Women's Film Festival San Diego

November 13th - 15th, 2020

Who We Are

The Women's Film Festival San Diego is an annual event that is committed to providing a platform for women filmmakers and storytellers, elevating global perspectives that illustrate how bound we all are to one another. 


The films screened at the Festival showcase a diverse spectrum of talent both on and off the screen. This allows audience members in our community who aren’t usually represented in the film industry to finally be seen and heard on the big screen.

This year's event is organized and curated by Dineo Maine, WFFSD Festival Director

2020 Virtual Film Festival

In order to slow down the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to take the Festival out of its usual form and offer a completely online experience. 

Set for November 13- 15, 2020, the online edition of the festival will offer a slate of films on a VOD model in partnership with Festival Scope and Shift72.

Alongside screenings, there will also be virtual Q&As and discussion panels in a bid to maintain the festival’s sense of community and dedication to providing filmmakers a platform to communicate and build relationships in the industry.

2020 WFFSD Schedule and Tickets

Friday, November 13th

All Day

Screening of The Fight 

$12 to screen film

After this content becomes available November 13th at 12:00 am PDT, you'll have 30 days to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 72 hours to finish watching.


WFFSD Official Film Selections 

Saturday, November 14th

All Day

WFFSD  Official Film Selections 

At 2:30 PM

“Status of Women in Film” Panel Discussion

This keynote discussion focuses on the challenges and successes of women in the film industry, why representation matters both in front of and behind the camera, and what the future looks like for women in the industry.

Sunday, November 15th

All Day

WFFSD  Official Film Selections

At 2:30 PM

WFFSD Award Ceremony and Filmmaker Talkback

Join WFFSD as they announce this year’s festival awards.

During the program attendees are invited to ask participating festival filmmakers questions about their films, careers, and creative inspiration. It is a great way for festival attendees to learn more about the filmmaking process and how they can support women filmmakers in the future

The FIght 

The Fight is an inspiring, emotional insider look at how these important battles are fought and the legal gladiators on the front lines fighting them. Following the film there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Kerry Washington and the five ACLU lawyers featured in the film


Award Ceremony

Join WFFSD as they announce this year’s festival awards. During the program attendees are invited to ask participating festival filmmakers questions about their films, careers, and creative inspiration. It is a great way for festival attendees to learn more about the filmmaking process and how they can support women filmmakers in the future


Festival Pass

Stream 22 films selected for the 2020 festival (The Fight not included). Themes represented in the films include relevant and timely topics such as violence against women, women in health, coming of age, women in STEM, and humanitarianism/activism


Women In Film

This keynote discussion focuses on the challenges and successes of women in the film industry, why representation matters both in front of and behind the camera, and what the future looks like for women in the industry.


Thank You to our 2020 Sponsors

Official WFFSD Film Selections of 2020

The Fight

THE FIGHT is an inspiring, emotional insider look at how these important battles are fought and the legal gladiators on the front lines fighting them. Directors Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, and Eli Despres capture the rollercoaster ride of the thrill and defeat in these deeply human battles. When a mother is separated from her child, a soldier is threatened to lose his career, a young woman’s right to choose is imperiled at the pleasure of a government official, and the ability to exercise our basic right to vote is threatened, the consequences can be devastating to us and to future generations. THE FIGHT celebrates the unsung heroes who fiercely work to protect our freedoms.


The Longest Chapter

Following four different women as they move through their own processes of healing after experiencing sexual violence.

Written and Directed  by Courtney Cameron

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Onderhuids (Under the Skin)

Under the skin tells the story of Keesje, an introvert 15-year old. She and her friends, Lize and Dunja, swim together in a synchronized swimming team. From the outside it all looks like the perfect friendship, but behind the surface hide continuous tensions between the girls.

Written and Directed by

Emma Branderhorst

Espacios Vacíos (Empty Spaces)

An old woman and her housekeeper live alone in a big house. As the older woman's body starts to betray her, the housekeeper sees to take care of her, changing the boundaries of their relationship. At the same time the housekeeper faces the decision to go home and take care of her family or remain in her job far away from them.

 Directed by Clara Stephanie Schieber Lorenesi


Living in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, Anna is an aging single mother who is desperate for a change. Lured by a radio advertisement, she goes to party with a group of American men who are touring the country, searching for love.

 Directed by Dekel Berenson


An experimental animated documentary about the abduction of a Korean woman in 1930's Korea by Japanese soldiers and forced to become a “comfort woman.” As an elderly woman, she shares her trauma with the world.

Directed by Yuri Jang

Carrying Tomorrow

For women and girls in the Amhara region of Ethiopia, becoming pregnant can be a death sentence. It is the leading cause of death for women of reproductive age, and could be almost entirely preventable with access to basic surgical care.


Carrying Tomorrow follows the stories of two women who defy the odds through an incredible culmination of medical professionals, governments and communities rising together to challenge the unacceptable, and in doing so igniting the consciousness of the coming generation.

Directed by Sarah Davis, Caleb Lucky

Just Another Memory

Amidst the ongoing war in Yemen; torn between being “safe” and “away”, weighed down by the ever-present mental and emotional baggage that still holds you back. How does one move forward and heal? How to deal with so much suppressed pain?


In this profoundly affecting documentary, we investigate these questions and explore what it feels like to be suddenly uprooted and displaced by war.

