The 6th annual UPTILT Film Fest (Formerly Cinema Sisters International Film Festival) is coming May 20-22, 2022!
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, any genre – we want to see it all! Join us as we celebrate the power of female filmmakers!! This three-day, laid-back festival is all about films made by women (including persons identifying as women).

Films must be complete, no longer than thirty-nine minutes, and must be directed and/or written by women.

Proceeds from our event go to grants for local filmmakers or filmmakers shooting their films in North Carolina.

CASH 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
-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 (2020/2021)

Overall Rating
  • 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.

  • 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!

  • What a great festival!! Tricia, Kimberly, Francine, Alex and everyone at Cinema Sisters was so friendly and accommodating. You can tell they truly care about filmmakers and the film community here in Wilmington. Thank you so much for selecting my film Two Different Kinds of Love to be a part of this festival!

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    We loved your film Alyce and are so thrilled that you joined us for the festival. We cant' wait to see your next project!

  • Azalia Muchransyah

    I am so happy that my film was selected for the festival's 2021 edition. I love the lineups and the communication with the organizer. I really wish I can attend the festival in person in the future.

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Azalia! We hope you will submit for the 2022 festival and attend in person next year!

  • Stephanie Cullen

    All across the board amazing. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we were treated like family. This was my second time attending CSIFF and I hope to return again because that's how awesome this festival truly is.

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    We were thrilled that you DROVE all the way from Boise! It was so great to meet the team and to screen Annuler on the big screen! Hope to see you again in March!