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Women's Film Festivals Around the World: Update

This update is research for an eBook. It's easier to read, with embedded links, over on Medium
 
Please let me know if you'd like me to change the entry for your festival! Or to add your festival if I've missed it.

Background

Everything’s changed since I started this page in 2011–13, hoping to encourage women’s film festival tourism, and I miss some of the festivals that have closed, like the legendary Bluestocking Film Series.There’s now broader awareness of the equity issues facing women filmmakers. Broader awareness of gender fluidity. More actions that reflect a commitment to intersectionality and inclusion.Some festivals established since 2011, like Aotearoa New Zealand’s Māoriland (Ōtaki), consistently select equal numbers of films directed by women and by men.


Others, like Season Film Festival (Helsinki, Finland), replacing Artisokka, have changed over time from a women’s film festival to one with mixed genders… ‘female filmmakers and subjects still have an important role and focus in the festival [and we] have a seminar each year that concentrates on different issues regarding female filmmakers’. (As before, there’s some crossover with queer festivals: Mel Pritchard’s marvellous and definitive Big Queer Film Festival List is still here.)


And many major festivals have agreed to work towards gender parity https://womenandhollywood.com/resources/festivals-that-have-committed-to-the-gender-parity-pledge/.

But women still struggle to find resources to make their films. And, when they do make them, to exhibit and distribute their films and reach audiences. In her extraordinary book The Wrong Kind of Women (2020, p110) Naomi McDougall Jones cites Deb Verhoeven's research. It shows that globally in 2016 women directed only 16% of all feature films distributed in any fashion and directed only 2% of of all the films that received a theatrical release.

Because we lack opportunities to see women's films, even online, the work of women's film festivals as exhibitors is vital. This is how renowned British director Andrea Arnold described her experience at one of the 'grandmother' festivals, Créteil International Women’s Film Festival in France, a decade ago.   https://www.theguardian.com/film/2009/aug/23/andrea-arnold-fish-tank-cannes, a decade ago. I don't think much has changed:

I always notice how few [films by women] there are at film festivals. I went to [Créteil] with Wasp [for which she won an Academy Award] in 2004, stayed on for a few days and watched all these films by women. 


I spent the whole time crying because there were so many films that had so much resonance for me, being female. It actually made me realise how male-dominated the film industry is in terms of perspective. 


If you think about a film being a very popular and expressive way of showing a mirror on life, we’re getting a mainly male perspective. It’s a shame. I saw a lot of fantastic films at Créteil that I never heard about again.

Women's film festival screenings and associated events, usually organized primarily by volunteers, continue to seek specific goals for their communities,  as well as supporting local, national and international filmmakers. B. Ruby Rich wrote about some of these in her classic Chick Flicks, published back in 1998. 



- information and associated discussion about a variety of issues that specifically affect and are affected by women.

- opportunities to see films that will never make it to a local cinema or be readily available online.

- thematic and genre options like women in horror, women in sport, women leaders, showcases for local and international women filmmakers' work, both recent and historical.

- building communities and providing education: opportunities for women filmmakers to meet and share their experiences and to host and participate in workshops and seminars.

Covid has profoundly affected women's film festivals in 2020.

Some festivals happened before Covid took hold.

Assen Festival in March 2020

Female Eye 2020

Others pivoted to online screenings and events. They often have to geoblock their films (I haven't listed any of them in Worldwide), but their associated events


Others haven't had the resources to pivot, or have presented hybrid festivals, partly online, partly in real life, sometimes in partnership with local cinemas (Bloody Mary in Canada, Female Filmmakers Festival in Berlin), a museum (Women's Museum of California), or a drive-in cinema (London Lesbian Film Festival). URUSARO International Women Film Festival broadcast their programme on TV.

There have been many 'one-off' events, like this one.


And events held by groups that include a women's filmmaking element. Like this one, connected to the now-defunct Hong Kong Women's Film Festival.


Many organizers would probably echo Some Prefer Cake's message to its audience when it went online:


'We want to thank you all and tell you that we miss you. We miss the festival as we always have, we miss hugs, last minute setups, the many women who come from different parts of Italy and find themselves at Nosadella cinema, every year. We miss voices, chaos, late hours, sleepy breakfasts after party, music, dancing. We miss the soul of the festival that is all the women and subjectivity that support and live it.'


Regardless of how each festival responded to Covid, tracking them down I was truly impressed by the energy and commitment of most, their persistence when facing multiple challenges as they get through this year and plan for next. 

How this update works

I've divided the festivals according to geography and then alphabetically within their region. Sometimes I haven't translated from the main language of the festival. I've tried to give each festival equal attention and space and plan that in the eBook each will have an associated image.

If a festival is perhaps defunct, but is still listed on filmfreeway or festhome, I've usually included it

For most festivals, the most up-to-date information is on their Facebook page.

I stopped embedding the links here because I found that every time you click on a link you get a redirection notice. So copy and paste or finding the same info on Medium is faster! (eBook will have embedded links.)

Worldwide

Directed By Women 

https://directedbywomen.com/were-throwing-a-worldwide-film-viewing-party-and-youre-invited/ 


Annual celebration, created by Barbara Ann O'Leary. All September.


You get to choose how you want to celebrate, wherever you are.  Solo Celebrations, House Parties, Twitter Chats, Community Screenings, Festivals, Panels, etc. etc. etc.  


What would you like to do? Look around in your community and get something going? (In Aotearoa New Zealand, I organise a series of pop-up events, sometimes at other times of year.)


Directed By Women Aotearoa New Zealand https://medium.com/directedbywomen-aotearoa

Directed By Women Spain https://directedbywomenspain.com/


Directed By Women Turkey https://www.directedbywomenturkey.com


Femflix https://www.femflix.com.au


24/7 access to premium, female-centred, highly curated entertainment on-demand. Australia-based.


twitter https://twitter.com/myfemflix

instagram https://www.instagram.com/myfemflix/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/myfemflix


Herflix https://www.herflix.com/


The online movie theatre with films about, for & by women. The many voices of Women Filmmakers need a special home.  Herflix sees content through a lens that shows HER point of view, consciousness, and intuition.


instagram https://www.instagram.com/herflixtv/


MOM Filmfest https://momfilmfest.com


Online short-form fest dedicated to elevating and celebrating filmmakers who are mothers.


twitter https://twitter.com/MOMFilmFest

instagram https://www.instagram.com/momfilmfest/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/MOM-Film-Fest-107089091062906


Women in Horror Recognition Month https://www.womeninhorrormonth.com (February)


International grassroots initiative. Encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries: on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in other ways.


WiHM also celebrates these contributions throughout the year, via the official WiHM blog, http://axwound.womeninhorrormonth.com  and official WiHM https://www.womeninhorrormonth.com/ each February. This database—in conjunction with the WiHM social media fan base—actively promotes do-it-yourself annual film screenings, blogs/articles, podcasts, and any other form of creative media with the ultimate goal of helping works by and featuring women reach a wider audience.


twitter https://twitter.com/WiHmonth

instagram https://www.instagram.com/womeninhorrormonth/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/WomenInHorrorMonth


Women's Voices Now https://www.womensvoicesnow.org


Non-profit that uses film to drive positive social change that advances women’s and girls’ rights globally. 


Promotes female and femme-identifying filmmakers. Free online archive https://www.womensvoicesnow.org/films/


Next virtual edition March 2021.


twitter https://twitter.com/WomensVoicesNow

instagram https://www.instagram.com/womens_voices_now/?hl=en

facebook https://www.facebook.com/WomensVoicesNow

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/WomensVoicesNow


Africa

African Women Arts & Film Festival (AWAFFEST) http://www.awaffest.org (Dar Es Salaam, Kenya)


Platform to appreciate arts and stories of African women; to celebrate female film practitioners; and to empower aspiring artists. 


filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/awaffest


Cairo International Women’s Film Festival  http://cairowomenfilmfest.com (Cairo, Egypt)


Dedicated to introducing films directed by women from around the world — not necessarily addressing women's issues—to explore the perspectives of female filmmakers.


