Alliance of Women Filmmakers (AWF) was established 16 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.
Over the years Alliance of Women Filmmakers has partnered with women resource groups at major studios including, Warner bros., Universal, and Sony to provide filmmakers opportunities to connect with studio executives. 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.

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

Alliance of Women Filmmakers now in its sixteenth year continues to provide resources and networking opportunities that empower filmmakers to create 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.

Filmmakers must deliver final cuts 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.

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
  • Kathryn L Beranich

    My experience with the LA Women's Doc Fest was enriching, affirming and fun! Diana Means programmed a wide variety of films which made for an enriching weekend of viewing. I met other producers, both local and international, and found that we shared similar film making experiences despite the different subjects and genres we each explored. I was lucky enough to have my documentary open the festival. The audience was enthusiastic and the Q&A following the film was lively. Diana began the discussion with thoughtful and pertinent questions which added a depth to the experience for both me and the audience. All in all, the LA Women's Doc Fest could not have been a better way to kick off the new year!

    October 2020
  • I wish I was there. I couldn't be there at festival time, but I had a very nice communication with them.

    January 2020
  • Jen Tate

    Diane puts on a lovely festival. The programming was strong. The filmmakers were fantastic. And I was honored to screen my film.

    January 2020
  • Wonderful festival! I am so happy to have been a part of the festival that supports women in film.

    July 2019
  • Ramya Anbalagan

    Diana is absolutely wonderful. Definitely take advantage of all the days in the festival. This was my first festival ever, and I learned so much from it. Remember to show up for your fellow filmmakers. We have to build each other up!

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Ramya! Your presence and participation at the festival was very significant and appreciated by your fellow filmmakers. I look forward to your next film. We do have to stand together to amplify each other's voices in this industry!