Join us on September 27 - 29, 2019, for a multi-day international festival focused on providing women and femme identifying people, regardless of gender, with a platform to tell their stories, share their work, connect with each other, and experience a uniquely supportive audience. This festival aims to showcase the brilliant works of women and femme identifying people from Alberta and around the world.

The Alberta International Women’s Film Festival (AIWFF) strives to include the diversity and talent of women and femme identifying people in the screen industries and endeavors to inspire future generations about the experiences and contributions of women and femme identifying people through the art of motion picture.

This three-day Festival will present an exciting program of international documentaries, short films, and dramatic works.

We are passionate about supporting up-and-coming women and femme identifying people in all aspects of the film industry - writers, producers, directors, and many others - celebrating their works and achievements. During the event, we will host networking opportunities, workshops, and panel discussions on the state of women in the screen industries.

We are a filmmaker-focused festival and are now open for submissions for this year. Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway.

Submissions Open – July 8, 2019
Earlybird Deadline – July 26, 2019 ($30 per submission)
Regular Deadline - August 23, 2019 ($40 per submission)

You are welcome to join us for a welcome reception on Friday, September 27 followed by film screenings, panel discussions, professional development sessions, and other exciting events over the course of the three days. Rounding out the festival is a closing reception on Sunday, September 29.

In recognition of a supportive audience, each filmmaker will be given up to 4 tickets to their screening for the crew, family, personal guests, or press.

We look forward to watching your films!

Audience choice awards for each category

Rules and Terms:

★ Requirements
● Cover letter/Statement by the Female Filmmaker(s)
● Press Kit
● Synopsis
● Logline / one-line description
● Production Stills (300 DPI)
● Photo of the Female Producer and/or Director and/or Writer
● Biography/Filmography of the Female Producer and/or Director and/or Writer
● Press Clippings (if available)
● Short clip / trailer of film
● Poster (required upon acceptance)
● Postcards (optional)

★ Categories:
● Feature Films (documentary and narrative/dramatic)
● Short Drama
● Short Documentary
● Short Animation
● Children/Family
● Music Video
● Alberta Women
★ All films must be produced and/or directed and/or written by women and femme-identifying people.
★ All non-English language films must have English subtitles or dubbed in English.
★ All films submitted pay the flat entry fee regardless of genre and duration.
★ Submissions are accepted through FilmFreeway.
★ If your film is accepted to the Festival, our only accepted exhibition copy formats are as follows:
● 1920 x 1080 downloadable version of your film in a .MOV format or .MP4 format
● A high-res still photo from your film or poster in 300 DPI resolution

→ Filmmakers who have films in the Festival will receive an all access VIP Pass to the festival and this includes all industry events, receptions, tributes, panels and workshops.
→ An Official Letter of Acceptance will be issued to filmmakers and/or their assigns upon acceptance to the AIWFF 2019. Filmmakers are responsible for the delivery of their film if it is selected.

The AIWFF is hereby granted the right to use excerpts from all films accepted for screening at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or distributor submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the AIWFF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • lilia moema Santana

    It was an honor to have my film at this Festival, which each year gets richer in exquisite screenings. I did not have the opportunity to participate in person, but I followed through the media all the programming. Thanks to all the women warriors of the cinema who hold this festival.

    October 2019