Modern Films, in partnership with UK Says No More, is holding an open call to female filmmakers in the UK 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.


Sixteen films will be selected by a nomination panel, with one film released each day of 16 Days of Activism, on both Modern Films and UK Says No More platforms, ending with a special screening of all 16 films at the Channel 4 Cinema on Tuesday December 11th, with one winning filmmaker receiving the opportunity to make the new UK Says No More PSA.

In our first year we are looking for submissions from UK based female-identifying filmmakers. The films should be no longer than 25 minutes (please note: this is a recent update to our criteria), and 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 2018 campaign: ‘End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work’. Our aim is to support 16 Days of Activism’s goal to target institutions and situations in which gender-based violence 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.