Film Submissions Guidelines

In 2013, women comprised only 16% of all directors, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. Thus, we are seeking original female voices that convey a unique point of view as well as an acute attention to craft and character. We accept submissions from coeducational schools in the United States and girls’ schools internationally. Our goal is not to exclude men, but to include women.

Early Deadline for Submission: January 31st, 2016

Final Deadline for Submission: March 4th, 2016

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: The films must be created by high school students (9th – 12th). We will also accept films made during the previous school year (2014-2015) by recent high school graduates who meet the criteria. Films must be 1-10 minutes in length. The 2016 Entry Form must be signed by the filmmaker and a parent/guardian if the filmmaker is under 18 years old. If the film is not submitted in English, please provide subtitles. Please refer to the Entry Form for additional terms and conditions.

SUBMIT BY MAIL: Send a DVD containing your Quicktime .mov file and a signed entry form to the following address:

The Archer School for Girls
2016 Film Festival Submission
11725 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

SUBMIT BY EMAIL: Email a Youtube or Vimeo link and a scanned Entry Form to If your film is selected, you will need to provide a Quicktime .mov file for the screening.

SUBMIT BY FILM FREEWAY: If you have an account with Film Freeway, filmmakers may submit their work through our page. You can use the link below:

DEADLINE: All DVDs/video links must be received by a date TBD.


CATEGORIES/GENRES: The Archer Film Festival accepts all types of submissions, including narratives, animations, public service announcements, experimental films, foreign films, and documentaries. Films exploring gender roles are encouraged.

SELECTIONS: Selected films will be judged by a panel of industry professionals, Archer students, and Archer faculty.

NOTIFICATIONS: The festival will notify all selected filmmakers by a date TBD.

FESTIVAL DATES: On Thursday, April 28. 2016, filmmakers and guests are invited to the Archer campus to engage in a series of panel discussions with industry experts. Topics include: Breaking into the Business, Women in Film, and a Filmmakers Forum. Our gala screening event with a keynote speaker will take place on Wednesday April 27, 2016 at The Landmark Theater at the Westside Pavilion .

AWARDS: All selected films will be honored at the festival. Both males and females can be featured in our festival. Top awards will be given to female filmmakers who have demonstrated exceptional skill in Directing, Cinematography, Screenwriting, and Editing. These awards, along with one scholarship to Relativity Film School’s Summer Workshop, will be given following the screening of the films.