Modern Films, in partnership with Kering Foundation and with the support of UK Says No More, Chayn Italia, En avant toute(s), Fondo Semillas and NNEDV are holding an open call to female-identifying filmmakers* in the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Mexico and the USA for submissions of short films inspired by 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, which runs from 25th November to 10th December, between International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and International Human Rights Day.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence is an annual campaign, which has run since 1991, and has 164 countries and 3,700 organisations involved. It uses the 16 days between International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th November) and International Human Rights Day (10th December) to reinforce that eliminating all forms of violence against women is a human rights issue, and that the act of perpetrating violence against women is a human rights violation.

Our aim is two-fold, working towards a more equitable world:
- To support 16 Days of Activism’s goal to eliminate violence against women and push for change and accountability
- To help combat gender inequality by creating opportunities for female filmmakers to have their stories seen.

*OPEN TO FEMALE-IDENTIFYING FILMMAKERS ONLY
- PLEASE READ RULES & TERMS BELOW BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR FILM

16 films will be selected by a nomination panel, with one film released each day of 16 Days of Activism, on both Modern Films, Kering Foundation, UK Says No More and other partners online platforms, ending with a special screening of all 16 Films and the distribution of prizes including one winning filmmaker receiving the opportunity to make the new UK Says No More PSA!

Now in our third year we are looking for submissions from UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Mexico and USA based female-identifying filmmakers.

The films should be no longer than 20 minutes, can be made using phones, cameras or whatever you have to hand, and can be of any genre and as traditional or experimental as you choose.

The films should explore themes inspired by the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. Our aim is to support 16 Days of Activism’s goal to target institutions and situations in which all forms of gender-based violence, especially against women and girls, is perpetuated, and push for change and accountability.

Films made previously which fit the eligibility criteria and are available for online screening may be submitted.

In all cases, final decisions about a film’s eligibility rest with our submission committee: inclusion and consideration of films which do not strictly comply with the above criteria will be subject to the discretion of this committee. No correspondence will be entered into as to why particular entries were or were not nominated.

OPEN TO FEMALE-IDENTIFYING FILMMAKERS ONLY - If you have queries regarding your film's eligibility please email 16days16films@gmail.com

The password for submission to our festival is 'womxninfilm'.