With Women X, our goal is to help break down the barriers that underrepresented voices face in the industry. Not only does our weekend-long festival showcase an amazing array of short films from women and non-binary filmmakers, it also brings together people from all across the globe to revel in their love of cinema and support each other in a safe and inclusive space. After the success of 2020, we’ll be bringing back a great variety of workshops, panels, networking opportunities and self-care spaces to supplement our official film selection and ensure that Women X’s culture remains intrinsically connected to community and the championing of one another.

In 2020, for our first ever edition of Women X, moving to a fully digital platform brought with it more positives than we could have ever imagined. Not only were we able to create such a communicative and collaborative space full of amazing creatives from all around the world, but we were also able to make the first installment of Women X festival as inclusive and accessible as possible. We were able to welcome an incredible 180 people from across the globe to our festival! With 2021 we held our festival at our venue in the North East of England and virtually via the Shift72 player for our digital delegates to continue to be an accessible festival.

We awarded 21 films in 2021 including genre based awards, performance and technical, British and International awards and our Best Student award.

1. All films must be directed, written, or produced by a woman, female-identifying or non-binary filmmaker. Short films by men are accepted if at least one of the three roles above (director, writer, producer) identifies as female or non-binary.

2. Films must be less than 20 minutes in length

3. All rights to the film must be owned by the filmmakers or cleared (Please check your music).

4. If your film is not in the English language, English subtitles will be required.

5. As a festival striving for equality and accessibility in the film industry, we ask that you kindly provide CC on all films to accommodate to disabled or D/deaf audience members.
You can submit your film without CC, but we ask that if you are selected, they are added before the screening.

6. Films must have been completed after January 2016.

7. Films that do not fall into the above criteria will not be watched or considered, so please ensure that you adhere to the guidelines before submitting.

Overall Rating
  • Kersti Bryan

    I think this new festival is going to be a must for female newcomers and established filmmakers. Definitely highest quality. The curation of this festival is exciting. They obviously love good movies! Was able to enjoy from my couch over a series of evenings because was unable to be in person. Like all things virtual, we felt a bit separate from the actual experience but in terms of films, we felt in perfect company and loved being part of it. They are very active in communication and consistently getting the word out about the festival in unusual circumstances. Only wish we can crack the code for good networking for the virtual participant… but I think for all things covid, we teeeres if I. O4 I o Oooooo I’lloo Ooooo Ooooo feel this way!

    September 2021
  • Rebecca Manley

    Fantastic festival. Inclusive, friendly and organised as well as championing women and non-binary filmmakers. Loved being part of it! Thank you for having us! - the 'Of Thread and Almonds' team

    September 2021
  • Natalia Andreadis

    Women X may be a new festival but the professionalism of the organisers and care put into the festival is far superior to many "established" festivals I've attended. The team's communication is fabulous and they worked miracles around the whole Covid situation, as well as selecting a really terrific program. They give female filmmakers lots of support and a great platform to talk about their work. A brilliant festival!

    September 2021
  • Alexandra Agoshkova

    A lovely experience at Women X 2021. We were delighted to win Best Comedy and be in the company of talented, female filmmakers. It has been a truly wonderful and inspiring experience and we will make sure to come back next year! All the best <3

    September 2021
  • Katrin Larissa Kasper

    Highly recommend this festival! Communication and organisation was fab and they're such a fun team. Saw some great short films. Wasn't able to go in person but there was lots going on online with Q&As and talks.

    September 2021