We at the China Women's Film Festival aim to promote women's rights and LBGTQ+ rights in China through the use of films, forums, and discussions dealing with women’s issues. The CWFF works to increase public awareness and visibility of female directors, women in art, and the multitude of challenges facing women around the world.
Our organization believes that films are a capitivating and inspiring medium in promoting change. Documentary and feature films alike can bring awareness to large audiences about issues that are prevelant, not only in foreign countries that are halfway around the world, but also in their own communities.
WHAT WE DO
The China Women's Film Festival (CWFF) is the only film festival in China dedicated to women's rights.
The festival presents an opportunity for national and international filmmakers, academics and female activists to network, exchange ideas and strengthen women’s roles in the film community.
Since 2013, there have been four editions of the China Women's Film Festival. Every year, the festival first takes place in a variety of cultural centres, embassys, small theaters and event spaces throughout Beijing, and later goes on tour to different cities around China, particularly non-first-tier cities that lack resources.
The film festival is supported by UN Women and its HeforShe campaign, which provides a platform for people of every gender identity and expression to come together and continue the fight for gender equality. The festival’s sponsors include the Dutch Embassy, Norwegian Embassy, Delegation of the European Union to China and Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its partners include the Chilean Embassy, Swiss Embassy, Rotaract Beijing, the venues mentioned above, among others.
Awards & Prizes
The Jury Award and People's Choice Award is presented to the winning films for the following categories: Violence and Discrimination Against Women, Queer and Transgender Women, Female Innovators, Challenging Stereotypes, Overcoming Barriers, and Chinese Independent Films
Rules & Terms
The China Women's Film Festival will go on tour in different cities throughout China starting from March 10, 2018 until December 10, 2018. The cities and dates are still being decided. As of now, selected films will be included in the tour section of our film festival.
1. This year, in order to be considered for our film festival, films submitted must fall into the following categories:
- Violence and Discrimination Against Women
- Queer and Transgender Women
- Female Innovators
- Women Challenging Stereotypes
- Women Overcoming Barriers
- Chinese female directed films
2. Films can be narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, young filmmakers, and short films, however, films cannot be more than 10 years old.
3. By submitting a film, you guarantee that your entry is your original work and does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of third parties.
4. No works in progress accepted.
5. Film must have a minimum of 15 minutes.
1. Filmmakers must send DCP and DVD format to the address:
18 Dashiqiao Hutong Jiu Gulou Dajie
Xicheng District 100009
2. Please let us know if your film as already been shown in China (if not, we will adverstise it as a China premier).
3. Our festival often screens films multiple times throughout the festival (espeically during the tour portion since we travel to different cities). Therefore, please let us know if there is a limit to the number of screenings.
5. If mailing a DVD, please label your disc with: Title, Director, Submission Categories, Runtime and email address.
6. If selected, filmmakes must also send their film's "Press Package" to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Press Pacakge must include:
- Film poster (high resolution)
- At least 2 stills (high resolution)
- Film synopsis
- A photo of the director
7. We reserve the right to use any material provided to us as part of our PR, marketing and promotional activities.
8. For films in English, there must be Chinese subtitles, and vise versa. If the film is not in either of these languages, there must be subtitles in both English and Chinese. If the film does not have subtitles, the filmmaker must send an .srt file of their script to email@example.com so that we can get it translated.