Covid status: virtual Between Women Filmmakers Caravan.


twitter https://twitter.com/CIWFF2018

instagram https://www.instagram.com/bwfcaravan/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/BWFCaravan/



Le Festival international du film de femmes de Salé or FIFFS http://www.fiffs.ma (Salé, Morocco)


Organisé par l'Association Bouregreg sous le haut patronage du Roi Mohammed VI en vue de promouvoir le cinéma de femmes et de mettre en valeur la femme dans le cinéma, il a été créé en 2004 et a pris un rythme de croisière annuel depuis 2009.


Conçu au départ pour accueillir des films de réalisatrices, il accueille finalement aussi des films de réalisateurs, permettant ainsi au regard de réalisatrices et réalisateurs de se croiser sur les femmes.


A cause des circonstances actuelles de la propagation du Covid 19, nous avons reportée la 14ème édition du Festival à septembre 2021. Nous avons pas les moyens de la faire on line.


Covid status: delayed to 2021.


twitter

instagram

facebook https://www.facebook.com/festivalfilmsale/


Festival International de Films de Femmes de Cotonou (Cotonou, Benin)


Le premier festival de film béninois consacré aux femmes. Il met en lumière le travail des femmes cinéastes. 1st edition 2019.


Covid status: 2d edition September 2021


twitter

instagram

facebook https://www.facebook.com/fiffcotonou/

 


Holiday Market festhome.com/festival/holiday-market-festival (Stone Town and West Town, Unguja, Zanzibar, Tanzania)

Exhibits and empowers women in film talents from across the African continent. Priority given to films from Africa and by Africans, on theme of women, or directed by women.


2d edition: 10-14 March 2021. 


instagram https://www.instagram.com/hmfestival/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/hmfestival 

festhome https://festhome.com/en/festival/holiday-market-festival 


Udada International Women's Film Festival http://dadatrust.net/coming-soon/ (Nairobi, Kenya)


About women, by women, for women.  Features the work of women in different genres: drama, comedy, fiction, documentary, animation and experimental film. Born out of the need to recognise women's participation, contribution, and support of cinema internationally, Udada's desire is to create and foster sisterhood(s) in film around the world.


Present status: uncertain.


facebook https://www.facebook.com/UdadaFilmFestival/
filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/UDADAINTERNATIONALWOMENSFILMFESTIVAL

  


URUSARO International Women Film Festival http://www.cinefemmesrwanda.org (Kigali, Rwanda)

Annual celebration and cultural exhibition that promotes women in cinema for the benefit of society and gender equality. Created and managed by CinéFEMMES Rwanda since 2016.


Covid status: TV broadcast programme. Theme: Cinema, Tool for Development 

https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2020/10/urusaro-international-women-film.html  


twitter https://twitter.com/Cinefemmesrda

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UrusaroIWFF/

instagram https://www.instagram.com/cinefemmesrda/


Asia

Afghanistan International Women's Film Festival (Kabul, Afghanistan) http://hiwff.com/ 

Films about women and/or executed by women, to highlight the power of women in different life situations, promote a positive image of women struggling with dignity to change their environment, discover new talent, films, and filmmakers with potential, and recognize the collaborative work the art form is founded on. Short or long feature and documentary films.


Used to be Herat International Women's Film Festival.


Covid status: 2020 edition cancelled, but some IRL workshops given.

twitter https://twitter.com/HeratFilm

facebook https://www.facebook.com/afghanistanwomenfilmfestival/

frameline https://filmfreeway.com/HeratInternationalWomensFilmFestival



Asian Women's Film Festival https://www.iawrt.org/news/2020-asian-womens-film-festival  (New Delhi India, International Association of Women in Radio and Television)

Filmmaker has to be a woman/ transwoman of Asian origin, residing in any part of the world. All genres. Different themes each edition. Sections of the festival travel outside New Delhi.


Covid status: IRL.


twitter https://twitter.com/iawrt

instagram https://www.instagram.com/iawrtindia/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/iawrt.india

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/IAWRT2020 


Beirut International Women Film Festival https://beirutwomenfilmfestival.com (Beirut, Lebanon)


Films by and about women.


Covid status: virtual 2020. Next edition March 7-12 2021.

twitter https://twitter.com/BeirutWFF

instagram https://www.instagram.com/beirutwomenfilmfestival/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/BeirutWomenFilmFestival/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/BeirutInternationalWomenFilmFestival


China Women's Film Festival/ Bataru International Cultural Festival (Beijing/ Hong Kong, China) https://chinawomensff.net/whatwedo-english



Promotes public awareness, understanding and advancement of women’s rights and LGBTQ+ rights by highlighting the discrimination faced by these communities around the world, invigorating the movement towards greater rights in China and abroad via the means of film and art.


Covid status: cancelled. 


twitter https://twitter.com/chinawomensfil1

instagram https://www.instagram.com/chinawomensfilmfestival/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/chinawomensfilmfestival/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/CWFF-1548329 


Seoul International Women's Film Festival http://www.siwff.or.kr/eng/  or https://tv.naver.com/siwff (Seoul, Korea)






World’s largest international women’s film festival, with central role in building a women’s film network across Asia and the world. Discovers Asian women filmmakers and supports women’s film projects.


Covid status: hybrid. (Opening film, 'Mutual Gaze in the Age of COVID-19' came from its 'Mutual Gaze: Women Filmmakers Support Fund' project, which aimed to support 50 teams of women filmmakers to continue filmmaking and meet their audiences during Covid, and help them gaze at one another in the name of friendship and solidarity, with a work of one minute or shorter running time. The teams each received a production fund worth 1 million KRW.)  


instagram https://www.instagram.com/SIWFF/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/siwff


Women Make Waves http://www.wmw.org.tw/en (Taipei, Taiwan)


Provides a perspective on humanities and the arts through film, gender diversity, a strong network between social groups, and the establishment of feminist film resources. A window or stage for local filmmakers, and a platform for their international exposure. Also publishes books and distributes films.


Covid status: IRL.


instagram https://www.instagram.com/wmwff/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/wmwff/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/WomenMakeWavesFilmFestivalTaiwan






WOW Film Fair Middle East http://www.wowmiddleeast.com/about-us (Dubai UAE)


Short film fair that promotes and awards the talents of women directors, producers, writers, editors and cinematographers in internationally and offers emerging and established filmmakers the opportunity to 'see the world through the eyes of women'. Aims to be a festival of discovery, celebration, debate, networking and an inspiration for new work.


Next edition 2021.  

twitter https://twitter.com/WOWMiddleEast

instagram https://www.instagram.com/wowmiddleeast/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/WOWFilmFairMiddleEast


Canada & United States

African-American Women In Cinema International Film Festival (AAWIC) https://aawic.org/ 


Provides platform and showcase for aligning experienced and novice filmmakers directors, producers, and screenwriters. Creates business opportunities for minority women filmmakers in entertainment.


COVID status: monthly online media series.


twitter https://twitter.com/AAWIC

instagram https://www.instagram.com/aawic__/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/AAWICInternational



Another Experiment By Women Film Festival (AXWFF) (New York US) https://axwonline.com 


Promotes and screens moving images in any media, made by women, that encourage critical thinking and dialogue, feature alternative forms not covered in film school and/or 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. 


