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 July 2021 due to the pandemic. 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. Main venues include 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 and soon, The Suzanne Roberts Theater.

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
  • Honored to be part of TWFF. Of course, they were thrown off schedule this year due to COVID-19, but they are making the best of the situation and they have been lovely to correspond/work with. Looking forward to what comes next!

    July 2020
  • Camille Hollett-French

    The Women's Festival is great! Suzi is a on it from start to finish when communicating with filmmakers. The venues were varied and unique. And of course, It wouldn't have been a Philly trip without all the sisterly affection!
    My friend and I drove from Toronto and it was so worth it. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

    May 2019
  • Jessica Dimuzio

    Thank you for selecting my film short, African Animals’ Lullaby, to be part of the amazing Women’s Film Festival 2019. As a first time filmmaker, I appreciated the genuine support I received from Phuong Nguyen, co-founder and CEO. At every opportunity, Suzi Nash, Programming Director, honored the film directors by publicly recognizing us at each program, interviewing the filmmakers after each screening, and even skyping others that couldn’t attend, all which helped the networking and friendships. Kayla O’Donnell, Corporate and Community Relations Director, shared her ideas on marketing. The all-volunteer staff gave us 10 days of fascinating films and related events at different venues around Philadelphia. I was so honored to be part of this terrific festival supporting women in all their roles!!

    April 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • It was so lovely to screen our film in Philadelphia for an enthusiastic and curious audience. Suzi did a great job at bringing together an inspiring group. A very positive experience all around!

    April 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Koura Linda

    This is one of my most favorite festivals I have been to so far.
    The programming is solid and it is an honor to be selected, the panels get better and better each year, they work hard to cultivate an environment that nurtures networking, and I have met some of my now closest friends in the filmmaking world here.
    The best part about this festival is how genuinely solidly they support women's film. If you are a filmmaker making films about women's issues, you qualify. If you are a female filmmaker making films about any issue you want to tell through your voice, you qualify.
    Hands down a fantastic festival all around!!

    June 2018