Mission Statement

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) connects, educates, and advocates for women to accelerate diversity in media.

Vision Statement

Equity for all women in media and entertainment to better reflect our world and transform our culture.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

At New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), we believe media has the power to change hearts and minds. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to our greater mission and at the core of who we are and what we do. As we strive to strengthen gender parity in the entertainment industry, we create, operate, and innovate using DEI as a guide to intentionally foster positive change for our talent in the workplace, our staff and on our board, and in all of our content and programming.


The preeminent professional association for women in the New York entertainment industry, NYWIFT brings together more than 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.

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 and notified 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.

If you have submitted your film in the past we encourage you to submit it again now for future consideration.

The series takes place September through November and January through June.

For the 2022-2023 season, we are envisioning a mix of virtual and in-person screenings, subject to change. Due to high demand, we cannot guarantee everyone an in-person slot. But alternately if you have a strong desire for your film to screen virtually, please note it in your submission.

Screenings are followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker / creative team.

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.

Please be aware that a public NYWIFT screening may disqualify you from submitting to certain other festivals. By submitting your film to us, you acknowledge that you are ready and willing for your film to screen publicly now.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Chambers at kchambers@nywift.org.


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.

Through the generosity of Loreen Arbus, New York Women in Film & Television has established the Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant.
The film completion grant for $6,500 will be awarded to a woman filmmaker for a film on physical or developmental disability issues. Directors and producers are eligible to apply.

Films may be of any length or genre. Films must have completed principle photography to be eligible. The Grant will be awarded to help a film in the post production phase. Distributed films are ineligible. Filmmakers must be US-based.

A link to the film and/or a trailer must be included with the application.

New York Women in Film & Television