Beirut International Women Film Festival (BWFF) is an annual event organized in Beirut by Beirut Film Society, 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.

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:

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

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  • great experience, and would definitely be honoured to do it again. it is always warm to screen films in Beirut ... the film founder is wonderful man who believes in real artists ..

    June 2018
  • Elie Tahchi

    It was a great first edition for Beirut International Women Film Festival. First of all, the selection was very interesting, diverse and fits the theme. The experience was so enriching meeting many women filmmakers, well known actrices or even male filmmaker interested in women subjects ! Overall, I recommend this festival for every filmmaker especially women.

    June 2018
  • Hala EL KOUCH

    It was such an enticing journey to actually be part of this festival and journey! Total privilege to being amongst the top female filmmakers, so much added value comes along with it. Would do it all over again.

    June 2018
  • Anais Wakim

    A very special and professional film festival .. It was a Wonderful experience !

    June 2018
  • Doris Saba

    This Festival is a unique one in the region, it gives us, women filmmakers a great platform to show our films and share our thoughts; in parallel of the film screenings, the festival organizes discussions and seminars on issues related to Women in Leadership in society, which is also a great initiative of awareness in this region.

    June 2018