The International Women’s Film Festival (IWFF) which promotes women’s rights and gender equality, is a unique opportunity to strengthen awareness and mobilize Afghan and international public opinion for increased women’s rights. It also provides Afghan women’s cinematographic talents to interact with international counterparts especially for the younger generation of activists from the fragmented region surrounding Afghanistan which has few openings to the outside world. This enables women’s rights activists, human rights defenders and artists to exchange experiences on their social struggles for gender equality and mutual learning. The IWFF is therefore a means to support and encourage activist film and documentary-makers to continue their activities in this domain and challenge traditionalist and non-progressive/conservative/fundamentalist/patriarchic attitudes towards women.
International Narrative Feature Films Competition:
Golden Earring Statue for Best Feature Narrative (Women Cinema)
Golden Earring Statue for Best Feature Narrative (World Cinema)
Award Certificate for the best actress
International Short Narrative and Animation Films Competition:
Bronze Earring Statue for Best Short Narrative
Bronze Earring Statue for Best Animation
International Documentary Short and Feature Films Competition:
Bronze Earrings Statue for Best Documentary Feature
Jury Special Mention for Best Documentary Feature
Bronze Earring Statue for Best Short Documentary
National Category Competition:
Golden Earrings Statue for Best Film
Golden Earrings Statue for Best Actress
Golden Earrings Statue for Best Actor
Award Certificate for Best Director
Award Certificate for Best Screenplay
Award Certificate for Best Cinematography
Award Certificate for Best Editing
Award Certificate for Best Sound
Award Certificate for Best Actor
Herat International Women’s Film Festival (HIWFF) which is an annual event founded in 2013 and its the first international Women’s Film festivals in the region that more than 100 national and international Medias reflect it annually to the world with hundreds of national and international guest from around the world.
What has made HIWFF successful over the years is the enthusiastic participation by film makers, critics and other members of the industry from different countries. This year too, the festival looks forward to whole hearted participation by film makers and journalists/film critics from countries across the globe.
Gathering filmmakers and cinema lovers from all over the world, HIWFF tackles issues such as 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. In 5th edition the Festival so far has registered more than 200 national and international contributions by women and men film directors on women’s issues and out of 200 films, 52 selected films participating in two parts of competition and official screening.
The syncretic nature of the festival has been applauded world over and the festival has proudly hosted master films from Lebanon, Iran, France, Norway, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, USA, Canada, Russia, Brazil, Spanish, Ukraine, Syria, Italy, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Germany, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Turkey, Burma, Myanmar, India … more than 20 countries will be on competition and shown during the Festival with the presence of film makers, movie stars, women’s rights activists, national and international jurors and guests. Our International Juries are from ( India, United States and Iran ) we will be holding several side events including round table with civil society experts, workshop and master class with international experts, cultural events such as production of a short film on women’s rights issues. The Women’s film festival will end with an awards ceremony led by the members of the Jury….