Directed by Mariam Al-Dhubhani


On the eve of her wedding anniversary, empty-nester Sujata Chopra attempts to find some joy
in her broken marriage, until she learns about the passing of her childhood companion’s spouse
on Facebook. Having been disconnected from this woman for over 30 years over a
misunderstanding, Sujata finds the courage to reach out to send her condolences. They
reconnect, sparking friction when Sujata’s controlling husband, Dr. Chopra, finds out.

Directed by duo Gayatri Bajpai and Nirav Bhakta


In an advertising film set, things can easily get unsettling.

Directed by Luiza Campos


Ours to Tell

“Ours to Tell” is the story of four people who live full and empowered lives because they had the freedom to access abortion.

This film comes as communities of color, LGBTQ people, and many others are increasingly denied access to abortion — and as people across the country face an unprecedented assault on the legal right to access it.

“Ours to Tell” shows us the world we could and should have — one where all people are able to access the health care they want, need, and deserve, with compassion and support.

Directed by Academy Award winning Director, Rayka Zehtabchi of Period: End of Sentence, produced by Ventureland in association with PRETTYBIRD, and narrated by Natasha Rothwell

Under Darkness

Based on a true story in World War II Poland, a young Jewish woman struggles to survive after her family is murdered. Refusing to give up, she joins the Soviet resistance, and realizes that through photography she can remember the past while documenting for the future.

 Directed by Caroline Friend

Corazón de Mezquite (Mezquite's Heart)

Lucia is a yoreme girl and her biggest dream in life is to play the harp. She lost her mother and lives with her father Fidel and her grandparents.


Fidel is an harpist. Musicians are very important because they are considered the guardians of traditions. Lucia wants to play but Fidel won´t allow it because the harp symbolizes a woman, and for them a woman can´t touch another woman. In spite of all this, the grandfather teaches her secretly.

Directed by Ana Laura Calderón Lucia

Ms. Diagnosed

An intimate and personal film about the most urgent public health issue we face, which asks at its core – do we value women? And perhaps more importantly – how much do women value themselves?


MS. DIAGNOSED takes the #METOO movement into the medical world, uncovering the nearly lethal misdiagnosis of three women due to a faulty system of science created by men, for men.

Directed by Tricia Regan

Women and Science in Africa: A Silent Revolution

More than forty years ago, a woman, scientist and environmental activist, created the Green Belt movement to fight deforestation in her home region in Kenya. In 2004, this woman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This was the first Nobel Prize ever awarded to an African woman. Her name was Wangari Maathai. 15 years later, more than 35 million trees have been planted throughout the African continent. And Wangari Maathai continues to inspire a whole new generation of women who are involved in science.


Today, her successors are all over the continent; pioneers charting new paths in the traditionally male dominated world of science. Dynamic and enterprising, these African women scientists are the new face of a modern Africa that is participating in the great upheavals of our societies. But in this competitive world, they are still under-represented. We followed three of them, respectively specialists in nanochemistry, molecular biology and astrophysics

Directed by Kate Thompson-Gorry

The Sea Within

Maternity isn't always a plan for women. Manuela, a successful advertising creative, is surprised by an unplanned pregnancy. The baby's father is a work colleague with whom she just started a relationship. The uncertainty of whether to keep the baby and whether to embark in a more serious relationship are just the beginning of a painful journey. While she tries to deal with the maternity and its consequences, Manuela finds herself facing an obstacle even bigger than her own destiny. From then on, nothing will ever be the same again.

Directed by Dainara Toffoli

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Our Home Here

Parallel stories of broken relationships between parents and their children striving for the American Dream all revolving around one explosive night at a fast food joint in Texas.

Written and Directed by Angela Chen


Recipe in Exile

'Recipe in Exile' tackles a very personal yet universal story about tradition, family heritage and adaptability. It is a tale that spans a hundred years, juxtaposing the lives of two immigrant women and linking them through a traditional family recipe being passed on from generation to generation.


The story is inspired by the Syrian refugee crisis in the context of the Armenian diaspora, highlighting the importance of holding on to our cultural heritage in order to stay connected to our roots.

Written and Directed by Chantal Kassarjian


In an impoverished country, rife with contradiction, a young girl is torn by her obligation to her family and the influence of foreign visitors.

 Directed by Dekel Berenson


(Child of the Land)

A queer sixteen-year-old girl, Mahina, resides in the predominantly Native Hawaiʻian neighborhood of Wai’anae, Oahu. After suffering abuse from her stepfather, Mahina must navigate life on the streets, until she eventually finds refuge at the Pu’uhonua o Wai’anae––Hawaiʻi’s largest organized homeless encampment.

Directed by Kimi Howl Lee

God Bless the Cook

Chef Roslyn Spence trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but her biggest critic remains her mother, a 94-year-old self-taught cook for Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Directed by Zoe Malhotra
and Annalise Pasztor

Morning Mourning

Morning Mourning follows two outrageously odd sisters, Pearl and Zelda, as they mourn their mother’s death at Greenwood Cemetery.


Rating the lives of her deceased lady neighbors on the level of sexism they experienced in their day, the girls distract themselves from the grief of their mother’s passing through morbid humor and satirical commentary.

Directed by Dana Greenfield

Don't Burst My Bubble

Don't Burst My Bubble is a film about puberty based off of real testimonies from many women globally. A unique glimpse into the life of a young woman experiencing the world in a new light. Our film peers into a specific phase in a woman's life during puberty which has been often overlooked by men.

Directed by Victoria Malinjod

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