Our Mission

Cinema Femme is a platform for emerging female-identifying and non-binary filmmakers. To support these filmmakers we showcase their short films, provide education through features with womxn and non-binary in film, and offer mentorship between seasoned and emerging filmmakers. We are vocal about the need for women, women of color and LGBTQ+ representation onscreen and behind the lens. We believe that together we can change the industry for the better.

Highlighting Womxn in Film

We feel it’s important to highlight womxn in film to elevate their stories, their work, and what advice they have for emerging female-identifying and non-binary filmmakers. Since we began in 2018, we’ve interviewed hundreds of womxn in film from all over the world, thanks to film festivals and international film media partnerships.

Some of our past interview subjects have included Lauren Greenfield, Hannah Beachler, Mary Harron, Anna Serner, Amy Hobby, Deborah Kampmeier, Megan Griffiths, Dawn Porter, Josephine Decker, Jennifer Reeder, and Penny Lane.

Shorts Showcase

Short Block 3 Q&A for the 2020 Cinema Femme Short Film Fest, moderated by Alice Waddington

Cinema Femme is the voice of the female film experience, a platform for stories about womxn in film and their allies that aims to inspire change in the industry. Our short film festival is an extension of our mission, and the womxn we feature (cinemafemme.com).

We are going into our fourth installment of our festival for March/April 2022. The festival emphasizes the importance of supporting emerging female and non-binary filmmakers by connecting them to seasoned industry members. The goal is for talented emerging female and non-binary filmmakers to have long-lasting, successful careers.

Twenty films will be selected. Four filmmakers behind four of the twenty films will be awarded a six-month mentorship with a seasoned filmmaker. Mentors for our February festival will be announced soon. Past mentors have been Deborah Kampmeier, Haroula Rose, Patricia Vidal Delgado, Laura Moss, Kate Hackett, and Cecilia Albertini. Our mentees have gone on to successful projects.

Included with the festival are our panel discussions about important and relevant topics in the industry. Q&As and panels were led by Karyn Kusama, Chaz Ebert, Alice Waddington, Lara Gallagher
and Nora Poggi. Our Tribute series has featured Jennifer Reeder, Dawn Porter, Isabel Sandoval, and Kris Rey.

Our LIVE Q&A, Screenings, Film Discussion, and Panels

Every month we have LIVE events, screenings, filmmaker Q&A, film discussions, and panel discussions with Womxn in Film. You can find these LIVE events on our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

“Ships in the Night” Q&A


“Once Upon A River” Q&A


“Scream” Film Discussion


Our International Media Partnerships

We are proud to be media partners with Cineuropa. We believe cinema can make our world feel more united, and as Cinema Femme is a platform for championing womxn in film, we also like to shine a light on the exciting work that is being done outside of the US. Through Cineuropa we are able to widen our network and showcase interviews with womxn in the European film industry.

More international media partnerships to be announced.

Our roots

Cinema Femme began in 2018 as a community of female cinephiles who wrote love letters to cinema and the womxn a part of cinema, accompanied by illustration. In 2019 our essays and illustrations were inspired by “Black Panther,” “Strong Island,” “A League of Their Own,” “Clueless,” and other films.

“A League of Their Own” cover, illustrated by Gabrielle Riscanevo
“Strong Island” cover, illustrated by Laurine Cornuéjols
“Comedy” cover, illustrated by Tavi Veraldi

Our Team