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Now in its 13th year, the annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWIFF) showcases an impressive line-up of short, and feature films (narrative, documentary, experimental and animation) by established and emerging women filmmakers from around the world.


This five day celebration is organized by Women in Film and Television Vancouver, a not-for-profit society founded in 1989 to advocate for, celebrate and promote women working in screen-based media.


The festival will be held March 6-11, 2018 and screens films with women in at least three of these key creative roles: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Lead Performer. Along with featuring films by women from around the world, the festival offers:

  • moderated question and answer sessions
  • panel discussions related to the films
  • artist talks
  • networking events
  • workshops
  • an awards ceremony
  • gala and industry events
  • an international screenplay competition


In addition to offering independent filmmakers a professional screening opportunity, the festival pays the filmmaker's exhibition fees and all films are entered to win cash awards.


Submissions contact:

Screenplay contact:


For information on submission guidelines and regulations, click here.


Awards and Prizes

All films with women in the following categories are eligible to compete for awards, with each awardee receiving $250: 

IATSE 891 Award for Best Feature

UBCP ACTRA Award for Best Performance

Casting Workbook Award for Performance in a Short

Sim Digital Award for Best Cinematography

IATSE 669 Award for Cinematography in Short

Pacific Backlot Award for Best Screenplay

Canadian Cinema Editors Award for Best Editing

Side Street Post Award for Best Editing in Short

DGC BC Award for Best Direction

FINALÉ Award for Best Short

24 Frames Award for Best Documentary

Ken Hayward Award for Best Screenplay from the VIWIFF International Screenplay Competition


The Matrix Award is also presented to the top three BC short films in the festival with each receiving a plague and a gift certificate from Matrix Production Services.


Click here to see past winners and award categories.


To view media coverage for VIWFF2017, click here. 


Click here to check out our past festivals.