Second Annual Shakti Film Festival
October 15, 7 p.m.
Short Films:
  • Breakaway by Jenny Lee-Gilmore
  • All Kinds of Weather by Ragini Kapil
  • The Divine Order by Petra Biondina Volpe
Panel discussion with filmmakers and artists
October 16, 7 p.m.
Short Films:
  • Namrata by Shazia Javed
  • All Kinds of Weather by Ragini Kapil
Feature: Good Morning Kandahar by Ariel Nasr.
Panel discussion with filmmakers and artists
Tickets are available now for the online Shakti Film Festival!.
We are less than two weeks away from our Second Annual Shakti Film Festival! Join us online for two evenings of thought provoking, enchanting and entertaining films supporting women filmmakers from around the world.
As our main feature, we proudly present to you, ‘The Divine Order'. a “comédie humaine” about fear of change and the fight for equality. Screenwriter and director Petra Volpe (“Dreamland”, Screenplay for “Heidi”) takes viewers on an emotional journey to the rural Switzerland of the 1970's and creates a monument to all the people who fought for equal political rights. “The Divine Order” thereby makes astonishing connections to current political and social debates.
Our second film, "Good Morning Kandahar," is a documentary film that introduces us to young Afghan-Canadians torn between a deep desire to help Afghanistan and a fear that things will never change. Good Morning Kandahar, set in 2008 remains relevant today as it asks whether Canada's mission in Afghanistan is failing.
For our short series, we will be featuring two short films by local directors. Our first, "All Kinds of Weather', directed by Ragini Kapil, focuses on a young South Asian Canadian woman, caught in an abusive marriage, who is shocked when she unexpectedly runs into the love of her life. Her memories of their innocent love and the unhappy outcome changes her and leads to an unexpected outcome.
"Breakaway", our second short film, is by Jenny Lee-Gilmore, Set in 1970's Vancouver Canada, Breakaway follows 11 year old Sammy, an ice hockey obsessed Chinese Canadian girl. She has dreams of one day playing ice hockey but her responsibilities at home and bullying older brother get in the way.
Laslty, 'Namrata', This short documentary made by, Shazia Javed, tells the intensely personal story of Namrata Gill – one of the many real-life inspirations for Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth – in her own words. After six years, Gill courageously leaves an abusive relationship and launches a surprising new career.
This year's festival is shaping up to be an amazing event. We've got some exciting films planned, some great conversations after the films and we hope to see you there!

$15 for Festival Pass - admission to both days
$10 for one day admission.
Awards & Prizes
Best Film – $100
Best Student Film – $100
Best Documentary Film – $100
Best Short Film – $100
Rules & Terms

Agreeing to participate in the Shakti Film Festival means that you agree to the following mandatory conditions:
  • You agree to participate in the Shakti Film Festival
  • Your submission is a final cut and includes no advertisements.
  • The official language of the Festival is English. Non-English language films must have English subtitles.
  • Uploading a digital, high-resolution screening copy of your film to FilmFreeway. Your submission is INCOMPLETE unless your film is downloadable in high resolution in your FilmFreeway submission. Shakti Film Festival will not replicate, duplicate, sell, or make a profit off of your film.
  • Provide 3 high-quality film stills and a film poster with your FilmFreeway submission.
  • Provide a trailer if you have one.
  • If your film is selected, you agree to allow your film to be screened October 10 and 11.
People of all genders are welcome to submit their films as long as a woman holds one of the following positions within the filmmaking team: Director, Writer, Cinematographer or Producer.
Applicants must have full rights to the films submitted including all people, images, and music therein. By submitting to the Festival, the filmmaker confirms that (i) they have obtained authorization from persons appearing in the film or otherwise have the right to film them; (ii) all content is their own work, (iii) the filmmaker has the right to use all content.
There is no time limit by which the film must have been completed, but preference will be given to relevant and salient subject matter.
The official language of the Festival is English. Non-English language films must have English subtitles.
  • 1 feature film- 60 mins or longer
  • 1 documentary film - 45 min or longer
  • 1 short film - up to 20 mins
  • 1 student film - up to 8 mins
Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: (i) relevance of subject matter; (ii) storytelling - use of structure and image to communicate a compelling story; (iii) technical aspects of filmmaking.
The winning films will be selected by a panel of expert judges involved in film, women’s rights, and/or issues relating to culture and women’s rights. Winning filmmakers will be announced online.