Sydney Women’s International Film Festival (SWIFF) is an IMDb-registered event where the creativity and stories of women, non-binary and self-identified female filmmakers are celebrated and supported, all in the heart of one of the world's most creative and iconic cities.

We aren't seeing enough stories about women nor enough made by them. SWIFF is a not-for-profit organisation conceived to tackle this deficit with a new platform. Our volunteer team is dedicated to improving audience access to films that support gender equality while promoting the creativity of local and international non-binary and self-identifying female filmmakers alike.

Our festival includes programming of outstanding entries, post-screening Q&A with stand out filmmakers, industry networking opportunities, and opening/closing social events. Our festival includes both an online and physical event with award nominees screening at the physical event.

Previous SWIFF feature film selections have since been picked up for distribution with Apple TV, Netflix, Stan, Prime, SBS, ABC and more. Previous SWIFF short film selections have since been selected for the Oscar and Academy Awards ballots. Sydney Women’s International Film Festival showcases and celebrates female filmmaking excellence. Numerous SWIFF screenplay selections are now in production. Enter your film or screenplay entry today for your chance to be among the SWIFF2024 cohort.

We look forward to watching your entries and seeing you at the festival in late November!


Official Selection:
Official Selection Laurel.
Promotional coverage on social platforms.

Category Nominee:
IMDb Nomination Record.
SWIFF2023 Official Nominee Laurel.
Q&A Activity and promotion.

Category Winner:
IMDb Winner Record.
SWIFF2023 Official Winner Laurel.
Iconic-designed trophy or plaque.

Sponsorship Services where available.

This is a film festival designed to support and promote stories that promote gender equality and have been created by female, non-binary and self-identifying female filmmakers. To be eligible for entry, your entry must meet two criteria, and you must be able to produce evidence of these being met if required by the festival directors:

a. Include at least one female or non-binary or self-identifying female writer, director, cinematographer, producer, or editor in the production team.

b. Include a female or non-binary or self-identifying female protagonist.

All non-English language films must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

For the live 2024 festival event, at least one key creative team member or lead cast member acting as a representative from a selected film project must attend the physical festival event in person in Sydney unless; The selected filmmaker is unable to attend a physical screening due to government-imposed covid travel restrictions forbidding entry to Sydney Australia that are in place at the time of the screening where then an online festival option will be made available for consideration, or they are unavailable to attend in which case the entry may then only be included in the online event if possible and deemed by the organisers. Nominees must have a key creative team member in attendance to represent at the awards presentation to accept a nomination.

Films must not have had their Australian NSW territory cinematic release, or been released on any public online streaming (unless a web-series entry or music video entry), TVOD, or SVOD platform, or completed post-production on their film over 18 months. In the case of a website series or music video entry, the project must not have been released for over 12 months from the time of entry.

By submitting your film or screenplay for consideration to the Sydney Women’s International Film Festival you agree to the following Festival Rules, Terms, and Conditions as well as being contacted by SWIFF in relation to its current and future festival competition:

1. I have read all of the Sydney Women's International Film Festival rules. I understand and agree with the rules.

2. I warrant the submission of my original work, and there are no disputes regarding the ownership, distribution, or exhibition rights of the submission in part or in entirety. I also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and I fully indemnify the Sydney Women's International Film Festival against any claim made for such violations of law.

3. To the best of my knowledge, the statements herein are true and correct. I understand that failure to adhere to festival rules will result in disqualification from screening and forfeiture of the entry fee.

4. The festival reserves the right to use a clip, and or clips or photos from accepted entries for up to three minutes in length for promotional purposes. The festival reserves the right to screen accepted entries as part of the Sydney Women's International Film Festival.

5. I agree and hold the Sydney Women's International Film Festival, Inc. harmless from and defend them from all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorneys' fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether groundless or not, based on any film submitted to the festival.

6. SWIFF reserves the right to cancel and modify the schedule with any entry or entry fee and can do so at its discretion.

7. SWIFF has a zero-tolerance policy on abuse and harassment. Any communication deemed aggressive, threatening, abusive, or defaming from any team members will result in immediate disqualification.

**SWIFF is committed to caring for the health and well-being of our entrants and audience members and playing a constructive role in supporting local health officials and government leaders. Read below about the latest decisions being made by the SWIFF committee on the impact of COVID-19 and natural disasters on our festival.

**At present our event is scheduled for late November however if natural disasters or isolation laws prevent the running of our event the festival will be postponed or run online only.

Overall Rating
  • This was such a great experience. Claire is an amazing host and supporter of female filmmakers I can not thank her enough.

    December 2021
  • Sophia Lee

    Would have love to have gone to Australia to be part of the live festival! Even though my experience was all online, I thought it was a wonderful festival, and was happy to see so many talented filmmakers! Hopefully I can be there in person next time!

    December 2020
  • Lee Hanson

    What an amazing group of women. I am only sad that we were in the middle of a global pandemic and as such I wasn't able to there in person with them. Deeply moved to be included in your festival. Here's to many more!

    December 2020
  • Sonia Bible

    We had a wonderful experience having "The Witch of Kings Cross" screen at the Sydney Women's International Film Festival! It was well organized, with a fabulous opening night event and Clare and her team made us feel welcome and special. Thanks for a memorable time!

    December 2020
  • Kristin Atwell Ford

    We were thrilled to have "Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera" screen with the Sydney Women’s International Film Festival! The only thing that could have made the experience better would have been there. SWIFF's partner Post Lab IO was fantastic to work with. We really appreciate the major assist they gave us from the other side of the world! It's an honor to be included in a lineup that celebrates women filmmakers and stories. Thanks for having us!

    December 2020