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 April of 2022. 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. 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.

$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 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
  • susan osberg

    I am very happy to have a screening and participate in Toronto International Women Film Festival!

    October 2021
  • Eleonora Cecconi

    Grazie per aver selezionato il mio corto L'ennesimo compleanno. Sono felice che siamo stati apprezzati anche in Canada. Organizzazione puntuale e risposte molto gentili.

    October 2021
  • Michelle Rouady

    Thank you so much for selecting our short film Bonded by Blue. Great communication and grateful to have been included in your selection.

    October 2021
  • Tamara Cook

    Honoured to have been selected for this festival which supports women’s voices in film. Very grateful and keep up the good work! Thank you!!

    October 2021
  • MARGARET Sanchez

    EXCELLENT! Happy to have been part of this festival. Thank you

    October 2021