Very often a festival's Facebook page or Twitter feed has more up-to-date info than its website. Some festivals present great year-round programmes that complement their main festival and they tend to use Facebook and Twitter to advertise these.
Some festivals are also present their films online.
The notes I've added are a bit random, often included because the festival was new to me and I wanted to know more.
I've included lesbian festivals and one queer fest only. Mel Pritchard's marvellous and definitive Big Queer Film Festival List is here.
I have more work to do collecting info about ongoing online festivals, and collections of films by, for and about women. Please feel free to comment, and to email me with updates and festival posters you love!
Many thanks to Kyna Morgan at HerFilm Project for the extra festivals she tracked down for the list on her site, where the festivals are listed in alphabetical order. It's also exciting to see the development of the International Women’s Film Festivals Network (IWFFN) where there's some useful info.
And here's a roundtable discussion on women's film festivals, held on September 10th, 2013 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.
YEAR ROUNDAnother Experiment By Women Film Festival (AXWFF)
AXWFF promotes and screens women’s experimental films that feature alternative forms not covered in film school and/or that represent themes and issues distinct to women and girls, with the hope to inspire others to make and hone their own experimental work to be shared with others.
"A monthly Los Angeles film festival that fetes the women who love writing, producing, directing, and watching badass genre movies: action, thriller, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, western, exploitation (of men or audience only), B-movie, and erotica. We feel passionate about raising the visibility of awesome indie genre movies by female filmmakers."
FilmMor Women's Film Festival on Wheels (starts Istanbul, Turkey, and travels throughout Turkey)
Starts second week March 2012.
Hope is in Woman the 2012 theme. Filmmor Women’s Cooperative, established exclusively for women in 2003, is here to make movies, to raise objections, to produce, to dream and to realize for women together with women! FilmMor (Istanbul 2d week March 2012 and then to other cities).
FilmMor also makes films, for example, this one about Kurdish women.
Lunafest (travelling, United States)
Short films by, for & about women. Aims to support and nurture the inspiring and often unsung work of talented women filmmakers and to raise funds and awareness for causes that help, empower and give a voice to women from all walks of life.
LUNAFEST - 2012/2013 Season Trailer.
Includes festivals in the following countries: Japan, Taiwan, India, Israel, Korea
Viscera Celebrating female genre filmmakers
Viscera is "a non-profit organization expanding opportunities for contemporary female genre filmmakers and raising awareness about the changing roles for women in the film industry." It envisions "a world in which women are allowed equal opportunities to create and share their filmic visions in an appreciative environment". Viscera is an unorthodox festival because it focuses on promoting the films and their creators all year round. Its partners are "an ever growing community of film festivals, promoters, conventions, organizers, film clubs, and educational institutions who believe in the positive outcome of women creating horror." Its festivals include Viscera (horror), Etheria (fantasy) and shortly Full Throttle (action).
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Women's Voices Now
Online: A collection of voices from women of all faiths living in Muslim-majority countries and Muslim women living as minorities around the world.
World of Women Film Festival (New South Wales, Australia, online, and around the world)
Every February, Women in Horror Recognition Month (WiHM) assists underrepresented female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure, and education through altruistic events, printed material, articles, interviews, and online support. WiHM seeks to expose and break down social constructs and miscommunication between female professionals while simultaneously educating the public about discrimination and how they can assist the female gender in reaching equality. Its vision is 'a world wherein all individuals are equally given the opportunity to create, share, and exploit their concept of life, pain, and freedom of expression.' From the Viscera Organization.
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Post Alley Film Festival (Seattle)
8 February 2014
Female centric and eccentric. PAFF provides excellent thought-provoking film that entertains and challenges. Films can be brand new, multiple award-winning, or have been around many years and deserve an appreciative audience again. Post Alley Film Festival seeks the intriguing, the wacky, the bold, and applauds classic, elegant filmmaking. This is an Indy town and movies are our passion.
Ax Wound Film Festival
New from Hannah Forman, founder of Women in Horror Month. Here she is talking to HerFilm Project's Katie Carman-Lehach.
FrauenFilmTage (Vienna, Austria)
28 February - 8 March 2013 Facebook
Serseliafam International Women's Film Festival (Vilnius, Lithuania).
March 1–11 2012
Includes an international competition for a first-time feature film-maker. In 2012 the festival was held for the 7th year in Vilnius and other Lithuanian cities. The name of the festival comes from reknown French saying – 'cherchez la femme'.
Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza (Los Angeles)
2-4 March 2012 Twitter
I think this one's really special. It was founded by Josefina Lopez who wrote the classic Real Women Have Curves. "The mission of the festival is to build a network of Latina filmmakers that will draw attention to the growing number of Latinas behind the camera."
Fusion Film Festival (New York)
7-9 March 2013 Facebook Twitter
'The Fusion Film Festival is New York University’s premiere film and television festival dedicated to celebrating women in film, television, and new media from student to icon. Fusion was founded ten years ago at NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts with the mission of encouraging, promoting, and inspiring women filmmakers and the collaboration between the sexes. Every spring, Fusion mounts a multi-day film festival with multiple screenings, industry panels, pitch meetings, master-classes, retrospectives, and student showcases.'
