The Female Eye is a competitive international women director’s film festival established in 2001, as a not-for-profit organization.  

The 19th Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF) is March 4th - 7th at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Films must be produced within two years of the festival event date. Films must be directed by a woman. Screenplays can be written by both men and women (screenplays written by men must feature a female protagonist). The Female Eye showcases high caliber independent films that illuminate the best of debut, emerging, and established women directors from around the globe.

Mission and Mandate
• Offer a perspective through the Female Eye 
• Enlighten, educate and entertain through independent cinema 
• Illuminate the best of debut, emerging and established filmmakers 
• Celebrate the relationship between the written, visual and media arts

Script Development is a three tier program comprised of the Good To Go,  an industry pitch session for screenwriters with scripts that are good to go. The Script Reading Series whereby ACTRA Members read main scenes from scripts selected. Scripts are read in front of a live audience including industry delegates who provide feedback to the writers.  The Script Development Program is open to both men and women, screenplays must feature a female protagonist. The 6th Annual LIVE PITCH (March 2021), is sponsored by Cinespace, Cash Prize $2500 for Best Pitch. 

The Female Eye serves to bridge the gap between the written, visual and media arts with an eclectic program of Film Screenings, Script Readings, FeFF Photo Exhibit, along with a robust Industry Initiatives Program of panels, workshops, and pitch sessions.
The FeFF recognizes one outstanding internationally recognized woman who has contributed to the advancement of the media arts with the HONORARY DIRECTOR and HONORARY MAVERICK AWARD with a BEST IN THE BIZ TRIBUTE. Film Awards are presented for Best of Show, Best Foreign Feature, Best Canadian Feature, Best Debut Feature, Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Animation and Best Experimental. Screenplay Awards are presented for Best Screenplay, Best Foreign, Best Canadian, Best Comedy, Best Drama and the Audience Choice Award *(script reading series).

The Female Eye, noted for its intimate atmosphere, great programming, and accessibility attracts film enthusiasts, emerging, and internationally recognized directors, screen writers, seasoned industry professionals, celebrities, and decision makers in film and television. All filmmakers and screenwriters are notified.

For eight consecutive years (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013) the Female Eye Film Festival has been voted “Top 50 film festivals in the world worthy the entry fee” by the renowned independent Movie Maker magazine. FeFF is an accredited festival by the Canadian Academy of Film and Television. 

FeFF awards are hand-welded statuettes by Dawson Calvert and are presented for Best Films and Best Screenplays at the Closing Awards Ceremony. Awards are presented for Best of Show, Best Foreign Feature, Best Canadian Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Debut Feature, Best Short Film, Best Animation, and Best Experimental. Screenplay Awards are presented for Best Screenplay, Best Foreign, Best Canadian, Best Drama, Best Comedy, and Audience Choice Award.

Please note the competition is not covered by arts councils nor government sponsors. We leave it to the filmmakers, producers and their assigns to determine if their film can compete internationally for an award. The flat fee to enter into completion is $100 regardless of deadline.

Best Live Pitch (March 2021) wins a $2500 cash prize. Development and Equipment Grants augment film and screenplay awards annually.

Films must be produced within two years of the festival event date and cannot be streaming, televised or playing theatrically in Canada. Films are directed by women. The Script Development Program is open to both men and women. Scripts written by men must feature a female protagonist.

The flat entry fee is $100 to be considered "in-competition" and this is applicable to all deadlines i.e. Early, Regular, Late and Extended. This applies to all films, in all genres, regardless of duration. This in competition entry fee applies to script writers as well. We regret the steep entry fee for competition but the awards are not covered by art councils nor other funders. Also, like most competitive events we feel the onus should be on the filmmaker, producer(s), distributors, and screenwriters to determine if their project can compete on an international level.

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  • This is a phenomenal film festival and was a game changer for me! Having won the 2016 “Best Fresh Voice” award for my romantic comedy “Canuck Love/ Luv,” I have since been optioned, and I currently have a letter of intent from one of the biggest actors in Canada. I could not have done this without the festival! This is a must attend film festival! Thank you Leslie Ann Coles and your team!

    May 2020
  • This is a wonderful festival - the intention to create a space where filmmakers come together to support and encourage each other's work is refreshing, and provides a meaningful long-lasting friendly network of creators. Exceptional - highly recommended!

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Angela, You were an absolute delight. So delighted to share your work at FeFF 2018! Hope to have you back for 2019! Or in the near, distant future. You rock!

  • Pearl Gluck

    LOVE this festival! Inspiring, strong line-up of films, terrific networking opportunities, and awards. Leslie (the founder) cares deeply about the impact of women in cinema and the arts. All around great experience. Thank you for including my work!!

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Pearl. Your enthusiasm is very much appreciated. Loved having you! Come back!

  • The Female Eye Film Festival blew my mind! I have never felt this type of camaraderie and support in such a concentrated amount. Leslie Ann Coles has curated an amazing space for women filmmakers from around the world. I am honored to have been included among them and I am inspired to continue creating narratives that women can relate to and enjoy. Leslie is truly a champion for us and I admire her so much. - Mandy Looney, Five Clover Films

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Many thanks Mike. The Female Eye has always been inclusive of men. As you noted, we do screen shorts on occasion that are co directed by a female / male team! Congrats on the continued success of your film!

  • It was my great joy to premiere my film at the FeFF. Leslie Ann Coles and her incredible team of volunteers are the heart of the festival. The films from around the world were extra ordinary and it is my great hope to participate again in the future.

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Nadine. Congratulations on your fabulous work. We hope to see more!