The Archer Film Festival is a high school student film festival dedicated to empowering female filmmakers. Our goal is not to exclude men, but rather to include women. As a result, the festival is open to all high school student filmmakers.

The festival gala screening event is on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 with a pink carpet and reception at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, California. Following the reception is a keynote speaker (TBA) and a screening of the selected films. In 2017, our keynote speaker was producer Kathleen Kennedy.

The festival concludes with a day of moderated panels at The Archer School for Girls on Thursday, April 27th.

Previous panel topics include: Women in Film, Television Now, and Breaking Into the Business.

Previous panelists include: Vanessa Morrison, Amanda Brown, Nina Jacobson, Melissa Rosenberg, Ed O'Neil, Jason Reitman, Bonnie Arnold, Beth Osisek, Kristine Belson, Kelly Bush Novak, Robbie Brenner, Stacy Smith, Ida Ziniti, Mindy Sterling, Bela Bajaria, Cathy Schulman, Camryn Manheim, Rena Ronson, Josh Malina, Zanne Devine, Dawn Hudson, Kat Foster, Mimi Gianopulos, Karen Baker Landers, Carrie Moore, Melanie Mayron, and Dawn Steinberg among others

Awards & Prizes

Top awards will be given to female filmmakers who have demonstrated exceptional skill in directing, cinematography, screenwriting, and editing. These awards, along with one scholarship to Relativity Film School’s Summer Workshop, will be presented following the film screenings.

Rules & Terms

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

Submitted films MUST BE COMPLETED BY CURRENT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS and must have been completed during 2017 or later. Submissions must be 1-10 minutes in length.