Toronto International Women Film Festival celebrates and recognizes films made by talented female filmmakers from all over the world. The festival is an IMDb qualifying monthly and annual festival.

The Festival focuses on female driven stories, independent female directors, producers, writers, actresses, cinematographers, editors, and all female artists contributing to the language of cinema as women in film.

The festival also selects films created by all genders from all over the world from various backgrounds, cultures and traditions dealing with women in society. Films created by male directors about female characters are qualified to submit to the festival as well.

The virtual online competition announces the best of the month in various categories through Toronto Film Magazine and aims to discover, promote, screen and award female filmmakers and stories dealing with women in societies around the world.

The award winners of each edition can also request for promotion and online screening through Toronto Film Channel.

The festival committee is planning to screen the best films of the year at TIFF Bell Lightbox in November of 2021. The films of the annual festival are selected from the award winners of the monthly editions. The finalists of the annual event will be notified and screened online as well.

The members of our jury are award winning artists from Canada, United States, Austria, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom and all over the world.

The festival seeks Canadian and international productions of all genres. It is important to recognize talented female voices and female artists from all over the world.

$1,000, Best Female Director of the annual
$1,000, Best Documentary of the annual
$1,000, Best Actress of the annual

Monthly categories:
Narrative Feature
Narrative Short
Feature Documentary
Short Documentary
Best Experimental
Best Comedy
Best Science Fiction
Best Horror
Best Animation
Best Web/TV/Pilot
Best Music Video
Best Student Film
Best Actress
Best Female Cinematographer
Best Female Scriptwriter
Best Female Producer
Best Female Editor
Best Female Director
Best Female Composer
Best LGBTQ
Best Human Rights
Best Environmental
Best Poster
Best Canadian Female Filmmaker
Best First Time Female Filmmaker
Films About Women

Films must have been completed within the past three years.
Films must be either produced, directed or written by a female or include a female cast or female characters, themes, or a female cinemtographer or editor.
Male directors can submit a film to Films About Women Category and also nominate a female director, female producer, female scriptwriter, and any member of the crew and cast as a female artist.
Non English language films need to have English subtitles.
Shorts must be less than 50 minutes.
Premiere status is not required and all films are qualified to submit.
The festival has the right to use promotional material.
The filmmaker has secured all the rights.
Entry fees are non refundable.

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  • Deepa nair

    Thank you for selecting my documentary short The Nangiarkoothu Artist! As an emerging woman filmmaker, this means a lot!

    July 2021
  • Maravilhoso! I loved it.
    Thank you very much

    July 2021
  • Adrianna Wieczorek

    Thank you that Winter Colours was a part of your festival!

    July 2021
  • Nicole Close

    This was my first film festival and it was such a positive experience. Projections was selected and won Best Experimental Film. Their communication was clear and I am grateful they made it so easy as a first time film maker.

    July 2021
  • Leasal Liddle-Pirouet

    A lovely film festival celebrating women film makers.

    July 2021