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.

Organized by Beirut Film Society.

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 Feature Fiction Film
Best Feature Documentary Film
Best Feature Animated Film
Best Short Fiction Film
Best Short Documentary Film
Best Short Animated 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, 2019 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 SUPPORTS THE TRAVEL COST OF DIRECTORS OF SELECTED INTERNATIONAL FILMS TO LEBANON TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FESTIVAL SCREENINGS AND ACTIVITIES. (Conditions apply)

4- 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.

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.

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  • Giulio Baraldi

    we partecipated and won a prize at the last edition 2020. they are so kind and passionate. a very amazing festival, indeed!

    September 2020
  • Michèle Flury

    although all the dificulties of the year 2020 and the situation in Lebanon,
    the communication was very warm and uncomplicating. I would love to be part of the festival again and also see everyone in real life.
    wish you all the best and my heart is with you!

    September 2020
  • Bauddhayan MUKHERJI

    A little late in the day to review this lovely festival. But better late than never. Our short documentary 'Kiske Liye' (Who is this Women's Day for?) was part of the festival in 2019. It was a huge honour for a debutante director to have her film as part of such an eclectic line up. Lovely curation, very warm people... wishing the festival a long life ahead. Hope to come back soon.

    August 2020
  • Lee Whitmore

    Dear Festival,
    This is a belated acknowledgement in appreciation of your festival and how proud I am to have my animated short film SOHRAB AND RUSTUM included in the 2020 festival event. It was a pleasure to deal with you.
    I am sorry I was not able to attend. I wish your festival and all of Beirut and Lebanon the very best for a brighter future.
    Yours thankfully
    Lee Whitmore

    August 2020
  • Thank you very much for your efforts, supportive film festival.

    August 2020