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.


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. We provide 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.

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

[ The Baturu Cultural Festival and China Women’s Film Festival are accepting films from Chinese Female Filmmakers until August 15th, 2020 to present at our festivals in Mainland China and Hong Kong, and also at numerous international women’s film festivals. Here you can find more information about the call ]

2020 Special: This year to celebrate the Beijing+25, the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, the festivals in collaboration with the UN Women and other film festivals across the region, aims to promote female filmmakers from the Asia Pacific to the international audience. So this year the participants will have a chance to present their works at special editions with international women’s film festivals across the globe.

General Rules:

– The director of the film MUST be female. These Submissions are open for all filmmakers from the following countries: Mainland China, Macao, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, Mongolia, South Korea, North Korea, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, New Zealand, etc.
!!PLEASE NOTE: We will run a separate submission process for filmmakers from: Australia, Nepal, Laos, Philipinnes, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia !!
Selection of movies from other countries of the Asia Pacific region will be conducted by the respected local film festivals

– All themes are welcome, regardless of age, professional background, or winning awards. The movie shall tell a story about women.

– Films must be completed after January 1st, 2018 ( January 1st, 2019 for Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan)

– The festival accepts live-action films and animation of all genres including drama and documentary.

- The director must be willing to present her film abroad at the numerous international women’s film festivals.

– Must be filmed running less than 30 minutes (including end credits).

– Should not have been broadcasted on a terrestrial television prior to September 6th, 2020.

– Chinese subtitles or English subtitles are required. Finalists will be also required to submit the script in Chinese and in English with time code.

– Submissions are done via the FilmFreeway platform.

– Submission Fee: 5 USD (10 USD for Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan)

– Deadline: September 1st, 2020 (August 15th, 2020 - for Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan)

– Notification date: September 2020

The festival will take place in November 2020.

We remind readers that the China Women’s Film Festival and Baturu Cultural Festival will take place from September 24th – October 4th in Hong Kong, and from October 16th to October 25th. The dates and the format of festivals can be adjusted to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the current situation.















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