Mission Statement

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) advocates for equality  in the moving image industry and supports women in every stage of their  careers. As the preeminent entertainment industry association for women  in New York, NYWIFT energizes women by illuminating their achievements,  presenting training and professional development programs, awarding  scholarships and grants, and providing access to a supportive community  of peers.


The preeminent  professional association for women in the New York entertainment  industry, NYWIFT brings together nearly 2,500 women and men working both  above and below the line. NYWIFT is part of a network of 50 women in  film chapters worldwide, representing more than 15,000 members. NYWIFT  produces over 50 innovative programs and special events annually,  including the Muse Awards for Vision and Achievement, which honors women  in front of and behind the camera, and Designing Women, which  recognizes costume designers, makeup artists and hair stylists in the  industry.

NYWIFT has partnered with iWomanTV to showcase the work of our talented membership through our 5th annual online film festival. Members are invited to submit their short films, TV pilots and webisodes to the NYWIFT Shorts Festival!

Submission Guidelines:

  • Projects must be under 40 minutes long.
  • We will not accept projects completed prior to 2016.
  • The project must feature a current NYWIFT member in a key creative role. The NYWIFT member must be the person to submit the film to the festival. (If you are not yet a NYWIFT member, but would like to submit your project, email membership@nywift.org to join the organization.)
  • All participants must allow iWomanTV to host member’s content for 1-year on a non-exclusive basis. Members must also follow iWomanTV on social media as well as promote their film airing on iWomanTV.

Deadlines to Submit:

Regular – January 28th at 11:00 PM EST

Late – February 4th at 11:00PM EST (iWomanTV will invoice a fee of $25 for any projects submitted between January 28 - February 4)

We will not accept projects after the final deadline of Friday, February 4th at 11:00 PM EST.

The New York Women in Film & Television Member Screening Series is a unique opportunity for NYWIFT members to showcase their work in a theatrical setting. The series features a diverse array of projects from both established and emerging filmmakers in celebration of our community of women filmmakers.

The NYWIFT member screening is open to all current members of NYWIFT. Films are selected on a rolling basis for screening in the series. Due to high demand, screening is not guaranteed though we do our best to accommodate as many members as possible. Films may be short or feature length, and may be paired with other film(s) for the screening. All genres are welcome. Projects must feature at least one current NYWIFT member in a key creative role. Films should have been completed within the last 4 years.  

The series takes place September through November and January through June at Anthology Film Archives - though during the COVID-19 crisis and social distancing, we will have a series of virtual screenings available throughout the Spring and Summer.

Screenings are followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and a reception at a nearby bar.

Please note: By submitting your film, you confirm that you have or are able to attain the rights to screen this film in a public setting. 

New York Women in Film & Television