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Regular Deadline

January 26, 2023

The COVEN Film Challenge aims to assist emerging filmmakers in all aspects of the filmmaking process - from idea to the big screen. With an intimate knowledge of the hurdles filmmakers encounter when trying to make a short film, this Challenge hopes to provide meaningful guidance, financial support, in-kind assistance, and collaborative skill building to 5 filmmakers and projects over the course of a few months. The goal is to have a completed short film at the end of the process. This program is open to women and non-binary storytellers and it is encouraged that indigenous, disabled, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC makers submit. 


Over the course of a few months, filmmakers will be asked to pitch, write, produce, shoot and complete a 3-5 min short film.

First, filmmakers are invited to record their short film idea in a
3-minute video based on the Story Guidelines.

20 finalists are chosen from these ideas to pitch
in person to a jury of industry professionals. 

5 winners workshop their script with a professional story editor.

5 winners receive a production package provided
by sponsors in the local production community with
everything they need to make their short film.

Finished films are then screened at a gala event in San Francisco.


The COVEN Film Festival is a short film program that provides funding and support to emerging women and non-binary filmmakers from the San Francisco Bay Area.


Over the course of a few months, filmmakers will be asked to pitch, write, produce, shoot, and complete a 3 - 5 min short film.

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