Our signature film challenge

Women's Weekend Film Challenge is for professional filmmakers who are looking to expand their network while creating a polished short film in one weekend. It is free to apply and participate. Everyone works together to make the best film possible in a collaborative and intense environment.

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It's FREE to apply to and participate in the challenge!
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Thanks to our generous sponsors, the film challenge is free to apply to and participate in and each crew will be provided with complete cinema-quality gear packages. Our sponsors include:

While the film challenge itself is not a competition, we rely on the expertise of an outstanding panel of judges to help us select the participants for each film challenge. When you apply to the film challenge, your work is being seen by award-winning filmmakers! Here are just a few of the judges:


Nancy Schreiber ASC was the fourth female ASC member and the first woman honored with the ASC President’s Award for her contribution to the art of cinematography and service to the industry. She paved the way as the first female gaffer in New York’s NABET Local 15. As Director of Photography, Schreiber earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Chain of Desire, an Emmy nomination for HBO’s The Celluloid Closet and was named one of Variety’s 10 Cinematographers to Watch. She received the

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A writer-director based in Los Angeles, Chloe Okuno is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a masters from the AFI Conservatory, where she received the Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award and directed the award-winning horror short Slut. She recently wrote a remake of Audrey Rose for Orion Pictures and wrote and directed a segment of the anthology film V/H/S/94. Her film "The Watcher" recently premiered at Sundance.


Carmen Cabana is a cinematographer of Afro-Hispanic descent raised in Colombia and Venezuela. Her TV work includes the upcoming HBO Max and Bad Robot pilot DUSTER; Netflix's upcoming RESIDENT EVIL series; Marvel & Disney+ upcoming series MS. MARVEL; Hulu's HIGH FIDELITY; Lionsgate/Starz LatinX VIDA S1 and S2; Netflix's NARCOS S2; and Amazon's pilot LOS ANGELES. Her film work includes 25 independent features including Blumhouse/Amazon's: NOCTURNE. She was recognized in Variety's "10 Cinematograph


Mahak Jiwani is a Manager of Scripted Content at Jigsaw Productions where she sources and develops compelling and diverse stories. Prior to Jigsaw, she worked as a producer and production coordinator on narrative and documentary films and has produced several short films around the world. Her film DARLING won the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film at Venice Film Festival, a first for a Pakistani film. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s Creative Producing program.

Numbers at a Glance


participants over the course of 4 challenges


festivals our films have been accepted into


of our participants are women of color


of our participants identify as LGBTQ+

30 films with over 700 filmmakers!

Enjoy some behind the scenes footage of our past challenges as well as examples of the completed work and some press!

Our Los Angeles launch

After hosting three film challenges in New York City, we hosted our inaugural Los Angeles challenge in February 2020. During this LA challenge, we made 6 films with 180 professional female filmmakers, then premiered those films at ArcLight Hollywood on March 5, 2020.

Due to COVID-19, we have not yet resumed our in-person challenges. We will be announcing our next challenge via our email list and on social media.

Check out some press, film clips and statistics from our LA launch.


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