Toronto Women Film Festival celebrates and recognizes films made by talented female filmmakers from all over the world. The festival is an IMDb qualifying seasonal festival in partnership with Toronto Film Channel and sponsored by Toronto Film Magazine.

Every season, 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. Toronto Women Festival has become one of the most popular festivals dedicated to female talents in the film industry. The festival also promotes and provides online screening to about 250 shorts and 50 features every year through online screening.

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 seasonal festival aims to discover, promote, screen and award female filmmakers and stories dealing with women in societies around the world.

The members of our jury have been selected from award winning artists from Canada, United States, Austria, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom and all over the world. Award winning artists of each edition can also apply to become a member of the jury for a new edition of the festival in order to vote for one of the assigned categories under the supervision of the artistic director and the festival management team.

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.

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
  • Pilar Adara

    I unfortunately wasn’t able to attend this festival in person. However, they were very communicative and the write up in the magazine is awesome.

    May 2022
  • Morag Brownlie

    THis is a wonderful Festival in all ways. Great Communication and Selections. Thank you for your recognition. I love that your festival decides where prizes land IE in which category, rather than having to enter so many options. Thank you! Have a great year untill your next festival celebrating Women in cinema !!

    May 2022
  • Hannah Howzdy

    Thank you so much to the entire team at Toronto International Women Film Festival for including "and the heavens must have cried" in your programming. I was specifically seeking a wonderful female and female identifying-centric festival to showcase this film; what an honor that it was this one! It was a joy to have our short showcased alongside such wonderful projects. Thank you again -- and I look forward to sending more work your way in the future!

    May 2022
  • Thank you for awarding me Best Female Screenwriter for HE'S JUST A BOY. It was an honor to receive the news and be a part of your film festival!

    May 2022
  • Sarah Zeppilli

    It was a great honor and pleasure to be part of the official selection your festival with my short doc "Looking for Jack"! Thanks you

    May 2022