Calls for Submissions


Athena Film Festival is accepting short film submissions. An Athena film is one of defiance, survival, breakthrough and radical joy that comes from living as yourself. This year, the festival is expanding their short film programming to include programs such as “First Time Filmmakers”, “Quarantine Shorts”, etc. The deadline to submit is Aug 31. Learn more and submit. 




From Script to PreProduction is accepting applications for their upcoming digital lab. FS2P is a development lab where filmmakers work collaboratively to create the materials to attract financing and producing partners and a creative team. The lab, which will be held digitally via Zoom, will offer a portion of the material covered in the year long, in-person lab.  The new format will also make it possible for filmmakers who were unable to meet weekly in New York City to take the lab. Unlike the FS2P Lab, which is designed for women writer-directors, this series will be open to women and men, and to filmmakers of all sorts, including directors, writers, designers and producers. The deadline to apply is July 3. Learn more and apply. Enter code fs2p2020 for a $15 discount.


Inspire-TV is now accepting submissions. offers distribution on VOD to independent filmmakers with a special section devoted to women filmmakers.The platform is currently accepting short and feature films for promotion for free viewing through November. The official launch of the VOD section at Inspire-TV will be held on Nov 8 in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more and submit.

The platform creators are also offering a 50% discount off any second film submitted to the Cyprus International Film Festival and the Bridges International Film Festival. The Cyprus International Film festival deadline to submit is Sept 30. Learn more and submit. Enter code INSPIRETV50 for discount. The Bridges International Film festival deadline to submit is Sept 29. Learn more and submit. Enter code INSPIRETV2020 for a discount.

ReadingFilmFEST is accepting submissions for its 2020 festival. The festival is committed to gender parity with no less than 50% of programming directed, written, and/or produced by women. This year’s festival  will feature both Drive-In and online viewing experiences. The final deadline to submit is July 15. Learn more and submit. Enter code RFF20D20 for a 20% discount on submission fees. NYWIFT member Tracy Schott is the festival’s Creative Director.

The Artists Forum Festival of the Moving Image 2020 is seeking submissions and has extended their deadline. This 5th annual international short film festival is a juried competition, open to innovative filmmakers with unique perspectives seeking to gain exposure in New York City’s formidable arts and media market. The extended deadline to submit is June 20. Learn more and submit. Enter code 30off2020 for a 30% discount off submission fees.


IFP Week is accepting applications to their Audio Series. They are seeking innovative audio content creators in early to late stages of development to meet with top distributors, financiers, and programmers at 2020 Virtual IFP Week. The deadline to apply is June 26. Learn more and apply

Making Our Movies Film Festival (MOM Film Fest) is accepting submissions. MOM Film Fest, founded by NYWIFT members Tonya McCornell and Joanna White-Oldham, is an online film festival celebrating the moms in the media industry who are creating great work – Making Our Movies while raising our kids. In order to qualify, projects must showcase a mom in a leadership position and have a runtime no longer than 40 minutes. A number of selected applicants’ will be able to have their stories and experiences as moms within the industry highlighted on all social media channels. Submissions will be open June 15 – July 17. The submission fee is $15. Learn more and submit.


Shockfest Film Festival is accepting submissions for their Women of Horror Block. Shockfest is Hollywood’s 12 year running horror festival, specializing in showcasing the most edgy, controversial, unique and cutting edge content and supporting the independent film maker.The block will highlight the works of select female filmmakers who have shaken the industry with their original and groundbreaking films. 

NYWIFT will present the Outstanding Female Content Creator Award at the festival! Shockfest is offering a 70% discount off submission fees for NYWIFT members looking to submit their features, shorts, screenplays, music videos or posters. Deadlines to submit are Regular – July 26, Late – Sept 27, and Final – Oct 31. Learn more and submit. Enter code NYW for discount. Also purchase advanced tickets to the festival. All proceeds will go directly to supporting NYWIFT!


Flag TV, a new digital channel in partnership with Nashville Women in Film &TV, is seeking content submissions. FLAG-TV offers independent female filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their content on television via on-demand streaming services.The channel is available on Roku, Amazon Fire and Twitch-TV. To inquire about submissions, email


AES Short Film Competition is now accepting submissions. Filmmakers of all backgrounds are invited to submit a short film in any genre relating to Judaism, Jewish culture or history, the Jewish experience or other Jewish themes. Total prize package of up to $2500 including a grand prize of $1500 will be awarded during The Columbus Jewish Film Festival in November. The deadline to submit is July 31. Submission inquires should be sent to


My Home Movie Festival has partnered with multiple WIF chapters and is now accepting film submissions. With social distancing we are keeping close to our homes as much as possible so this film festival rewards us for our time and talent. My Home Movie Festival is a way to demonstrate our individual creativity. Submit a three to five-minute original short film with the location being: “WHERE YOU LIVE.” The deadline to submit is June 10. Learn more and submit.


