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Vancouver Women in Film Festival

International Women's Film Festival in Vancouver.

About

Each year the Vancouver Women in Film Festival (VWIFF) has showcased an impressive line-up of short and feature films (narrative, documentary, experimental and animation) by established and emerging women filmmakers from around the world. 

The four day celebration is organized by Women in Film and Television Vancouver, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1989 to celebrate and promote women working in screen based media. In addition to offering independent filmmakers a professional screening opportunity, the festival pays artists fees to all filmmakers, and all films are entered to win cash awards. 

Awards

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

  • Best Feature 
  • Best Performance
  • Best Performance in Short
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Cinematography in Short
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Editing
  • Best Editing in Short
  • Best Direction
  • Best Short
  • Best Documentary 

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.

Rules

  • To be eligible at least three of the following creative roles must have been filled by a woman: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Lead Performer (one woman may serve in more than one role).
  • Films completed after March 2015 are eligible.
  • Films that have received a theatrical release in the Vancouver, BC area prior to the festival are not eligible. (Festival screenings are not considered as theatrical release).

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Submit film through Withoutabox or Filmfreeway

Selection Media Type: Secure Online Screener

Screening Media Type: Blu-ray, DCP or a QuickTime compliant file

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

City premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

  • PRESIDENT: Mary Bissell
  • VICE PRESIDENT: Rachelle Chartrand

Documents

Place

Canada
Vancouver

Official website

womeninfilm.ca

Contacts

Address:

#503 - 207 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7
Canada

Phone: 604-685-1152

Email:
submissions@womeninfilm.ca​
filmfestival@womeninfilm.ca

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    May 15, 2018
  • Earlybird Deadline
    June 15, 2018
  • Regular Deadline
    August 03, 2018
  • Late Deadline
    September 14, 2018
  • Extended Deadline
    October 04, 2018
  • Notifications
    January 18, 2019
  • Event dates
    5 — 10 March 2019
Categories & Fees

A short film is under 20 minutes and must be narrative to qualify for this category.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $25
  • Late Deadline — $30
  • Extended Deadline — $40

A feature length film is over 20 minutes and must be narrative to qualify for this category.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $50

A short film is under 20 minutes and must be a documentary to qualify for this category.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $25
  • Late Deadline — $30
  • Extended Deadline — $40

A short film is under 20 minutes to qualify for this category. The other category refers to any genre which does not fall under Documentary, Narrative or Animated.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $25
  • Late Deadline — $30
  • Extended Deadline — $40

A mid-length film is between 21 and 60 minutes, and must be a narrative to qualify for this category.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Late Deadline — $35
  • Extended Deadline — $45

A mid-length film is between 21 and 60 minutes, and must be animated to qualify for this category.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Late Deadline — $35
  • Extended Deadline — $45

A mid-length film is between 21 and 60 minutes, and must be a narrative to qualify for this category.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Late Deadline — $35
  • Extended Deadline — $45

A mid-length film is between 21 and 60 minutes. The Other category is for submissions which do not fall under the Documentary, Narrative or Animated genres.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Late Deadline — $35
  • Extended Deadline — $45

A short film is under 20 minutes and must be animated to qualify for this category.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $25
  • Late Deadline — $30
  • Extended Deadline — $40

A feature length film is over 20 minutes and up to 120 minutes and must be an animation to qualify for this category.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $50

A feature length film is over 20 minutes and must be a documentary to qualify for this category.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $50

We accept feature scripts of any genre. Enter the first act to a maximum of 30 pages. The title page should include the title and a synopsis to a maximum of 500 words.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Late Deadline — $35
  • Extended Deadline — $40

A feature-length film is over 20 minutes. The Other category is for submissions which do not fall under the Documentary, Narrative or Animated genres.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $50
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