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 (#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 alumni have enjoyed continued success including 2016 fest alumni Lulu Wang whose current film “The Farewell” opened this summer to incredible reviews. This festival is a great place to meet other amazing women filmmakers and form career lasting connections.

This year will mark AWF’s first annual DocFest which aims to educate audiences about social, political, and health issues impacting women globally as well as, inspiring a dialogue around the important issues of our time. Each film will be followed by an audience discussion.

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 with access to resources and opportunities from studio executives. All applicants 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.

Alliance of Women Filmmakers is now in its fifteenth year and 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 for festival presentation.

Filmmakers must deliver final format for festival presentation by January 3rd.

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
  • 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!

  • Sahvannah Henry

    The overall communication was AMAZING, the festival head did a great job of sending emails with all the information and responding to any questions I had in a very timely manner. The location of the festival was really nice, the Regal Cinemas was a great destination to have the event. The festival was a great place to meet other filmmakers and there was an overall respect and appreciation for your work that was felt throughout the weekend. Great experience, I look forward to submitting again!

    March 2019
  • 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