St. Francis College Women's Film Festival

Women's Film Festival


The call for entries for the 2020 St. Francis College Women’s Film Festival is now open!

To qualify for screening and competition, films must be no longer than 20 minutes, and have a female director, producer or screenwriter, with preference given to works created by female directors.

Early Bird Deadline: November 4, 2019
Regular Deadline: December 9, 2019
Late Deadline: January 6, 2020
Festival Dates: April 15-18, 2020

Prizes awarded in nine categories.
Entry is free for the entire call for St. Francis College students, faculty and alumnae. Contact using your email or provide your date of graduation.



We are committed to celebrating emerging and established female filmmakers. We strive to recognize new and original voices within the St. Francis College community and other university communities, as well as in the international emerging film community. Our goal is to create a bridge between female college filmmakers and professional female filmmakers which will encourage collaboration, cooperation, and coordination.



  1. To inspire discourse among women regarding the expression of women’s image in film, as well as to explore the role of women in the history and evolving art of filmmaking.

  2. Examine emerging film storytelling trends, and artistic viewpoints of female student and professional filmmakers.

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Augusta Palmer

Augusta Palmer, director of the SFC Women’s Film Festival is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. She is a filmmaker and scholar who holds a Ph. D. in Cinema Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a documentarian, she is best known for The Hand of Fatima (2009), a feature documentary about music, mysticism, and family history. Her award-winning documentary and experimental video work has screened in national and international festivals, as well as at venues like New York's Anthology Film Archives. Her first fiction short, A is for Aye-Aye: An Abecedarian Adventure has been screened at children’s film festivals from New York to New Zealand. She is currently at work on a new feature documentary, The Blues Society, which is about blues and bohemia in 1960s America.