Aichi International
Women’s Film Festival

AIWFF Film Competition 2023 is now open for entries!

We are accepting live-action films and animated films directed by women. The films of finalists will be screened at the Aichi International Women’s Film Festival 2023 to be held from September 15 to 18, 2023. We’re keen to see entries from all across the world!


  • Animation
    Animated films with any animation technique
  • Live Action
    Live-action films of all genres including drama and documentary

Films submitted to the Competition must meet all the following conditions.
All themes are welcome, regardless of age or professional background.

  • Films directed by women
  • Original films running less than 50 minutes including the end credits
  • Films completed after January 1st, 2022
  • Films must not have been broadcasted on television etc. in Japan prior to September 18th, 2023.
  • Films must not have been released to the public on any online platforms including YouTube.
Selections and Announcement

Films will be selected by mutual consent in our preliminary review board.

First-stage selection:
Out of the pre-selected films will be shortlisted for screening at AIWFF 2023. The finalists will be notified via e-mail by July 2023. The list of the selected films will be announced on the festival website.

Final-stage selection:
After the screening of all nominated films during AIWFF 2023, ‘Grand Prize’ will be selected by AIWFF committee, also ‘Audience Award’ will be given to a film earned the highest points from audience voting.

Winners will be revealed on the festival website and commended during the festival.


Grand Prize for one film in each section with cash prize of JPY 200,000
Audience Award for one film in each section with cash prize of JPY 30,000


Complete and submit the online Entry Form on our official website. Films must be submitted by either of the following:

  • Online screener link included in Entry Form
  • DVD (NTSC, region-free, without copy protection) by post to the following address.
    * DVD submissions must be clearly labeled with film title, director’s name and section name (Animation Section or Live-action Section).
    Aichi International Women’s Film Festival Office
    Aichi Gender Equality Foundation
    1 Kamitatesugino-cho, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi, 461-0016, JAPAN

Entry Forms and films must reach the Festival Office by the following date:
Saturday, April 22nd, 2023

Entry Requirements
  • No entry fee
  • Submitted DVDs will not be returned.
  • AIWFF takes no responsibility in case of any accidental damage or loss of submitted DVDs.
  • Any of following materials is eligible as screening materials for the nominated films. The display resolution must be 1920 x 1080 pixels.

    ・ DVD (NTSC, region-free)
    ・ Blu-ray (NTSC, region-free)
    ・ Downloadable MP4 video file

  • Include a list of awards received at any other film festivals etc. in the online Entry Form, if any.
  • For non-Japanese language films, Japanese subtitles or English subtitles are required. Finalists will be also required to submit the script in original-language and in English with time code for Japanese subtitles.
  • Applicants are responsible for all necessary copyright clearances for their films. AIWFF is not responsible for any claims regarding copyright infringement from other parties.
  • AIWFF may make a copy of DVD screener for review.
  • AIWFF may rescind the nomination and request a refund of the prize money, in cases where the applicant has made a false statement regarding any of the matters mentioned in the entry form.
  • AIWFF may screen each nominated film up to two times during the festival.
  • AIWFF may use stills and excerpts from nominated films for promotion on the AIWFF official website, leaflet, guidebook and other media including SNS, newspapers, magazines and TV.
  • The nominated films for the AIWFF competition may not be withdrawn from the festival.
  • The nominated films may provide the screening for free in response to a request from other film festivals in partnership with AIWFF.


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AIWFF Office

+81 52 962 2520

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Aichi International Women's Film Festival Executive Committee Secretariat c/o
Aichi Gender Equality Foundation 1 Kamitatesugino-cho, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi, 461-0016, JAPAN