Call for Submissions: 2021 NYWIFT Women Calling the Shots Showcase at the Hamptons International Film Festival


The Women Calling the Shots showcase of short films made by women filmmakers will take place at the 29th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival (October 7th – 13th, 2021).

A partnership between the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) and New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), Women Calling the Shots is in its 18th year. The series gives voice to the creative visions of women through film and video, including scripted, documentary, animation and experimental works.

NYWIFT invites its members, as well as members of Women in Film chapters worldwide, to submit their short films for consideration for this program that is curated by NYWIFT and HIFF.

No submission fee is required for applications.


SHORTS ONLY: Films must be 20 minutes or less in running time. (There will be no exceptions for films with extended running times.)
– Completion Date: Films must have been completed after January 31st, 2020.
– Previous submissions will not be accepted.
– Submitted films must not have been released theatrically or have received a U.S. television broadcast.
– Submitted films must not have been released publicly online prior to the festival.
– You must be a member of NYWIFT or another WIFTI chapter in order to qualify.

Submissions must be received by Friday June 25th, 2021 (11:59pm Eastern Time).

(No exceptions for late submissions.)

Please Note: Submitting a film for the Women Calling the Shots showcase does not qualify it as a submission for the main slate of The Hamptons International Film Festival.




The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) was founded to celebrate independent film—long, short, fiction and documentary—and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences. The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all.

The festival is the premiere film event on New York State’s east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year’s best offerings in contemporary cinema from around the world. With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $180,000, HIFF’s annual Film Festival hosts four distinct competitions, focused specifically on early-career filmmakers, bolstering their work at an important juncture, and gives six other awards: Conflict & Resolution, The Tangerine Female Filmmaker award, Social Justice award, Lifetime Achievement award, Creative Impacting in Acting award, and monetary awards for shorts by college students.

The 2021 Hamptons International Film Festival will take place October 7-13, 2021.