Beirut International Women Film Festival (BWFF) is an annual event organized in Beirut by Beirut Film Society, under the theme “Women for Leadership” highlighting the role of women as leaders in their societies; and 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 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, 2021 ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SUBMISSION FOR THE COMING EDITION.

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 part of the travel cost for filmmakers of selected international films to Lebanon during the festival days. (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- Applicants admit that they are authorized to submit the film, being the rights-holders or authorized representatives 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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  • Nina McNeely

    This festival was awesome. They were very communicative and accommodating.

    March 2022
  • Nadine van Loon

    It was a very positive experience to work together with the festival team. Great and clear communication, a very committed and experienced team. The panel debate organized prior to the screening of my documentary 'Notes from Brussels' was topical, well researched and with interesting speakers. I regret I was not able to attend the festival myself and travel to Lebanon. Many thanks to the great team! It was an honor my film was selected at the BWFF.

    March 2022
  • Jumana Issa

    Very nice Festival! Unfortunately we couldn't make it to Beirut, but the communication was very good. Thank you Beirut International Women Film Festival!

    March 2022
  • Kalina Lukanova

    Very grateful to the whole team for organizing such an amazing event. I was lucky enough to be present and enjoy a fantastic selection of films. Looking forward to the next one!

    March 2022
  • LaBarranco Films

    Es un festival hecho con el rigor del amor y la profesionalidad de las personas que aman el cine. Con una gran variedad de selección de películas donde las mujeres son el centro, algo tan necesario desgraciadamente todavía a día de hoy. Cuenta con un equipo artístico entregado a la causa de que todos sus invitados y público puedan disfrutar de buen cine. El director del festival transmite su pasión por el cine hecho por y para mujeres en cada evento del propio festival, ya sea una conferencia, una proyección... Ha sido una experiencia increíble formar parte como cineasta de este magnífico festival.

    March 2022