Call for Submissions: 2023 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 31st Annual Hamptons International Film Festival (October 6th – 15, 2023).

A partnership between the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) and New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), Women Calling the Shots is in its 20th 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 organizations worldwide, to submit their short films for consideration for this program that is curated by NYWIFT and HIFF.
Please note: if you are a member of another WIF chapter you will be asked to provide proof of membership. 

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, 2022.
– 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 WIFT chapter in order to qualify.

Submissions must be received by Friday July 14, 2023 (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.


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HamptonsFilm was founded in 1992 to celebrate the art of film and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences.

A 501(c)3 non-profit organization with year-round screenings of global narrative and documentary films, a world-renowned annual film festival (HIFF) each October, summer documentary program, a unique Screenwriters Lab, and extensive educational initiatives, HamptonsFilm offers programs that enlighten, educate, and provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers, while also providing the East End of Long Island with an educational and cultural experience that enriches the lives of its citizens and contributes to the local economy.

The annual film festival, the premier film event on New York State’s East End, and recently referred to by Variety as “one of America’s most glamorous displays of the best in cutting-edge cinema,” continues to play an important role during awards season, with a significant number of titles highlighted every year at the Academy Awards.

The 2023 Hamptons International Film Festival will take place October 6-15, 2023.