27th-28th March 2021, Islamabad, Pakistan

WOMEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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.

COVID-19 has halted our daily activities, the culture of online Film festival has thrived on the contrary. Thankfully, digital media is here to help us get through a challenging year with bustling virtual film festivals, accessible to worldwide audience. We are committed to making the festival safe and accessible to a broad audience and therefore will be running Women International Film festival (WIFF) fifth edition, slated for the March 2021, virtually.

WIFF’2021 is going to be held on two consecutive weekends in March 2021, showing some of the most resonant and thought-provoking films received by female independent filmmakers from around the world. We are accepting feature films  on all topics and genres.

With the support of the German Cooperation in Pakistan, in association with the Austrian Embassy, FACE, Serena Hotel, and official radio partner FM91, the 4th edition of the WIFF made rounds at different university campuses across the twin cities as well as its venturing into Peshawar for the first time.
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The festival spanned for  6 days, with the first 5 days of the event showing feature-length films made by female filmmakers from Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, and Sweden, that were received by the audience with keen interest. Many voiced their opinion that they wished to see such cinema being screened in Pakistan in the future as well.

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With the support of the European Union Cooperation in Pakistan, Women Through Film hosted the 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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The first of its kind Women International Film Festival was successfully kicked off on the 11th of March 2017 at the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) in Islamabad. The two-day festival took place during 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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Schedule

Timezone: GMT +5

3:35pm

By Anna Dziczkaniece & Helen Burt (Canada)

Utopia

By the age of 14, girls are dropping out of sport at twice the rate of boys. These girls leverage on opportunities to stay outside and thrive.
3:40pm

By Janelle Feng (USA)

Cyber City

Stuck in isolation, a woman receives a strange invitation to a virtual world and encounters a mysterious girl. However, her days of happiness do not last, and she is once again left to her loneliness. Just then, another strange email arrived in her inbox and she faces again the question of whether or not to take the invite.
3:43pm

By Astrid Askberger (Sweden)

The Wall

In a vibrant short film, Astrid Askberger tells the story of how it feels to get a new wall ten meters from her window. The film depicts how people become tiles in a larger game, but also how they with their own initiatives can find ways to relate to the rules of the game. In a poetic view of an individual event, something larger is caught, about us as human beings, the system, and a sneaky notion of urban infill projects.
3:48pm

By Jaye Sarah Davidson (USA)

The Lady Edison

In 1870, Margaret Knight launched a patent dispute that would be the first of its kind. She is forced to prove in court that she the designer, is the rightful owner of the patent of the machine that puts bottoms on paper bags; not Charles Annan, the man who has already built it.
4:06pm

By Gul Nayani (Pakistan)

No More Backseaters

An observational documentary about two females in their twenties, tired of conventional means of transportation available for women in the megacity of Karachi. Their search for convenient and economical transport leads them to their beloved motorbike, which unfortunately is thought to be a gender-biased vehicle in society. Together, our two protagonists are set on a journey, trying to figure out whether society is ready to adapt tthis change?
4:15pm

By Melanie Georgiou (Greece)

Returns

When the subconscious tries to communicate, Anna meets her greatest fears. A dream that she sees years ago returns to her presence and blends with her neat life. Will she wake up when the nightmare returns?
4:25pm

By Liliane Mutti (France)

Moment It

In the middle of the 10th arrondissement of Paris, between Canal Saint-Martin and Gare de l'Est, stands this former Récollets convent, which has become a shelter for foreign researchers and artists. What mysteries inhabit the Récollets? The short film advances like an enigma that is gradually revealed in the middle of the cit
4:34pm

By Ekaterina Saunina (Russia)

Sometime We All Will Be Happy

The confession story of the ginger haired girl. Masha was a special child from early childhood and felt like an outcast. She slowly makes friends, but suddenly there comes a moment when Masha must make the final choice between the strange love of her mother and fragile friendship.   
4:59pm

By Boyka & Melina Kalfanti (Greece)

The Myth of the Wandering Womb

A story about the duties and dilemmas that motherhood and society impose on women.
5:12pm

By Paola Sorrentino (Italy)

