The annual and seasonal LA Independent Women Film Awards focuses on international and U.S. film and script projects of all genres. Every season, the IMDb qualifying fest recognizes projects with a female producer, director, lead actress, writer, cinematographer, editor, composer, etc. Every year, we introduce and award the best female director of the year in both feature and short category.

All topics related to women's thoughts, women's fate, life conditions, women's views and so on are welcome to participate. All the winners will be promoted through our platform, social media and various magazines in California. All the winners may request to receive certificates and laurels and further online screening and promotion through LA Independent Women Film magazine.

The mission of the festival is designed to help create a platform for talented female artists to be recognized for their projects and more importantly, get them the industry exposure to help sustain their craft for many years to come. The members of our jury will be selected from award winning artists working in media from all over the world. All the award winners can request to be a jury member of a new edition of the festival in order to vote for one of the categories.

LA Independent Women Film Awards is an outstanding event for promoting and screening female artists working in media from all over the world.

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Short Director
Best Feature Director
Best Female Director
Best Produced Script
Best Unproduced Script
Best Animation
Best Horror
Best Experimental
Best Student Film
Best Producer
Best Cinematographer
Best Editor
Best L.A. Filmmaker
Best International Filmmaker
Best Science Fiction
Best Music Video
Best Series-Web-Pilot

All non-English speaking films must be presented in their original version with English subtitles.
Short Film Entries should not exceed 50 minutes.
Feature films are considered over 50 minutes.
Films must have been completed in the past 36 months.
Online screenings may be requested anytime by the official selections and the award winners.

Overall Rating
  • Katsi'tsakwas Ellen Gabriel

    I am so thrilled and honoured to have been given the best short documentary award. As a first time filmmaker and an Indigenous woman this means a great deal to me to have my story recognized by LA Independent Women Film Awards. It is inspiring and lifted my spirits. Thank you LA Independent Women in Film Awards.

    August 2022
  • Lorien Haynes

    The Everything I Ever Wanted To Tell My Daughter About Men team are incredibly grateful to the LA Independent Women Film Awards for our amazing WIN. THANK YOU. It means the world to us. Lorien Haynes

    August 2022
  • it's so exciting to share our story💞🔆

    August 2022
  • My huge congrats to the LA Independent Women Film Awards for such a great festival. I'm honoured to see our script Dreamcatchers become a nominee in 2022. Thank you!

    August 2022
  • Imani Mfalme Shu’la

    Was very pleased with the feedback. It was very helpful

    August 2022