Starz, WrapWomen, and WIF are seeking short films by women and gender non-conforming filmmakers of color.

The Telling Our Stories film competition is for short films by women and gender non-conforming filmmakers of color., narrative or documentary, highlighting themes relevant to womanhood, community, and representation. These shorts will be evaluated by industry professionals, competing for one of six finalist spots. The short films of the six finalists will receive distribution on Starz, recognition at the Power Women Summit, and the chance to compete for the winning prize of $10,000.

The six finalists' short films will receive distribution on Starz a Lionsgate company and premium cable and satellite television network, recognition at the 2020 Power Women Summit, and the chance to compete for the winning prize of $10,000.

Documentary & Narrative short films with running times of 10 minutes or less, made by women or gender non-conforming directors, with subject matter that womanhood, community, and/or representation of underheard voices in the mainstream.

Submission material for consideration will be the short documentary or narrative project description of project, synopsis, and information on key creatives (directors/writers/producers). A second page with photos from the short film is acceptable but not mandatory.

All entries must have maximum running time of 10 minutes or less.

Submissions may have previously played film festivals.

Submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2019

Submissions are ineligible if they screened on US network or cable television, or distributed to theaters.

All selected finalists must upload final film by December 3, 2020.

All selected finalists may need to remove their films from video platforms (YouTube, Vimeo, etc) to be eligible for distribution on Starz, a Lionsgate company.

All foreign language films must be subtitled in English.

All filmmakers submitting short films or treatments must have the legal right and authority over that work.

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  • Nicole Dizon

    Thank you so much for taking the time to view "Boxed" and select it as a semi-finalist in the 2019 cycle! Though it didn't move to the finals, the programmer kindly let me know her team enjoyed the film and respected my work. I hope to submit another one in the future.

    October 2020