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 and social issues dealing with women in society are qualified to submit to the festival as well.

The virtual monthly competition announces the best of the month in various categories and aims to discover, promote and award female filmmakers and stories dealing with women in societies around the world. All the monthly award winners are then nominated to be selected for the annual competition and the screening of the festival.

The festival committee is planning to screen 100 films in September for its annual program in Toronto. The films of the annual festival are selected from the award winners of the monthly editions.

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

We also promote and publish our winners of the month in Toronto Film Magazine.

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.

$3,000 Best Female Director of the year

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 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.

Overall Rating
  • Naomi Lisner

    I love the idea of this festival of women supporting each other. I wrote my screenplay called The Imbalance based on the imbalance in the film and TV industry . It's a comedy and I have heard men say- I wasn't expecting to love it but did, which is refreshing to hear. I was thrilled to win best screenplay!!! Thanbk you. IIt went into the Toronto Film Magazine with a poster of my screenplay. I love that they get behind the promotional side. Highly recommended!!!!

    May 2021
  • This is an awesome film festival! Clear communication as well as professionalism was maintained. Enjoyed it all the way in Nigeria. Very excited that 2 of our films were selected and I highly recommend this film festival!

    May 2021
  • Everything is great, because women can fulfill themselves here and show what they have been working on for many years!

    April 2021

    F-rated, fantastic TINWFF film festival!

    April 2021
  • Victoria Malinjod

    Amazing festival! :) Thanks again for selecting my short film documentary OUR STREETS.

    April 2021