Founded in 1989, SJIWFF is an independent, world-renowned film festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland and one of the longest-running women’s film festivals in the world. SJIWFF is screening women-directed, written or produced features, shorts, docs, and everything in between. The 23rd Annual Festival runs October 16-20, 2012.
In addition to their annual film festival, SJIWFF hosts a cross-province tour of the best films of the festival, called Film On The Go, each summer. They also organize intensive filmmaking camps, called the FRAMED Film Education Series, which provide high school and post-secondary students with high-quality, hands-on filmmaking training. For more information read their unofficial blog at www.signalblog.ca
UnderWire was founded in 2010 with the belief that women working in the UK film industry needed more encouragement and a bigger platform for their work. The fact remains that women still make up a small proportion of film creatives, and UnderWire looks to recognise the best short work made by women across a range of crafts – from director to cinematographer; screenwriter to editor. UnderWire believes that a more gender balanced industry will benefit everyone by creating a diversity of perspectives, stories and experiences for audiences.
The festival usually takes places between 20-24 of November and in 2012 Underwire Networking events will be held throughout the UK.
Showing a tip-top programme of stunning and inspirational features, documentaries and short films from around the world, Birds Eye View is a creative platform for international women filmmakers. It takes place for ten days around International Women’s Week every March, at the BFI Southbank, ICA, City Screen cinemas, BAFTA, Southbank Centre, Prince Charles cinema and other venues in London.
The Festival comprises around 70 events, including a showcase of 10 international feature film previews, 6 documentaries, 30 short films, 7 silent films and a wider retrospective of 14 titles celebrating women in a particular genre (usually Classic Hollywood, programmed in partnership with the BFI).
Presented by Women in Film and Television NSW ( WIFT NSW ), WOW takes place in Sydney, between 6-16 of March. It is a short film festival that promotes and awards the talents of women directors, producers, writers, editors and cinematographers in the Australian film industry and internationally.
Women in Film and Television NSW ( WIFT NSW ) is committed to improving the status of women, both on and off the screen, by supporting and advancing women working in the film, television and related screen industries, offering emerging and established filmmakers the opportunity to screen short works giving a thematic perspective of … “seeing the world through the eyes of women”.
Tricky Women is the first and only international festival of animated film that is dedicated exclusively to animation by women. Since 2001 it has been held annually in Vienna between 14-18th of March. Screening animated films by women from all over the world and with focus themes such as the 2012 show entitled work and nature, the festival proves that animation lends itself very well to addressing complex issues. In 2012 the Best Practice day at the Austrian Film Museum offered a highly informative glimpse behind the scenes with master classes on “The Serious Side of Funny” and “The Sound of Animation” as well as the “Eye Candy Show”, a program specially put together for Tricky Women by Shelley Page, the specialist for sourcing new talent at DreamWorks Animation. The festival also gives out a number of awards: Tricky Women Award of the City of Vienna worth 4,000 Euro, Synchro Film & Video Material Prize worth 1,500 Euro, 3-month scholarship in the artist-in-residence programme of quartier 21/MQ, Hubert Sielecki Award worth 750 Euro (for Austrian animation).
The call for the 2013 festival is open until Oct 19th and the topic of choice is “distributive justice”.
FIFF, the acronym for Festival International de Films de femmes, is an annual event in Créteil, Paris, that takes place between 22-31 of March. It was founded in 1978 to showcase the directing talents of female filmmakers who, at the time, had difficulty getting their films adequately distributed.
Located southeast of the centre of the city of Paris, today the festival is held over 10 non-stop days premiering 50 or more new films directed by one or more women. The festival also offers film classes, thematic forums and debates. The competition is open to women from around the world who have made a feature-length documentary, a short length fiction or a documentary film. Their work is judged by a jury of six cinema professionals.
The festival offers a number of prizes including several Audience awards and the “Grand Jury Prize.” There is a festival archive containing more than 10,000 films by women.
Taking place between 22-28 of March in Los Angeles, Alliance of Women Filmmakers was established eight years ago with a goal to increase opportunities for women filmmakers to create powerful screen roles for women. The festival presents narratives, documentaries, animations and student short films alongside a variety of industry panels, workshops and seminars to provide resources as well as give filmmakers direct access to studio executives.
The International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund|Cologne takes place annually, between 17-22 of April, alternating between Dortmund and Cologne. The IWFF provides a perfect platform for the presentation of the latest film developments and trends as they relate to women working in all areas of film production, from women film directors to women cinematographers, film-music composers, screenwriters etc. In addition, IWFF sees itself as a forum for networking activities, sharing experience and training opportunities. Questions bearing on production conditions, rights of use, the role of international women’s film networks, copyright issues and innovative channels of distribution regularly come under the spotlight. Also permanently on the agenda: workshops about film theory and composition of image.
The festival also hands out some very generous prizes such as: International Feature Film Award: 25 000 Euro; Dortmund Documentary Film Award (Lifetime Achievement Award): 10 000 Euro; Audience Award: 1 000 Euro; International Debut Fiction Feature Film Award: 10 000 Euro; National Directors of Photography Award: category of fictional films: 5 000 Euro, category of documetary films: 2 500 Euro; Audience Award: 1 000 Euro.
Flying Broom Women’s Film Festival is the only women’s film festival in the world to give out the prestigious Fipresci Award.Taking place between 10-17 of May and screening feature films, short films and documentaries, the festival has been organised every year since 1998 with the goal of using the narrative of cinema to raise public awareness about gender issues. Short film competitions as well as short film screenplay competitions are being held as well. The Young Witch Award is being granted since 2009 in order to encourage young actresses and to acknowledge their efforts in cinema.
2012 marks the 17th edition of Aichi International Women’s Film Festival (AIWFF). AIWFF has supported the advancement of women in society and promoted international exchange between women since its launch in 1996. Taking place between 1-9 of September, the festival screens films directed by female directors, invite world-famous female directors and rising female directors, and hold guest talks and symposiums that provide the participants with opportunities to exchange their views and ideas in order to promote the realization of a gender-equal society.
OTHER INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVALS
International London Feminist Film Festival – UK (November)
Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival-USA (November)
The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival-USA (March)
Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival – Los Angeles (March)
Images of Black Women (IBW) Film Festival – UK (April)
San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival – USA (April)
The International Women’s Film Festival – Seoul, South Korea (April)
The International Women’s Film Festival of Barcelona – Spain (June)
Corto di Donne – Women’s Short Film Festival – Italy