Auntyland Film Festival

Auntyland Film Festival

Auntyland Film Festival is the newest addition to Narrative Network’s platform. Created during the current COVID-19 pandemic for women and BIPOC artists, the Festival adds a new layer to a multicultural and multi-generational storytelling mission. The Festival is an extension of, a website that features multidisciplinary arts and literary stories about aunts and a new holiday called Real Aunties Day.

“Since 2019, the pandemic has caused us to live restricted lives and sometimes in isolation. We must use our creative digital resources to stay connected and share our stories in every way possible. We believe our new digital film festival is a great way to expand our connections to each other,” said Sylvia Wong Lewis, CEO and Festival Director.

Deadlines & Dates

Early Bird Deadline: October 15, 2021

Regular Deadline: January 30, 2022

Extended Deadline: February 17, 2022

Notification Date:  February 24, 2022

Event Dates: March 8- March 31, 2022

The festival is set to launch on March 8, 2022, International Women’s Day, and throughout March, which is Women’s History Month.

Film Fest In the Press

From a feature story in Final Draft, a film industry blog:

“The new Auntyland Film Festival (AFF) is accepting short-length indie films by and for women and BIPOC artists for its inaugural film festival through January 30, 2022. The film festival touts itself as the only film festival that “embraces mature women filmmakers and artists of diverse cultures and backgrounds.”

To read more, click here

From the Tribeca Citizen feature:

“Sylvia Wong Lewis had always been a story teller, but her first foray into filmmaking was several years ago, when she received a phone call from a stranger asking her a simple question: “Who am I?” To read more, click here

Send Short Films on any Topic

We welcome short films, 20 minutes or less. “Yes, we want your auntie stories. We welcome stories and trailers on any topic, including food, cooking, gardening, sports, family, politics, home life, pets/animals, climate change, environment, LGBTQ themes, ‘Only in New York,’ and more. Filmmakers are encouraged to bring the bold realness that aunties bring to our lives. We offer cash prizes, special events, and a distinguished panel of judges who will choose the films,” Lewis added.

Submit your film here.
Auntyland Film Festival is proudly sponsored by FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests. To submit a film, visit:

A community-based Tribeca film event

Auntyland Film Festival, a community-based Tribeca, New York City event, is part of a multidisciplinary arts platform that operates at the intersection of identity, gender, and age. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), Aunties, and artists on the margins from all backgrounds are encouraged to participate, according to Sylvia Wong Lewis, an award-winning BIPOC filmmaker, journalist, and community volunteer.


Auntyland is a non-profit organization, fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas. Tax-deductible donations help pay women and BIPOC artists and help defray costs for public community events. To contribute, go to:

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