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The Artemis Women In Action Film Festival Fifth Edition Is Open for Submissions


The Artemis Women In Action Film Festival Fifth Edition Is Open for Submissions

The Fifth Edition Artemis Women In Action Film Festival is open for submissions and is expanding the festival to include female powered music, while still holding to its tradition of honoring female action and empowered heroes on screen.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., August 27, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Now in its fifth year, The Artemis Women In Action Film Festival (AWIAFF) is open for submissions for 2019. Known for putting a spotlight on strong female characters and storylines in all genres, including action, drama, comedy, documentaries, features and shorts, Artemis has stayed true to its mission to bring you the premier film festival, dedicated to honoring female action and empowerment heroes. Artemis holds a perfect record of screening a variety of well-made movies carefully chosen to entertain, enlighten and delight. And in the fifth edition, Artemis is expanding its festival to include female powered music.

Women composers have been underserved throughout history. The film festival wants to change that and will be adding a category to accommodate women composers of original scores. This is something that has been on the festival director's mind for two years to not only include a score category for women, but to expand the festival to include female musicians, but the timing has never been quite right until now.

"A mutual friend introduced me to Kaylene Peoples, a brilliant musician and fantastic composer … not to mention she's fantastically educated. She opened the Artemis Awards Gala in our 2018 edition with an amazing musical performance. After the event, I asked if she'd be interested in helping me bring music to Artemis. I was incredibly excited when she said yes, because her background is pitch perfect." States Melanie Wise – Artemis Director

Every edition has offered something powerful and meaningful. In spring 2018, for the second year in a row, the Artemis Awards Gala was presented by Paul Feig and continued its tradition from its inaugural festival back in 2015 of honoring stuntwomen, action heroines, and strong female lead characters. The 4th edition AWIAFF recognized actresses Michelle Rodriguez, Ming-Na Wen, Dana DeLorenzo; Directors Rosemary Rodriguez and TJ Scott; and stunt performers Debbie Evans, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Danielle Burgio, Kachina Dechert, Heidi Pascoe and Cassandra Ebner for their excellence in the female action genre. Earlier years recognized Melissa McCarthy and Tom Cruise in 2017; Zöe Bell, Yancy Butler, and Heidi Moneymaker in 2016, and in 2015 Linda Hamilton and Kristanna Loken just to name a few.

Recently quoted from AGENDA magazine . . .

"We always get extraordinary content. I am certain this year will be no exception. What I am very pleased to witness is the number of female directors submitting narrative action is growing every year. In our first year, we received a very small number of narrative pieces with a female director at the helm. We are seeing a steep rise in female directors. It's very lovely to see women directing stories that boast strong female characters." –Melanie Wise

Official selections in the past have included films that mirrored the social climate, navigated difficult situations, taught tough lesson, or just made us laugh. The caliber of films rises each year and entries come from around the world with meaningful messages, making the festival's selection committee's job even harder, raising the bar for future participants. The 2018 festival received submissions from 32 countries, screened 78 films, increased the number of screens as well as the panels and workshops offered. The filmmaker competition awards were expanded to recognize outstanding stunts, stunt work and choreography. With sponsorships from CAA, AGENDA, Citi, Habibi Bath & Body, Final Draft, and more, it's no wonder the Artemis Women In Action Film Festival has evolved to where it is today in a just four short years.

What makes an Artemis qualifying film? Submit all narrative, animated, documentary films and scripts, featuring women either starring or co-starring as a physical action character or agent of change. Artemis celebrates women in 'kick ass' roles.

Recently quoted from Indie Hotspot. . .

"A woman in action applies to any woman who steps past her comfort zone, physical or non-physical. Women of action are seen in the features "Stuck," "Perfume War," "Beauty Bites Beast." The horror film "Virgin Cheerleaders in Chains" was just full of Badass women! When Kids Grow up had a stunning fight sequence . . . these are great examples of women in action. You can blend comedy and action. Look at our short "Combat Nuns: All or Nothing." Our festival loves funny. Whether documentary or narrative, funny is the best way to stretch peoples' perception, [if it's] funny – whether they learn something or not – that expands the imagination and makes people laugh." –Melanie Wise, AWIAFF Founder/Director

Submission Categories:
Films - 40 minutes or longer. Shorts - up to 40 minutes. Screenplays, 80 - 120 pages.

Key Dates & Fees
Early Deadline - 09/15/18; Features - $65.00, Shorts and Screenplays - $40.00
Regular Deadline - 10/31/18; Features - $70.00, Shorts and Screenplays - $45.00
Late Deadline - 12/15/18; Features - $80.00, Shorts and Screenplays - $55.00
Extended Deadline - 01/15/19; Features - $90.00, Shorts and Screenplays - $65.00
Notification of Acceptance - Approx Mar 1, 2019
Exhibition Materials Deadline - Apr 1, 2019
Deadlines for student submissions will observe the calendar above. Fees are deeply discounted for students.

Where to Submit
Submissions are available directly through Artemis, open on FilmFreeway and Withoutabox. Student submissions are only processed directly through our website.

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AWIAFF looks forward to screening each submission and seeing you at next year's film festival as an official selection and/or award recipient.

One of the biggest highlights of the fourth edition festival during arrivals was when Dot Marie Jones—a cast member of the 2018 AWIAFF award-winning film Combat Nuns: All or Nothing surprised everyone when she drove on the sidewalk and parked her Harley right on the black carpet. The stunned crowd was delighted as Jones, dressed in a nun's habit, and took a drag off her cigar. Artemis Women In Action Film Festival Director Melanie Wise, AWIAFF Financial Advisor Melissa Wise (handle bars) and the evening's host Grace Parra (right) hopped onboard the bike with Dot as the cameras snapped in a frenzy of excitement.

Become a part of history and enter your film for a chance to win and be a part of the ongoing excitement that has defined the Artemis Women In Action Film Festival!


Artemis was founded by Melanie Wise and Zac Baldwin, two filmmakers with a long time love of female driven action films. Wise and Baldwin have produced shorts and features focusing on female action projects. They saw that the genre was loved by audiences around the globe, despite the fact that studios, for many years, claimed female action films were box office poison. In 2014, the idea of Artemis was born with the intent to create a space where these types of films could play for audiences with an unsatisfied hunger of female driven action films.


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