Through Women's Eyes Film Festival (TWE) is an international film festival offering films by women filmmakers, with a focus on international women's issues, stories and lives. We seek film offerings from any and all nations.

2017 is the 18th year of TWE, and will take place on April 1st and 2nd, 2017.

In addition, for the eighth year, we are partnering with the Sarasota Film Festival (SFF), described by Variety as "the acme of regional film festivals". SFF runs from March 31 - April 9, 2017. Each year, SFF shows over 250 films. TWE's films are listed in SFF's annual catalog, which reaches over 30,000 individuals regionally. Feature length narrative and documentary films selected and shown during TWE's weekend festival are also shown one additional time during the the week of the Sarasota Film Festival.

Our typical audience is 100 to 150 people for each film. We encourage filmmakers for films selected to attend TWE, as it is a great opportunity to publicize the film and to answer questions from the audience. TWE filmmakers also have an opportunity to meet and network with other festival filmmakers.

TWE is a fundraiser for the US National Committee for UN Women (USNC), an arm of the United Nations. UN Women assists women in developing countries in support of gender equality and women's rights. TWE is a volunteer staffed festival, with no paid staff. Net proceeds of TWE are donated to the USNC for advocacy programs and to support the work of UN Women worldwide.

In 2016, we received over 500 submissions, and selected and presented 25 films during TWE, 17 short films, 1 feature narrative, and 7 feature documentaries.

Awards & Prizes

All films accepted by Through Women's Eyes 2017 are eligible for The Sarasota Film Festival Audience Awards. These awards are for each category of film.....Shorts, Narrative Features, and Documentary Features. Eligible films for the Audience Awards are all films screened by TWE and SFF. In 2015, one of our documentary feature films, "The Surgery Ship", won the audience award, and one of our short films, "Pony" won the audience award out of over 280 films screened during both festivals.

Rules & Terms

EMPHASIZING FILMS DIRECTED BY WOMEN and/or PRODUCED BY WOMEN. We will consider all topics but prefer films about women's stories and issues affecting women. We will not exclude films directed by men if the topic is one of significance to women.

Please indicate if your film is a student film by including a note with your submission.

All films must have been completed AFTER April 1, 2016 to be eligible for TWE 2017.

No film submitted to TWE may have been viewed publicly, either in theatrical release or through electronic or digital media or DVD sales, prior to April 10, 2017. NO EXCEPTIONS.

PLEASE NOTE: EXHIBITION COPY OF ALL FILMS ACCEPTED BY TWE MUST BE IN DCP FORMAT ONLY. THE DCP MUST BE PROFESSIONALLY AUTHORED. THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS EXHIBITION FORMAT, SO UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS THE FILMMAKER'S MONETARY RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE A PROFESSIONALLY AUTHORED DCP IF FILMMAKER'S FILM IS SELECTED BY TWE.

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    Mele Mason

    Fantastic Festival! Very high quality films, excellent access to news media and promotional opportunities. The Festival staff provided housing options and other help for out of town filmmakers. The Festival is connected to the Sarasota Film Festival, so your film will be shown twice. Sarasota is a lovely place to be, and the theater was in a very convenient location.

    May 2016
    Through womens eyes
    Response from festival:

    Wow! Thanks so much for your glowing review, Mele. it was a pleasure having you join us. We do our best to make the festival enjoyable and hopefully fairly easy on our filmmakers, and it's nice to hear positive feedback. Thanks again, and we'll see you with your NEXT film!