Cinema Femme Short-Film Festival and Womxn in Film Mentorship Program

Event Description

Cinema Femme magazine is launching our first online short-film festival, pairing with our womxn to womxn in film mentorship program! Over the past year and a half we have featured over 100 female filmmaker interviews, as well as interviews with producers, festival directors, film researchers, production designers, and more. Hearing their stories and watching their films, it only made sense that we would create an online film festival embracing the spirit of Cinema Femme, womxn supporting womxn in the industry. Like with our interviews, our goal is to bring awareness to some amazing work by female filmmakers and to disrupt the industry. We invite you to submit and we can’t wait to see your stories onscreen, and connect you with other womxn in the industry. Cinema Femme is the voice of the female film experience.

Awards & Prizes

Per our womxn in film jury (composed of female filmmakers, producers, and womxn in film media), we will be awarding the top film in each of the three short-film categories (live-action, documentary, and animated).

The top three “Cinema Femme Best Short-Film” in live-action, documentary, or animation will be paired with a mentor, a female filmmaker who’s been working in the industry 10+ years, and has been consecutively getting work in the industry during those years. The mentorship last six months. Along with the mentorship, the winning filmmaker will be featured on our online pages,, and will be promoted via our social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter).


Submissions open February 24, 2020

Early Bird Deadline: March 27, 2020

Regular Deadline: April 17, 2020

Late Deadline: May 8, 2020

Online Film Festival

August 6, 2020 – August 9, 2020

August 6 – Welcome from Managing Editor Rebecca Martin, Short Block 1, Panel Discussion “Picking Up the Camera and Doing the Work” (Panelists TBA)

August 7 – Talk on Film Distribution (Speaker TBA), Short Block 2, Panel Discussion “Female Producers Panel” (Panelists TBA)

August 8 – Talk on “Finding and Growing Your Audience” (Speaker TBA), Short Block 3, Panel Discussion “The Female Gaze” (Panelists TBA)

August 9 – Winners and Mentors Announced – Cinema Femme Womxn in Film Mixers (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles)

Watch Short Blocks at


Monica Betancourt and Kailei Lopez appear in La Leyenda Negra by Patricia Vidal Delgado, an official selection of the NEXT program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Matt Maio The still and the film symbolized what the festival is about, representation of female characters, and womxn supporting womxn.

Teenage Aleteia has just transferred to a new high school in Compton and struggles to make friends. As an El Salvadorian immigrant who has grown up in the United States, Aleteia has made underground activism her foundation for making her voice heard, but everything is thrown into jeopardy when her temporary protection status is compromised and her future becomes uncertain. She unexpectedly befriends Rosarito, a popular girl who is tired of her vapid clique and drawn to Aleteia’s resilience, much to queen bee Monica’s annoyance. As the girls grow closer, Aleteia becomes more determined than ever to fight for her right to stay in the home she has always known.

First-time feature filmmaker Patricia Vidal Delgado lovingly crafts a poignant and emotional coming-of-age story that unfolds against a tense and divided social backdrop. Equally capturing the political turbulence affecting communities and the prickliness of teenage dynamics, La Leyenda Negra examines the price of sacrifices and the rarity of true connection. Drawing on striking black-and-white photography and raw emotion, this quietly bold film marks Delgado as an exciting new cinematic voice.