Film Festivals

So many festivals! If you have attended a film festival that you think our members should know about, please feel free to post a review in the comments below.

Women’s Film Festivals

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival
One of our favourite festivals!  The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF) is one of the longest running women’s film festivals in the world and largest in Canada. Established in 1989 to support and promote women filmmakers, SJIWFF produces several screenings, workshops and other events throughout the year, culminating in a five day film festival held in October in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

The Toronto Female Eye Film Festival
The Female Eye Film Festival, established in 2001, is Ontario’s one and only annual international independent women’s film festival.  Presenting high calibre films in drama, comedy, sci-fi, action, documentary, experimental and animation, the Female Eye is a juried competitive film festival showcasing films by debut, emerging and international recognized directors.

Vancouver Women In Film Festival
Founded in 2006, the Vancouver Women in Film Festival is one of only three film festivals in Canada featuring women filmmakers.  As such, the festival brings filmmakers and audiences together, offering opportunities for women filmmakers in Western Canada that would not exist without it.

Athena Film Festival | New York
The Athena Film Festival is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world. Conversations with directors and Hollywood stars. Workshops for filmmakers. Sold-out audiences and industry buzz. All at the most sought-after women’s college in the nation, in the heart of New York.

Atlantic Canadian Film Festivals

The Atlantic Film Festival
The Atlantic Film Festival is a ten-day celebration of film, video and music from around the world.  It’s a festival that turns Halifax–a charming and historic little seaside town–into an international mecca for the arts year after year, abuzz with filmmakers, industry types and plain old film lovers.  Together, we watch movies, we talk movies, and we dance.

The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival
The 8th Annual Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF), features five days of film and video screenings, performances, artist talks and live events.  HIFF will present the 2nd Atlantic Women In Film Screening in partnership with WIFT-AT celebrating films from Atlantic Canada made by women

Nickel Independent Film Festival | St. John’s, NL
Inspired by a need for local filmmakers to show their films, the Nickel occurs each year in the third week of June at the historic LSPU Hall. With diverse selections from every genre, it continues to expand its programming and screens local, Canadian and foreign short films, features, documentaries, animations, music videos, and experimental films.



  1. says

    Hi WIFT-AT! Thanks for the great mention on your page. I just wanted to point out a couple of other women’s film festivals in Canada that are well established and definitely worth submitting your work to, and attending:

    The Toronto Female Eye Film Festival, March 28th – April 1st, 2012:
    Vancouver Women In Film Festival, also in March:

    Hope that helps, keep up the great work!

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