• March 4-9, Islamabad, Pakistan

    WOMEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019

    Empowering Women Through Film

    March 4-9, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • March 4-9, Islamabad, Pakistan

    WOMEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019

    Empowering Women Through Film

    March 4-9, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • March 4-9, Islamabad, Pakistan

    WOMEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019

    Empowering Women Through Film

    March 4-9, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • March 4-9, Islamabad, Pakistan

    WOMEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019

    Empowering Women Through Film

    March 4-9, Islamabad, Pakistan

Women International Film Festival

Empowering Women Through Film

Our Journey

To fill a huge gender gap in the field of storytelling using digital media and film, mainly due to lack of awareness and opportunities for women, a movement to encourage and facilitate them in using self-expression, storytelling, fiction, and citizen journalism through filmmaking to raise their voice and create social change, took birth. We call it Women through Film. While battling the ailing independent film appreciation among the wider public, and supporting to celebrate the work of women filmmakers, came into existence Pakistan’s home-grown Women International Film Festival (WIFF), as the flagship initiative of Women Through Film. WIFF19 is going to be a five-day event showcasing films received by filmmakers from around the world on the themes of Helping hands, Child abuse, and Sexual Harassment, in the form of short films, documentaries, public service announcements, and animated films.

Women International Film Festival 2017

The first of its kind Women International Film Festival was successfully kicked off on 11th of March 2017 at the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) in Islamabad. The two-day festival took place during the women’s week, featuring 17 films by amateur filmmakers from Pakistan and around the world. Films came in from countries including Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Nigeria, UK and Mexico.

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Women International Film Festival (WIFF) 2018

With the support of the European Union Cooperation in Pakistan, Women Through Film hosted Women International Film Festival film 2018 that screened some of the most resonant and thought-provoking films made by talented independent filmmakers from around the world, purveying important messages on gender equality, women & child rights, and telling stories of inspiring women.

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Women Intl. Film Festival 2019

 

The film festival’s third iteration is scheduled to run in Islamabad from March 4th to March 10th at the Pakistan National Council of Arts. The festival aims to select films from around the world that engage and inform people about women rights related to gender issues, child abuse, sexual harassment, and stories of remarkable men and women who lend a helping hand in the struggle for equality and empowerment.

The event will host the second edition of the Parwaaz Film Lab, this time a 3-day long film lab for participants from across Pakistan.

Winners

Winners of WIFF 2019.

Team

Backbone of WIFF19

  • Madeeha Raza

    Founder & Curator WIFF

    Madeeha Raza

  • Gabrielle Kelly

    Advisor WIFF

    Gabrielle Kelly

  • Kisa Fatima

    Programs & Communications Director

    Kisa Fatima

  • Saba Adil Malik

    Creative Head

    Saba Adil Malik

  • Ali Raza Sadiq

    Project Lead

    Ali Raza Sadiq

  • Fareeha Shadab

    Intern

    Fareeha Shadab

Agenda

6:00PM - 8:00PM

SUMMER 1993 directed by Carla Simon (SPAIN) 100 mins followed by Q&A

A six year old orphaned girl makes a new life with her relatives in the countryside
6:00PM - 8:00PM

THIRST directed by Svetla Tsotsorkova (BULGARIA) 90 mins followed by Q&A

A poor family searches for water to wash hotel sheets which is their livelihood but when a father and daughter show up to solve the problem, other issues soon surface
6:00PM - 8:00PM

PADRE directed by Giada Colagrande (ITALY) 90 mins followed by Q&A

A woman searches for her father in the afterlife
6:00PM - 8:00PM

HOME IS HERE by Teresa Kotyk (AUSTRIA) 75 mins followed by Q&A

A troubled young woman breaks into the house of an older man to live out her personal dreams. When they finally meet both realize home can only be found within oneself
6:00PM - 8:00PM

SAMI BLOOD directed by Amanda Kernell (SWEDEN) 113 mins followed by Q&A

An indigenous Sami girl in 1930s Sweden is exposed to racism and has to break ties with her family in order to survive
8:00PM - 9:00PM

International Women’s Day Open Mic Night

3:00PM - 3:30PM

Attendees arrive

3:30PM - 5:45PM

Short Films’ Screening

5:45PM - 6:30PM

Panel Discussion: Fostering Cultural Diplomacy through Cinema

6:30PM - 6:40PM

Announcement of winners

6:40PM - 7:00PM

Musical performance

7:00PM

Closing – Reception

Press

Media coverage

Partners/Sponsors

Festival Venue

Pakistan National Council of Arts

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