Welcome to the Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival in beautiful Sarasota, Florida! Our next festival is March 10-14, 2022. Now in our 23rd year, we are a mission-driven festival, dedicated to showcasing women filmmakers and films that address issues inadequately represented in mainstream media. We are an international festival with significant numbers of films from all over the world.

We frequently select films that go on to commercial success (RBG), publicize the work of voices that need to be heard (Nobel Winner Nadia Murad, On Her Shoulders), and remind the world about issues that need more attention (SEWA, violence as an act of war in the DRC featuring Nobel Winner Dennis Mukwege).

In 2021, TWE successfully launched on a virtual platform, permitting our most successful festival ever. Our audience expanded to viewers from 33 US states and 12 countries.


We actively seek films that showcase important social themes and current events, films that reflect the LGBTQ experience, films reflecting the full diversity of global women, and films that show efforts to bring about gender equality. We welcome films from any country. All of our films must be entertaining and, if there's some humor, that never hurts!

We want films which are:

- made by female filmmakers (on any topic); or
- focus on issues of particular interest to women (by any filmmaker); or
- focus on women's stories and lives (by any filmmaker).

In 2022, we will show our films virtually, with the opportunity for worldwide audiences, and include some in-person events in our home town of Sarasota, Florida. We strongly encourage selected filmmakers to attend TWE; it is a great opportunity to publicize the film, answer questions from the audience, and participate in our receptions and panel discussions with other filmmakers. We have a very engaged base of supporters who host filmmakers and appreciate the entire weekend.

TWE is all-volunteer production of the non-profit UN Women USA Gulf Coast. All net festival proceeds support the work of UN Women, the premier agency working for gender equality and women's empowerment in over 90 countries.

Awards will be selected for:

Best Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Emerging Filmmaker
TWE Team Choice

(Awards subject to change.)

1. All films must be in English OR contain English subtitles. All subtitles must be clearly within the visible frame.

2. All film genres are accepted.

3. Emerging Filmmaker category: Emerging FIlmmakers must be enrolled in an accredited film school OR be under age 30 at the time of submission. Documentation proving one of these is required.

4. Films must have been completed AFTER December 1, 2020. All film submissions will be reviewed by 2 - 3 screeners; high-scoring films will then be reviewed by our advisory panel and referred to a final selection committee.

5. If selected, TWE has the right to use stills, posters, titles, or any information from the submission for promotional purposes.

6. Films that are publicly available prior to our festival, either in theatrical release or through electronic or digital media, or DVD sales, will not be selected. The only exceptions are showings in recognized film festivals; there are NO OTHER EXCEPTIONS.

7. EXHIBITION COPY OF ALL FILMS ACCEPTED BY TWE MUST BE IN DCP FORMAT ONLY. DCPs are accepted ONLY by upload to our digital partner. THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS EXHIBITION FORMAT. All details will be provided to accepted filmmakers.

Overall Rating
  • Tyler A Chase

    The 22nd Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival was a great experience. We were honored to that our feature documentary, A Castle in Brooklyn, Kin Arthur was an Official Selection among the high end and important, international films presented. The communication was superb and the presentation of our film was safe and well executed. Considering it was virtual they did a great job and it felt exciting to be a part of it.

    March 2021
  • Penny Moore

    An important festival that gives women a voice and the power to share their stories with the world. An absolute pleasure to be part of such a vital event that provides hope and supports a better future for all women. Honoured to have received Best Narrative Short against so many great films in competition. Love this festival and everything it promotes!!!

    March 2021

    It was an honor to apart of the festival. Everyone was enthusiastic and gracious and the interview of the filmmakers and subject was stimulating.

    March 2021
  • Martha Ansara

    I am sure that the hospitality wuld have been wonderful had we not been online and in Australia with its travel restrictions.
    Of all the women's tilm festivals, Through Women's Eyes is uniquely representative of the depth and range of our international social realities. I am so happy that our film was part of the selection,

    March 2021
  • thato mwosa

    My film was selected for the festival and I had a great experience.

    March 2021