Streams short films here https://axwonline.com/category/view-shows-now/ 


twitter https://twitter.com/AXWFilmFestival

facebook https://www.facebook.com/axwff/


Arizona Women's Film Festival http://azwomensfilmfest.com


International: exploring the femxle experience from any avenue in 2020.


Covid status: virtual. 


instagram https://www.instagram.com/azwomenfilmfest/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/AZWFF/


Artemis Women in Action Film Festival https://www.artemisfilmfestival.com (Beverley Hills, California US) 


Narrative, animated, documentary films and scripts featuring women
either starring or co-starring as a physical action character or agent of social change.


Next edition April 2021.


twitter https://twitter.com/ArtemisPics

facebook https://www.facebook.com/ArtemisMotionPictures/

 

Athena Film Festival https://athenafilmfestival.com/us/ (Barnard College, New York US) 

Weekend of inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of fierce and fearless women leaders. Includes writing labs for TV and film writers, masterclasses and works in progress programs for women filmmakers and the Athena List  https://athenafilmfestival.com/athena-list/, an annual competition for screenplays with women leaders at the heart of their stories.


Next edition online throughout March 2021.


twitter https://twitter.com/athenafilmfest

facebook https://www.facebook.com/athenafilmfestival




Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest (*) http://bfsfilmfest.com

Centers femme-identified black people of all ethnicities and nationalities.


Covid status: virtual, with Q&As; ongoing online discussions


twitter https://twitter.com/bfsfilmfest

instagram https://www.instagram.com/bfsfilmfest/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/BlackFemmeSupremacyFilmFest/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/BlackFemmeSupremacyFilmFest

 


Black Laurel Films https://www.blacklaurelfilms.com/ (San Francisco US, formerly International Black Women’s Film Festival)


Uses the cinematic narrative to normalize the presence of women of color as equitable partners in creative visual storytelling without sacrificing their intersectionality in the cinematic gaze. Screens the best in narrative feature, shorts, animation, and documentary films.Event flanked by the Equity Film Market to expand the options for participants to network with industry insiders while finding new pathways for distribution and resources.


Covid status: no programme for a couple of years but still very active on social media.


twitter https://twitter.com/blacklaurelfilm/

instagram https://www.instagram.com/blacklaurelfilms/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/blacklaurelfilms/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/blacklaurelfilms 


Bloody Mary Film Festival https://www.bloodymaryfilmfest.com (Toronto, Canada)



Celebrates Canadian women making horror, scifi and fantasy. Short films and features.

Covid status: postponed.


twitter https://twitter.com/bloodymaryff

instagram https://www.instagram.com/bloodymaryfilmfest/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/bloodymaryfilmfest

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/TheBloodyMaryFilmFestival


Breakthroughs Film Festival http://www.breakthroughsfilmfestival.com/ (Toronto, Canada)


Short films by emerging women and non-binary directors from all over the world. Events throughout the year.


Covid status: virtual.


twitter https://twitter.com/breakthroughsff

instagram https://www.instagram.com/breakthroughsff/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/breakthroughsfilmfestival/


Broad Humor Film Festival www.broadhumor.com (Venice, California, US)


Covid status: cancelled 2020.


Only festival to showcase only comedic films written and/or directed by women filmmakers. Animation, music video, short films, webseries, features. Screenplay competition: short, pilot or webseries, features and work by finalists in attendance at festival is included in a professional reading.


twitter https://twitter.com/BroadHumor

facebook https://www.facebook.com/BroadHumorFilmFest/  


Cascadia International Women's Film Festival  https://www.cascadiafilmfest.org/ (Bellingham, WA, US) 


Annual international festival showcasing films directed by women. Provides educational opportunities relating to the viewing, making, and distribution of films, promotes Bellingham, Whatcom County and the surrounding area as a destination for filmmakers and film enthusiasts. Short films selected through submission. Features curated.


Covid status: Virtual. Attendance as high as the 'live' festival, films viewed by U.S. and international audiences. Live and pre-recorded Q&As, panel discussions and interviews with filmmakers now available on website. Plans an online version of the festival in 2021 if necessary.


twitter https://twitter.com/cascadiaiwff

instagram https://www.instagram.com/cascadiaiwff/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/CIWFF/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/CASCADIAInternationalWomensFilmFestival



Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival (Charleston, Illinois, U.S.)


Promotes the mission of Women’s Studies Program: to promote an understanding of how issues related to gender, age, race, economic status, sexual identity, and nationality affect women's lives and the communities in which they live, in order to promote an equitable and sensitive environment for all persons. Short films of high artistic quality.


Covid status: unknown.


facebook https://www.facebook.com/Central-Illinois-Feminist-Film-Festival-148062961905686/ (primary information source)


Chicago Feminist Film Festival http://chicagofeministfilmfestival.com (Chicago, U.S.)


Covid status: on hiatus 2020 (director sabbaticals).


twitter https://twitter.com/ChiFemFilmFest

instagram https://www.instagram.com/chifemfilmfest/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/ChiFemFilmFest/


Cinema Femme https://cinemafemme.com/short-festival/



Virtual short film festival includes panel discussions. winners paired with seasoned female-identifying filmmaker for Womxn to Womxn in Film mentorship program.


Cinema Femme is the voice of the female film experience, a media platform that elevates the diverse voices of women in film, from film critics and filmmakers to moviegoers. 


twitter https://twitter.com/cinema_femme

instagram https://www.instagram.com/cinemafemmemagazine/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/CinemaFemmeMagazine/


Cinema Systers Film Festival https://cinemasysters.com/ (Paducah, Kentucky, U.S.)


Uplifts the visions and voices of lesbian filmmakers, and provides a dedicated space to publicly showcase their art. An 'acorn' from the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival.


Covid status: postponed to May 2021.


twitter https://twitter.com/cinemasystersff

instagram https://www.instagram.com/cinemasystersfilmfestival/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/CinemaSystersFilmFestival/ 


Colorado Independent Women of Film http://www.ciwfdenver.com/ (Denver, US)


Celebrates a unique style, perspective, and artistic vision within Colorado’s indie filmmaking community. 'Go ahead, call them chick flicks. We dare you.'


Covid status: have enquired*.


twitter https://twitter.com/CIWFDenver

facebook https://www.facebook.com/CIWFDenver/


Coven Film Festival https://www.covenfilmfest.com (San Francisco US)


Films by emerging women and non-binary filmmakers from the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world.


Covid status: Virtual COVEN Film Festival - Quarantine Film Challenge Fest, with support from Seed & Spark.


twitter https://twitter.com/covenfilmfest

instagram https://www.instagram.com/covenfilmfest/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/covenfilmfest


Davis Feminist Film Festival femfilmfest.ucdavis.edu/(Davis, California US)


Provides inclusive public space for under-represented artists –– particularly women and people of color –– to raise consciousness about gender, race, class, sexuality, and other dimensions of social inequality. Increasingly international in scope.


Covid status: virtual.


twitter https://twitter.com/femfilmfest

instagram https://www.instagram.com/femfilmfest/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/davisfemfilmfest 


Drunk Feminist Films http://drunkfeministfilms.com/(Toronto, Ontario)


Feminists who would rather laugh than cry their way through Hollywood representations of gender, race, class, sexuality and other aspects of identity. DFF hosts bi-monthly live screenings in Ontario and produces a web series at youtube.com/drunkfeministfilms.


Covid status: virtual events, including watch parties.


twitter https://twitter.com/DrunkFemFilms

instagram https://www.instagram.com/drunkfeministfilms/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/drunkfeministfilms/


Etheria Film Night https://www.etheriafilmnight.com (Hollywood, California)


Etheria Film Night screens the best new short science fiction, fantasy, action, thriller, comedy, and horror films directed by women.


