About MWFF


The Mzansi Women’s Film Festival (MWFF) is a platform to empower women filmmakers by showcasing films by women and about women.  

Established in 2014, this annual festival is held the first weekend in August, Women’s Month, at Constitution Hill. The festival envisages to be the premier women’s film festival on the continent.  

The MWFF’s objectives are to: 

  • Create a reputable platform for women filmmakers to showcase their work. 
  • Create a reputable platform to showcase films made by and about women. 
  • Create an annual networking opportunity for women filmmakers to identify and access opportunities in the film industry. 
  • Facilitate access to training and/or development opportunities for women filmmakers. 
  • Create an awards event that recognises the work of female filmmakers. 

In addition to showcasing their films, the MWFF is a platform to stimulate greater interest in films by and about women, and contribute towards integrating women filmmakers into the mainstream. 

The future of the festival is to establish it as a major activity based in the Johannesburg, and South African, social calendar. For the first time since its inception, the festival held screenings in two outreach areas, namely at the Father Louis Blondel Centre in Diepsloot and the Westbury Youth Centre in Westbury. This exciting addition to the festival has opened up opportunities for collaboration and development of the festival in disadvantaged and under-served communities.   

There is a great need for film distribution and exhibition space in Africa, hence the MWFF wants to focus to meet the demand, grow the film industry and contribute to the industry through the MWFF.