The 6th annual Cinema Sisters International Film Festival (CSIFF) is coming March 11-13, 2022! We continue with our tradition of showcasing the works of female filmmakers all over the world in an effort to encourage and support our sister filmmakers. We encourage filmmakers who identify as a woman and gender-fluid/non-binary folks who identify with womanhood to submit their films!

We are asking our sister filmmakers to share their short films – narratives, docs, experimental, animation, any genre – we want to see it all! Join us as we celebrate the power of female filmmakers!! This three-day, laid-back festival is all about films made by women (including persons identifying as women).

Films must be complete, no longer than thirty-nine minutes, and must be directed or written by women.

Cinema Sisters is dedicated to cultivating a diverse environment where women can realize their artistic cinematic visions. While less than 10% of all films are made by women, by empowering each other through educational opportunities, mentoring, and a supportive creative community, CSIFF aims to galvanize and expand women's contribution to filmmaking.

Proceeds from our event go to grants for local filmmakers or filmmakers shooting their films in North Carolina. See for more details about our grant program.

STAY TUNED! More detail on prizes is coming!

Guidelines for submission:

-Films must be completed (no works in progress).
-Must be under 39 minutes.
-Must be directed or written by a woman. or gender-fluid/non-binary persons who identify with womanhood
-Films and videos of any genre: narrative, documentary, animation, experimental...
-Films must be submitted via an online submission method.
- Films must have been filmed in 2021

Overall Rating
  • Azalia Muchransyah

    I am so happy that my film was selected for the festival's 2021 edition. I love the lineups and the communication with the organizer. I really wish I can attend the festival in person in the future.

    June 2021
  • Stephanie Cullen

    All across the board amazing. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we were treated like family. This was my second time attending CSIFF and I hope to return again because that's how awesome this festival truly is.

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    We were thrilled that you DROVE all the way from Boise! It was so great to meet the team and to screen Annuler on the big screen! Hope to see you again in March!

  • Kersti Bryan

    I was able to attend this festival in person and the team at Cinema Sisters International FF put together such an incredible run of films from all over the world. Gracious and clear communication. Offered opportunities for filmmakers to connect. It's a small but mighty festival –– I think it is worthy of the visit for female filmmakers.

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Kersti! We loved screening "Egg Party" and meeting you! We hope you come back again!

  • We had such a wonderful time screening our film at Cinema Sisters! It was very well organized, and a wonderful crowd attended. Thank you for celebrating women in such a positive way!!

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    It was so terrific having you and Olia here at the festival to screen "I Am Normal." We cant' wait to see what's next for you both! Thank you for making the trip to Wilmington!

  • Wow! Thank you Tricia and the amazing team at Cinema Sisters. We were blown away by the great care that was evident in all parts of the festival experience. From bulging swag bags, to breakfast and dinner spreads, and really valuable special events -- the festival was an outpouring of generous hospitality. The chosen films were really fantastic and you created a wonderful atmosphere for building connection and support with other women filmmakers. Thank you!

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Laura, It was a pleasure meeting you and screening "The Split." We hope that you will submit again and join us next year!