Wench Film Festival is India's First Fantastic Film Festival showcasing films made by women filmmakers inclusive of BIWOC, LGBTQ+ women, and non-binary.

“Women” includes all those who identify as a woman. Period.

Fantastic Films Include Horror, Sci Fi, and Fantasy!

WFF supports, encourages and celebrates women and non-binary storytellers by not only providing a platform to showcase their craft but also through film screenings, discussions, and professional development opportunities.

In Edition 3 we hope to continue being a Hybrid property like Edition 2 with a bigger focus on growing a thriving and engaged community.

The festival will be held on March 10-12, 2023 Physical (Location will be Revealed closer to the date) and March 10-20, 2023 Virtual on MovieSaints.

(PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PHYSICAL PART OF THE FESTIVAL CAN CHANGE DUE TO THE COVID SITUATION. PLEASE CHECK HERE OR ON OUR WEBSITE www.wenchfilmfestival.com FOR UPDATES)

WFF Will ONLY Screen films Directed by Women and Non-Binary Filmmakers. We do however have a special category for Male Filmmakers who have directed films with a central female plot.

Films completed after March 2019 are eligible.

HIGHLIGHTS OF PREVIOUS FESTIVALS

V Two, 2022 (HYBRID)
47 FILMS
43 DIRECTED BY WOMEN.
6 IMPORTANT PANELS - 23 PANELISTS
-HIGH ON SPIRITS
-NO FREAKINGIdeaWhat THISThingIs (NFT)
-VR HERE
-FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING : THE INSIDE STORY
-I SEE DEAD PEOPLE
-SCREAM QUEENS

V One, 2021 (Virtual)
41 Films -
18 Features
12 Shorts
11 Kids Films
ALL DIRECTED BY WOMEN !
7 Important Panels - 52 Panelist’s
-Consent and Intimacy on Set
-Inclusivity Matters!
-Scream Queens
-Inside Out
-Genre Films
-Sound of Music
-Women In Advertising

With stellar ticket sales in Year 1 and 2 of the festival with titles that were largely discovered at the festival is testimony to what the festival set out to achieve and is probably the best response received for any online festival from India.

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WFF IS A FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL- ONLY FANTASY, SCI-FI AND HORROR FILMS WILL BE ACCEPTED (Documentaries, Narratives and Hybrids)
Horror is subjective as a theme as well and need not only be knee jerk reactive. Climate Change and Sexual Assault are both completely different topics but Horrific in nature. It's how you treat your film.

Should the submitted film not adhere to this eligibility requirement or to the following rules and terms, WFF 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.

-WFF Will ONLY Screen films Directed by Women and Non-Binary Filmmakers. We do however have a special category for Male Filmmakers who have directed films with a central female plot.

-Films completed after March 2019 are eligible.

-By submitting to the festival you confirm that you own the rights of the film, including the rights to the music in the film.

- We Welcome Narrative, Animated, Experimental, Documentary and Music Videos

-All entries should be sent via FILMFREEWAY with a secure Online Screener.

-There is no minimum / maximum running time.

-Filmmakers may submit multiple entries as long as each film is submitted with its own Entry Form, Online Screener and paid Entry Fee.

-Submitted films that are not eligible will be withdrawn. Please check eligibility before submitting. Questions may be sent to submissions@wenchfilmfestival.com

-You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Wench Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

-The entrant expressly agrees that the film may be shown at the festival and used for promotional purposes in connection with the festival. This includes, among other things, the distribution of the film to all jury members, the use of excerpts for advertising clips and other uses within the framework of the festival. In addition, the submitter agrees that the film may be shown at events after the festival.

-Submitted films must not have undergone commercial exploitation – for example, an official theatrical release and a DVD and Blu-ray release – by the time of the festival. Private“ screenings such as premieres, festival participations, and self-distributed DVDs and Blu-rays are exempt from this restriction

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  • Highly recommend Wench Festival for female genre filmmakers. My short film THE EVERLASTING CLUB was selected for the 2022 festival and was a prize winner in its category. I was impressed with the ethos and pioneering spirit of the festival team as well as their organisation and ambition. The online selection was strong, the systems worked well, there was excellent communication throughout, and a great sense of community overall. I hope that it builds on its success and would definitely submit a genre film to Wench again in future.

    - Joy Wilkinson, dir. The Everlasting Club

    April 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Joy .. really appreciate your kind words and hope to see you in person some day :)

  • This was an incredible experience, and I'm thrilled to have had a total of three genre short films at a unique festival such as Wench. They're still in their baby years, but they've reached the top in no time: excellent networking opportunities, and it was indeed a personable journey.

    March 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for being a part of all our editions :)

  • varsha panikar

    It was an absolute joy to have Bodies Of Desire be part of Wench Film Festival alongside such stellar films. What a brilliant programming! Sapna Moti Bhavnani and her team of Wenches are incredible! \m/\m/

    March 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Varsha :)

  • a banerjee

    Wench is an amazing festival. Happy to be part of it. Love for Sapna Moti Bhavnani and her whole team.

    March 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Antara :)