The Archer Film Festival is a high school student film festival dedicated to empowering female filmmakers. Our goal is not to exclude men, but rather to include women. As a result, the festival is open to all high school student filmmakers.

The festival gala screening event is on Wednesday, April 26th with a pink carpet and reception at a location TBA. Following the reception is a keynote speaker, announced at a later date, and a screening of the selected films. Last year, our keynote speaker was JJ Abrams.

The festival concludes with a day of moderated panels at The Archer School for Girls on Thursday, April 27th.

Previous panel topics include: Women in Film, Television Now, and Breaking Into the Business.

Previous panelists include: Vanessa Morrison, Amanda Brown, Nina Jacobson, Melissa Rosenberg, Ed O'Neil, Jason Reitman, Bonnie Arnold, Beth Osisek, Kristine Belson, Kelly Bush Novak, Robbie Brenner, Stacy Smith, Ida Ziniti, Mindy Sterling, Bela Bajaria, Cathy Schulman, Camryn Manheim, Rena Ronson, Josh Malina, Zanne Devine, Dawn Hudson, Kat Foster, Mimi Gianopulos, Karen Baker Landers, Carrie Moore, Melanie Mayron, and Dawn Steinberg among others

Awards & Prizes

Top awards will be given to female filmmakers who have demonstrated exceptional skill in directing, cinematography, screenwriting, and editing. These awards, along with one scholarship to Relativity Film School’s Summer Workshop, will be given following the screening of the films.

Rules & Terms

The Archer Film Festival accepts all types of submissions including narratives, animations, public service announcements, experimental films, foreign films, and documentaries. Films exploring gender roles are encouraged.

Filmmakers must be high school students, or must have completed their film in spring of the previous school year. Film submissions must be 1-10 minutes in length.