We are committed to supporting emerging and established female filmmakers. We strive to recognize new and original voices within the Saint Francis College community and neighboring New York City college campuses, as well as create a bridge between female student filmmakers and professional female filmmakers.

The festival's primary goals are to:

1)To create a social and artistic discourse among women regarding women’s self-image, intellect, spirituality, socio-economic concerns and sexuality.

2) Examine emerging digital film storytelling trends, artistic viewpoints of female student and professional filmmakers. This year we will be accepting Virtual Reality submissions.

We have screened over 90 films made by women in 27 countries and held panels and workshops on crowdfunding and the entrepreneurial aspects of filmmaking as well as the Past, Present and future of women's filmmaking with panelists Ally Acker, Isabel Sandoval, Debra Zimmerman of Women Make Movies, & Christina Raia of Seed & Spark.

ENTRY IS FREE for the entire call for ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE STUDENTS, FACULTY & ALUMNAE!! CONTACT apalmer@sfc.edu using your sfc.edu email or giving your date of graduation!

Best Youth Short (made by a person who is under 19 and has not started college)

Best Narrative Short by a Female Student

Best Documentary Short by a Female Student

Best Narrative Short by a Female Non-Student

Best Documentary Short by a Female Non-Student

Best Animated Short by a Female Non-Student

Best Animated Short by a Female Student

Best Experimental Short

Best Virtual Reality Work

1. Films/VR works must not exceed 20 minutes in length including credits.

2. All films entered must have a female director, producer or screenwriter, with preference given to works created by female directors.

3. Once a film has been selected, it cannot be removed from the Festival program during the event.

4. The following will be accepted for the submission process: on line secure screener.

5. If your film is selected for the festival, it is a requirement that you attend the screening at your own expense.

6. Once selected you must provide us with a digital file of of your film. VR entrants must provide access to screeners.

7. If your film is selected, you will be notified by March 15, 2020.

8. Supporting materials and PR, including stills for the film must be sent to the festival by March 21st. Applicant grants the festival permission to use these materials and images for publicity.

9. All non-English speaking films must be presented in their original version with English subtitles.

Overall Rating
  • Niccolò Montanari

    Honoured to have been part of the event!

    April 2020
    Response from festival:

    Great to have you there! And Kudos to Giulia for Olympia!

  • Emilie Svensson

    St. Francis College did a wonderful job hosting this year's film festival, despite large obstacles presented by the quarantine. They held a lovely festival via zoom, with a stimulating conversation amongst all filmmakers. I'm so thrilled they decided to carry on and host their festival this year- It was truly a bright spot in dark times.

    April 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your great review. It was wonderful to talk to you on zoom and to have "Los Angeles, F*** You" as part of our program. It's a such a beautifully sad, funny and insightful film!

  • Simone Fary

    They had to move online this year, but were very good with communication before the festival, and facilitation of discussions during it. A very friendly and encouraging group that created a very nice opportunity to bring my work to a younger audience.

    April 2020
    Response from festival:

    It was so great to have you participate, Simone! Our programming committee and our audience love "Sensei Fran Kicks A**" and can't wait to see more docs about amazing older women from you!

  • Sandy Blanco

    The organizers took up the challenge of organizing an online festival because of the Covid-19 containment. Despite the technical difficulties, the follow-up and communication of the organizers with the directors throughout the process was excellent and very friendly, with high quality productions in competition. Thank you again for selecting our film and have a nice trip to this beautiful festival which we hope will soon find its audience in real life!

    April 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for this review, Sandy! We were so glad to welcome "The Dead West" cast and crew to our virtual world. Like you, we look forward to seeing audiences and watching films with them in real life soon!

  • Dorothea Carl

    Although I couldn't take part in the festival I’m
    honored that you screened my film "Seasonal Guests" and gave it the
    professional documentary award. Thank you for your thought-provoking
    festival and for empowering women to look out for new perspectives as
    well as giving us the faith to develop our own audiovisual ways of

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your wonderful film and kind words!