Covid status: virtual.


twitter https://twitter.com/EtheriaFN

instagram https://www.instagram.com/etheriafn/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/EtheriaFilmFestival


Etheria TV series https://www.etheriafilmnight.com/etheria-tv-series/


The Horror Collective is releasing six seasons of Etheria on Amazon, an anthology series of stand-alone short horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, and thriller episodes directed by women, inspired by the Etheria Film Festival’s programming and created to introduce amazing directors to devoted genre fans. 


Everett Film Festival (formerly Everett Women's Film Festival)  https://everettfilmfestival.org/ (Everett, WA, US)


Dedicated to highlighting the strength, humor and creativity of women through provocative and entertaining films. Main focus on female written, directed, or produced films, but willing to consider all films. Especially interested in locally made films or films with a Northwest flavor.


Covid status: postponed.


twitter https://twitter.com/FilmFestEverett

instagram https://www.instagram.com/everettfilmfestival/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/everett.filmfest/


Family of Woman Film Festival http://familyofwomanfilmfestival.org (Sun Valley, Idaho, US)


Founded to bring attention to the issues confronting women and girls around the world through compelling cinematic stories. Presents five feature films each year, most of which center on the year’s selected theme.


Covid status: virtual.


twitter https://twitter.com/FamilyofWoman

instagram https://www.instagram.com/familyofwomanfilmfest/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/familyofwomanfilmfestival.org/



Female Eye Film Festival https://www.femaleeyefilmfestival.com/ (Toronto, Canada)

Competitive women directors’ festival for debut, emerging and internationally recognized directors. Drama, comedy, sci-fi, action, documentary, experimental and animation. 


Films, script development, a photo exhibit, pitch sessions, master classes, tributes, and industry-initiative programs. FeFF mentors youth on their debut films, which are premiered at the festival


Has guest-curated programs in Armenia, Turkey, Greece, Portugal, and the United States. In 2020, partnering with sister festivals in Chile, Lebanon, Sweden, and Russia.


Covid status: Held at TIFF Light Box in March.


twitter https://twitter.com/FemaleEye

instagram https://www.instagram.com/femaleeye/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/FemaleEye


Female Filmmakers Fuse http://www.femalefilmmakersfuse.org (Los Angeles)


The movement for diversity, equality and inclusion and a safe workplace for all! The only rule there is...the film must feature a female lead in the production aspect; producer, director, cinematographer and or writer.


Covid status: live instagram spotlights.


twitter https://twitter.com/FFFunite

instagram https://www.instagram.com/femalefilmmakersfuse/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/Femalefilmmakersfuse/

Film Freeway https://filmfreeway.com/FFFFilmFestival


Festival de Films Féministes de Montréal / Montreal Feminist Film Festival https://fffmontreal.com/ (Montreal, Canada)


Films from all over the world with special focus on films directed by women of colour, indigenous and LGBTQ+ filmmakers.


Des oeuvres de partout au monde avec une attention particulière accordée aux films réalisés par des femmes, par des personnes racisées, autochtones, LGBTQ+ et en situation de marginalité et de minorité.


Covid status: postponed to December 2020.


twitter https://twitter.com/FFFMontreal

instagram https://www.instagram.com/fffmontreal/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/FFFMontreal/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/FFFM


Film Girl Film Festival (Milwaukee, US) https://www.filmgirlfilm.com/


A society of women who shape the world with their imagination: international.


Covid status: virtual.


twitter https://twitter.com/filmgirlfilmmke

instagram https://www.instagram.com/filmgirlfilmmke/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/filmgirlfilmmke


Fusion Film Festival http://www.fusionfilmfestival.com (New York University, New York US)


Annual celebration of the work of the next generation of women in fil, tv & new media. Multiple screenings, industry panels, pitch meetings, master-classes, retrospectives, and student showcases.


Covid status: cancelled festival but regular virtual events through year.


twitter https://twitter.com/fusionfilmfest

instagram https://www.instagram.com/fusionfilmfest/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/fusionfilmfestival


High Falls Film Festival https://highfallsfilmfestival.com/2020/ (Rochester, New York, US)


Celebrates artistry and innovation of women in film. Inspired by Rochester’s legacy as the birthplace of film and the women’s rights movement. International slate of independent films enhanced by panels, workshops, and talks with filmmakers.


Covid status: season postponed to 2021.


twitter https://twitter.com/highfallsfilms

instagram https://www.instagram.com/highfallswomensff/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/HighFallsWomensFilmFestival/


Imagine This Film Festival https://www.imaginethisprods.com (Brooklyn NY, US)


Aims to amplify and empower independent and aspiring womxn filmmakers from around the world, by sharing their work with the public, promoting equal opportunities for BIPOC womxn and the LGBTQIA+ community while providing educational and professional development, and serving as a resource information network. 


Covid status: virtual. 


twitter https://twitter.com/imagineprods

instagram https://www.instagram.com/imagineprods/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/imagineprods


London Lesbian Film Festival  http://www.llff.ca/ (London, Ontario, Canada)



Canada's only lesbian film festival. Aims to portray the richness and diversity of lesbian experiences and to strengthen lesbian communities.


Covid status: festival cancelled, drive-in event(s).


twitter https://twitter.com/llffdotca

instagram https://www.instagram.com/londonlesbianfilmfestival/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/LLFF.CA/


Los Angeles Women in Film Festival https://www.lafilmfestivals.com/la-women-in-film-fest (Los Angeles US)


Champions female identifying filmmakers and female driven storytelling. Affiliate festival of the LA Film Festivals organization with dual emphasis of discovering great talent with the purpose of promoting their work to both the LA public and the entertainment industry and showcasing work of seasoned professionals and well-known stars.


Covid status: cancelled. Next edition 2021.


filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/LAWomeninFilmFestival


Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival https://www.lawomensfest.com (Los Angeles, US)

Provides a platform for women filmmakers worldwide to share their unique stories and cultural experiences with Los Angeles' diverse audience. Programming reflects Alliance of Women Filmmakers' mission to educate and inform audiences of social, political, and health issues impacting women globally. 


Covid status: IRL Women's Doc Fest 2020.


twitter https://twitter.com/DianaMeans

instagram https://www.instagram.com/allianceofwomen/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/62331191114/



Lunafest https://www.lunafest.org travelling in US and Canada.


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. Content is international. Programme available as fundraiser in United States/Canada only. Associated with Luna food & beverages.


Covid status: some travelling events cancelled, virtual events virtual.


twitter https://twitter.com/LUNAbar

instagram https://www.instagram.com/lunabar/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/luna


Nevada Women’s Film Festival https://www.nwffest.com/ (Las Vegas, United States)


Celebrates and support the fair representation of women in film, showcases films with a strong female presence, women at the helm, stories that depict women in a positive light with diversity of worldview, background and experience.


Covid status: virtual, with some live events.


twitter https://twitter.com/nwffest

instagram https://www.instagram.com/nwffest/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/NVWomensFilmFestival/



New Negress Film Society https://newnegressfilmsociety.com (*)


Collective of Black woman and non-binary filmmakers. Prioritises creation of community and spaces for exhibition, support, and consciousness-raising. Focuses primarily on works that break boundaries in film politically and artistically, are womanist in their content and experimental in form, often some of most challenging for a marginalized filmmaker to create and distribute.


Annual conference convenes Black women and non-binary filmmakers from all over the world to share work, discuss the craft, exchange filmmaking strategies, and build community. Showcases films and hosts conversations between filmmakers, scholars and curators and explores current landscape of cinema and intersections of history, filmmaking, and political action.


Covid status: virtual.


twitter https://twitter.com/newnegressfilm

instagram https://www.instagram.com/newnegressfilmsociety/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/NewNegressFilmSociety/


Post Alley Film Festival http://www.postalleyfilmfestival.com (Seattle US)


Award winning & premiere, female centric (and eccentric) short films from around the block & around the globe: drama, documentary, experimental, archival, narrative, and animation. Some directed by men.


