Short Film Festival

Cinema Femme Shorts Festival Showcase

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).

Cinema Femme magazine continues our short film festival into 2022!

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).

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 in our inaugural 2020 festival were led by Karyn Kusama, Chaz Ebert, Alice Waddington, Lara Gallagher and Nora Poggi. Topics included the black female filmmaker panel and creative distribution.

For our February 2022 installment we will have in-person screenings along with virtual. We are very excited about having our first in-person screenings. The in-person screenings will kick the festival off on 2/19/22 and 2/20/22. Then the festival will stream the films 2/21/22 – 2/25/22. For the filmmakers that who can make it to the in-person, we will be having a Q&A to follow their screening. For those who can’t make it, we will have a virtual Q&A.

The in-person screenings will take place at Chicago Filmmakers, Firehouse Cinema (1326 W. Hollywood Ave., Chicago, IL 60660).

The festival emphasizes the importance of supporting emerging female and non-binary filmmakers by connecting them to seasoned industry members through our 6-month Womxn to Womxn in Film Mentorship Program. The goal is for talented emerging female and non-binary filmmakers to have long-lasting, successful careers.

2021 April Showcase Festival highlights

2021 February Showcase festival Main Competition Q&A

2021 February Showcase festival Dawn Porter Tribute

2020 Film Festival highlights

Press piece from 2020: https://www.rogerebert.com/festivals/cinema-femmes-inaugural-short-film-festival-running-august-6th-9th-to-host-virtual-events-with-karyn-kusama-jennifer-reeder-and-others


Rebecca Martin – Festival Director and Founder of Cinema Femme

Rebecca Martin

Rebecca Martin is the Managing Editor of Cinema Femme magazine and the Festival Director of Cinema Femme Short Film Fest. She founded her publication in 2018 because she wanted to create a platform for female voices in the film community. She has hosted film screenings in Chicago, led virtual panel discussions, Q&As, is the Cinema Femme Short Films Director, and has covered festivals like the Chicago International Film Festival, Sundance, Tribeca, and the Bentonville Film Festival.

I started Cinema Femme because I wanted more female voices in the film discourse, as well as more stories about female filmmakers, to be elevated,” said Martin. “The publication began by balancing interviews with film criticism. Our audience became largely comprised of female filmmakers who were gravitating towards these interviews. One year and a hundred interviews later, this festival just seemed to make sense because all of these womxn who had invested in the magazine had also produced their own amazing movies. I wanted to give these emerging female filmmakers an opportunity to show their work while connecting with womxn who have been in the industry for a while. I can see the womxn whose films will be screening at this year’s festival going on to having amazing careers, and though I don’t have a lot of money myself, I do know people who can help them. What I want this festival to do, more than anything, is to help these womxn have exciting careers that will enable their stories to live on. I want young girls to see that there are female filmmakers out there who they can look up to and make them realize that their dreams are reachable.

Rebecca Martin, Founder of Cinema Femme