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August 22, 2023

Cheryl Crooks
CASCADIA International Women's Film Festival

CASCADIA Short Film Submissions Window Opens This Week

Submissions are open to short films by women directors released after October 2021.

Do you or someone you know have a short film, 20 minutes or less completed or released by October 2022? CASCADIA International Women's Film Festival wants to see it for consideration in our eighth film festival. Short film submissions opened this week on FilmFreeway and continue through November 25. Those who submit now through Sept. 16 will receive the reduced Early Bird submissions rate.

Submissions are open for short films 25 minutes and under that are directed by a woman. Films must have been completed and released AFTER October, 2021.

Additional information about CASCADIA's rules for short films can be found on CASCADIA's Film Freeway page. Submissions are for short films only. Our short films are curated and reviewed by a panel of independent jurors all over the world, and are rated based on a predetermined criteria set by the festival. CASCADIA Executive Director Cheryl Crooks said the film jurors play a big factor in setting and maintaining CASCADIA’s high standards.

“Our jurors are largely film industry professionals and film professors,” Crooks said. “About one third of them are located in the Pacific Northwest, another third are based elsewhere in the U.S., primarily Los Angeles and New York, and another third live outside the United States. We are grateful to all of them for lending their time, support and expertise to CASCADIA to make it the highly selective festival it's become.”

CASCADIA has proudly shown the work of nearly 200 women directors since the first festival! We hope you, as a follower of the festival, are equally as proud of that achievement. If you or anyone you know has a short film directed by a woman that you'd like us to consider, please check out CASCADIA's Film Freeway page.


Now entering its sixth year, CASCADIA showcases and celebrates exceptional films directed by women. It is one of only a handful of festivals in the U.S. currently dedicated to this purpose. The organization also works year-round to provide film production, exhibition, and distribution education.

Since its first festival five years ago, CASCADIA has presented films by more than 125 women directors from around the world and more than half of the films shown at their 2021 were made by women of color. Films by students, emerging directors and Indigenous women are also usually in the mix. 

Our 2024 festival is scheduled for May in-person at The Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St. Bellingham) as well as online. More information is on our website at www.cascadiafilmfest.org.

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