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 October for its annual festival. Films will be screened online and the award winning films of the annual event will be further screened for one day in TIFF Bell Lightbox in our red carpet ceremony. We hope the pandemic will allow us to go ahead with our live screening award event as well. 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.

All the award winners can also request for promotion and online screening through Toronto Film Channel.

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
  • Such an honor for my short script to be selected for this wonderful festival. Thank you for everything!!

    June 2021
  • Lallan Samaroo

    We are very pleased that our film FRUITVILLE has been included in this fine festival. The organizers have done an excellent job. Worth it!

    June 2021
  • Nicole Benoit

    This is a fantastic film festival to be a part of! So thrilled to bring this film back to the 6IX with the award of Best Canadian Female Filmmaker after a global run.
    I will definitely be submitting my future films to this festival. Thank you for bringing light to and celebrating Toronto and Canadian female filmmakers.

    May 2021
  • Maggie Craig

    I am looking forward to the annual competition and an opportunity to meet the people behind this festival. I want to thank you for your hard work in organising this event to recognise women in film. Thank you for choosing AIMO as the Best Un-produced Screenplay. When AIMO jumps off the page and onto the screen, we will be back to compete again.

    May 2021
  • Jamie Norrie

    As a new female director, I'm so glad I submitted my short student romantic comedy to this festival. I am truly honoured to have been selected among so many talented female filmmakers. Such a great festival to be a part of :)

    May 2021