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.
Awards & Prizes
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 its prime award.
Best Lebanese Film
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Lebanese Short Film
Best International Short Film
Best Lebanese Documentary
Best International Documentary
Best Female Director