2nd Annual

Chicago Feminist Film Festival

March 07, 2018 to March 09, 2018

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Fiction Shorts
Documentary Shorts
Experimental Shorts


The Chicago Feminist Film Festival showcases independent film, predominantly shorts, spanning documentary, fiction, and experimental genres, and aims to address issues of gender, sexuality, race, and other forms of inequality often missing from mainstream media. This means creating inclusive public spaces for under-represented artists to share their work — particularly women, people of color, queer, and transgender folks, given their struggle for visibility in the mainstream film industry. Another goal is to forge connections between local, national, and international film and filmmakers.


The Chicago Feminist Film Festival launched in 2016 on the Columbia College Chicago campus and showcased two days of international independent films, including hosting the Chicago premiere of THE FITS, directed by Anna Rose Holmer, who attended the festival. In 2017, the festival expanded to three days. Over 20 directors attended, including Roxanne Benjamin, Director of XX, and Julie Sokolow, Director of WOMAN ON FIRE.

Films do not need to be directed by women for consideration, as programming is focused on quality content that is in some way feminist in intention.

This festival is free and open to the public, since the festival's over-arching assumption is that art plays a vital role in bringing people together and encouraging them to think deeply about issues of equality and social justice.


Ann Kennedy; Ann Kennedy (Director of Business Applications); Emily Harmon (Marketing Coordinator); Michelle Yates; Michelle Yates (Co-Founder and Co-Director); Michelle Yates (Co-Founder and Co-Director); Michelle Yates (Co-Founder and Co-Director); Susan Kerns (Co-Director); Susan Kerns (Co-Director); Susan Kerns (Co-Director)


Shorts must meet at least one of two criteria to be considered for programming: the film was created with an eye toward gender, sexuality, or social justice issues, or the film was created by people underrepresented in the media field (women, people of color, queer, transgender, disabled).


By submitting a film to CFFF for Festival consideration, the submitter represents that they have obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers, and/or other authorized representatives of the film, including clearing all rights to copyrighted music used in the film. In the case of any rights related to Errors and Omissions, the filmmaker and submitter relieves the festival of any responsibility resulting from copyright infringement or libel.

Submitters grant legal permission to the CFFF to include their name, likeness, stills, and very short portions of their film in promotional materials (festival programs, trailers, news articles, websites, social media, etc.).