Now in its 18th year, the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF) showcases an impressive line-up of short and feature-length films (narrative, documentary, experimental and animation) by established and emerging women and gender diverse filmmakers from around the world.

VIWFF is organized by Women in Film and Television Vancouver, a member-driven not-for-profit society based on the unceded, traditional, and ancestral territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, colonially known as Vancouver, BC.

VIWIFF provides a platform for challenging gender inequity and the lack of diversity in the screen-based media industry through a combination of film screenings, discussions, and professional development and networking opportunities.

The festival opens on March 8 (International Women’s Day) and will screen films with women and gender diverse filmmakers in at least three of the following eight key creative roles: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Lead Performer and Production Designer.

Films completed after March 2021 are eligible.

In addition to showcasing films from around the world, the festival offers a dynamic range of ancillary programming, including:

• Moderated Q&A sessions
• Panel discussions
• Artist talks
• Networking events
• Workshops
• Pitch sessions
• An Awards Ceremony & Gala
• An international screenplay competition

We are excited to learn more about your films and would be honoured to consider them for our festival.

Submissions contact: submissions@womeninfilm.ca

Please note that due to restrictions caused by the COVID 19 pandemic, the festival may be held online as a virtual festival. This will necessarily change how the festival is delivered but we will remain committed to creating a platform for the voices of women and gender diverse people from around the world.

All official selection feature and short-length films with women and gender diverse filmmakers in key creative categories are eligible to compete for awards, with each awardee receiving a small cash award.

Award categories are as follows:

Feature Awards
• Best Feature
• Best Documentary
• Best Direction
• Best Performance
• Best Cinematography
• Best Screenplay
• Best Editing
• Best Musical Score
• Impact Award

Shorts Awards
• Best Short
• Best Direction
• Best Performance
• Best Cinematography
• Best Editing
• Impact Award

The awards are selected by an independent jury.

To see past winners and award categories visit: https://viwff.ca/awards/
The festival also hosts an annual screenplay competition.

To submit to the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition visit: https://filmfreeway.com/VIWFFScreenplayCompetition

All films submitted must have a woman or gender diverse creative in at least three of the following eight key creative roles: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Lead Performer and Production Designer. Films completed after March 2021 are eligible.

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

Please carefully read the following terms and rules, including Selection and Notification, Submission Rules, and Terms and Conditions.

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

• The same creative may fill more than one role.
• In the event that any of the three eligible roles are shared, they must be shared by women or gender diverse creatives, with the exception of the producer role, where 50% of the producers must be women or gender diverse.
• Films must reflect these credits in their submitted material including the credits of the film.

Please inform us if your film has had a theatrical release in Vancouver prior to the festival as this may affect your eligibility for screening

Films that have received other forms of distribution, such as subscriber television or online platforms, are eligible.

VIWFF and our producing organization, Women in Film and Television Vancouver, are committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our programming. Demographic questions are asked to help us understand and serve you, our filmmaking community, better. We do not share your information with third parties.

Selection and Notification:

1. Submissions will be reviewed by a selection of judges appointed by the staff and Board of Directors of Women in Film and Television Vancouver.
2. Filmmakers will be notified of the decision by late January 2023.
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. Promotional materials of films selected for VIWIFF 2023 become the property of VIWIFF 2023 and can be used to promote VIWIFF 2023 in all media, including film, television, radio, print, and the Internet.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival will make every effort to ensure the safekeeping 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 Rules & Terms. 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.

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  • Diana Chiawen Lee

    Thank you #VIWFF for supporting our film MICKEY ON THE ROAD and Taiwanese cinema! although we were unable to attend in person, and weren't able to take advantage of the online programming/networking, we're still super happy and grateful that we can share MOTR with Vancouver audiences!

    March 2022
  • Rosie Choo Pidcock

    well organized festival with standout programming. well rounded perspectives of the female and gender diverse experience, really appreciate the social justice lens this festival brings to their work and engagement with all filmmakers. great panels and networking too. will definitely be back in the future!

    March 2022
  • Hannah Smith

    It was a great opportunity to be a part of this festival

    March 2021
  • I felt honored to be a Part of the Festival.

    March 2021
  • Latonia Hartery

    The programming was fantastic and the VIWFF team were excellent communicators. It was very happy that my film The Death of Winter was included. Look forward to the great years ahead for the festival and those who spearhead its success.

    March 2021