The Women's Film Festival is an annual festival during Women's History Month in March that showcases work made by and/or about women. This year, it will be held in September 2023 due to the pandemic delaying our season. The Women's Film Festival is the only event of its kind in Philadelphia that celebrates and elevates women in film and television.

Since October 2014, The Women's Film Festival has presented hundreds of culturally relevant films and exciting programming to broad and diverse audiences in the Greater Philadelphia region. Past main venues included the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center of Performing Arts, Caplan Theater at the University of the Arts, Drexel URBN Annex Screening Room, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art Ruth and Raymond G Perelman Building, The Lightbox Center, The Suzanne Roberts Theater, Masonic Temple, Neighborhood House at Christ Church, and Fleisher Art Memorial.

To learn more information about The Women's Film Festival, please visit our website at

- Best Full Length Narrative
- Best Full Length Documentary
- Best Short Narrative
- Best Short Documentary

Please submit your work (documentary, short, feature, animation, or music video) featuring a strong female role in the category of director, writer, producer, editor, director of photography, or lead actress. Work cannot be screened in Philadelphia area prior to this film festival and must not be open to the public to view. No submission waivers.

Good luck to all, and thank you for sharing your work with us.

CERTIFICATION OF ENTRANT: I, the contact person for the film submitted with this application, agree to the following:

I have read, understood, and completed all eligibility requirements for which I would like this film to be considered.

* To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this application are true.
* The Women's Film Festival DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES. By submitting my film to this festival, I am giving consent to allow The Women's Film Festival to screen it if selected.
* If selected for the festival, I agree to pay for print shipping costs. The Women's Film Festival will pay for return shipping. (DVD/Blu-ray screeners will not be returned.)
* All final works must be completed and shipped 4 weeks before the screening date. This contract is binding and will be held responsible for the information in my submission.
* I agree to allow The Women's Film Festival to screen my film at post-festival events.
* The Women's Film Festival will only accept films written, directed, produced, videographed, edited, or principally acted by an artist that identifies as a woman or whose subject matter relates to women issues.

Overall Rating
  • June K. Inuzuka

    The Philadelphia Women's Film Festival is a festival with a lot of heart. It was a singular act of courage for the festival organizers to bring back this festival after Covid. The films were meaningful and sincere. The festival also understands the struggles of being a small, independent feature and does it's best to encourage and assist it's filmmakers which I really appreciated.

    January 2023
  • A thousand thanks for selecting Under Tension, the prizes have value of course, but being chosen at the base is what makes you super happy! Under tension crosses the planet and we are honored that they came to you! A real honor!

    September 2022
  • Lucia Sherman

    I was delighted that my film, Gypsy Rose Leezinski, was an official selection of The Women's Film Festival! Hats off to Suzi, Phuong, and Adah for their welcoming spirit and support. We had a wonderful time in Philadelphia—Suzi even gave us a walking tour of Philly one evening—and I so enjoyed meeting and hanging out with the talented filmmakers and actors who were in attendance. Many thanks!

    September 2022
  • Averi Israel

    Suzi and team were incredibly kind and welcoming. Thankful for the work they're doing and for having Sequin at the festival this year!

    September 2022
  • Miriam Harris

    While I was not unable to attend in person, I was so impressed with the richness of programming for this festival, and the friendly and helpful communication with the organisers. During these times when women's and human rights are being eroded, it is so important that such a festival exists

    September 2022