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Audience Award Winners

(Audience Winners will be posted by July 19th)

1st Place

Completely Normal  Dir. Kaleigh Spencer

2nd Place

Ang Motel  Dir. Jon Matthews

3rd Place

Women in the Front Seat  Dir. Indy Saini


Jury Category Winners

(Category Winners will be presented at the end of the film’s screening block)


Best Feature Film

True Believer  Dir. Alana Purcell

(Presented at the end of Block 5 on Saturday 7/16/2022)


Best Short Film

Off Side  Dir. Sophie Martin

(Presented at the end of Block 3 on Sunday 7/17/2022)



Best Feature Documentary

Women in the Front Seat  Dir. Indy Saini

(Presented at the end of Block 2 on Saturday 7/16/2022)



Best Short Documentary

Fresh to Frightening - The Sharon Green Story

Dir. Gareth Kelly

(Presented at the end of Block 2 on Friday 7/15/2022)


Best Student Film

Stay Dir. Sonya Padalka

(Presented at the end of Block 1 on Friday 7/15/2022)


Best Foreign Film

For I Am Dead  Dir. Patricia Delso Lucas

(Presented at the end of Block 2 on Friday 7/15/2022)


Best Animation

Cenote  Dir. Daniel Villanueva Avalos

& Samantha Barroso

(Presented at the end of Block 3 on Saturday 7/16/2022)


Best Music Video

HEARTS FOR PEACE  Dir. Brent Kravitz

(Presented at the end of Block 2 on Saturday 7/16/2022)


Best Experimental Film

Neckline  Dir. Savannah M. Ryan

(Presented at the end of Block 2 on Friday 7/15/2022)


Best Feature Script

Cold War Charlie by Cheryl Gallegos & Ron Osborn

(Presented at the end of Block 3 on Saturday 7/16/2022)


Best Short Script

A Leap by Kendra Sanders

(Presented at the end of Block 2 on Saturday 7/16/2022)

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Feature Script Finalist

Amy and Angel by Julia Verdin & Deedee Benkovich

Canary by BetteLou Tobin

Catfished by Lesley Manuel

Centurions by Sally Claire Stubbs

Coven Lake by Sabrina Wheeler

Hashtag Blessed The Movie  by Dalea Cherie Faulkner

He’s Just A Boy by Melanie Sovran Wolfe

I’ll Give You My Heart by Tamara Steren

The Strays by Eli Rose

While I Wait by Beverly Gandara

Wombman, The Play by Evy Trezvant


Short Script Finalist

Appearances by Joan Tofteland

Backwater by Klara Chmelarova

Cold Service by Peter Strupp

Down With It by Melanie Sovran Wolfe

Fluid by Chon-Chun Huang

Never Better by Kathleen M Caprario Ulrich

Parry by Lexi Jamieson Marsh

Post Production by Ray Rocky

South For Winter by Jill Ferrari

Thingamajigs — An American Fairy Tale by A. S. Templeton




Jury Creative Nominees

(Creative Winners will be announced and presented during the opening night party on Friday, July 13th which starts at 10pm)


Best Director

Zara Sengstock - Boyfriend

Lucinda Spurling - Maternal Secrets

Maria Alice Arida - Instinct

Johanna Demetrakas - Feminists: What Were They Thinking

Xiao-xiao Cai - Inadvertently



Best Actress

Susan Gallagher - Picking Back Up

Kate Mansi - Maternal Secrets

Julia Parker - Passage

Laura Grady - Boyfriend

Christine Kellogg-Darrin - Instinct



Best Supporting Actress

Ellen Gerstein - Passage

Jordan Monaghan - Instinct

Kelly Mcgillis - Maternal Secrets

Lillie Richardson - The Conversation

SJ Mendelson - Maw Kitty


Best Actor

Sean Stolzen - Maternal Secrets

Billy Bob Thornton - Stand Down

Joe Klocek - Boyfriend

Justin Deeley - The Get Through

Joe Willand - Because We Can

Jury Creative Winners

(Creative Winners will be announced and presented during the opening night party on Friday, July. 13th which starts at 10pm)


Best Director

Lucinda Spurling - Maternal Secrets


Best Actress

Julia Parker - Passage


Best Supporting Actress

SJ Mendelson - Maw Kitty


Best Actor

Joe Willand - Because We Can


Call For Entries Now Open

Jury Creative Winners

Best Director

Sophie Martin - Off Side

(Presented at the end of Block 3 on Sunday 7/17/2022)

Best Actress

Coralie Russier - Off Side

(Presented at the end of Block 3 on Sunday 7/17/2022)

Best Supporting Actress

Ferelith Young - True Believer

(Presented at the end of Block 5 on Saturday 7/16/2022)

Best Actor

Al Nazemian - For I Am Dead

(Presented at the end of Block 2 on Friday 7/15/2022)

9th Annual California Women’s Festival trophies provided by


CWFF - January 6th -8th 2022