The 9th Annual Nevada Women's Film Festival returns to fabulous Las Vegas June 22-25, 2023.

NWFFest is an annual event to celebrate and support the fair representation of women in film. We invite submissions from all genres, shorts and features, fiction, documentary and animation.

We are the only festival in the state of Nevada to showcase women directors and women in key creative positions. We also seek stories with strong and complex female characters or which otherwise depict women in a positive light.

We support a diversity of worldview, background, and experience. Filmmakers of all genders from all over the world are encouraged to submit to the festival.

Cover image from "Empty By Design," by Andrea Walter (NWFFest Nevada Woman Filmmaker of the Year, 2020).

Best Feature, Fiction
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Fiction
Best Short Documentary
Best Female Protagonist
Spirit of Activism Award
Best LGBTQ Themed Film
Best Student Film
Best Animated Film
Best Experimental Film
Audience Favorite
Honorees: Vanguard Award, Nevada Woman Filmmaker of the Year, Nevada Woman of Achievement

Submissions are open until 11:59pm, March 30, 2023. But don't wait until then:

Early bird submission is $15 through October 31st, 2022!
Regular submission is $25 thru December 31st, 2022.
Late submission is $50 thru February 28th, 2023.
Extended late submission is $100 thru March 31st, 2023.
Notification date is April 17th, 2023

The pandemic guidelines next summer will determine whether this festival will be in-person or virtual. Our in-person tech requirements are as follows:
Exhibition format: DCP or .mov/.mp4 is required per festival venue requirements.

Ticket and venue information coming soon.

Filmmakers are responsible for their own travel arrangements, but we will have assistance available to help. More information coming soon.

Overall Rating
  • Christy Lee Hughes

    This festival is so well organized and everyone is delightful.
    Their communication is great. I really enjoyed the virtual aspect included with the live events. Thank you for selecting Guardian and for inviting me to be part of the Q&A after the festival screening! We met a lot of fantastic filmmakers this year and we can't wait to attend in person next time!

    July 2022
  • Cat Dale

    Beautifully run festival. Stellar communication, website, and events. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

    July 2022
  • It was such an honor for our short film, Lost in Memories, to premiere at this awesome festival. The organizers were gracious and kind and great communicators. The venue was lovely and we were well taken care of. Thank you for including us!

    July 2022
  • Alexis Krasilovsky

    One of my favorite festivals. I wasn't able to go this year in person but loved every minute of my in-person participation last time (- and am still wearing my Nevada Film Office "Your imagination. Our Locations." t-shirt from the gift bag). This time I was impressed and grateful at how accommodating the festival director and staff were to setting up a Zoom during the Q&A so that I could answer the question about the experimental structure of "The Parking Lot of Dreams" from Los Angeles, while the rest of the filmmakers answered their questions on stage in Las Vegas.

    July 2022
  • Jane Ballentyne

    It was such an honour for our film 'Dandelion' to be selected to this awesome festival that celebrates women's stories. Despite not being able to attend in person we were kept well informed and given lots of opportunities to take part virtually. Thanks everyone at NWFF!

    July 2022