Censored Womens Film Festival

An annual, not for profit, traveling film festival and summit organized to encourage consciousness raising in women's rights issues through film and dialogue. Priority given to films with a special emphasis on topics that have been censored or stifled, particularly as related to cultural or religious taboos.


The Censored Women's Film Festival pushes the envelope in the cinematic portrayal of women's rights and brings together dynamic speakers (experts, filmmakers and activists) from around the globe. Each year the festival selects the most powerful films which uncover silenced women’s issues, using this event to give voice to the voiceless.

In 2015, Honor Diaries & George Washington University hosted the very first Censored Women's Film Festival in Washington D.C. It featured films such as the highly acclaimed Honor Diaries & India's Daughter, the Academy Award-nominated animated film Persepolis, and powerful, never-before-seen shorts from the Middle East. Speakers and invited guests included leading anti-FGM activists, government officials, academics, student leaders, and award-winning filmmakers from all over the world. Film screenings and workshops were led simultaneously, with topics regarding honor violence, female genital mutilation, child marriage and censorship.

In 2016, we held our second Censored Women’s Film Festival in Berlin, co-hosted by the Bild newspaper. Following on from the success of our first festival in DC the previous year, 2016’s festival aimed to be more international and to give a platform to marginalized and oppressed filmmakers whose voices weren’t being heard.

It was held at an independent cinema in Berlin and attracted an eclectic mix of locals, internationals, filmmakers and media. Throughout the day, we showed seven feature films and a number of short films from eight different countries, and held panels featuring speakers from around the world.

In 2017, we held one-day Censored Women's Film Festivals in Palm Beach, Florida, and at the Committee on the Status of Women at the UN in New York.

The CWFF continues to amplify the stories that most need telling.

Rules & Terms

-Completed entry form for each submission via FilmFreeway; The applicable entry fee paid via FilmFreeway
-Completed by entry deadline (works-in-progress not accepted);
-Submitted with a completed entry form and appropriate payment; and,
-Submitted films should deal with issues surrounding censorship of women and women’s issues due to religious and/or cultural taboos; or, films that have been or currently are censored. Priority will be given to films with topics regarding honor violence, female genital mutilation, child marriage and censorship.


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair