Empowered WOMXN 2023 Thematic Edition

After a successful screening to commemorate #InternationalWomensDay2022 GIFF is back with Empowering WOMXN 2023, GIFF’s endeavour to amplify the lived experiences of empowered women by recognising them on International Women's Day 2023.

Gandhara Independent Film Festival Empowered WOMXN 2023 will curate and exhibit films made by female filmmakers in the capacity of writer and/or director as well as host a panel discussion by female filmmakers to highlight their tribulations and contributions to the art and craft of storytelling and filmmaking. Films made by all female ATL crews are especially encouraged to submit.

There is no entry fee for film submissions

Certificates & Official Laurel

Criteria & Categories
1. The festival theme is based on films made by female filmmakers in categories of fiction & documentary films only.
2. The participating films of the Women Thematic Festival Edition 2023 will be selected by the festival programmers. All selections will be posted on our website & social media pages.

Content Guidelines
1. Content of the submitted film(s) should be creative and completely original including the sound/music used and should not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties.
2. Under no circumstances should the content of the films contain any offensive language, violence, religious content or hate speech, defamatory content, politically sensitive topics, material or comment and sexual innuendos or nudity. Any film containing one or more of the above mentioned will be disqualified.

Submission Rules
1. All films must have been made 2018 onwards.
2. Films should be submitted in Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080p) .mp4 or .mov format.
3. All submissions to the Gandhara Independent Film Festival must be made via FilmFreeway (https://filmfreeway.com/gandharafilmfestival). Please include a press kit (short trailer, stills, logline, synopsis, cast and crew bios) where possible, to help speed up the process and ensure that you read all the Terms & Conditions at the bottom of the page before making your submission.
4. The festival may use up to 10 percent of the entry’s running time for promotional purposes.

By entering the Gandhara Independent Film Festival's thematic program based on films made by female filmmakers, you agree to follow its rules and guidelines.

1. The festival theme is based on films made by female filmmakers only.
2. There is no entry fee to submit a film.
3. All films must have been made 2018 onwards.
4. The film should contain subtitles in English.
5. There is no restriction to the number of films that can be submitted by an individual or an entity. However, each submitted film requires a separate submission form.
6. By sending your submission to participate in our festival, you agree that your trailer & posters will be uploaded on our website and our social networks' pages.
7. The festival has the right to screen these films on any collaboration festival or media.
8. All copyrights and intellectual properties belong to their authors and will be properly quoted.
9. The festival will not bear any expenses for participants nor provide any screening fees.
10. Submitting your film to the GIFF is not a guarantee of selection.
11. GIFF will communicate all details through email communications only, please give authorized email and respond to emails ASAP. No phone call inquiries.
12. All filmmakers will be notified via email of acceptance.
13. The decision of the festival programmers is final and not questionable.
14. The festival organizers reserve the right to suspend and/or modify the festival if necessary.

Overall Rating
  • Hashir Ahmed

    Amazing festival, A great opportunity for filmmakers.

    January 2023
  • Thank you for selecting my work, it's been a pleasure and honor to be part of your wonderful festival.

    October 2022
  • Thank you for the selection of my work. Excellent organization of the Gandhara Independent Film Festival, it was a pleasure to participate in this great festival, thank you very much.

    October 2022
  • Abanti Sinha

    Nice and friendly approach, well articulated festival. Was a pleasure to participate and screen my film.

    September 2022
  • It was a fun and inspirational film festival with different and interesting movies to show! I am honorars to be a part of this festival! It means a lot to me! Thank you for choosing my film! I hope I will be part of this film festival again in the future!

    September 2022