Girls Talk About Football

What it is like to be a girl in a boy's world. Six girls share their own experiences playing woman's football in a male-dominated sport. Their stories are translated by different animation techniques to explore various narrative possibilities.
5:19pm

By Nazanin Vahed (Iran)

Sopor

A girl is very upset after her husband goes into a coma and hopes to recovery, but a new story begins.
5:34pm

By Anya Raza & Aisha Linnea (Pakistan)

How She Moves

On the eve of Pakistan's 70th independence anniversary, we follow the spirited 90 year old guru Indu Mitha, as she prepares for her students' final performance before she retires. How She Moves pulls back the curtain on her life as one of Pakistan's few classical dance teachers. We observe her give a feminist and secular spin on classical dance, and see the transformative impact it has on her students.
3:20pm

By Astrid Askburger (Sweden)

28 Beanies

The choreographer Stine Marcinkowski Pettersson has the habit of picking up hats she finds on the street on the way home. She studies the menstrual cycle and suddenly she finds that she owns 28 hats that she has found in the streets, as many as the days in an average menstrual cycle! In an experiment dance movie, Stine presents four people's stories about the menstrual cycle.
3:28pm

By Parisa Sedaei Azar and Ramin Farzaneh(Iran)

Lack

Narges and Mohsen have a hidden relationship. What happens when the neighbors understand and protest, even the landlord forces them to vacate.
3:48pm

By Vicky Carr (UK)

A Flea in a Jar

Based on the fleas in a jar analogy. A female character dreams of becoming a violinist yet is always put down. The obstacles of her mind are hindering her from success. 
3:51pm

By Nida Kirmani and Dostain Baloch (Pakistan)

Playing at the Boundary

Khel Khel Mein (Playing at the Boundary) tells the story of three young people from the area of Lyari in Karachi, an area that is conflict-ridden yet also vibrant. Each of the three young people featured in this documentary is pushing gender boundaries in their own unique ways, and we see how they struggle to bring a change in their communities and in society in general while having fun in the process.   
4:07pm

By Karin Pennanen (Finland)

The Birthday

A woman is throwing a birthday party. But what happens? Something has changed. A poetic and existential film about solitude. Inspired by spring 2020.
4:12pm

By Lauren Loesberg (USA)

Those Who Moved Mountains

In a near-futuristic society that has left humans reliant on urban infrastruc ture, a falsely convicted woman is sentenced to a lifetime in the wilderness.
4:24pm

By Tazeen Bari (Pakistan)

Vote for X

Vote for X follows the election journey of transgender candidate Nayyab Ali, who contested the National Assembly seat from Okara, Punjab in the 2018 general election in Pakistan. We see the commitment of Nayyab, a small town transwoman who dreams of the betterment of her community and of the day when transgender people will reach Pakistan's assemblies.
4:54pm

By Ana Gómez (Spain)

Butterflies

Valeria is convinced that Sergio is her soul mate, but a dark secret stands between them.
4:57pm

By Joanne Delachair (France)

Dora

Dora turns 16. Strangely, for some time now, she has been eating like an ogre and locking herself with her friends for long hours around a strange thing, stirring up her mother's sick curiosity  
5:12pm

By Marielle Sjømo Samstad (Germany)

Last Date

Charlotte is ready to meet her handsome and successful match, but Alexander turns out to be a different man than she first thought. The charming woman needs to take the situation into her own hands to escape the possessive psychopath. In the game of fading identities, the question is: who is who?
5:25pm

By Kate Campbell (Canada)

Boundless

An 80-year-old Woman Airforce Service Pilot remembers her audacious attempt to fight for military status and for a flag to be placed on her fellow pilot's coffin near the end of WWII
5:35pm

By Shehrezad Maher (Pakistan)

This Shaking Keeps Me Steady

A prompt to two ambulance drivers in Karachi to reconstruct recurring dreams catalyzes an exploration of the permeable boundaries between memory and fiction, and between trauma and its recollection. Unfolding through rituals, preparations, dreams, and performance, we never see the events themselves, but catch traces of the extent to which they have been internalized by a society.

Team

Backbone of WIFF '21

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