For the past few months, MovieMaker has been running the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” contest, asking our readers to nominate and vote for the festivals they think are the coolest in the world. Vote for the best Women’s fests below!

This year, we divided the list into categories, to recognize the ever-expanding variety of festivals in today’s circuit. So while we’ll still be ranking the “25 Coolest Festivals” in the general category, we’ll also be ranking the top five festivals in 10 other categories, ranging from documentary to experimental. Now tiny genre fests and larger, more well-funded organizations alike can compete on their own terms.

This week MovieMaker presents today’s Women’s category and Thursday’s LGBT festivals. Scroll down to the bottom of this article to begin voting for your favorite Women’s fests right away!

Here’s how it works: Vote for the best of the best of the women’s film festivals (that also happen to be the coolest of cool) in each of five pools. The female fest with the most votes in each pool will win a spot on the “Top 5 Coolest Women’s Film Festivals” list. All the festivals that make our final list will appear in print in the Fall issue of MovieMaker. This round will end Monday, August 26 at 4pm, so make sure to get your vote in before then!

How do you ensure that your favorite festival makes the top 5? Tell your family, friends, co-workers, anyone and everyone to vote, vote, vote!

To browse all 20 of this week’s women’s film festivals and vote, click on the arrows to the right or left of the voting bar (you’ll need to hover your cursor over the edge of the bar until the translucent arrows appear).

For more information on each fest (including MovieMaker fun facts), click on its picture, or the magnifying glass icon. To visit the festival websites, click the shopping cart icon.

Voting for the Women’s category has concluded. Thank you for participating!
MovieMaker will be releasing the official list of Coolest Festivals as the fall issue hits stands October 21. We know it’s a long time to wait, but as the old saying goes, patience is a virtue. Meanwhile, make sure to vote in categories ranging from LGBT to Experimental as our Coolest Festival contest winds down. Below is a list of the festivals that competed in the Women’s category.

Pool 1:

Women’s Independent Film Festival
Women + Film VOICES Film Festival
Queer Women of Color Film Festival
Viscera Film Festival

Pool 2:
Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival
International Black Women’s Film Festival
Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival
High Falls Film Festival

Pool 3:
WOW (World of Women) Film Festival
Stranger With My Face Film festival
Female Eye Film Festival
Womanimation! Film Festival

Pool 4:
Citizen Jane Film Festival
Athena Film Festival
Birds Eye View
Broad Humor Film Festival

Pool 5:
Lady Filmmakers Film Festival
Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones de Barcelona (Barcelona International Women’s Film Festival)
Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POW Fest)

MovieMaker only has three categories left to vote in, including tomorrow’s Ethnic/National bracket and Thursday’s Experimental/Underground. Our LGBT contest is currently open for votes until Wednesday, August 28 at 4 pm. Happy voting!

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