The Women Sports Film Festival uses the power of documentary film to celebrate female athletes and the filmmakers who bring their stories to the screen. From legendary champions to girls on the local playing field, we promote films and conversations that explore how sport shapes the lives of women and girls around the world.

The inaugural festival launched in July 2016 and will return on September 28-30, 2017 in Oakland, California. The festival includes film screenings, post-screening discussions with filmmakers and subjects as well as panel discussions with activists, journalists, academics and entrepreneurs about emerging issues in women's sports.

Awards & Prizes

Audience Award for Favorite Documentary Feature
Audience Award for Favorite Documentary Short

Rules & Terms

Rules of Entry:

The Women Sports Film Festival is open to all documentary films about female athletes.

All styles and lengths of films are accepted.

Works-in-progress are accepted at all deadlines and will be considered for screening at the Women Sports Film Festival.

There are no restrictions based on date films were made or whether they have screened, broadcast or appeared online previous to submission.

Films and videos are submitted complete with English commentary and/or English dialogue or in the original version with English subtitles.

If a rough cut is submitted for review and your film is accepted to the festival, you must inform us of any major changes made to the film before an exhibition copy is received. 

Shipment of exhibition materials to the festival must be paid by the applicant. Return shipment of exhibition materials will be paid by the festival. Any additional fees associated with shipping must be paid by the recipient. Women Sports Film Festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from the festival. 

All selected films will be notified by July 10, 2017. All submitting filmmakers and distributors will be notified of the official selections prior to the festival.

The festival has the right to use the publicity material (posters, still photos, up to 60-second clip) from selected films to promote the festival.

Terms: 

By submitting this documentary, I understand that I am agreeing to the following:

I own or control the copyright in and to, and am duly authorized to submit this documentary film to the Women Sports Film Festival and to the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true;

This documentary contains no material which could result in tort claims, royalty claims, claims for breach of contract, or claims of any sort whatsoever;

Filmmakers give permission to festival to use press kits for marketing purposes, and a 60-second or less clip from film in highlight reel for box office and online festival trailer.

I agree that, if accepted, an acceptable exhibition format will be made available for screening during the Women Sports Film Festival. I hold the Women Sports Film Festival harmless from damage to or loss of the print or tape during shipping to and from the Festival.

I certify that I have read, understood and complied with all the festival regulations and terms of submission.