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!

$100 cash prizes in each Category!

Kodak prize of 10 rolls of Super 8 for the best work shot on film.

IFP Membership & Screening Room membership for all winners

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 15 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 18, 2019

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 for publicity.

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

Overall Rating
  • Martha Gorzycki

    It is an honor to screen my film and win Professional Documentary Short Award. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the festival, but communication was enthusiastic and timely. I am grateful for the support given to women filmmakers and to aspiring student filmmakers...they are the future!

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    It was so wonderful to share your film withy audiences! Thanks for writing this review!

  • Maribel Apuya

    This is a wonderful film festival and I'm honored that my short film, Filipina, was a part of it. I was not able to attend, but the programmers set up a Skype Q&A, which I appreciate. Communication was excellent, very professional and friendly. I wish the St. Francis College Women's Film Festival continued success. Highly recommend!

    March 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the great review! Our audience loved your film!

  • This is a wonderful and very professional film festival in an academic setting. I was very happy that my film screened here. The lineup of films is top notch and the organization and communication worked very well. The panels were very interesting and thought provoking. I highly recommend this festival and am excited to see it grow and get the attention it deserves!

    March 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Catya! We loved having you and your film, Meeting MacGuffin, at the fest!

  • Yasmin Mistry

    This festival is relatively new but they were very well organized. Communication was great and their programming of speakers, panels etc. was excellent. Attendance is low but will hopefully grow in future as it's only in it's second year. We would definitely submit here again in the future.

    April 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your lovely review Yasmin.

  • Yaser Talebi

    "This is a great festival my film was in. This Festival was professional and communicated extremely well. Looking forward to submitting again. Highly recommend"

    April 2017
    Response from festival:

    Many thanks to all of you for your positive reviews. The submissions were outstanding! Thank you for sharing your projects with us. Looking forward to next year's submissions!