The Australian Womens Film Festival is a short film festival created by women, for women. AWFF wants to support, encourage and celebrate female storytellers by giving them a platform to showcase their talent both in front and behind the camera. Men are not excluded from being involved in AWFF, they just need to be willing to work with women!

The Australian Womens Film Festival offers the following award categories:

Best Film (Prize awarded)
Best Dramatic Film
Best Comedic Film
Best Animated Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Screenplay
Best Editor
Best Actor
One to Watch Award (for young filmmakers)
Audience Award (voted by audience on the night)


One of the most unique aspects of our competition is that three of the five key creatives (Writer,Director, Producer, DOP and Editor) for every film must identify as female.

The film must pass the Bechdel Test by meeting the following three criteria:
(1) it has to have at least two women in it;
(2) who have a conversation;
(3) about something besides a man.

If the Film has no dialogue or is a monologue and therefore cannot technically pass the Bechdel Test, AWFF will determine in its sole discretion whether the Film meets the purpose and intention behind the Bechdel Test and AWFF.

• Your film must have been completed after 1 March 2020
• Your film must not have screened publicly in Sydney, been broadcast on Australian TV, or widely distributed online, and will not be until after AWFF 2022
• Your film must be no longer than 15 minutes (including titles and credits)
• Your film must be in 16:9 ratio and PAL format
• Your film must be uploaded by 23:59 Australian Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday 15 February 2022.
• You must agree to ALL terms and conditions of entry as specified in the Terms & Conditions on our website.



If your film is chosen for shortlisting or as a finalist we will also need the following materials, that you can upload at the time of submission so they are there. If you have them, ready if we need them:

1. Electronic Press Kit (EPK) - including synopsis, director's biography, cast and crew lists and other information about the film.
2. Film Stills - 4 stills, including at least 1 hero image (the one we would use for any publicity and programming) and at least 1 Behind the Scenes (BTS) image. Your hero image should be landscape format and 470 wide x 265 high pixels.
3. Digital Film Poster
3. Director's headshot - portrait and 265 wide x 265 high pixels.

You MUST include a contact name, email address and phone number, suburb, state and postcode with your entry.

By submitting your film via FilmFreeway you are agreeing to the AWFF 2022 Terms and Conditions. Please read the full Terms and Conditions of entry to AWFF 2022 here:

Overall Rating
  • Bus Stop Films

    An amazing festival, truly committed to supporting women in film and elevating women in film. Bravo Team.

    September 2022
  • Charlotte George

    We had a terrific time attending AWFF in Sydney, so glad we came up for it. A really diverse group of films and an excellent panel of judges.

    September 2022
  • Chris Thompson

    The AWFF is one of the best festivals in Australia. Amazing selection of films and is brilliantly executed.

    September 2022
  • Tahyna MacManus and Kelly Tomasich went above and beyond for all the filmmakers. They were incredible at generating press and putting the spotlight on the 8 selected films and filmmakers. At some festivals, as a Director, you can feel your film gets a little lost in the crowd. This is not the case in this festival! A glamourous event that celebrates Women in Film with gift bags, cocktails and celebrities in attendance.

    March 2021
  • AWFF was a great! Thanks for selecting my film for the festival!

    March 2021