The International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) theme for 2023 is WOMEN OF HOPE! The theme explores the stories of women who embark on their journey of fulfillment for themselves and society after deciding which path to take at the crossroads. They are hopeful that at the end of the path they will realize their goals and achieve their many different and complex dreams in ways that benefit themselves and society, no matter their station in life.

Founded in 2002, International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) is an annual festival held in Harare that exhibits films that portray a woman in at least one major role, thus providing role modeling for African women to observe other women in film being active, displaying agency and impacting positively on their own lives and communities.

IIFF films allow for engagement with women's problems and lives, as well as an explanation of women to the male community, encouraging tolerance and understanding. All IIFF screenings at both urban and rural venues are followed by group discussions on the gender issues portrayed in the respective films Over the years IIFF has developed into a hub where women film-makers network.

The International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) 2023 under the theme WOMEN OF HOPE! The theme "Seeks to explore the stories of women who are still on their journey after deciding on which path to take at the crossroads, they are hopeful that at the end of the path they will achieve their goals and realize their many different and complex dreams, no matter their station in life."

The Festival is calling for features, documentaries and shorts in all genres and durations for the main competition as well as non-competition and special competitions categories. To be eligible for the main competition, films must feature a woman in one of the three leading roles.


Submission requirements
Completed entry form. Download form here
A password protected preview of the film (Vimeo link or dropbox).
Digital press kit. The press kit should include three high resolution colour stills, full cast/crew list, directors statement, film synopsis. Posters are welcome but cannot be substituted for stills.
Please email all materials to or upload them to FilmFreeway. Be sure to activate your press kit on FilmFreeway.

Entry Requirements
Films must not be available on the internet.
Films should not have been premiered or screened in Zimbabwe 6 months prior to festival.
Films must have been produced between January 2020 and August 2023.
All non-English language films must have legible English subtitles.
You may submit through FilmFreeway or submit a completed submission form to
Non-refundable entry fee to be paid via paypal ( with submission :
Non-African Films US$ 20, African Films US$ 10, Zimbabwean Films are free

Overall Rating
  • Lulu Keating

    This is an amazing festival! Enter it! Attend it! I was so impressed with the devoted, inspired way these women have been conducting workshops and bringing films into the community to appreciative audiences. Their selection of films was consistently excellent. I highly recommend this festival.

    September 2018
  • Tafadzwa Chiriga

    Really proud to have been part of this festival. Keep up the great work.

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Tafadzwa.
    BHIZAUTARE RA ARTHUR is a great film - thanks for submitting it to IIFF 2018. We look forward to seeing more of your films in the future.

  • I am happy to connect with the Festival. Thanks for selecting my film

    September 2017
  • Hyeon-woo SON

    Very good!!!!!The message of hopeful light will be beautifully danced there.

    September 2017