Beirut International Women Film Festival (BWFF) is an annual event organized in Beirut by Beirut Film Society, under the theme “Women for Change”; 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.

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.

National Competition:
Best Lebanese Feature Film
Best Lebanese Feature Documentary
Best Lebanese Short Film
Best Lebanese Short Documentary
Best Lebanese Animated Film

International Competition:
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
Best Actress

Rules and Regulations:

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.

1- FILMS PRODUCED AFTER JANUARY 1, 2018 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)

4- Submissions fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.

5- BWFF retains the right to accept or decline any film, for whatever reason, without any explanation.

6- Applicant admits that he/she is authorized to submit the film, being the rights-holder or authorized representative of the film.

7- BWFF receives exhibition copy in QuickTime 1080p HD 8 bit uncompressed or Apple ProRes file or equivalent via a downloadable link.

8- All non-English speaking films must have adequate English subtitles.

9- Screening fees must be declared prior to or upon submission. If a screening fee is only indicated after the official selection has been announced, the Festival retains the right to revoke the film's acceptance.

10- Beirut International Women Film Festival (BWFF) holds the right to:
• 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

11- Submission fees are non refundable and non reimbursable under any circumstances; BWFF does not reimburse any submission fees for films who are not selected for the festival program, or who withdrew their submissions at any time.

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  • Nicolas d'Autryve

    Personaly, before sharing feedback of our movie maker Sophie Martin, I want to thank all the team of this festival, for their support during the organisation of the trip of Sophie.
    Sophie came back so happy and enthousitatic, she is sure that this festival will grow again and again over the years. She is thanksfull for all the team and especially Sam Lahoud. Quality of movies was impressive and meaningfull. Plus the organisation was also amazing, lunch, dinner were succulent (nearly too good) and everybody was so welcoming.
    Clearly a huge recommandation for this festival.

    March 2019
  • We would like to thank the whole Festival team for the wonderful time we had in Beirut. The film selection was great as well as the Festival management and hospitality. Encounters and discovery of Beirut have been very . Hope to see you soon.

    March 2019
  • K. S. McMullen

    This was one of the best festival experiences I've ever had. Wonderful people, wonderful films, wonderful food... A huge thank you to Sam, Doris and the team!

    March 2019
  • Mohcine Besri

    Great Festival, we really had a very nice moments with all the team, watched very good films.
    Thank you guys for your hospitality and looking forward to see you all very soon.

    March 2019
  • My film was officially selected by the festival in 2019 and won Best Feature Fiction. I did not get the chance to travel to Beirut with the film but I must say that the selection was fantastic, and the communication with the festival prompt and efficient. I wish them all the best to their future editions.

    March 2019