Sydney Women’s International Film Festival (SWIFF) is an 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 new 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 2022 festival will include programming of outstanding entries, post-screening Q&A with filmmakers, industry networking opportunities, and opening/closing social events.

We look forward to watching your entries and seeing you at the festival in late November 2022!

Official Selection
Official Selection Laurel
Promotional coverage on social platforms

Category Winner
Iconic designed trophy & Laurel

Sponsorship Services

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 film-makers. 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.

We wish to support and encourage our indigenous creative community and are pleased to waive entry fees for qualifying films from teams with key creative members of Aboriginal Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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

For the live 2022 festival event, at least one key creative team member or lead cast member acting as a representative from the selection film project must attend the festival 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.

Each filmmaker will receive a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 free tickets to their screening for themselves, their publicist, and notable cast as deemed by our discretion.

Films must not have had their Australian NSW territory cinematic release, TVOD or SVOD or completed post-production on their film over a year ago unless they are a feature film and then may be considered for out of competition screening category.

By submitting your film for consideration to Sydney Women’s International Film Festival you agree to the following Festival Rules, Terms, and Conditions:

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 or 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 of 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 and can do so at their 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 wellbeing 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 on our festival.

**At present our event is scheduled for late November however if isolation laws prevent the running of our event the festival will be postponed. If any of our international Official Selection entrants are limited by travel restrictions in place at the time of the event we will begin a discussion about the possibility of postponing the event until a time that is better suited to all or alternate methods of attendance.**

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