Beirut International Women Film Festival (BWFF) was founded in 2017, in Lebanon, celebrated the month of March under the theme “Women for Leadership” highlighting the role of women as leaders in their societies.
As the theme reflects, BWFF mission is to act as disciples of the seventh art, by seeking the true change via calling to take actions, to make a stand, to insist on equal rights and responsibilities in the film craft, and in any other aspect in society.
BWFF mission takes inspiration from the Beirut Film Society mission statement, which believes in providing equal opportunities for Lebanese and foreign Women filmmakers. Hence, “Beirut International Women Film Festival” was born with clear objectives: to educate future generations of filmmakers on such an issue, to shed the light on successful stories of women in cinema, to empower them, to set back certain equilibrium in the way they are portrayed, and to remove the silhouette that was forced to be put on them.”
BWFF accepts both Lebanese and international films, feature and short films in all categories: Fiction, Documentary, Animation & Experimental; BWFF received for its third edition more than 1200 submissions from more than 100 countries, and applicants varied between fresh startup filmmakers and independent professional women filmmakers.
Master of Ceremony: Elsa Zgheib
Beirut International Women Film Festival (BWFF) is an annual event held in Beirut; gathering filmmakers and cinema lovers from all over the world, BWFF tackles issues such gender equality, sexual identity, domestic violence among others through the power of the lens and cinema which is the window to society and particularly women in this case.
BWFF, which comprises films about women and/or executed by women, aims to highlight the power of women in different life situations, the festival organizers believe in promoting a positive image of women struggling with dignity to make a change in their environment.
We would like to thank you for trusting BWFF to be the right platform to share your film with the Lebanese and Arab Film audience. Sam Lahoud, Festival Director