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, May 22nd, 2019 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 2018, our keynote speaker was actress Laura Dern. In 2017, our keynote speaker was producer Kathleen Kennedy. In 2016, our keynote speaker was producer and director JJ Abrams.

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.

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 2018 or later. Submissions must be 1-10 minutes in length.