are working in partnership with Cultureplex, Manchester, to bring you a jam packed day of films and events, in the heart of Manchester.

(You do not need to be a female filmmaker as a director or producer if your lead is a female. We do actively encourage that films, which are directed by men, should have a 50/50 gender split on crew too. We actively encourage all female identifying filmmakers to apply.)

The festival is run by High Peak Independent Film Festival's Nicole Pott and is brought to you with passion and excitement for celebrations of women! The festival will have a great lineup with talks from some fantastic organisations.

Taking place at Manchester's brand new venue, Cultureplex, in their 'mini cini', the festival will be in one place with easy access from Manchester's biggest train station, Piccadilly. On top of its cinema, Cultureplex also has a bar and restaurant, serving delicious food and drink all day.

Over the space of the day, we will screen FIVE programmes of short films, hold industry talks and workshops, have a great awards ceremony and have a brilliant afterparty until the early hours.

Handmade trophies in the following categories:

Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Cinematography
Best Production Design
Best Director
Best Lead Actor (Female)
Best Supporting Actor (Female)


1A. All submitted films must comply with the Submissions Guidelines including deadlines, exhibition format, entry material, etc.

1B. We do not pay screener fees.

1C. Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, permits necessary to present their work. Manchester International Women's Film Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work.

1D. Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials sent to the Festival but the Festival is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred by shipping to or from the Festival.


2A. The films submitted must be available to screen on DCP, of which will be returned post-festival.

2B. Entry materials and/or Short films will only be returned if the filmmaker provides prepaid postage and self-addressed envelope or it is collected from the festival hub or office during festival week.

2C. Films submitted must be available in English or in the original language with English subtitles.

2D. Filmmakers MUST have an up to date EPK available with quality screenshots of the film and information on the film itself in order to be accepted into Manchester International Women's Film Festival 2021.

2E. Manchester International Women's Film Festival does not pay additional charges for originals, masters, or special prints.


3a. ALL films must have been completed after January 2019.

3b. Short films 30 minutes or less. This is inclusive of credits.

3c. X-Rated films (pornography) will not be watched or considered.


4A. By submitting to our festival, we will utilise any personal data that you submit to us as part of the details of your submission, to evaluate your submission for the purposes of the festival. We will store your data to contact you about future festivals and events that you may be interested in from either ourselves or third parties. We will also use your data as part of our internal surveys to assess the number of submissions for the festival and where submissions came from and from what category. You are in control of your data and should you wish to delete your data, you may request us to do this at anytime. Asking us to delete your data before the end of the festival, will delete your submission from the festival and no refunds will be given.

4B. To withdraw consent to use your data and delete it from our systems, please email us with your request.