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November 9th-12th 2023 Hollywood, CA
The Fourth Annual City of Angels Women’s Film Festival is a four-day live event (with special online events ) screening outstanding features, shorts, and documentaries that women have played a substantial role in creating from all over the world. City of Angels Women's Film Festival is an IMDB qualifying festival and is in the TOP 100 BEST REVIEWED film festivals in the world. We will have exciting panels of industry leaders share their journey navigating the film industry. We celebrate diverse female stories both in FILM and SCRIPT format and we welcome you to send in your material.
We look forward to serving the needs of our fellow filmmakers and writers in 2023! Submissions are open here and on Film Freeway.
2023 Angel Award Recipients
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Cathy Tyson has worked on a broad range of projects for screen and stage. Her performance as Polly in Help (Channel 4) was recognised last year when she won the BAFTA for ‘Supporting Actress’. Other television work includes Maternal (ITV), The Canterville Ghost (BBC) and Band of Gold (ITV). Upcoming television projects include Kaos (Netflix), Criminal Record (AppleTV+), Death in Paradise (BBC) and Boiling Point (BBC). Cathy’s break-out performance as Simone in Mona Lisa earned her multiple nominations (Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress; Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress and BAFTA nomination for Best Actress). She can be seen playing Maureen in the recent Netflix feature Bank of Dave, and will be playing Sam in Luna Cameron’s upcoming debut feature Hoard. For stage, Cathy has performed across the UK in a variety of productions. Recent credits include Rockets & Blue Lights (National Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange); My Beautiful Laundrette (Leicester Curve) and Talking Heads (Octagon Theatre Bolton).
Penelope Ann Miller is a distinguished artist in film, television, and theater. She has worked with some of the most notable actors and directors in Hollywood. This list includes Al Pacino and Sean Penn in director Brian de Palma’s Carlito’s Way, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination; Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick in The Freshman; Robert De Niro and Robin Williams in Penny Marshall’s Awakenings; Robert Downey Jr. in Sir Richard Attenborough’s Chaplin; Danny DeVito and Gregory Peck in Norman Jewison’s Other People's Money; Matthew Broderick and Christopher Walken in Mike Nichols’ Biloxi Blues; and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Ivan Reitman’s Kindergarten Cop.
On the television side, Ms. Miller stars as ‘Joyce Dahmer’ in Ryan Murphy’s hugely successful miniseries, DAHMER-Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story for Netflix. The true story has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards and has over a billion hours viewed and counting. Playing the mother of the notorious serial killer, Miller stars opposite, Evan Peters, Richard Jenkins and Niecy Nash. Penelope also starred in American Crime, the critically acclaimed ABC series, from Academy Award winner John Ridley, opposite Regina King. Other credits include the very popular “College Admissions Scandal” for Lifetime, New York Prison Break; The Seduction of Joyce Mitchell for Lifetime, playing “Joyce Mitchell” in another true life story and winning rave reviews. She also starred in HBO’s Witch Hunt, directed by Paul Schrader, and starring opposite Dennis Hopper, TNT’s Men of a Certain Age opposite Ray Romano, MGM’s Rocky Marciano directed by Charles Winkler and opposite Jon Favreau and George C. Scott. Miller also starred once again in another true life story in USA’s critically acclaimed Mary Kay Letourneau: All American Girl, playing ‘Mary Kay’ and directed by Llyod Kramer, opposite Mercedes Ruehl.
Ms. Miller starred opposite Oscar winner Jean Dujardin in the black and white silent film The Artist, winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture. She also took on the role of ‘Elizabeth Turner’ in the controversial true story of Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion The Birth of a Nation starring opposite Colman Domingo and Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, winning The Grand Jury and Audience awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Some of her other films include Adventures in Babysitting directed by Chris Columbus, Big Top Pee-wee opposite Paul Reubens, The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag opposite Alfre Woodard and Julianne Moore, The Shadow opposite Alec Baldwin, The Relic directed by Peter Hyams, and The Messengers opposite Kristen Stewart.
Additionally, Penelope wrapped on the upcoming feature films Reagan starring opposite Dennis Quaid as ‘Ronald Reagan’ and Penelope as ‘Nancy Reagan’ and Rear View Mirrors starring opposite Erika Christensen.
Ms. Miller was also nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of ‘Emily’ in Lincoln Center’s Broadway revival of Our Town.
