Women’s Voices Now, a 501(c)3 non-profit for social change inspired-through-media organization, dedicated to helping women and girls gain equal political, economic, civil, and educational rights, invites like-minded filmmakers to amplify their own voices by submitting films for consideration for our online film festival.

Since 2011, our independent film festival has brought influential narrative, documentary and experimental cinema, from more than 97 countries, to millions of viewers around the world. Women directors and emerging filmmakers are especially encouraged to participate.

Filmmakers compete for monetary prizes and the opportunity to have their films added to the WVN Film Archive for global viewing and women’s rights advocacy initiatives.

People of all genders are welcome to submit their films as long as a woman holds one of the following positions within the filmmaking team: Director, Writer, Cinematographer or Producer.

Films must fall within one of the subject areas listed:

· Violence Against Women
· Body Autonomy
· Women and Access to Education
· Economic Opportunities and Obstacles
· Political Participation
· Media Representations of Women
· Women and Environmental Challenges
· Race, Gender, Identity
· Men and Boys as Allies

Leslie J. Sacks Grand Prize Award for Best Film – $3,000
Best Documentary Feature – $2,000
Best Social-Change Film – $1,500
Best Documentary Short – $1,000
Best Director – $1,000
Best Experimental Film – $1,000
Outstanding Youth Film – $500

Award recipients will receive their prize upon submitting a video recorded acceptance speech that will be uploaded to our website.

Agreeing to participate in a WVN Online Film Festival means that you agree to the following mandatory conditions:

· You agree to participate in the WVN Online Film Festival
· Your submission is a final cut and includes no advertisements.
· The official language of the Festival is English. Non-English language films must have English subtitles.
· Uploading a digital, high-resolution screening copy of your film to FilmFreeway. Your submission is INCOMPLETE unless your film is downloadable in high resolution in your FilmFreeway submission. WVN will not replicate, duplicate, sell, or make a profit off of your film.
· Provide 3 high-quality film stills and a film poster with your FilmFreeway submission.
· Provide a trailer if you have one.
· If your film is selected as a winner, you agree to allow your film to be screened at a winner's event and/or be available from March 8th-March 31st, 2020 via Vimeo Pay-Per-View. Profits from sales go towards next year's Prize Money.

​The Festival aims to include diverse and underreported stories of women*.​ Subjects broached in this festival include but are not limited to: women in politics, social and legal change/justice, political rebellion, women’s rights struggles, activism, women living with a disability, health and family, environmental issues, women and employment, the resilience of women in the face of oppression, women and the arts, expression and experimentation of women, and socio-cultural relations between women and men.

NOTE: Organizations, creative agencies, foundations, and content creators are invited to submit, however, videos created for the purpose of fundraising or brand advertising are NOT ACCEPTED.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must have full rights to the films submitted including all people, images, and music therein. By submitting to the Festival, the filmmaker confirms that (i) they have obtained authorization from persons appearing in the film or otherwise have the right to film them; (ii) all content is their own work, (iii) the filmmaker has the right to use all content.

There is no time limit by which the film must have been completed, but preference will be given to relevant and salient subject matter.

The official language of the Festival is English. Non-English language films must have English subtitles.

CATEGORIES

Films may be submitted to four categories: (1) Documentary Feature, (2) Documentary Short, (3) Experimental Film (4) Youth Filmmaking

JUDGING

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: (i) relevance of subject matter; (ii) storytelling - use of structure and image to communicate a compelling story; (iii) technical aspects of filmmaking.

The winning films will be selected by a panel of expert judges involved in film, women’s rights, and/or issues relating to culture and women’s rights. Winning filmmakers will be announced online.

PRIZES

Cash prizes totaling $10,000 will be awarded to select films.

Leslie J. Sacks Grand Prize Award for Best Film – $3,000
Best Documentary Feature – $2,000
Best Social-Change Film – $1,500
Best Documentary Short – $1,000
Best Director – $1,000
Best Experimental Film – $1,000
Outstanding Youth Film – $500

Award recipients will receive their prize and/or laurels upon submitting a video recorded acceptance speech.

If you have any further questions, or would like to request a waiver, please contact wvnonlinefilmfestival@womensvoicesnow.org.

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  • I can't sing the praises high enough for the Women's Voices Now Online Festival. It was such an honor. The caliber of films by fellow women creators is exemplary. Super communication. And I was fortunate to have won 'Best Narrative Short Film' which came with a $1000 cash prize. Filmmaking is an insanely expensive endeavor, so to offer cash prizes illuminates how clued in the organizers are to the struggles - economically and from a representation standpoint - women experience. Thank you WVN. Onward and upward.

    May 2019
  • Well Communicated. Thanks a lot for selecting your works

    March 2019
  • Richard E Haywood

    great festival amazing films involved.

    March 2019
  • Anouk Phéline

    The WVN is a fantastic platform to showcase your work and discover bold and fearless female filmmakers. In addition to the Online Film Festival, I strongly advise you to have a look at the feminist film archive as well as the blogpost published on the website. They are creating such an important space for new voices to emerge!

    April 2018
  • Thanks so much and proud to be a part.

    April 2018