Filmmaker Caitlin Mae Burke is seeking documentary filmmakers in the US who are already shooting characters through the pandemic, shooting smaller pandemic films, or just have excellent access to contribute to a global pandemic documentary. Producers of the documentary, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel (The White Helmets, Virunga), are looking for character-driven stories that speak to the human experience of or response to the coronavirus pandemic. They are seeking to include a diverse selection of stories that represent a geographical and societal spread – from top policy makers to doctors on the frontline, community leaders and ordinary families coping with illness and loss. Filmmakers will be compensated. Learn more and email and include”Pandemic Documentary Footage” in the subject line if interested.


The Roy W. Dean Grant of 2020 is now open for applications. The grant, which was created to help independent filmmakers get their films started or completed, is accepting submissions for their summer deadline. Grant winners will receive $3,500 cash as well as $20,000 more in film goods and production services. Founded in 1993 by Carole Dean, President of top rated non-profit  From the Heart Productions, the Roy W. Dean Grant is awarded to filmmakers with a unique film that makes a contribution to society.  It is open to documentaries, features, short films and web series budgeted under $500K.  Students are welcome to apply. The deadline to apply is June 30. Learn more and apply.


The Success in the Arts Awards are now accepting submissions. The SITA (Success in the Arts) Award’s Show is an event which supports a community of independent artists who embody passion, creativity, uniqueness and innovative original ideas within their works. The SITA Awards recognizes artistic merit in the film industry. The deadline to submit is Aug 7. Learn more and submit.


The deadline for International Documentary Association (IDA)’s Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund has been extended! The fund is seeking original full-length documentary projects that reflect the spirit and nature of films by legendary documentary filmmaker Pare Lorentz. This year, the Fund is providing production and post-production grants up to $25,000 for original documentaries investigating criminal justice in the United States.Applications are being accepted through June 7. Learn more and apply.


ReadingFilmFEST is seeking submissions for its November festival. The festival is committed to gender parity – no less than 50% of the 2020 program will be produced or directed by women. Voted by filmmakers as a 100 Top Reviewed Film Festival, ReadingFilmFEST is the small festival with a big attitude, dedicated to bringing filmmakers and film lovers together. Deadlines to submit are Earlybird – May 1, Regular – June 1, and Late – July 1. Learn more and submit. Enter code RFF20D20 for a 20% discount off submission fees. NYWIFT member Tracy Schott is the festival’s Creative Director.


Urbanworld Film Festival is now accepting submissions. Known as “the people’s festival,” Urbanworld is where bold and diverse artistic works are experienced. For 24 years, Urbanworld has remained committed to programming content with the broadest lens of inclusion across story, character, and culture.The festival is currently accepting narratives, documentaries, animation, web originals, music videos, and screenplays. Deadlines to submit are Early – March 30, Regular – April 27, Late – May 27, and Extended – June 10. Learn more and submit.


Shockfest Film Festival is accepting submissions. Shockfest is the 12 year running film festival & horror weekend event whose mission is to offer filmmakers a unique opportunity to screen their work, interact with industry professionals and meet with potential distributors to bring their work to the marketplace. Learn more and submit. Deadlines to submit are Regular – July 26, Late – Sept 27, Final – Oct 31. Enter code NYWIFT40 for a 40% discount off submission fees.



NYWIFT member Paola Bernardini and her team are looking to interview people who have experience with sexual violence for their upcoming documentary, What Were You Wearing. The film is about victim-blaming from the point of view of people affected by sexual violence and seeks to deconstruct rape culture and the widespread misconception that survivors are somehow responsible for their assault. If you would like to be interviewed or are interested in learning more about the film, contact Paola at What Were You Wearing is also a NYWIFT fiscally sponsored project and is currently accepting donations.



Cinereach develops, produces, finances, and supports feature-length fiction, nonfiction and hybrid films crafted for the big screen. They look for projects (at any stage) that create deep and lasting impressions through story, character, or cinematic approach. They seek to work with both unknown and established filmmakers who may face creative, financial or systemic obstacles to realizing ambitious visions. Their films range widely in content and style. Please visit their Films page to review their recent work. Submissions are rolling. Learn more.



The WORLD Channel series America Reframed is currently accepting submissions of completed feature-length non-fiction projects. Each year, Emmy-nominated public television series America ReFramed features diverse personal storytelling often tied to hot-button social issues. With 60 to 90-minute documentary films, followed by provocative conversations, this weekly program offers an unfiltered look at stories rarely given a voice on national television. America ReFramed documents the times in which we live. It airs Tuesdays at 8 PM on the WORLD Channel. Read the guidelines and submit online.