«The Factory of Emancipation» is the unifying theme of the rich 2023 programme of the International Women’s Film Festival in Créteil for its 45th edition.

Meetings, colloquium, round tables, film lessons, previews, restored films, cinema-concert, international competitions will feed the life of the FIFF, from March 24 to April 2, 2023, a flagship event supported by the DRAC Île-de-France.

This anniversary edition gives to see and listen to the images and words of great personalities and beautiful directors from all over the world.

against stereotypes, against erasing their history, against forgetting their roles

"Although the road travelled since the birth of cinema in 1895 has been long and fraught with obstacles, women have always been in every position. Actresses, directors, screenwriters, scriptwriters, editors, operators, producers, casting managers, etc. In France, the cinema of women, almost non-existent at the Liberation, then vigorously feminist in the 1970s, gradually became established with the arrival in force of new generations of directors, from the 1990s. Since its creation in 1979, the Créteil International Women’s Film Festival fights to change the lives and the future of women, in all professions in general, and in the cinema in particular, against stereotypes, against the erasure of their history, against the forgetting of their roles, for equality and the recognition of their rights, for their struggles, creativity, solidarity and commitment. 45 years… that’s the time it took to create what we call La Fabrique de l'Emancipation des femmes and to recognize their looks. Entitled La Fabrique de l'Émancipation, this anniversary edition has at heart to offer words of great personalities and directors from around the world" testifies Jackie Buet, Director of FIFF.


© Jane Campion

Opening, the International Women’s Film Festival of Créteil welcomes Jane Campion, with the presentation of a portrait filmed by Julie Bertuccelli. The New Zealand director is the first woman to win the Palme d'Or in Cannes for The Piano Lesson. The closing evening will feature a preview Polaris of Ainara Vera.


Agnès Jaoui - AURORA © Photo Karé-Productions

Self-portrait. Meeting created in 1986. This year, Agnès Jaoui, the actress, screenwriter, director, singer and president of the Cinémathèque de Toulouse, lends herself to the mirror and will share with as many as possible his experiences, passions and projects.

International competitions. 6 feature fiction films, 6 feature documentaries, 13 short films. The fiction jury is chaired this year by Lio and the documentary jury by Julie Bertucelli.

Rebecca Zlotowski and Coline Serreau invited by FIFF. For 45 years, Coline Serreau accompanies the Festival as much as the Festival accompanies it. Her films have been shown in and out of competition, she has been a member of the Jury, Filmmaker with three Césars, also actress, screenwriter, director of theatre, opera and chorus, always at the forefront of fighting, those in favor of women and ecology, Coline Serreau will celebrate this 45e birthday.

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An easy girl © Julian Torres -Velvet Films

Rebecca Zlotowski, French screenwriter and director, graduate of theÉcole Normale Supérieure and of the Femis, an associate of Lettres Modernes, received the Louis Delluc Prize of the best first film, for Beautiful Thorn (2010). To follow in 2013, Grand Central, Planetarium, presented at the Venice Mostra, An Easy Girl (2019) , SACD price to the fifteen directors at Cannes, and The Children of Others (2022) in official competition at the Venice Mostra.

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Photo of Michelle Porte’s film "Les mots comme des pierres" Annie Ernaux, writer + "Les Années Super 8" by Annie Ernaux and David Ernaux-Briot © Michelle Porte-site

Event evening with Annie Ernaux, Nobel Prize for Literature 2022, around the projection of the documentary film Words like stones, followed by a signature and a meeting with the director Michelle Porte.

The historian Michelle Perrot will lead the colloquium entitled "The Factory of Emancipation". Professor emeritus of the University of Paris-7, a world-renowned specialist in the history of workers, prisons and women, she co-directed with Georges Duby the five volumes of "theWomen’s History in the West (1991-1992)". His latest book is entitled "The time of feminism", co-written with Eduardo Castillo, was released on 18 January 2023

tribute to Musidora


© The Films of the Horla - portrait of Musidora in a 1920 magazine

Every year the International Women’s Film Festival highlights a prominent and (sometimes) forgotten figure in the history of matrimoine cinema. Star of French cinema of the 1910s, considered as the first "vamp" of the 7th art, Musidora was in his lifetime a myth whose fascinating career as a filmmaker is often forgotten. Already honoured by the festival in 1987, during a Hommage à Colette, then in 1995, with the Pionnières d'hier, the festival looks again at this total artist, pioneer and great female figure in the history of cinema.

45 years in the retro. Show the women’s revolution in 24 frames per second. As a venue for professional meetings, reflection, development and production of projects, a witness to historical debates, attentive to the artistic, political and social commitments of women on all continents, the Festival is a laboratory of ideas. For this anniversary edition, the Festival wishes to share with the public its historical journey by enhancing its archives, and proposes a section that reflects the very identity of the Festival, a selection of 45 films drawn from its matrimoine, chosen by the programming team and the public via a participatory form: 45 years/ 45 films.

The Young Audience is not forgotten at FIFF. A selection of films will be submitted to the Graine de Cinéphage jury as part of an educational program for schools and universities. The festival will host classes of middle and high schools during 4 days of immersion during the festival by offering them film screenings followed by debates and workshops

Discover all the films in international competitions at FIFF