We are moving the Female Eye to March at TIFF Bell Lightbox following our Nov. 2019 edition. The 18th Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF) will take place March 4th-7th, 2021 at TIFF Bell Light Box. It should be noted we have a Female Eye program in March 2020 at TIFF as part of International Women's Day (IWD), and we will be gathering films as they come to us leading up to 2021.

This festival is a competitive international women director’s film festival established in 2001, as a not-for-profit organization. Films must be directed by women. FeFF can opt to present a short co directed by a female/male team. The FeFF showcases high caliber independent films that illuminate the best of debut, emerging, and established women directors from around the globe, and presents awards for Best Films and Best Screenplays at the Closing Awards Ceremony.

The Script Development Program is a three tier program comprised of the Good To Go is 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 5th Annual LIVE PITCH, 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, pitch sessions...
Each year, The FeFF recognizes one outstanding internationally recognized woman who has contributed to the advancement of the media arts with the HONOURARY DIRECTOR and HONOURARY MAVERICK AWARD with a BEST IN THE BIZ TRIBUTE.

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.

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

For seven consecutive years (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.

Hand crafted award engraved statuettes are presented for Best Films at the Closing Awards Ceremony. Awards presented for Best of Show, Best Foreign Feature, Best Canadian Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Debut Filmmaker, Best Short Film, Best Animation, and Best Experimental. Screenplay Awards are presented for Best Screenplay, Best Reserve, Best Low Budget Feature, Best Fresh Voice and Audience Choice Award.

Winner of the the 6th Live Pitch wins $2500 cash prize.

Films must be directed by women. Script Development Program is open to both men and women. Scripts must feature a female protagonist. Films must be produced within two years of the festival date i.e. for 2017 for edition 2019.

The flat entry fee is $100 to be considered in-competition is applicable to all deadlines re: Early, Regular, Late and Extended, and applies to all films, in all genres, and lengths, along with screenplays. The onus is on the filmmaker, producer(s) and screenwriters to determine if their project can compete on an international level.

Overall Rating
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    Response from festival:

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

  • Janice Corran

    One of the best festivals I have ever had a film in. This is definitely in my list of top three festivals ever. Kudos to all.

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Janice, we loved closing with Snapshots. Congratulations on winning Best of Show, our highest award in the film category. Wishing you continued success in all your endeavours!