MOM Film Fest is a film festival and community that originally started out as an initiative to amplify movies made by moms, and has since further developed into a mission to create opportunities that will get #momsbackonset. Because let’s face it, when motherhood is added into the equation of being a female filmmaker, the level of difficulty raises tremendously. Too many women have been forced out of the labor force and there are still too many women mothering in the shadows due to the fear of not getting work.

But this is why now more than ever, it is imperative that we support the women who are tackling two enormous tasks at the same time – making movies and raising kids. MOM Film Fest is working on initiatives that include; monetary awards for winning filmmakers, childcare stipends for moms in need, a shadowing program for moms returning to the industry after taking time away to raise their families, and ad creation for brands. Our non-profit tax status is provided by The Center for Active Learning, (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization).

We are looking for story-based projects in the form of narrative (fiction) or documentary (non fiction) films and series that feature moms in leadership positions – writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, etc. We accept short-form content (up to 30 minutes long) in the following categories: Narrative, Documentary, Series, Mom-themed content, and Social Justice.

The 2nd annual Making Our Movies Film Festival (MOM Film Fest) will take place online in August 2021, submissions open in March 20201. Motherhood is the greatest universal bond and it allows us to understand each other in ways that only we can. Join us!

Awards & Prizes

Best Short Film (Narrative or Documentary)

Best Series  

Best Director 

Best Cinematography 

Best Mom-themed Project

Best Social Justice Project

Audience Choice Award

* All MOM Film Fest winners will receive a free certificate (PDF/JPG file, ready for print).


Founder & Festival Director

Tonya McCornell

Tonya McCornell is a director who writes and produces a lot of her own content. Her work showcases layered female characters while shedding light on social issues as they relate to the human experience. Her short film Too Much Love is being used in partnership with AIDS Healthcare Foundation as a PSA about HIV awareness. Her other short film Trayvia was named to honor Trayvon Martin and it has been called “a visceral response to police brutality”. 

McCornell was recently selected as 1 of 8 female filmmakers for the inaugural Women in Screen Workshop led by The Australian International Screen Forum where she is developing a docu-series about suicide within the African American community. Her upcoming short film Tainted sheds light on the effects of mothers battling depression and PTSD after facing trauma. McCornell is also developing a dramedy feature film about surviving divorce called Getting Help.

She is a single mother of one who started The Moms Network for New York Women in Film & Television in order to create opportunities for moms working in the industry, she is a Board Member of Reel Families for Change, and she is also an active member of The Black TV & Film Collective.


Joanna White Oldham

Selected as a NATPE Emerging Producer in 2018, Joanna White-Oldham currently conceptualizes and develops unscripted programming for 13Brains, a Scott Sternberg affiliate. 13Brains sold its first show to a major streaming service last year. In addition to her unscripted work, White-Oldham has produced several short films, most notably, The Company You Keep, 3rd Place winner of NYWIFT 2020 Online Shorts Festival and The Takeover, Semi-Finalist, Dumbo Film Festival. She is currently developing two projects: Weathering, a surrealist and experimental short film and Back Spin, a feature.

In addition to her work as a creative, Mrs. White-Oldham has spent approximately fifteen years in education. She has taught English, Drama and Video Production at both middle and high school levels. Upon completing her masters studies in Adult Education, White-Oldham expanded her knowledge of adult learning theory, curriculum development, and instruction to the healthcare setting, securing instructional designer roles at some of America’s finest medical institutions: NYU Langone Health, Providence Health Systems and Hartford Healthcare, to name a few.

White-Oldham is a proud mother of one son and one daughter, a member of BTFCNYWIFT  and WOC Unite

Shantel Moses
Marketing & Outreach Strategist
Arden Crawford
Intern, Outreach


Kia M. Brooks
Deputy Director at IFP
Independent Filmmaker Project
Landi Maduro
CEO of Bluechild Entertainment
Director of Women of Color Filmmakers
Akima A. Brown
Founder and Executive Director,
Reel Families for change

Squeaky Moore
Filmmaker and CEO,
Moore Squeaky Productions
Rosalyn Coleman
Filmmaker and CEO,
Red Wall Productions

Miranda Plant
Co-Founder, Black Opera Productions
Board, Reel Families for Change
Amanda Hirsch
Writer and Founder of Mighty Forces