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
  • It was an honor to have been asked to participate in this festival with our film, Legacy. Diana and her team are to be truly commended for their motivation and tenacity. Their adventurous outlook in tackling all media outlets is a great reflection of the independent filmmaker spirit this festival celebrates.

    April 2022
  • Diana and her team worked closely with us after selecting our micro-short 'Lessons', incorporating a discussion into her popular podcast and offering other opportunities for future networking. Getting involved with the LA Women's Intl Film Fest was a great decision for our project.

    April 2022
  • Great festival. It was such a pleasure to be selected. The podcast was so much fun too !

    April 2022
  • Krista Whitley

    Diana and the Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival team did an excellent job of communication and improving visibility for Lost Vegas: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow in our Gender Diverse Community. I cannot recommend this film festival highly enough.

    April 2022
  • Moira Simpson

    I'm honoured you included our documentary The Least We Can Do in your wonderful festival.
    We’re grateful that you gave audiences the opportunity to learn about the Yazidi genocide and the devastating effects of the enslavement of Yazidi women and girls, and what happened when they were brought to Canada as refugees.
    The “Visionary Voices” podcasts were fascinating and inspiring. Thank-you Diana Means and your colleagues for all your amazing work

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Moira! I was honored to present your film. I have now listened to our podcast recording three times already. I hope you have had a chance to hear it and share it with your creative teams! Can't wait to see what you do next!!