Persephone’s Daughters is a literature magazine dedicated to uplifting the voices of those pursuing peace after trauma, and providing community and calm through healing art and storytelling.

The film division of Persephone’s Daughters, Girls Don’t Cry, is open for submissions. Completed films of any length are eligible as long as they abide by the Persephone’s Daughters mission stated above. Films that do not adhere to this base criteria, regardless of film quality, will NOT be selected.

As of 2019, film in these categories will be awarded.

Best Film
Best Inspirational Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography
Best First Time Director
Best Screenplay
Best Music

Films selected for entry will be heavily featured and promoted on our website and all our social media to our readers, viewers and audience, and you will receive Official Selection Laurels for promotional material. Films will stay featured on our site indefinitely. Winning films will receive categorical certificates and laurels.

Rules and Terms: By submitting your film or screenplay/script you have read and agreed to all rules and terms and conditions.

Only under rare circumstances do we publish or feature trailers.

If you are submitting simultaneously, please be aware that if our festival accepts your film, we have the right to feature the work. Please refrain from submitting to our festival if other festivals you are submitting to don't accept simultaneous submissions.

We DO NOT provide feedback as to why films were declined.

1. Online screeners accepted via FilmFreeway. If a password or code is changed, please notify us immediately at

2. Entries have no completion date criteria. Films from the 90’s are welcome as far as we’re concerned, just as long as you’re the one who created them.

3. There is no premiere requirement for films.

4. Works in progress are accepted.

5. International submissions are welcome and encouraged. International films must either have English as the primary language or must be subtitled.

6. Screenplays/scripts currently are not eligible for print publication and will be exclusive to the online website.

7. The submission window is open indefinitely.

8. No racist, sexist, homophobic, or pornographic work, please.

9. If your film is accepted for Official Selection, email a presskit including a headshot of the director and main cast and bios of the director and main cast.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: By entering your film for consideration for the Persephone’s Daughters film division, Girls Don’t Cry, you authorize that your work is cleared for exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. An accepted submission constitutes permission to exhibit your work on our website. Persephone’s Daughters is also hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for promotional or educational purposes. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Persephone’s Daughters from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, and screening. Persephone’s Daughters may opt to withdraw your work from the website at any time for any reason.