Now in its 13th year, the annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWIFF) showcases an impressive line-up of short, and feature films (narrative, documentary, experimental and animation) by established and emerging women filmmakers from around the world.

This five day celebration is organized by Women in Film and Television Vancouver, a not-for-profit society founded in 1989 to advocate for, celebrate and promote women working in screen-based media.

The festival will be held March 6-11, 2018 and screens films with women in at least three of these key creative roles: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Lead Performer. Films completed after March 2015 are eligible. International films and films from students are encouraged and accepted.

Along with featuring films by women from around the world, the festival offers:
• moderated question and answer sessions
• panel discussions related to the films
• artist talks
• networking events
• workshops
• an awards ceremony
• gala and industry events
• an international screenplay competition

In addition to offering independent filmmakers a professional screening opportunity, the festival pays the filmmaker's exhibition fees and all films are entered to win cash awards.

Submissions contact:
Screenplay contact:

All films with women in the following categories are eligible to compete for awards, with each awardee receiving $250:
Best Feature
Best Performance
Best Performance in Short
Best Cinematography
Best Cinematography in Short
Best Screenplay
Best Editing
Best Editing in Short
Best Direction
Best Short
Best Documentary

The Matrix Award is also presented to the top three BC short films in the festival with each receiving a plaque and a gift certificate from Matrix Production Services.

To see past winners and award categories visit:

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival accepts documentary, narrative, animated and experimental films (including music and dance) in any genre and any length. 

To be eligible at least three of the following key creative roles must have been filled by women: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Lead Performer.
• The same woman may fill more than one role.
• In the event that any of the three eligible roles are shared, they must be shared by women, with the exception of the producer role, where 50% of the producers must be women.
• Films must reflect these credits in their submitted material. 

Films completed after March 2015 are eligible.

Films that have received a theatrical release in the Vancouver, BC area prior to the festival are not eligible. (Festival screenings are not considered as theatrical release.)

Films that have received other forms of distribution, such as subscriber television or online platforms, are eligible. Please note that a film’s ability to generate audiences is a programming consideration.

Should the submitted film not adhere to the rules, WIFTV retains the right to disqualify said film and is under no obligation to contact the submitting party and/or refund the submission fee.

Selection and Notification:

1. Submissions will be reviewed by a selection of judges appointed by the Festival Programming Committee, a committee of the Board of Directors of Women in Film and Television Vancouver.

2. Filmmakers will be notified of the decision by mid-January 2018.

3. All communications will be sent electronically, including selection and notification letters. Please make sure the email address and phone number provided as the submission contact on the entry form are correct!

4. If selected for VIWIFF 2018, acceptance of the invitation to screen at the festival must be received within one week of notification.

5. If selected for VIWIFF 2018, exhibition copies must be delivered to WIFTV by February 6, 2018.

6. Exhibition copies must be accompanied by a link to a password protected site where festival organizers and press can view your film.

7. Filmmakers, or their representatives, of selected films must cover the cost of shipping to the festival. The festival will cover return shipping.

8. Exhibition formats will be accepted in PAL or NTSC, but must be one of the following: Blu-ray, DCP or a QuickTime compliant file.

9. At the time of acceptance, the following electronic promotional materials must be delivered: a short synopsis, a minimum of one (1) still photograph from the film, a list of the film’s credits, links to any social media sites or reviews related to the film, a list of awards (if any) the film has received, a list of all places the film has or will have screened prior to VIWIFF 2018.

10. If selected by VIWIFF 2018, a short clip or clips from the film (up to two minutes), in high resolution, must be delivered by February 6, 2018, preferably via downloadable link. These will be used for the festival trailer and other promotional opportunities.

11. Promotional materials of films selected for VIWIFF 2018 become the property of VIWIFF 2018 and can be used to promote VIWIFF 2018 in all media, including film, television, radio, print, and the Internet.

Submission Rules:
1. Submissions are accepted through FilmFreeway.

2. The following submission screeners (viewing copies) are accepted:
• As an upload to FilmFreeway
• As a password protected link to an online platform like Vimeo, to be included in the cover letter of your FilmFreeway submission. The link must remain active for the duration of our jurying process (up until the time of notification)
• DVDs are not accepted

3. Submission must include:
• The name and gender of the key creative credits (Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer and Lead Performer). Please be specific; names will not suffice as gender identification.
• A short synopsis
• Running time
• Genre
• Screening history (links must be included for all films that have been made available online)
• Any changes to the screening history (post-submission) must be provided to the festival
• A press kit is not required at the time of submission

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival will make every effort to ensure the safe keeping of all films and videos submitted for exhibition. However, the applicant, in applying to the Festival, agrees to release the Festival, its Officers, Directors and other representatives from any and all claims arising in any way from the submission of materials by, or on behalf of, the Applicant, whether film, video or otherwise to the Festival.

Your submission implies that you have the legal right to represent and submit this film for consideration, along with your acceptance of VIWIFF regulations. By submitting to the festival, you confirm that the film is authorised to use all images, sounds and music appearing in the film. Your submission also implies that you have read and understood the festival regulations. Finally, you agree to allow VIWIFF the use of your film and publicity materials from your film for promotional purposes.

Overall Rating
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    Cameo Wood

    Great programming - especially Indigenous/Aboriginal works, Wonderful location, appreciated the artist talks, Q&A, receptions. Would definitely attend again!

    March 2018
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    Fabienne Facco

    Great festival and great organization ! There's a lot going on during the five days of the festival, screenings, workshops, artist's talks. Filmmakers are warmly welcomed, we have QnA after the screening, and meetings with the audience the next day. Very nice theater in the center of Vancouver. And great audience too, all the screenings where full. Carolyn, Brianna and all the board of Women in film make a wonderful job.

    March 2018
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    Nicole Dextras

    As a first time filmmaker I found the whole festival experience very supportive and welcoming. Very professional in a beautiful venue. The artists talks were candid and informative and the Women in Film association is a great resource. I would highly recommend it.

    March 2018
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    Lauren Martin McCraw

    Our whole team was welcomed. The festival is hosted in a beautiful venue in downtown Vancouver, very accessible.

    May 2017
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    Danny Tayara

    Screened my film with VIWIFF 2017! Unfortunately I couldn't personally attend, but I was very happy with the communication from the team via email. So accommodating and great.

    March 2017