12th Annual MadCat Women's International Film Festival


Dear Filmmaker, The MadCat Women’s International Film Festival Call for Submission is now open. The Festival accepts films of all genres and lengths directed and co-directed by women. If you are one such filmmaker send us your stuff! If not, please help us spread the word!

Pasted below is an entry form and guidelines for your review. Please read through our guidelines thoroughly as some things have changed. We will also be on the withoutabox.com web site shortly.

Screening the best films by women directors from around the world


The MadCat Women’s International Film Festival was founded in 1996 to exhibit provocative and visionary works that are original in their use of the medium. MadCat is committed to showcasing women directors who challenge the use of sound and image and explore notions of visual story telling. MadCat sets itself apart from other women’s festivals by curating its programs thematically and thus accepting a range of films about many different issues. By providing a dedicated exhibition venue MadCat encourages women and girls to take creative control behind the camera, increasing visibility and opportunity for women in the arts.

MadCat accepts submissions for a national touring program. The Festival curates approximately 12 programs of films and videos to tour around the country to universities, art houses, museums and microcinemas. The tour takes place each Fall.


This is an exciting year of change at MadCat. We are transforming from an annual event to an expanded seasonal touring Festival. As always we will continue to seek out and show the best avant-garde work by women directors everywhere. The 2009 touring Festival will offer all our wonderful programs to more venues across the country. The new schedule for the open call for submissions is now exclusively for touring works, which will be selected by May 1, 2009, for a national tour to begin in the fall of 2009. The expanded tour will reach audiences at venues around the country. Past venues include: Anthology Film Archives, Brown University, Harn Museum of Art, Harvard Film Archive, PRATT, the RISD Museum of Art, and University of Michigan, among others.


MadCat accepts films and video of all lengths and genres: experimental, narrative, documentary, animation, collage and whatever else you can think of. The Festival also accepts pieces produced in any year. MadCat’s only parameter is that the films and videos are directed by or co-directed by women.

  • Early Bird Deadline: Nov 17, 2008
  • Late Bird Deadline: Jan 25, 2009

NOTIFICATION May 2009 via email. Please be sure MadCat’s email address does not get caught in your spam filter. For entrants who include a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope MadCat will include a letter in your package. Due to the high volume of submissions MadCat cannot confirm receipt of entries without a Self Addressed Stamped Post Card. Please do not call or write to check on your submission.

Please Check MadCat’s complete Guidelines and FAQ sheet on our web site at
www.madcatfilmfestival.org before submitting your work.

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