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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. 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.
FESTIVAL RECAP :
City of Angels Women's Film Festival elevated women in entertainment during its 3rd annual celebration hosted in Hollywood. Dee Wallace, Charles Burnett and Padmini Kolhapure were honored as 2022 Angel Award Recipients. We also launched the female empowerment multi media award this year. COAWFF chose 88 Official Selections (65 films/shorts and 24 written word pieces). The festival hosted nine exclusive panel guest speakers this year to almost sold out attendance at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. Our Red Carpet Awards Gala was a sold out smash success with a Stand Up Comedy performance by Sarah Taylor, Getty Images, DJ, an extraordinary magician and more as guests enjoyed complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres catered by our five star chef at the Beautiful Bella Blanca Event Centre in North Hollywood. Nominated Official Selections and VIP guests cheered and applauded in support of COAWFF honorees, and the 2022 festival in an unforgettable evening of celebration. Visit our PRESS PAGE to review all our recent articles and press.
Here's to City of Angels Women's Film Festival 2023 and year long support of women in entertainment around the world. We are rising!
Festival News: We are thrilled to welcome Adobe to our family of sponsors for our 2023 season!
Congratulations to Des Gray for her win for Best Social Impact Award for MIXED GIRL.
"When you have a dream of becoming a filmmaker, no matter what you're going through or the circumstances, you have to keep going and make that impact on the world. Winning the best Social impact award was a reminder that out of difficulties grow miracles."
Congratulations to Lulu Valencia on her win for her short film SHENANIGANS.
"The movies were amazing. I was in a room with filmmakers who flew in from Iceland, UK, Australia. It was empowering to be around female filmmakers. I can't wait to go out next year. It's definitely one of the best festivals!!!"
Congratulations to Renée De Palma on her win for her script TIME PIECE and on being one of our recipients of Final Draft's latest software program!
"There is nothing quite as magical as that moment when you're recognized as an award winning Screenwriter! City of Angels Women's Film Festival is a place that opens doors for artists and changes lives forever."
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT CITY OF ANGELS...
"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 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.
"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
"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.
"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
"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.