Covid status: postponed.


facebook https://www.facebook.com/PostAlleyFilmFestival/wall/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/PostAlleyFilmFestival


POW Film Fest – Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival https://powfilmfest.com (Portland, Oregon US)

Provides space and support to strengthen the community of women in film. Puts strong, women-directed films on screen, features top filmmakers, grows next generation of women filmmakers, and makes it easier for women to make films. POWGirls program: year-round film workshops for girls and non-binary youth ages 15 -19.


Covid status: Virtual local edition - short films only. Also launched POW TV https://powfilmfest.com/pow-tv, virtual viewing station for discovering films by women and non-binary filmmakers.


twitter https://twitter.com/POWFest

instagram https://www.instagram.com/powfilmfest/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/powfilmfest/


Queer Women of Color Festival https://qwocmap.org/festival/ (San Francisco US)

Screens films created through its programs and high-impact films by independent filmmakers from around the world that authentically reflect the lives of queer women of color (cisgender & transgender), gender nonconforming and transgender people of color (of any orientation). 


Addresses vital, intersecting social justice issues that concern multiple communities, nurtures filmmakers as artist-activist leaders to create systemic change and lead social justice movements that incorporate the power of art as cultural resistance, cultural reclamation, cultural resilience and cultural renewal. Boutique distributor https://qwocmap.org/watchfilms/.


Covid status: virtual. ASL interpreters for all events.


twitter https://twitter.com/qwocmapsf

instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/qwocmap/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/QWOCMAP/


Reel Girls Film Festival https://www.reelgirlsfilmfestival.com/


All-girls international student film festival, devoted entirely to encouraging and supporting young female filmmakers.


twitter 

instagram https://www.instagram.com/reelgirlsfilmfest/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/Reel-Girls-Film-Festival-103540211207160


film freeway https://filmfreeway.com/ReelGirlsFilmFestival


Reel Sisters of the Diaspora https://reelsisters.org (Brooklyn, NY, US)



Short films by women of African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian, Indian and Native American descent. First Academy-Qualifying Film Festival for narrative shorts devoted to women of color. Founded 1997.


Covid status: virtual. Next edition 23-24 October 2021.


twitter https://twitter.com/reelsisters

instagram https://www.instagram.com/reelsistersfilmfest/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/reelsistersfilmfestival/


Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival https://rmwfilm.org/ (Colorado Springs, US)


33d edition November 2020, online. Elevates the stories of women and others who are often unheard or unseen, cultivating a more empathetic and connected community. Showcases documentary, narrative shorts and animated films.


twitter https://twitter.com/rmwfilm

instagram https://www.instagram.com/rmwfilm/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/rmwfilm


https://303magazine.com/2020/10/rocky-mountain-womens-film-festival-2020-rbg-screening/


St John's International Film Festival (Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada) https://www.womensfilmfestival.com


Made by women, for everyone. 31st edition October 2020.


twitter https://twitter.com/SJIWFF

instagram https://www.instagram.com/sjiwff/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/womensfilmfestival


Covid status: virtual, geoblocked to Canada only, some to Atlantic Canada only.


Through Women's Eyes Film Festival http://www.throughwomenseyes.com (Sarasota, Florida)


Focuses on increasing local awareness about the situation of women in developing countries and raising funds for UNIFEM programs. Showcases women filmmakers & directors. The films address global issues and highlight the challenges women face.


Covid status: IRL Next edition 2021.


twitter https://twitter.com/TWEfilmfestival

facebook https://www.facebook.com/ThroughWomensEyesFF/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/ThroughWomensEyes


Vancouver Women in Film Festival https://www.womeninfilm.ca/2017_Film_Festival.html (Vancouver, Canada)


Short, and feature films – narrative, documentary, experimental and animation – by established and emerging women filmmakers from around the world. Includes an international screenplay competition. Run by WIFT Vancouver.


Covid status: IRL. Next edition March 2021.


twitter https://twitter.com/WIFTV

instagram https://www.instagram.com/wiftv/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/Womeninfilm


Women’s Film Festival https://thewomensfilmfestival.org (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania US)


Celebration of female expression that encourages women to embrace leading roles in the film and entertainment industry. Forum where men and women can showcase and discuss the artistic presence of women on screen and off. Aims to inspire and cultivate a movement of supporters who celebrate and collaborate the power of women in the film and entertainment industry. Documentary, short, feature, animation, music videos.


Covid status: postponed.


twitter https://twitter.com/phlwomensfilm

instagram https://www.instagram.com/thewomensfilmfestival/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/thewomensfilmfestival/


Women's Film Festival San Diego https://www.womensfilmfestivalsandiego.com (San Diego, CA, US)


Strives to educate and inspire future generations about the experiences and contributions of women through the art of film. Dedicated to supporting women filmmakers and giving them an opportunity to showcase their work. Held at teh Women's Museum of California.


twitter https://twitter.com/WomensMuseum

instagram https://www.instagram.com/womensmuseum/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/womensfilmfestivalsandiego

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/WomensFilmFestivalSanDiego


Women Texas Film Festival https://womentxff.org


Leaders. Radicals. Storytellers.


Covid status: online. 


twitter https://twitter.com/WomenTXFF

instagram https://www.instagram.com/womentxff/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/womenTXFF/


Women's Film Festival  http://womensfilmfestival.org/general-info/(Brattleboro, Vermont US)


Celebrates movies from around the world. Platform for women to tell their own stories.  Documentaries, feature films and shorts. Major fundraiser for the Women’s Freedom Center, a non-profit domestic and sexual violence organization.

Covid status: postponed.


facebook https://www.facebook.com/womensfreedomcenter


Women's Independent Film Festival https://womensindiefilm.com (Tarzana California US)


Gives voice to womxn filmmakers from every part of the world.


Covid status: postponed.


instagram https://www.instagram.com/womensindependent/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/WomensIndependentFilmFestival/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/WomensIndieFest


Women's International Film and Arts Festival https://womensfilmfest.com (Miami, Florida US)


WIFF's mission is to empower women's artistic vision internationally. Our goal is to encourage the marketing and distribution of films throughout the world by primarily producing an annual women’s international film and arts festival.


Covid status: unknown


twitter https://twitter.com/womensfilmfest

instagram https://www.instagram.com/womensfilmfest/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheWomensfilmfest **messaged re 2020 Sept 2020.

Central & South America

Cabíria Festival (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) https://en.cabiria.com.br/


Screens films directed by women. Started as an award for screenplays with female protagonists and it evolved to a festival in 2019. The award still exists and is given at the festival. 


Covid status: online 18-25 November 2020


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cabiriafestival


Cine de la Mujer Marialionza (Yaracuy, Venezuela)


La mujer y la simbología patriarcal. Desnudamos la decadencia de las viejas instituciones./Women and patriarchal symbols. We expose the decadence of the old institutions.


twitter https://twitter.com/FCMARIALIONZA

facebook https://www.facebook.com/FESTIVAL-DE-CINE-DE-LA-MUJER-MARIALIONZA-1471700496423429/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/FestivaldeCinedelaMujerMARIALIONZA


Cinefem – Festival Internacional de Cine de la Mujer https://www.festivalesdepuntadeleste.com/cinefem2019 (Punta del Este, Uruguay)


CineFem, Uruguay's first international women's film festival, is a space to reflect on the role of women in cinema and in our society. CineFem, the woman's view.


