Beirut International Women Film Festival (BWFF) is an annual event held in Beirut, under the theme “Women Empowerment”; gathering filmmakers and cinema lovers from all over the world, BWFF tackles issues such gender equality, sexual identity, domestic violence among others through the power of the lens and cinema which is the window to society and particularly women in this case.
BWFF, which comprises films about women and/or executed by women, aims to highlight the power of women in different life situations, the festival organizers believe in promoting a positive image of women struggling with dignity to make a change in their environment.
BWFF includes also an around the year program of sub festivals once every 6 to 8 weeks, which consists of a weekend dedicated to screen Women films from a specific country under the title: “Made in …”;
In addition, BWFF will offer funding to support female directors early on in their careers to be able to produce their debut film projects.
The Phoenician Goddess Tanith is the Symbol of the festival; "Tanith" is the Great Phoenician Goddess of Carthage, known through the ancient Mediterranean, and worshipped as a chief Deity. She is a Sky Goddess who ruled over the Sun, Stars, and Moon; and as a Mother Goddess She was invoked for fertility. The palm tree is Hers, as the desert version of the Tree of Life; and as symbolic of the life-force of the Earth the serpent is Hers as well, and her other symbols include the dove, grapes and the pomegranate (both symbolic of fruitfulness and fertility), the crescent moon, and, the lion.
BWFF took "Tanith" as its symbol, and the "Tanith of Beirut" as its prime award.
Best Lebanese Feature Film
Best Lebanese Feature Documentary
Best Lebanese Short Film
Best Lebanese Short Documentary
Best Lebanese Animated Film
Best Foreign Language Feature Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Animated Short Film
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Female Director
Best Female Cinematographer
Rules and Regulations:
1- FILMS PRODUCED AFTER JANUARY 1, 2017 ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SUBMISSION.
2- FOR INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILMS SUBMISSIONS, LEBANESE PREMIERE IS A MUST – FEATURE FILMS THAT WERE SCREENED PREVIOUSLY IN LEBANON WON’T BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.
3- BWFF COVERS THE TRAVEL COST OF DIRECTORS OF ALL SELECTED INTERNATIONAL FILMS TO LEBANON TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FESTIVAL SCREENINGS AND ACTIVITIES. (Conditions apply)
Filmmakers are invited to submit their original work to Beirut International Women Film Festival (BWFF) for the above listed categories and as per the assigned duration of each category.
Beirut International Women Film Festival (BWFF) holds the right to:
• Select the film that is qualified to be in the official selection of the festival
• Use the selected films for trailers and publicity usage
• Screen the winning films in other related events inside Lebanon, and recommend the winning films to other international film festivals that collaborate with BWFF after the approval of the filmmakers