Girls in Film and Dr. Martens stand by the belief that any woman, anywhere can take on anything, even when faced with knock backs. ‍Being an independent filmmaker means that you get to follow your own path despite the challenges, and we respect that and want to support you.We seek projects that answer the question of what female strength means to you. We’re looking for projects with fleshed out characters, defined storylines and encouraging messaging. ‍

Girls in Film Fund will accept applications from female-identified filmmakers (minimum director & producer have to be womxn) with films of any genre up to 7 minutes in length.

The films can be in any stage of production but have to be able to deliver to our project deadline in July 2020.‍

Through this film we want to celebrate the spirit of female independence and resilience. The overarching goal of our granting program is to help ensure that important female stories and their creators are both told and heard.

- The winning film team will be awarded £5,000 in cash prize towards the production of their film.

- Girls in Film & Dr Martens will organise a launch party for the film in August 2020


* We’re providing £5,000 cash grant to 1 selected director or team
* Applicants must be resident of UK and based in UK at time of application.
* Minimum director and producer must identify as a womxn or non binary
* Must be 18+ to apply
* The film concept must be a standalone format, episodic or proof of concept are not accepted
* Scripts & treatments need to reflect the requirements for length of the film and feasibility of delivering the film on the outlined budget and schedule
* Additional personal finance is accepted but Airways must stay the majority funder and third party funders are not accepted.


What are the project deadlines?
The application deadline is 4th March by midnight GMT. No submissions are accepted beyond this deadline.The shortlisted teams will be notified by 18th March and final winner announced on 25th March after a round of shortlist interviews.‍

Are men allowed to work on the project? Do all-female teams have an advantage?‍
Men are welcome to work on your projects in positions determined by director and producer. All-female teams are not given preference over other teams.‍

I’d like to submit my script but I identify as male ‍
If you are interested in working on this project as a man, you can find female-identifying director and producer and work with them on your idea. However due to subject matter, stories written from female perspective will be more suitable.‍

Does the film have to be centered on leading female character?‍
No, the film doesn’t have to be centered on women but it should in some way tell a female story although it can be from point of view of others.‍

Can the film have other funding?‍
You may supplement the grant using your personal funds as needed, but Dr Martens needs to remain major funder and you cannot accept or use any funding or sponsorships from any third parties.‍

Does Dr Martens have to be referenced in the film?‍
While showcasing Dr Martens products is not the objective of the film, competitor product should not be obvious or visible in the final film. If you wish to use it, Dr Martens can provide product for you.‍

Do I own the rights to my film? ‍
You will own all IP rights in your film. However, we require you to grant us permission to use, distribute, or edit the complete film for promotional purposes and distribute them on Girls in Film and Dr Martens channels.‍

Licenses and releases for the film‍
If there is music in your film, you are required to obtain the rights to use and/or reproduce the music in your film. At a minimum, this will require a license that includes all necessary digital, synchronisation, performance, festival and other necessary usage rights. You are required to receive a model release from all participants appearing in your film. Please avoid filming competitor logos and artwork — you may need their permission to share.

Applying on FilmFreeway
All applications have to be submitted via FilmFreeway (button on the bottom of the page). You have to create an account where you upload your project. Then go to and submit. The competition is not searchable through website. FilmFreeway has some automated submission options and not all of them are necessary to fill - so don't worry if you don't have all boxes filled in. Make sure you give us as much information about your project as possible and attach your treatment, budget and rough schedule.


(a) Adhere to application and project deadlines;
(b) Eligibility criteria for submitting an Application;
(c) Requirements in respect of the form and content of the Applicant’s Application and the Film Assets to be produced by the Applicant (including, for example, film length, theme, creative guidelines);
(d) Acknowledgment that AirWair must remain the majority funder in connection with the Film Project;
(e) Obligation to obtain and maintain all consents, releases, licences, permits and permissions (statutory, regulatory, contractual or otherwise) it may require and which are necessary to enable it to produce the Film Assets;
(f) Obligation to obtain any necessary usage rights for music used by the Applicant in the Film Assets;
(g) Obligation to obtain a model release from all participants appearing in the Film Assets;
(h) Acknowledgment that the Applicant owns all Intellectual Property Rights in its Film Assets;
(i) Acknowledgment that Film Assets shall not contain any reference to competitors of AirWair nor any visible branding or logos other than those of AirWair;
(j) Acknowledgment that the Film Assets will be wholly original to the Applicant and shall not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party;
(k) Acknowledgment that the Film Assets will not violate any applicable law or regulation;
(l) Acknowledgment that the Film Assets will not contain anything that is defamatory, indecent, inappropriate, immoral or otherwise likely to cause harm to the reputation of AirWair, including but not limited to depictions of violence, drug abuse or pornographic material;
(m) Consent to AirWair capturing video and still photography of the Applicant and the Film Assets during the Winning Film production process;
(n) Acknowledgment that AirWair owns all Intellectual Property Rights in any video and still photography that AirWair captures during the production of the Winning Film (including any footage of the Winning Applicant);
(o) Consent to AirWair using any video and still photography that AirWair captures during the production of the Winning Film (including any footage of the Winning Applicant) in perpetuity for marketing purposes on its website, blog and social media channels;
(p) Consent to AirWair displaying the Film Assets at a private screening event and using the Film Assets in perpetuity for internal business purposes; and
(q) Any other requirements or obligations that GiF considers necessary, taking into account the best interests of AirWair.

Overall Rating
  • Janet Marrett

    Girls in Film is a great organisation - really supportive of female filmmakers!!

    July 2020