Covid status: IRL.


twitter https://twitter.com/festivales_PDE

instagram https://www.instagram.com/festivalespde/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/cine.fem.uruguay/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/CineFem


DIGO International Film Festival on Gender and Sexual Diversity of Goiás http://digofestival.com.br (Goiânia, Brazil)


Showcases and raises awareness Diversity, Gender and Sexuality, to promote inclusion, social change and respect for others, through contemporary audiovisual work and urging historical reviews. As an international event, emphasises cross-cultural communication.


Covid status: unknown (website 'June 18th to 24th at Banana Shopping, in Goiânia Goiás, Brazil' but FB and Twitter closed. One instagram post says 'online' but seems to refer to a single event)


instagram https://www.instagram.com/digofestival/?hl=en

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/DIGO


Encontro Nacional Empoderadas - Mulheres Negras no Audiovisual São Paulo, Brazil (SP) 


Screens films with Black women in key creative positions. First edition 2017. 


Covid status: adapted to a lab format?


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/programaempoderadas/ (Quite generic because the project started as a web series about Black women in Brazil and then it evolved into a festival.)

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/instaempoderadas/


Fem Cine http://femcine.cl/(Santiago, Chile)



International feature and short film competitions. Includes national Chilean Film School Short Film Competition.


Covid status: virtual.


twitter https://twitter.com/FEMCINE

instagram https://www.instagram.com/femcine/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/femcine/

festhome


FIM - Festival Internacional Mulheres no Cinema (São Paulo, Brazil) https://fimcine.com.br/br/home/


Films directed by women. First edition 2018. 


Covid status: online10/11 to 17/11/20.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fimcine


FINCAR - International Women Filmmakers Festival http://www.fincar.com.br/en_lang/ (Recife, Pernambuco Brazil)


facebook https://www.facebook.com/fincarealizadoras/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/FINCAR


Mostra Ela na Tela (Porto Alegre, Brazil) https://www.elanatela.com/


Screens films directed by women. First edition 2015. 


Covid status: uncertain.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elanatela


Mostra Lugar de Mulher É no Cinema (Salvador, Brazil) http://www.mostramulhernocinema.com.br/


Short films directed by women or female-centric. First edition 2017.


Covid status: no festival.


instagram https://www.instagram.com/mostramulhernocinema/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/mostramulhernocinema/


Muestra Internacional de Cine con Perspectiva de Género – MICGénero http://micgenero.com (Mexico)


Esta muestra es una invitación a cuestionar la forma de ver películas desde una perspectiva de género.


twitter https://twitter.com/MICGenero

instagram https://www.instagram.com/micgenero/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/MICGenero


Tudo Sobre Mulheres - Festival de Cinema Feminino (Cuiabá, Brazil) 


Screens films directed by women and about 'the female universe': male directors are included.) Started 2005, sixth edition 2019, possibly no plans for future ones. 


Covid status: some shorts from past editions online


facebook https://www.facebook.com/tsmfestival

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/festivaltsm/


Europe 

Bechdel Test Fest http://bechdeltestfest.com/ (in and around London UK)


All-year celebration of films that represent women in a positive and progressive light. Hidden gems and new releases, covering the spectrum of those who identify as female and as many genres as possible. Post-screening discussions, usually with special guests. Includes podcast: Who Is She? bechdeltestfest.com/podcast


Inspired by cartoonist Alison Bechdel's comic strip ‘The Rule’ which became a basic measure to see if women are fairly represented in a film: 1: It must have at least two female characters 2: Who both have names 3: Who talk to each other about something other than a man


Covid status: virtual.


twitter https://twitter.com/BechdelTestFest

instagram https://www.instagram.com/bechdeltestfest/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/BechdelTestFest/



Berlin Feminist Film Week http://berlinfeministfilmweek.com/ (Berlin, Germany)




Celebrating artists who challenge the hegemony of white cis-male world of filmmaking.  


Covid status: IRL.


instagram https://www.instagram.com/berlinfeministfilmweek/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/berlinfeministfilmweek


Cinesister http://cinesisterfilm.com/ (Peterborough UK)



Showcases and promotes films made with female-identifying filmmakers in a leadership role through film screenings, workshops and events.


Covid status: virtual film club.


twitter https://twitter.com/cinesisterfilm

instagram https://www.instagram.com/cinesisterfilm/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/cinesisterfilm/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/CineSister


Club Des Femmes https://www.clubdesfemmes.com (U.K.)

Queer feminist collective curatorial collective. Offers a freed up space for the re-examination of ideas through art.


Covid status: online events.


twitter https://twitter.com/clubdesfemmes

instagram https://www.instagram.com/clubdesfemmes_international/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/clubdesfemmesfilm/


Corto Helvetico Al Femminile: Women’s International Short Film Festival  https://www.festival-chf.ch (Ticino, Switzerland)


Every second year. Next edition 2021.


twitter https://twitter.com/CH_alfemminile

instagram https://www.instagram.com/cortohelvetico/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/Festival.CHF/


Dispatch | Feminist Moving Image https://www.dispatchfmi.com (London & Edinburgh UK)


An intersectional feminist moving image curatorial practice & online platform, with a focus on works created by women. Aims is to bring feminist cinema and theory to all by making screenings accessible, affordable, and educational. Also, a journal, Dispatch.


twitter https://twitter.com/dispatchfmi

instagram https://www.instagram.com/dispatchfmi/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/DispatchFMI/


Elles Tournent/ Dames Draien https://ellestournent-damesdraaien.org/home-en-2 (Brussels, Belgium)


Promotes and enhances the work of women in the arts and cultural world in general and particularly in the audiovisual and media sectors, through a festival, research and film tours.


Covid status: postponed to 2021.


twitter https://twitter.com/EllesTournent

instagram https://www.instagram.com/ellestournent/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/elles.tournent


Female Filmmakers Film Festival Berlin https://femalefilmmakersberlin.com/ (Berlin, Germany)



Platform to support and amplify diversified voices of women in film and music from across the globe.International short films & feature films of all genres and hand-picked music videos. Panels, networking sessions and discussions about recent topics.


Covid status: IRL (social distancing)


twitter https://twitter.com/filmfestberlin

instagram https://www.instagram.com/femalefilmmakersfestival/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/femalefilmmakersfestival

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/festival/FemaleFilmmakersFilmFestivalBerlin


Femspectives – Glasgow Feminist Film Festival https://femspectives.com


A film series and festival in Glasgow. Provides a platform for feminist storytelling and safe spaces for conversations about feminisms, social issues, and politics.


Covid status: weekly virtual film club, includes communal viewing and tweet along, zoom chats.


twitter https://twitter.com/femspectives

instagram https://www.instagram.com/femspectives/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/femspectives/


Festival International de Films de Femmes (Créteil, Paris, France)


Cinema from all over the world, made by women. One of the grandmothers, founded back in 1978.


Covid status: next edition 2021.


twitter https://twitter.com/fiffemmes

instagram https://www.instagram.com/fiffemmes/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/FestivaldeFilmsdeFemmes



Films Femmes Mediterranée http://films-femmes-med.org/ (Marseilles, Hyères etc, France)



Discovers, supports and exhibits cinema by Mediterranean women directors.


Découvrir, soutenir et diffuser le cinéma des réalisatrices de la Méditerranée.


Covid status:  virtual and free 20-26 November 2020.


twitter https://twitter.com/ffmediterranee1

facebook https://www.facebook.com/filmsfemmesmed/



FilmMor Women's Film Festival on Wheels (starts Istanbul, Turkey, and travels throughout Turkey)


To make cinema, to contest, to produce, to dream, to act, for women, with women. Travelling programme, workshops, courses, films.


