Alliance of Women Filmmakers (AWF) was established 15 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 ( which has showcased hundreds of narratives, documentaries, animations and student short films made by women from around the world.

In addition to the annual film festival, 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.

Alliance of Women Filmmakers has partnered with women resource groups at major studios including, Warnerbros., Universal, and Sony to provide filmmakers with access to resources and opportunities from studio executives. All submitters will receive a festival pass regardless of acceptance that includes admissions to all screenings and panels.

Past panels and workshop hosted by Women of Warner included; "Women Who Run the Show" which featured women content creators behind hit WBTV and DC shows Arrow, Blindspot and Riverdale,Tuning into the Business of Music for Film” moderated by Lisa Margolis, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Music, Warner Bros. Pictures Financing Your Film; "Gender in Media Research: presented by Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and “Taking Your Film to the Marketplace: the Path to Distribution” moderated by Natalie Rodriquez, Associate General Counsel, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The festival now going into its' fifteenth year to continues to provide resources and networking opportunities that empower filmmakers, to created strong images of women in film.

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 for festival presentation.

Filmmakers must deliver final format for festival presentation by March 1st.

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.

Exhibition copies of films will be returned to filmmakers. Screeners will not be returned.

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

Overall Rating
  • Michelle Gritzer

    This was a great festival! I had a great time, and hope to be able to attend in the future!

    April 2018
  • Linda Higdon

    Diana Means is a pro! The festival exudes top-quality in film selections, venue (loved LA Regal Cinema), and top-flight communications. The Q and A after the film went in-depth, more than the typical surface questions. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of this festival and will be applying again and again. Location can't be beat.

    April 2018
  • Jaime Saginor

    Amazing quality of films! Impressive and inspiring. Was so honored to be included.

    April 2017
  • Signe Taylor

    Great festival! I really appreciated the venue and seeing my film so well projected accompanied by a great sound system. Diana Means and her team chose wonderful films and it was honor to show alongside them. Finally, I'm deeply grateful to Diana and the festival for supporting women's issues and women filmmakers!

    April 2017
  • Elaine Del Valle

    Great theater. Fabulous to see my film on this beautiful big screen especially alongside the quality films that played with me. Also took part in a great panel where I made useful contacts. I give lots of credit to Diana Means for her effort in making this festival happen.

    April 2017