Alliance of Women Filmmakers (AWF) was established 17 years ago with a goal to provide a platform and resources for filmmakers creating unique and powerful roles for women. The organization produces the Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival (#lawomensfest) which has showcased hundreds of narratives, documentaries, animations, and student short films made by women from around the world.

AWF has established a network of women filmmakers worldwide and studio executives who share the same passion for creating opportunities and powerful screen images of women. LAWomensFest provides participants a unique opportunity to engage with AWF’s online community to meet other amazing women filmmakers and form career lasting connections.

Lawomensfest alumni have enjoyed continued success including fest alumni Lulu Wang whose film “The Farewell” opened last summer to incredible reviews.

#LaWomensFest now in its seventeenth year continues to provide a platform and networking opportunities that empower filmmakers to create strong images of women in film. The 2022 festival will be a hybrid event with audience engagement throughout the festival season on Twitter and Instagram Live and Instagram.

Festival Competition: Best of Fest -
Prize packages are usually valued between $2500-$ 3000. Past prizes have been sponsored by Women of WarnerBros., Golden Door, Burke Williams, Baseline Studio System, Avid Adobe, Final Draft, Script Magazine, Hollywood Reporter and Animation Magazine.

All films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English.

Filmmakers must deliver final cuts for festival presentation by March 10st.

Participants agree that their film or clips from it and all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the festival event program, festival website and for any promotional purposes which the festival deems appropriate.

We request film stills at the time of submission. Please send 3-5 film images. We do not want production stills of filmmakers and crew.

Overall Rating
  • Ching Juhl

    Los angles Women's International Film Festival was very organized. Thanks for accepting and screening My Yang Gang Diary, documentary film online during the Covid.

    January 2022
  • My producing partner, Dee Dee and I appreciated the screening experience at this festival. We felt supported and enjoyed the interactive element of chat with viewers in real time. Thank you!

    May 2021
  • Alison Moir

    Diana Means is a true advocate for women and our journey as film makers. I felt very supported during the festival, especially considering the state of world affairs. We need a four to tell our stories and to fight for justice and the injustices that are happening around the world. Thank you Diana for giving us the means to do this.

    May 2021
  • Victoria Cruz

    So happy to premiere our short film, Road Dogs, at the festival! Covid has made it rough for so many... including film festivals, but was delighted by Diana's enthusiasm and so many diverse and enlightening films. Can't wait until next year when we can see everything back in a theater! Great job!

    April 2021
  • The Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival is as best as they come! Everything was professionally done and despite the fact that it was online, we felt the human factor all the way from Nigeria. Great films, Great response, Great coordination.

    April 2021