Covid status: virtual, with screenings, Make Your Own Movie workshop, q&a sessions with audience.


twitter https://twitter.com/Filmmor_

instagram https://www.instagram.com/filmmor/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/Filmmor



HER Docs Film Festival https://en.herdocs.pl/ (Warsaw, Poland)

Celebration of documentary, space for exchange of ideas and lively debate, inspiring screenings, meetings, workshops and music events, for those who are curious about the world. Short-, medium- and feature-length 

documentaries, documentary animations and video artworks 

directed or co-directed by womxn.


Covid status: IRL 2020.


instagram https://www.instagram.com/herdocs/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/herdocs


[IBW (Images of Black Women) Film Festival (London, UK)

Promotes race and gender equality both in front of and behind the camera, highlighting the work of Black women and the diversity of Africa and its Diaspora

Facebook Twitter - seems defunct]


International Female Film Festival Malmö http://www.femalefilmfestival.se/ (Malmö, Sweden) 


Annual festival screening feature films, shorts and docs by female directors.


Next edition February 2021.


instagram https://www.instagram.com/ifemafilmfestival/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/ifemafilmfestival/


International Film Festival Assen| Vrouw & film https://filmfestivalassen.nl/for-internationals/(Assen, Netherlands)



Focuses on role of women in front of and behind the camera, strengthens the position of women in film by providing a platform and encouraging and stimulating female filmmakers. Program of recently released (inter)national titles, exclusive pre-releases and a careful selection of last year’s best films that match the IFA mission.


Covid status: celebrated its 40th edition IRL.


twitter https://twitter.com/filmfestassen

instagram https://www.instagram.com/filmfestivalassen/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/internationaalfilmfestivalassen/


International Women's Film Festival/Arab Women Film Festival https://awff.eu (Denmark)


Films must be directed by and about women.


Next edition 4-11 March 2021.


instagram https://www.instagram.com/internationalwomenff/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/arabwomenfilmfestival/

filmfreeway filmfreeway.com/InternationalWomensFilmFestival-DK


Internationales Frauenfilmfestival/ International Women’s Film Festival https://www.frauenfilmfestival.eu/index.php?id=2  (Dortmund/ Koln, Germany)


Platform for the presentation of the latest film developments and trends for women working in all areas of film production. All genres and styles. Networking activities, sharing experience and training opportunities. Questions about production conditions, rights of use, role of international women's film networks, copyright issues and innovative channels of distribution, workshops about film theory and composition of image.


Covid status: About half of the originally planned programme. Next edition: Dortmund April 2021.


twitter https://twitter.com/frauenfilmfest

instagram https://www.instagram.com/frauenfilmfestival/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/IFFF.Dortmund.Koeln


Les 11% https://lesonzepourcent.wordpress.com/


Montrer l'autre moitié de l'histoire du cinéma, sélection de films réalisés par des femmes/ Shows the other half of cinema history, with a selection of films directed by women.


Online, one film each week, with description of film, trailer and link to French VOD.


instagram https://www.instagram.com/lesonzepourcent/


Lesbian Film Festival of Freiburg http://www.freiburger-lesbenfilmtage.de/ (Germany)


Covid status: cancelled.


instagram https://www.instagram.com/freiburger.lesbenfilmtage/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/freiburger.lesbenfilmtage


London Feminist Film Festival https://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/ (London U.K.)


Celebrating international feminist films past and present. 


Covid status: having a break, hopes to be back soon, active on social media.


twitter https://twitter.com/LdnFemFilmFest

instagram https://www.instagram.com/londonfeministfilmfestival/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/LondonFeministFilmFestival/


Manchester International Women's Film Festival (Manchester UK)

Manchester's only festival celebrating women in film. 


Next edition 2021.


twitter https://twitter.com/Mancwomenff

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/MWIFF


Mostra Internacional Films de Dones/ Barcelona International Women’s Film Festival  https://www.mostrafilmsdones.cat (Barcelona, Spain) 


Promotes cinema directed by women, making women's audiovisual culture visible to prove the importance of women's contribution to the development in audiovisual creation. Now also focuses on La Mostra distribucions as distributor of many films projected during the festival and La Mostra edicions to host publications in various formats to continue the knowledge circuit generated during the festival.


Covid status: virtual festival and further online events.


twitter https://twitter.com/MostraDones

instagram https://www.instagram.com/mostradones/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/mostrafilmsdones



Olhares do Mediterrâneo – Women’s Film Festival (Lisbon, Portugal) https://www.olharesdomediterraneo.org/the-festival/


Exhibits work of female filmmakers from Mediterranean countries building on partnership with Films Femmes Mediterranée, (Marseille, France) and others.


Covid status: planned for November 2020.


twitter https://twitter.com/OlharesMed

instagram https://www.instagram.com/olhares_do_mediterraneo/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/OlharesdoMediterraneo


Porto Femme http://portofemme.com/ (Porto, Portugal)


International film festival which aims to give visibility to the work of women filmmakers. Also collaborates with Films Femmes Mediterranée.

Promover os trabalhos artísticos realizados por mulheres e ainda evidenciar através dos mesmos e do desenvolvimento de actividades de carácter cultural, cívico e social, os direitos das mulheres e da igualdade de género.


Covid status: virtual, with workshops.


twitter https://twitter.com/PortoFemme

instagram https://www.instagram.com/portofemme/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/portofemme



Prishtina International Women's Film Week (Prishtina, Albania)


I couldn't find much about this festival except through its facebook page. But was totally intrigued by its selections.


Covid status: virtual.


facebook https://www.facebook.com/filmweekprishtina/


RVK Feminist Fim Festival https://rvkfemfilmfest.is (Reykjavík, Ísland)



Aims to strengthen female film directors and equalise gender deficit in the industry.


Next edition 14-17 January 2021.


facebook https://www.facebook.com/rvkfemfilmfest/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/RVKFemFilmFest


Some Prefer Cake - Bologna Lesbian Film Festival https://someprefercakefestival.com/en/some-prefer-cake-is-back-from-the-19th-to-the-26th-of-september/ (Bologna, Italy)



Covid status: virtual, including interviews with directors, workshops and book presentations, both online and offline.


instagram https://www.instagram.com/someprefercake/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/someprefercakefestival/


Tricky Women: Animation https://www.trickywomen.at/en (Vienna, Austria)


Focuses on animated films made by women. Includes themed programs and retrospectives to present an exciting overview of the animated cinematic art of female artists from around the world and Austrian filmmakers as well. Historical curiosities and contemporary productions, animated documentaries, student works and cinematographic reflection on the complex work/society are festival anchors. Exhibitions, workshops and Best Practice-afternoons.


Covid status: Cut short and then 'reloaded' virtually.


twitter https://twitter.com/trickywomenvie

instagram https://www.instagram.com/trickywomen/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/TrickyWomen/


Uçan Süpürge International Women’s Film Festival https://flyingbroom.org/about-us/who-are-we/ (Ankara, Turkey)


Aims to increase communication, co-operation and solidarity amongst women, transfer their experiences to the next generation, and establish a national and international communication network. Feature-length, short, documentary and animation films by women directors from Turkey and around the world, presented within a framework of specific themes, panels, discussions and exhibitions.


Covid status: virtual, including discussions, Women's Cinema Programme https://flyingbroom.org/kadinlarin-sinemasi-projesi-2020/.


twitter https://twitter.com/ucansupurgeukff

instagram https://www.instagram.com/ucansupurgee/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/UcanSupurgeVAKFI


Underwire Film Festival http://www.underwirefestival.com/ (UK)


The UK's largest festival celebrating female talent.


Covid status: postponed to September 2021.


instagram https://www.instagram.com/underwirefest/

twitter https://twitter.com/underwirefest

facebook https://www.facebook.com/underwirefestival/



VisualizaMe http://www.inquietarte.es/(Madrid/Almeria, Spain)


Short films.

