Let’s face it, women encounter many challenges working in the film and TV industry. But when you add motherhood into that equation, the level of difficulty rises tremendously. Through fiscal sponsorship provided by The Center for Active Learning, (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization). MOM Film Fest is an exciting initiative dedicated to elevating filmmakers who are mothers. We are celebrating moms who are creating great work  – Making Our Movies while raising our kids.

It’s also for the moms who’ve had to step away from their careers in this industry in order to raise their children. We see you and we are working on ways to create opportunities for all of us, and that includes you too, whenever you are ready to return. Establishing this online film festival is one of the steps we are using to continue building our community of moms supporting each other. Motherhood is the greatest universal bond and it allows us to understand each other in ways that only we can. Join us!

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 40 minutes long) in the following categories: Narrative, Documentary, Series, Mom-themed content, and Social Justice.

The 2020 Making Our Movies Film Festival (MOM Film Fest) will take place online in August 2020.

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).


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 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


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Arden Crawford
Intern, Outreach


Beginning to reveal our panel of judges… Stay tuned!

Anna Sang Park
Writer| Director| Producer
Tracy Sayre
Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director, Women’s Weekend Film Challenge

Squeaky Moore
Filmmaker| Actor| Pitching Guru
Rosalyn Coleman
Actor| Director| Writer
Miranda Plant
Filmmaker| Actor| Producer
Moms-in-Film, NYC Chapter Head
Jamie Gordon