The Reel Girls Film Festival is the first-ever all-girls international student film festival. It is devoted entirely to encouraging and supporting young female filmmakers.

The Reel Girls Film Festival honors the passion and creativity of high school-aged girls and younger. Reel Girls believes that a community devoted to young female filmmakers allows them to thrive and develop their unique voices and visions, these are the roots for establishing gender equality in the film industry. It's also a great way to make friends and find role models.

In addition to the screening of films, the festival plans to invite winning directors and writers to discuss their film with the audience and it will host a red carpet event prior to the screenings. The festival will be live-streamed on the night of the festival.

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, the festival will be presented online at

Festival-goers will be able to watch selected films every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the last two weeks in May, leading up to our Winners Showcase and award announcements on May 29th. Each showcase will be between 30-60 minutes and feature the top films in each category.

The online schedule will be:
May 18th: Narrative short film (9-14)
May 20th: Music Video (15-19) and documentary (9-14)
May 22nd: Animation (9-14) and documentary (15-19)
May 25th: Animation (15-19)
May 27th: Narrative Short film (15-19)
May 29th: Awards Ceremony and Screenplay winners will be announced, Audience choice award for each film category will be revealed

The festival awards prizes in the following judged categories (each category will have a local/Toronto GTA and an international award winner):

‚ÄčAudience Favorite

Best Narrative Short

Best Documentary Short

Best Music Video

Best Screenplay

Best Animation

1) Only submissions created by CURRENT HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS will be accepted (18 years of age or younger). Additional information may be requested for proof of enrollment. Please fill out the custom form during entry citing your school, gender and age. All films must have been produced and completed in the 12 months prior to the film festival, while the director was enrolled in a secondary or middle school. UNIVERSITY STUDENTS CAN NOT COMPETE. Sorry!

2) Please include a short bio in your FilmFreeway cover letter that includes your school, age and something about yourself.

3) Films must be submitted in the English language. However, foreign-language films with English subtitles will be accepted.

4) The festival will only accept films that are 10 minutes in length of shorter.

5)Films cannot contain any copyrighted materials, such as still photographs not taken by the filmmakers, advertisements, brand logos, moving images or music. Popular songs and music cannot be used within the production without the expressed written consent from the copyright holder. Most record labels charge exorbitant fees for use of music, even in student non-profit productions. It is best to go the royalty-free route. There are several sites where free music is available.

6)Students will submit their films via without charge.

7) Films will be previewed and judged by event organizers. We reserve the right to refuse any film on any grounds.

8)Students will agree to release their films for viewing by a general audience. Selected films will also be made available on the Festival website after the conclusion of the festival.

9)Selected films will be listed on the website and filmmakers will be notified via email within two weeks prior to the festival. Filmmakers are encouraged to attend the festival. Filmmakers do not need to be present to win some of the awards.

10)Prizes will be awarded by the festival after being judged by an impartial panel whose decisions will be final. Entries will be judged on technical, creative and content elements.

11)Selected films may be broadcast on local access television. Only those films that meet certain broadcast specs may be eligible.

Overall Rating
  • Very nice festival, very well organised even though their first festival go online due to pandemic. Thanks for your comments on my sister's movie.

    June 2020
  • Sydney Satalino

    Awesome festival! I was honored to be a rising star in the Screenplay category!

    June 2020
  • Gabi Bania

    I am very glad that two of my films could participate in this inspirational film festival as a part of its official selection.
    I am very grateful too that my animation "The Mystery of the Moonflower" was awarded in the animation cathegory as a "Rising Star". Thank you very much once again! Great festival! I recommend it to all young filmmakers.

    June 2020
  • Evangelina Sarett

    Thank you for a wonderful festival! We were glad to become its participants. But our film even has been selected as an award winner in festival! I can't believe it, we are so happy! :)) Thank you very much!

    June 2020
  • This was such a wonderful festival. The judges were amazing, and I left feeling inspired. I will definitely submit next year.

    May 2020