The Female Eye is a competitive international women directors’ film festival that was established in 2001, as a not-for-profit organization. The 20th anniversary returns LIVE at TIFF Bell Lightbox in March 2022. The Female Eye showcases high-calibre independent films that illuminate the best of debut, emerging, and established women directors from around the globe. Our Script Development Program is open to both men and women.
FeFF is big on audience engagement and networking. Audience Q&As follow each film program. All festival delegates receive a VIP All Access Pass to the festival (screenings, script development, happy hour, industry panels, workshops, and the closing awards ceremony), where networking with attendees, festival participants, and industry members is key. The Female Eye, noted for its intimate atmosphere and accessibility, attracts film enthusiasts, emerging and internationally recognized directors, screenwriters, seasoned industry professionals, celebrities, and decision-makers in the film and television industry.
The Female Eye serves to bridge the gap between the written and film arts. We produce a robust Industry Initiatives Program consisting of panels, masterclasses, workshops, script development, and pitch and networking sessions. Annually, FeFF honours an Honorary Director and Honorary Maverick with a Best in the Biz Tribute, an “intimate conversation with” and award presentation. Script Development is a three-tier program comprising the Good to Go, a closed-door session with decision-makers for screenwriters with scripts that are “good to go”; the Script-Reading Series, where main scenes are read by ACTRA members before a live audience and industry guests who provide feedback to the writers; and the Live Pitch, where writers and their team members pitch to a live audience and an industry-led jury. The winner takes home a $2,500 cash prize.
For nine consecutive years (2013–2021), the Female Eye Film Festival has been voted one of the “Top 50 film festivals in the world worth the entry fee” by MovieMaker magazine. FeFF is an accredited festival by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and a Telefilm Talent to Watch partner.
Awards are presented for best films and best screenplays at the closing awards ceremony. Film award categories: 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 award categories: Best Screenplay, Best Foreign, Best Canadian, Best Comedy, Best Drama, and the Audience Choice Award. Awards are hand-welded one-of-a-kind engraved statuettes. Development and equipment grants augment the film awards annually.
The seventh annual Live Pitch is a juried industry event and is sponsored by Cinespace Film Studios. One lucky winner takes home $2,500 for Best Live Pitch!
Films must be directed by women. The Script Development Program is open to both men and women. Screenplays written by men must feature a female protagonist. Films must be produced within two years of the festival, and they cannot be streaming, televised, or playing theatrically in Canada. We give priority to films that have not yet screened in Toronto. The fee for the competition is applicable to all deadlines. Filmmakers and screenwriters must elect to compete for an award. The flat fee to enter the competition is $100 regardless of the deadline, genre, or project duration. FeFF programmers can also choose to nominate a project into the competition if they feel a project is award-worthy.