The uptown women’s film festival of New York is a virtual, seasonal festival to celebrate all women and underrepresented filmmakers from New York City and around the world. The festival looks to bring original stories told through the female lens to a wide audience online.

The UWFFNY looks to inspire future generations of filmmakers and strives to support women filmmakers, giving them a platform to celebrate their achievements and showcase their work. And a space where they can learn and network with each other.

The second season of the UWFFNY will be held online in the fall of 2022. We will be accepting short film submissions that have female-driven stories and/or a woman appointed in one of the following key positions; director, writer, producer, cinematographer, or editor.


We are a virtual festival via the Eventive Platform with studio-grade DRM protection, seamless Livestream integration for filmmaker talkbacks, and ticketing.

We will pre-screen every selection in advance to ensure the best-quality version of your film screens for our audience.

There is no premiere status required. However, we will give preference to online premieres.

We only screen from digital files to ensure high-quality screenings.

Awards will be given in the following categories:

Best Comedy
Best Drama
Best Director
Best Performance
Best Documentary
Best Horror
Audience Award

Please read our Rules & Terms before submitting as we do not issue refunds for entry fees. It is your responsibility to ensure your film meets our criteria and submission guidelines.

ALL GENDERS are welcome to submit to the Uptown Women's Film Festival of NY. Short films must have a female-driven story and/or women appointed in one of the following key positions; director, writer, producer, cinematographer, or editor.

All films submitted to UWFFNY must have been completed on or after January 1st, 2018.
All genres, narrative, and documentary, will be accepted for submission.

If a film is in another language other than English the film must have English subtitles.
All films must be submitted via online screener only through FilmFreeway.
You may enter more than one film, but you must complete a separate entry form and pay an entry fee for each film.

Films must not have been released on any online platforms prior to the Festival such as Amazon, iTunes, Vimeo, YouTube, etc.)

The individual/company submitting the film confirms that he/she has the authority or has obtained the required authority from the producer/right holder to enter the film in the Uptown Virtual Women's Film Festival of New York. The individual/company agrees to make the film available for screening online during the duration of the festival. The submitter agrees to allow the UWFFNY to use film images for promotional purposes via social media during the duration of the festival.


Film selection for the festival will be made by the Festival Committee.
All filmmakers will be notified via email of acceptance.
You are required to send the festival a downloadable HD link of your film. Once you receive an acceptance e-mail you are required to allow your film to be downloaded.

All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and the filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music and exhibition. The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the copyrights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing.

The decision for awards and acceptance will be final and accepted by all. No inquiries or arguments will be accepted. The Festival Director reserves the right to make all decisions about the Uptown Virtual Women's Film Festival of New York.

By agreeing to these terms, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agreed to the regulations of the Uptown Women's Film Festival of New York and that, to the best of your knowledge, the information that you have supplied is correct.