Covid status: IRL.


twitter

instagram https://www.instagram.com/festivalvisualizame/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/Visual%C3%ADzame-194376743937626/


Women of the Lens https://womenofthelens.com/ (London, England)

Annual. Showcases black women.


Covid status: virtual 16 November-4 December 2020.


instagram https://www.instagram.com/womenofthelens/

twitter https://twitter.com/WomenOfTheLens

facebook https://www.facebook.com/WomenOfTheLens/


Women Over 50 Film Festival https://wofff.co.uk/#content (London, UK)


Champions and showcases the work of older women on screen and behind the camera with an annual short film festival and year round events and film screenings. 


Covid status: 6th edition virtual from 26-30 September 2020


twitter https://twitter.com/WO50FF

instagram https://www.instagram.com/wo50ff/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/wo50ff/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/WomenOver50FilmFestival


Women X  https://riannepictures.com/womenx (Darlington, England)


Celebrates women and non-binary filmmakers. Also a film production company.


Covid status: online.


instagram https://www.instagram.com/riannepictures/

twitter https://twitter.com/riannepictures

facebook https://www.facebook.com/riannepictures

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/womenx

Oceania

Fem&ist Films  https://www.femandistfilms.org/ (Melbourne, Australia)


Uses moving image to explores how female and gender diverse empowerment operates in different communities, investigates who feels represented by feminism, who doesn’t, and why. Thus, both celebrates and critically engages in contemporary feminist discourse.


Covid status: IRL 2020.


instagram https://www.instagram.com/femandist_films/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/femandistfilms/


NB They have some lovely pix on their instagram Sept 2020


Melbourne Women in Film Festival https://mwff.org.au (Melbourne, Australia)


Celebrates and supports the work of women filmmakers and creatives. Short films and web series from women filmmakers working in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and the island nations of the wider Moana Oceania. Encourages submissions from First Nations women, women of colour, women with disability and Deaf communities, and LGBTIQ-identified women.


Covid status: IRL 2020. 


twitter https://twitter.com/MWFF_AU

instagram https://www.instagram.com/mwff_au/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/MWFFest/

filmfreeway https://filmfreeway.com/MelbourneWomeninFilmFestival


Sydney Women's International Film Festival https://www.swiff.org.au/ (Sydney Australia)


A film festival for women, by women. SWIFF is a place where female filmmakers are celebrated, supported, and can network. 


Covid status: IRL 2020.


https://www.instagram.com/swiff.org.au/

https://twitter.com/swifforgau

https://www.facebook.com/swiff.org.au/

Comments

  1. Hi, I'm trying to figure out how to contact you. There is an important film festival that is missing from your list, that of Women's Voices Now. Women's Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival - www.womensvoicesnow.org

    We are trying to get the gears in motion for another festival, to be announced in 2013 and to take place in 2014. I'd really like to be in touch with you about this and to learn more about your work and the possibility of you writing a piece about WVN. Please contact me at your convenience!
    Best, Heidi
    heidi@womensvoicesnow.org

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  2. Hi - we'd love to have the Women's Film Festival in Brattleboro, VT added to your list. Our 22nd annual festival is March 8 - 17, 2013. I'd love to send you the poster for it - how do I do that?

    Vickie
    wfilmfestival@gmail.com

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  3. جشنواره بین المللی فیلم زنان
    هرات،افغانستان
    Herat International Women's Film Festival
    Herat, Afghanistan

    The city of Herat will host the three-day International Film Festival on the occasion of 8 March International Women's Day


    womenfilmfestival.herat@gmail.com
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Herat-International-Womens-Film-Festival/121540494694100

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  4. WOMEN Media Arts and Film Festival

    WOMEN Media Arts and Film Festival is a gender-specific initiative to invite all women filmmakers and digital media artists from around the world to showcase their works.

    https://www.facebook.com/WIMAFF
    http://cinewest.org/welcome/?p=5514

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    1. Thanks, Ali. I have the Herat Fest on my PInterest festival page and will be happy to add both of these here asap.

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  5. So glad you included La Femme Film Festival. I was a guest panelist there along with my partner, producer & comedian Brian Vermeire. Here are some clips. There was good networking and a great final event.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHPef6RrvvE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kCv3csJmXA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn_05HsrZSQ

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  6. Many thanks, Kristina! Always great to have insider info!

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  7. Looking for some great women's festivals to submit our brand new documentary short film TITS

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  8. Wellywood Woman,
    A great list of current women's film festival. Thank you.
    Does anyone keep a list and work to archive (programs, posters, reviews, name of organizers, etc) of the HISTORY of women's film festivals?? I have urged the filmmakers of "BE NATURAL: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache" to PLEASE interview feminist film festival programmers who have been showing her works since at least 1973, that I know of -- ie place women's film festival within the historic context to recover this hugely important woman film pioneer.
    Also urge you and your community to check out (& Like): www.facebook.com/SilverscreenRoadshow I am working to bring back some of the original films produced by Women Make Movies in the 1970s, many of them narratives, that haven't been seen in years. And get them, and other films on the road! -- Ariel dougherty

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    1. Hi I've only just seen this! Thank you. There is a mailing list for film festival studies generally that would know about this. Will have a look for the address and leave it here. Checking out your FB page now!

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    2. This is the group http://www.filmfestivalresearch.org/ and there is a woman there, Skadi Loist, who is very knowledgeable about women's film fests, probably you already know her?

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  9. Dear Wellywood Woman,
    I'm trying to get my film "The Trail", where I play the lead role to a film festival in New Zealand specifically.

    Any advice on which ones would be interested? It is unique to other pioneer/western dramas as it places a young woman's story in the winter of 1848 of survival in the wilderness at the center.

    Here is a link to the trailer:
    http://www.trailmovie.com/

    It already won best film and best actress by 2 other film festivals in the US. It's such a unique story that I'm so proud of, and would love to see it screened in NZ.

    Any advice/info would be much appreciated!

    Thanks!
    -Jasmin Jandreau
    www.jasminjandreau.com

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    1. Hi Jasmin. The main film festival that takes features is the NZ International Film Festival which travels around New Zealand, though there are two smaller ones, like the Maoriland Film Festival and Wairoa Festival (both for indigenous filmmaking) that also show features and Show Me Shorts for short films only. We have 4 million people here, so that's it! Maybe Australia would be better to try? Sendng you every good wish--

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  10. Thank you for taking the time to publish this information very useful! I've been looking for books of this nature for a way too long. I'm just glad that I found yours. Looking forward for your next post. Thanks :)

    TOSHIBA PLT-1204BT

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  11. Hello!

    This is such a useful post, thank you so much!

    I am currently working on a documentary project about women in the industry and would love to connect with you through email to get your thoughts about the culture of some of these different festivals. Would it be possible to get in touch at kausar.mohd@gmail.com?

    Truly appreciate it!

    Warm wishes,

    Kausar

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  12. Hi Wellywood Woman! Women's Voices Now would love to update our post. Please contact Kelsey at kelsey@womensvoicesnow.org so she can send you updated information for our festival. Thank you.

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  13. Hello!

    I am getting in touch as I am a 3rd year Creative Events Management student from Falmouth University currently research feminist film festivals for my dissertation.

    The focus of my dissertation at present is the presence of female directors at film festivals, with a more intent focus to look at why there is a lack of female directors programmed in film festivals and the experiences/barriers women have faced regarding this subject. I am looking for female filmmakers to answer one question regarding this topic, to gather narratives from the industry and collate them to create one strong account of the unheard voices.

    I hope that my research could then be used to benefit both the film industry and female filmmakers to gain an insight into this current issue and help address it in the future.

    Thank you for taking the time to consider talking to me! If you are interested my email address is mt183294@falmouth.ac.uk

    Kind regards,

    Megan Thompson

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