The uptown women’s film festival of New York is a festival to celebrate all women filmmakers from New York City and around the world. The festival looks to bring original stories told through the female lens to the community of Uptown Manhattan.


The UWFFNY looks to inspire future generations of filmmakers, and strives to support women filmmakers, giving them a platform to celebrate their achievements and showcase their work. 


The inaugural year of the UWFFNY will be held in the Spring of 2020 in Uptown Manhattan. We will be accepting short film submissions from ALL GENDERS that have a female driven stories and/or a women appointed in one of the following key positions; director, writer, producer, cinematographer or editor.



Johanny Mota, Founder/Festival Director


Johanny is an award winning writer & producer. Her films have screened in festivals in New York City and around the world. While on her way back from a film festival she was inspired to create the Uptown Women's Film Festival of New York to celebrate women+ in film and showcase women+ centered stories. 

Photo by: Michael Levy Photography


Ydaiber Orozco / Judge

Ydaiber is a Venezuelan actor, filmmaker, and business owner with an indomitable passion to tell stories and to make art that elevates her consciousness and gives voice to the voiceless. As an actor, her credits include: Criminal Minds Beyond Borders, Dear White People, and Hand of God. As a producer, she is currently in post-production for her first period piece, Lost Oaths. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2418861/


Michelle Martinez / Judge

Michelle has been writing stories and making films since her childhood. She is a writer, director, actor, and editor. Michelle has worked in production departments for television as well as feature films.

She studied acting at Stella Adler Studios (NYC) and the Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles. Her directorial work ranges from short documentaries to narrative fiction. In 2017, she received the Best Student Director Award for her dark comedy, The Mourning After at Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival. Her most recent project is Hit Me Up, a short coming-of-age film that earned the Carole Fielding Grant from the University Film & Video Association.

Michelle has a BFA in Filmmaking from Montclair State University. Upon graduation she earned the Excellence in Directing Awards from Montclair State University in recognition of their thesis films.


Ruth Johnson / Judge

Ruth Johnson is a writer who focuses on film and TV. She is a current MFA candidate at Long Island University-Brooklyn in the field of Writing and Producing for TV. She holds a MS in Television from Boston University and a BA in English-Creative Writing and Political Science from Agnes Scott College. Her writing typically looks at queer lives.