The 8th annual UPTILT Film Fest (North Carolina's ONLY female & gender-expansive film festival) is coming from March 22 - 24, 2024!
We believe women have incredible stories to tell!
We showcase the works of female and gender-expansive filmmakers all over the world in an effort to encourage and support filmmakers.
We encourage filmmakers who identify as a woman and gender-expansive 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

***must be able to accept screening fee via US fund check, paypal, venmo or zelle

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-expansive 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 (2022/2023)
- We do not pay screening fees but this year 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 FilmFreeway)
- 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
  • valentina hueck

    I was so grateful to be a part of UPTILT Film Fest! The environment was absolutely supportive and inspiring. I was lucky enough to receive accommodations near the theater and therefore enjoyed a great weekend in Wilmington NC. The networking events were plentiful and the selections of films were diverse and engaging. I absolutely recommend this festival to anyone considering!

    August 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Valentina! It was great meeting you at the festival. We can't wait to see what you have for us next!

  • Thank you UPTILT for screening our fantastic clients
    The Interview
    Desmond's Not Here Anymore
    Finding Dad

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Festival Formula! We can't wait to see what you have for us for our 2024 festival!

  • Jacey Powers

    We had such a wonderful time at Uptilt Film Festival! Our team felt so welcomed by the festival organizers and the city of Wilmington. The organizers absolutely prioritize the filmmaker experience, making sure that creatives feel valued and are presented with numerous networking opportunities. We LOVE a female lead festival--beautifully organized with generous attention paid to every detail.

    April 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jacey! It was a pleasure meeting you and Megan and showcasing Something New! We appreciate your kind words!

  • Sarah and Matthew Emery

    It was an absolute pleasure to attend and screen at this year's Uptilt Film Fest. Tricia and the entire Uptilt team made us feel welcomed from the moment we walked in the door, and their passion for creating a showcase for female and gender-expansive filmmakers was apparent in every aspect of the event. This was one of the most organized and well-attended festivals we've had the honor of screening at and we look forward to coming back next year. We can't say enough about how great our experience at the Uptilt Film Festival was and highly recommend it both as attendees and as filmmakers.

    April 2023
    Response from festival:

    It was a pleasure meeting you both (And being able to present you with BEST OF FEST!!). We can't wait to see what you produce next year and we want to meet your cats next time!

  • Keaton Morris-Stan

    We were so proud to have Fractal play in this wonderful woman-run festival. An intimate environment, filmmaker-forward, with plenty of access to the festival directors at all the social events. We will absolutely be submitting more films to this festival, and are already looking forward to attending again in the near future!

    April 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Keaton! We loved meeting you and showcasing Fractal. We can't wait to see what you have in store for us for 2024!