By celebrating the creativity and longstanding contributions of women filmmakers, the 34th Annual Olympia Film Festival is excited to speak on the importance of equality and representation in film and media. In doing so, we are excited to exclusively accept submissions from female (cis, transgender, non-binary, or female-identifying) filmmakers only. In a climate where 23 major film festivals programmed three times more male media than women, we are proud to highlight the talents of female directors.

Olympia Film Festival
Since 1983, the Olympia Film Society has hosted the annual Olympia Film Festival, a ten-day around-the-clock extravaganza of films, filmmakers and film-related guests, special performances, discussion panels, and educational workshops. The festival attracts between 5,000 and 7,000 attendees each year.

The festival is well known and respected throughout the film world and is hosted around the Olympia, Washington downtown area, mainly inside the Capitol Theater, a 1924 concert and movie palace owned and operated by the Olympia Film Society. This organization supports a small staff and board of directors along with over 125 dedicated volunteers who select films, organize events, and run the Capitol Theater.

Recent celebrity guests of the festival include: Crispin Glover, Mudhoney, Ian Svenonius, Matt Smith, Mary Woronov, Hari Kondabolu, Elliot Gould, Denise Crosby, Carl Gottlieb, The Julie Ruin (with Kathleen Hanna), William Nolan, Wendy Jo Carlton, Vanessa Renwick, Todd Haynes, Jolie Holland, Richard Elfman, Chantel Akerman, Fred Willard, Philip Kaufman, Les Blank, Kevin Nolting, and tons more!

Awards & Prizes

Best Entries will be screened during the 34th Annual Olympia Film Festival at the Capitol Theater November 10 - 19, 2017

Rules & Terms

By celebrating the creativity and longstanding contributions of women filmmakers, the 34th Annual Olympia Film Festival is excited to speak on the importance of equality and representation in film and media. In doing so, we are excited to exclusively accept submissions from female (cis, transgender, non-binary, or female-identifying) filmmakers only. In a climate where 23 major film festivals programmed three times more male media than women, we are proud to highlight the talents of female directors.

Dates and Deadlines:

July 1, 2017
Opening Date

August 25, 2017
Final Deadline

September 6, 2017
Late Submission

September 11, 2017
Notification Date

November 10 – 19, 2017
Event Date

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    Kitty McNamee

    Incredible experience with Olympia Film Festival! Open and quick communication. Very inviting and supportive of my film. A beautiful experience being included this year!

    November 2017
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    Kristin Pearson

    I sadly could not attend but was so proud to have my short screened at the festival. The organizers' communications were EXCELLENT. Above and beyond!

    November 2017
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    Martin Waldron

    The folks running the festival made it easy for me to contribute my film and were timely in their feedback to my questions. Good job, Oly!

    November 2016
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    Scott Ennis

    Loved the Locals Only Cell to Screen competition. First time seeing my work on a big screen! Keep up the great work. (and the Theater is incredible)

    November 2016
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    Giannis Vlahopoulos

    Loved the catalogue and communication.
    Good job guys!

    May 2016