The Archer Film Festival is dedicated to empowering female filmmakers and others who are often overlooked in the industry. Our goal is to advance the artform by showcasing work from high school students whose perspectives are rarely seen or heard. As a result, submissions from underrepresented voices are encouraged.

Some of our past keynote speakers include actor-director Greta Gerwig and gender equity advocate Geena Davis in 2020, Vice President of Film Production at Marvel Victoria Alonso in 2019, actress Laura Dern in 2018, producer Kathleen Kennedy in 2017, and producer and director JJ Abrams in 2016.

The Archer Film Festival will be an exciting live event to be held on Wednesday, April 17th at the WGA Theater in Los Angeles theater. Stay tuned to our social media accounts (@archerfilmfest) as more details are revealed in the coming months!

Submitted films MUST BE COMPLETED BY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS and must have been completed during 2022 or later. Submissions must have a maximum running time of 10 minutes.

The Archer Film Festival accepts all types of submissions including narratives, animations, public service announcements, experimental films, foreign-language films, and documentaries. Films exploring themes of identity and underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Overall Rating

  • I was really excited for my work to be accepted into this festival- I loved the mission and everything it stood for and I was pleased to see that that had hosted such notable speakers in the past, including one of my all-time favorite female directors- Greta Gerwig. Just a few days after I'd been notified about my acceptance I received an email with little to no context saying that due to unforseen circumstances, my film couldn't be featured in the festival, and later discovered it was cut due to an amended time slot. I was really disappointed as I would have loved to have my work included and this sudden unprecedented change was really disheartening to see from such a cool-looking festival.

    April 2024
  • Great festival! They've selected 2 of my films in the last two festivals. I could finally attend in person this year and was pleased to see they had inspiring panelists, tasty cookies, and a clean and well-organized event in Beverly Hills. Lots of fun!

    April 2023
  • Hong Ejun

    I am very honored for my film, MOTHER, to be included to this fantastic festival ! Even though I wasn't able to attend the festival, thanks to the great communication, I felt like I was with all of you during the festival! I really loved how you posted all the informations on the social media! Thank you again for selecting my film, and I wish you all the best of luck! I will definitely submit my next work again!!

    July 2019
  • Max Shoham

    thank you, Archer, for including my film, wavy head, in your screenings this year!

    June 2019