AuntyLand Film Festival (ALFF) brings diverse artists and audiences together to celebrate storytelling in all its forms. Spend your Women’s History Month with us. We traditionally open on March 8, Women’s International Day, and run through the end of March. We are the only Women and BIPOC (Black Indigenous, and People of Color) film festival to champion Elders, especially women, 50+!

Based in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City, ALFF is a free, digital, community-focused event that screens and promotes independent Short films, 20 minutes or less. Stay tuned for some in-person public programs!

“Women and People of Color are the majority world population and the most influential segment of world culture. Yet, our stories are marginalized and mostly unknown. We lift up diverse stories to embolden ourselves and to show how we are all connected to each other. Welcome to our multigenerational, multicultural festival. Just like your favorite Auntie’s house, all are welcome,” said Sylvia Wong Lewis, festival director, and founder.

The Festival focuses on diverse, Diasporan women and girls’ work, roles, and interests. The Festival promotes inclusive, diverse, and independent filmmaking. Admission to all events is free, including screenings, panels, and special events.

The Festival provides exposure to filmmakers about people and topics from diverse cultures and is especially reaching out to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) filmmakers. In addition, stories by and about LGBTQ women and girls, people living with disabilities, older women, and aunties of all ages are welcome. The Festival also provides exposure for distributors, reviewers, and the general public to attend, network, and support current artistic developments in film.

Awards and Prizes

A talented Selection Committee of Creatives and Social Media voting election results will select and determine Grand Jury Awards and Festival Favorite (People’s Choice) Award winners. All award winners will receive a cash prize.

Stories on many topics are welcome including narratives, family, pets/animals, politics, climate, sports, gardens, food, culture, comedy, romance, and more.

Criteria for Awards

Award criteria are quality and integrity! We look for creativity, script originality, cinematography, photography, graphic design, acting, editing, special effects, set design, costumes, music, and sound design.

The Festival looks for a ‘Wow!’ factor. Under-represented or overlooked stories and compelling, inspirational, and entertaining stories are a plus. Comedies must be funny.


Welcome Filmmakers and Video Producers! The Festival welcomes your independent, artistic creativity.

Feature film ‘Works in progress’ and Trailers are welcome. However, the filmmakers must edit to fit the Festival’s time frame limit.

Rules and Terms

  • Short films, only- 20 minutes or less.  ALFF Summer program accepts longer-length films.
  • Films must be by a writer, director, and/or producer who is a woman or a person of color including Indigenous, East Asian, South Asian, Black, African-American, Caribbean, Latinx, Cape Verdean, and Pacific Island, AND feature People of Color, including LGBTQ, people living with disabilities, and Elders who are 50 years and older, in the cast and storyline.
  • Filmmakers are not paid to screen selected work. All submissions MUST indicate two working contact phone numbers and working email addresses.
  • All submitted work must be easily accessed through
  • When you submit your work to Auntyland Film Festival (ALFF), you accept full responsibility for the content and obtain proper rights to all content in your submitted work.-        

Dates and Deadlines