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What an exciting time for our festival community!
Award winning filmmaker Willa Cofield talks about her inspiration for making her documentary "The 9:00 o'Clock Whistle" which documents the events of the Enfield Civil Rights movement that occurred between 1963 and 1965.
"This is THE festival for women. Be sure to enter!"
Willa Cofield. 2022.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT CITY OF ANGELS...
"I love the mission and the vision of this festival."
Guillermo del Toro. Oscar winning director.
"The festival's programming is incredible! My shorts block was as good as any I'd seen at Sundance or SXSW. I would highly recommend this festival."
Jon Matthews. Director
"I can’t say enough how welcoming and hands on this festival was. The films were excellent and were given real attention. And the Gala was so wonderful! Not to be missed. Thank you City Of Angels Women’s Film Festival for showing creatives the love."
Diane Lansing. Director/Writer
"I attended the festival as a first-time filmmaker and felt so welcomed and supported! The festival organizers are so kind and helpful, as are the filmmakers in attendance. It was good vibes all around!"
Adrienne Picciotto. Director/Writer
"Lisa, Cynthia and Paul did an amazing job. The five stars across the board are well deserved. It was an honor to be a part of this festival."
Logan Boettcher. Writer
"This is a fabulous film festival not to be missed! It's so well organized. Lisa and COAWFF Team are the best host. Our cast and crew enjoyed the screening and the gala very much! We are honored to be part of this wonderful film festival!"
Her Missing Twin Movie Team.
"The City of Angels Women's Film Festival is a great and inclusive film festival that I was grateful to be a part of!"
Natalie Jasmine Harris. Director/Writer
"I am so grateful to City of Angels for awarding my script "Charlotte" Best Feature Screenplay. Founder, Lisa K. Crosato, has been wonderfully communicative and helpful. She is creating a vibrant, empowering community and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. If you have a female-centric script that you want seriously considered enter this festival!"
Linda Manning. Director/Writer/Actress
"We were thrilled to be among the nominees and then to win was amazing. The Festival Team was wonderful, and their event was absolutely lovely. So happy to be present with so many other talented women filmmakers!"
Melissa Jo Peltier. Director/Producer
"What a wonderful festival! Great communication. Beautiful red carpet gala. The Q A was engaging and informative. Loved it!"
Julia Bergeron. Director/Writer
"City of Angels Women's Film Festival" couldn't be more perfect. Every aspect of the festival was thoughtfully curated-from the diverse showcase of films, the panelists and venues...It lives on in my heart."
Aina Dumlao. Director/Writer/Actress
"City of Angels Women's Film Festival is definitely one of the best film festivals I've ever been to and I've been to a lot of festivals. It was fun and a great networking experience. The panels were some of the best I've attended. Panelists included: Jim Uhls (FIGHT CLUB), Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir (SHANG-CHI, JOHN WICK) and Casting Directors Lisa London and Mark Teschner. The Awards Night Party was unparalleled. I literally thought I was at a Cannes Film Festival party. I'm so glad we chose this prestigious event to showcase our work."
Nunzio Fazio. DGA Director/Actor.
"The City of Angels Women’s Film Festival is a hidden gem that isn’t going to stay hidden after its recent success. Everything about the event was fantastic! The intimacy of the venue, the hospitality, and the personal care hits you the minute you walk in the door. This is a filmmaker-focused festival and you feel it right away. What’s so amazing is the quality of filmmakers you meet and the planning put into enhancing conversations and connections. I loved everything about CITY OF ANGELS WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL and can’t wait to return.”
Michelle Muldoon. Director/Writer/Producer
"The City of Angels Women’s Film Festival has given two of my projects with female writer/directors an amazing opportunity to connect and empower themselves with the Hollywood Film Industry through participating in this festival. We were excited to win “Best Foreign” with our UK entry. I highly recommend submitting to this amazing festival!"
Paul Dubois. Producer/Director/Actor.
"City of Angels Women's Film Festival is amazing! Great audiences and events, and as a filmmaker, I appreciated the support for quality projects by underrepresented groups. Can't wait to see what's next for them."
Mitch Del Monico. Director/Writer
"City of Angels Women's Film Festival rocks! You don't want to miss it! This is a festival for serious filmmakers who also want to network!"
Natalie Denise Sperl. Director/Writer/Actress.