Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival (TWE) is an international film festival offering films with a focus on international women's issues, stories, and lives as well as films on any topic by women filmmakers.. We seek film offerings from any and all nations. 2020 is the 21st year of TWE, and will take place on March 6, 7, and 8, 2020.

Our typical audience is about 100 people per screening. We strongly encourage filmmakers of selected films to attend TWE, as it is a great opportunity to publicize the film, answer questions from the audience, participate in reception or panel discussions with other filmmakers, etc.

TWE is a fundraiser for the US National Committee for UN Women (USNC), an arm of the United Nations. UN Women works in over 90 countries in support of gender equality and women's empowerment. TWE is a volunteer staffed festival and all net proceeds of TWE are donated to the USNC for advocacy programs and to support the work of UN Women worldwide.

Awards will be selected for:
Best Short
Best Documentary
Best Narrative Feature
Best Student Short

Our festival emphasizes FILMS DIRECTED BY WOMEN and/or PRODUCED BY WOMEN and films directed by ANYONE if the topic is of significant particular interest to the woman’s experience We accept all types of films from comedy to Sci-Fi. We want to include as many types of film as possible.

There will be a Student Showcase included in the festival, so students are encouraged to submit.

All films must have been completed AFTER Jan 1, 2019 to be eligible for TWE 2020.
No film submitted to TWE may have been viewed publicly, either in theatrical release or through electronic or digital media or DVD sales, prior to March 6, 2020. Showing in a recognized film festival before TWE is permitted; there are NO OTHER EXCEPTIONS.
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PLEASE NOTE: EXHIBITION COPY OF ALL FILMS ACCEPTED BY TWE MUST BE IN DCP FORMAT ONLY. THE DCP MUST BE PROFESSIONALLY AUTHORED. THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS EXHIBITION FORMAT, SO UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS THE FILMMAKER'S MONETARY RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE A PROFESSIONALLY AUTHORED DCP IF FILMMAKER'S FILM IS SELECTED BY TWE.

Overall Rating
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Hospitality
Networking
  • Lauren Shein

    From start to finish TWE has been nothing short of superb! I would like to thank everyone involved for making the weekend such a pleasure to part of. Some amazing films were selected and many fabulous discussions were had. Terry, Scott, Debbie, Chris, Caley, my fantastic hosts and all the other volunteers... I thank you!! I cannot recommend this gem of a festival enough. Much love, Lauren

    May 2019
  • shelley thompson

    I've never been able to go but for the second year communication was fantastic andI'm proud to have been included! I shoot my feature this year and hope it'll screen with TWE!!

    May 2019
  • Katie McEntire Wiatt

    We had a wonderful time at the Through Women's Eyes Film Festival. Having a sold out screening was truly incredible. The spirit surrounding the whole weekend was inspiring and uplifting and we truly felt like our film was valued. We would not hesitate to submit any future films to TWE Film Festival.

    April 2019
  • Becky Smith

    Great festival with sell-out films and smart, discerning audiences! The women who run this festival are equally smart, devoted, caring, and engaged in every aspect of the filmmaker's experience. They brought a vibrant audience, and made all the filmmakers feel valued. I loved this festival. A gem and I highly recommend it.

    April 2018
  • H James Gilmore

    This was a great festival with a wonderful selection of high-quality films. Excellent communication throughout the process, assistance with promotion and press support, two screenings in state of the art movie theaters, engaged audiences that packed the house, and great Q&A sessions. Wow! And being connected to the Sarasota Film Festival is a great bonus. One of the best festival experiences I have ever had. Highly recommended.

    April 2018