The Noe Valley Girls Film Festival’s ("NVGFF") mission is to encourage young girls to make movies with goals of creating a new generation of movie makers, promoting Noe Valley, and having fun. With today’s technology, anyone can learn to make a movie.


NVGFF is seeking short film submissions made by girls anywhere in the world in two age groups (ages 11-15 and age 10 and under). Submissions are due by August 1, 2021, and the finalists are expected to be announced in late-August, 2021. The Festival will be held virtually on September 11, 2021. At the festival, we expect to present the top submissions, have a well-known local filmmaker present awards to the winners, and to have a raffle.


In early 2016, a group of girls living in Noe Valley decided to form NVGFF. They loved making movies and wanted to give an opportunity to other young girls to make and present their movies to a real live audience. The girls started creating films in elementary school and have collectively made almost fifty movies. They enjoyed filmmaking so much that they decided to start a festival for all of the girls of Noe Valley. They have been meeting every week and believe the film festival will be a great way to bring the people of Noe Valley together to watch films and to empower girls in the art of filmmaking.

There are two age groups -
Ages 10 and under
Ages 11-15

Please note that prizes are the same for both age groups.

1st place-$350

2nd place-$200

3rd place-$100

Submitted films must be:

G-rated (please keep in mind that we will have very young children attending)
5 minutes or shorter
Created by a female
Filmmaker must be age 15 or under as of September 12, 2020
Feel free to make a film about anything, but try to make it interesting!

DO NOT mail or ship your entry by any method without permission.

Please ensure that if you are submitting a film that contains copyrighted material by anyone other than yourself, that you have obtained legal clearance for that material used. By entering your work, you agree to this and the terms of service.

Films will be accepted only if they comply with all the criteria and requirements and cannot contain any inappropriate content (offense to kids, religious/minority groups, pornography, etc.).

All films selected for the festival are automatically entered into competition for cash prizes awarded by the festival organizers, judges and audience. For each age group there will be $350, $200 and $100 prizes for first, second, and third place.


By entering a film into the NVGFF the applicant is granting NVGFF a non-exclusive license to exhibit the film during the Festival or on the NVGFF website. Moreover, by entering a film in the NVGFF the applicant is granting NVGFF a non-exclusive free of charge license to use fragments of the film for marketing purposes.

For more information, please visit www.nvgff.com

Overall Rating
  • Alumnos EMCACR

    Great and enjoyable festival, that supports all young girls filmmakers and their works!
    The organizers are very friendly and helpful, and communication has always been fast and effective.
    Cheers to many more editions of the Noe Valley Girls Film Festival!

    September 2021
  • Thank you for showing my movie "Bad Bugs" in your Film Festival. I really enjoyed watching the movies. Some were beautiful and some were funny but I loved them all! I also thought the girls giving the awards did a great job (and not just because I got an award). I really want to be an animator!

    September 2021
  • Thank you for all of your hard work to make a really interesting Festival. I'm delighted that PLAYERS is appreciated around the world - especially San Francisco . So happy to win First Place in my category - your support means a lot to me.

    September 2020
  • Evangelina Sarett

    Thank you for a wonderful festival! I was glad to become participant of NVGFF 2020. But my film even has been selected as an award winner in festival - 2nd place! Wow I'm so happy! :)) Thank you very much!

    September 2020
  • art weiss

    What's not to love? The movies are short and really well done and it is family friendly!

    September 2019