Nevada Women's Film Festival

The Nevada Women's Film Festival Returns to Las Vegas

March 19-22, 2020

NWFFest takes place each March in fabulous Las Vegas. This year the 6th Annual NWFFest will be held at the University of Nevada Las VegasWe are pleased to introduce the UNLV Film Department's newly renovated 4K full-size, Dolby Atmos screening rooms

The festivities kick-off Thursday evening with our Nevada Woman Filmmaker of the Year event. Our 2020 honoree is UNLV Film graduate Andrea A. Walter for her critically acclaimed feature, Empty By Design. A screening of the film will be followed by an in-depth interview with the filmmaker hosted by UNLV Film graduate student, Roudi Boroumand. A themed reception will follow.

Our programming lineup this year includes 68 films from 23 countries, ranging from comedy, drama, doc, experimental and horror. Local filmmakers, including UNLV & NSC students, will be highlighted. Our Filmmakers’ Welcome Reception Friday evening will introduce our visitors to our creative local community.

We are pleased to announce the Vanguard Award this year goes to our featured guest filmmaker, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. On Saturday we will screen her critically acclaimed feature, The Mustang, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker and Q&A session, hosted by UNLV Film Chair, Dr. Heather Addison.

Also on Saturday, we present our panel event: Professional Women in the Adult Film Industry. This candid conversation will break stereotypes about this field of work. Our esteemed moderator, Dr. Constance Penley of UCSB, will lead the discussion.

Sunday's lineup includes a very special screening of the 2020 Oscar winner for Best Documentary (Short Subject): Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl), sponsored by A&E Indie Films.

NWFFest concludes on Sunday with the 6thth Annual Femmy Awards, our ceremony honoring our most outstanding filmmakers. Awards will include the Spirit of Activism, Best Female Protagonist, Best Animation, Best Nevada FilmmakerOutstanding LGBTQ-themed, as well as student filmmaker, fiction and documentary awards.

Most festivities will take place at the Flora Dungan Humanities (FDH) building. In honor of the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage and Women's History Month, guests will enjoy exhibits on display throughout the festival, curated by the UNLV History Department, the Barrick Museum and the Lied Library. Collections will include artifacts from silent movie star, Clara Bow's Nevada Ranch

Come celebrate our 6th year with us and support creative and courageous women from all over the globe. ​

Remember to join the conversation on social media and we will see you soon at NWFFest!

Nikki Corda​​, Executive Director & Founder


A look back at the 5th Annual Nevada Women's Film Festival:  


...I have been fortunate to attend this festival before, both as a filmmaker and as an audience member, and to witness firsthand how it has grown and how their adept and indefatigable staff and volunteers have approached each new year, building upon previous years’ successes, and in turn fostering an inclusive and enriching setting for filmmakers and film lovers to gather, experience and discuss representation in new works and to champion the full span that is women’s varied perspectives. As the festival has developed they have also continually driven awareness about the challenges women face in the industry...The staff and volunteers involved...actively welcome filmmakers into the festival family and encourage them to engage with one another, with each other's stories and with the festival as a whole...  -- Eric Rice


More Information

NWFFest is a project of the Nevada Women's Film Collective, a nonprofit organization of film professionals and academics from around the community. The mission of NWFFest is to celebrate and support the fair representation of women in film.


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