The 7th annual UPTILT Film Fest (North Carolina's ONLY female & gender expansive film festival) is coming from March 31 - April 2, 2023!
We believe women have incredible stories to tell!
We showcase the works of female filmmakers all over the world in an effort to encourage and support our female filmmakers.
We encourage filmmakers who identify as a woman and gender-fluid/non-binary folks who identify with womanhood to submit their films!

We accept narratives, docs, experimental, animation, and any genre – we want to see it all! Join us as we celebrate the power of female filmmakers!! This three-day festival is all about films made by women (and gender-expansive folks).

Films must be complete, no longer than thirty-nine minutes, and must be directed and/or written by a female or gender-expansive person OR 50% of the following must be female and/or gender expansive: Writer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor

Proceeds from our event go to grants for female and/or gender-expansive filmmakers. (See website for grant details

Prizes will be awarded for:
Best Narrative
Best Documentary
Best Animated, Dance, Musical
Best Experimental
Best Horror, Sci-Fi, Suspense
Best Comedy

Guidelines for submission:

-Films must be completed (no works in progress).
-Must be under 39 minutes
-Must be directed or written by a woman. or gender-fluid/non-binary person who identifies with womanhood OR 50% of the following positions must be women/gender-expansive folks: writer, director, editor, cinematographer
-Films and videos of any genre: narrative, documentary, animation, experimental...
-Films must be submitted via an online submission method.
- Films must have been completed in the current or previous year (2021/2022)
- We do not pay screening fees but this yea we will REFUND ANY SUBMISSION FEES PAID to all filmmakers whose films are accepted into our festival (must be able to accept US funds or funds will be refunded through Film Freeway)
- NORTH CAROLINA Filmmakers can SUBMIT FOR FREE with proof of residency! email Tricia at with your proof of residency to get a waiver code.

Overall Rating
  • Christy Lee Hughes

    I was so honored to have my film Guardian selected for the 2022 UPTILT Film Festival! Tricia and the whole team stayed in communication, they are active on social media promoting the events and offered us such gracious hospitality. I am looking forward to attending in person next year!

    August 2022
  • Penny Davies

    We’re very proud to have had our short film Consumed screened at Uptilt, and sorry we couldn’t make it in person as the hospitality and support was fantastic! Great opportunity to screen in the US for all female filmmakers.

    May 2022
  • Sarah Carlot Jaber

    Thank you so much ! <3

    May 2022
  • We really had the best time at Uptilt! Everyone was so sweet and so kind, the positive energy was there all throughout. Being surrounded by so many amazing women was definitely inspiring, and seeing so much strong work from around the world was the highlight.

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    We loved meeting you, Julianna and Daniella. Your energy and passion were palpable. So excited to see what you guys do in the future and to have you as part of the Uptilt family!

  • Laura Asherman

    Intimidate festival in an awesome venue in downtown Wilmington. Loved making connections with a bunch of other badass female filmmakers. Thanks for having us!

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Laura. We loved Smile Little Ladybug so much and can’t wait for your next project! Appreciate the kind words.