International Association of Women in Radio and Television Asian Women's Festival and here (New Delhi)
March 5-7 2013 Facebook
Vancouver Women in Film Festival (Vancouver, Canada)
Bird's Eye View Film Festival (London, England)
Arab Women's Film Festival (The Hague, Netherlands)
8-10 March 2013
The Arab Women's Film Festival (formerly Arab Women's Film Day) is the annual global film festival that showcases a select variety of films in which the Arab woman stands central. Debates, workshops, music and an exhibition are, next to the regular programme, part of the festival as well.Its 3d year in 2013.
Women/Mujeres Spanish Film Festival (London, UK)
Women of Color Arts & Film Festival (Atlanta, United States)
I think this is a one-off, but a great example of the one-off festivals to celebrate?! And what a great title and poster!
Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival
27 March 2013 Facebook
Brooklyn Girl Fest; an international women's film festival (New York)
28-30 March 2013 Twitter Facebook Includes screenplay competition.
Mostra Internacional Films de Dones-Drac Màgic/ Barcelona International Women’s Film Festival (Barcelona, Spain)
London Lesbian Film Festival (London, Ontario)
April 20-22 2013 North America's only lesbian film festival!
Girl Fest San Diego
21, 27, 28 April 2012
Breakthroughs Film Festival (Toronto, Canada)
10-11 May 2013 Twitter Facebook
"The Breakthroughs Film Festival is the only festival in Canada devoted exclusively to short films by emerging female artists. We show films from any and every genre made by talented young women just entering the Canadian film scene. This year it will be held at Innis Town Hall in Toronto. Breakthroughs refers to the struggles women artists face in an industry where they make up only 5 percent of directors and must, in many cases, work even harder than their male counterparts to make their voices heard. BFF is presented by Octavia Films: A Nonprofit for Women, an organization dedicated to promoting female artists in Canadian independent film. All proceeds from this festival go to fund our short films grants program, which awards grants in the amounts of $1,000 and $2,000 to promising filmmakers."
Women's International Film Festival (Los Angeles)
Archer Film Festival(Archer School for Girls, Los Angeles)
10-11 May 2013 Facebook
"The Archer Film Festival is dedicated to empowering student filmmakers with a focus on the promotion of women in the film industry. All high school students of southern California and students attending girls’ schools across the nation are eligible to submit. We are seeking original voices that convey a unique point of view as well as an acute attention to craft and character....Top honours will be awarded to females in critical roles of production."
Lesbian Film Festival of Freiburg (Germany)
30 May - 2 June 2013
"Our vision nurtures queer women of color filmmakers as artist-activist leaders to create systemic change and lead social justice movements that incorporate the power of art as cultural resistance and cultural renewal."
Women's Panorama, Zanzibar International Film Festival (Zanzibar, Tanzania)
Femina: Festival Internacional de Cinema Feminine (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
16-28 July 2013 Facebook
Screens mainly films directed by women in competition and thematic showcases: "Our goal is to promote the work of women in film and culture; foster the emergence of female directors and the presence of women in the audiovisual work market, as well as the production of films with feminine subject matter; showcase Brazilian directors, and bring international production to Brazil. The festival also screens films directed by men, as long as they deal with feminine issues or have women as protagonists, and films co-directed by men and women. Films of all genders, durations, regions of the country and continents.
Women of the Sun (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Sale International Women’s Film Festival (Morocco)
Films Femmes Mediterranee (Marseille, France)
25 September-3 October 2012 Facebook
Originally Film Women Mediterranean, a group dedicated to showing Italian films organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Marseille. Very quickly, driven by a small group of women, the project extended to both sides of the Mediterranean. Founded in 2006.
"Broad Humor is a three-day celebration of female humor in film. We started six years ago with a question: why weren't we seeing more comedy from the women's perspective. We set out to see where women go to tickle the funny bone, and we found they go just about anywhere." A diverse programme that includes a Bechdel Test screenplay challenge.
Also here for submissions. For 2013, special themes are the Modern Witch-Hunt, Queer Flame, Women, Home & Country, New Currents, but other films are welcome too.
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International Black Women's Film Festival (San Fransisco)
LIFT Lesbian Identities Festival (Budapest, Hungary)
11-14 October 2012 Facebook
LA Femme International Film Festival (Hollywood)
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival (Colorado Springs, CO)
Vox Feminae (Zagreb, Croatia)
21-24 November 2012 Facebook Twitter
Mujeres en direccion/ Women Directing International Film Festival (Cuenca, Spain)
Frauen Welten/ Women's Worlds/ Terre des Femmes Film Festival (Tuebingen, Germany)
20-27 November 2013 Facebook
China Women's Film Festival (Beijing, Wuhan, Dalian, Guangzou, Hong Kong)
22 November-20 December 2013
A One-Off? Hope not!
KIN (‘A woman’ in Armenian) International Film Festival (Yerevan, Armenia)
Providence Women's Film Festival
The International Images Film Festival for Women (Zimbabwe)
A call for films was announced on the African Women in Cinema Blog
The Festival Director, IIFF, Box BW 1550, Borrowdale, Harare.
Tel: 04 - 862355, cell: 0712 401 104/ 0712512552, email Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe.
Purple Pixels: Women in the Indie Film Frontier (Philippines), March 2011. Like many of the Asian festivals, this festival has been going for decades, but I cannot find any current links.
Unite To End Violence Against Women: "From the Bedroom to the Battlefield" (Johannesburg South Africa)
6-10 December 2011
ONLINE COLLECTIONS FILMS & WEBSERIES
Digital Chick TV: your guide to the best online shows for women
Busk Films: queerly original
Sistah Sinema: Queer Women of Color