Women's Empowerment - Live the change, change lives (WE - LCCL) is an international campaign to empower women through creative works. In particular, the campaign advocates for new creative approaches to addressing women's empowerment. We invite filmmakers from around the world who want to work for gender equality to participate in our project, a campaign that will include an art exhibition, a book project and a matchmaking workshop. The innovative short film competition portion of the WE-LCCL [featuring films in three categories of short films, documentary and a special category of short films with run times of 90 seconds or less] will begin its activity in 2023 in Dortmund.

A critical aspect of promoting gender equality in all areas of societal development is empowering women, focusing on identifying and redressing power imbalances and giving women more autonomy to shape their own lives. Gender equality and women's empowerment means that access to opportunities and changes in life are neither dependent on nor limited by gender. To move towards the requisite gender equality in all areas of societal development, from human rights, peace and security, to economic growth, education and sustainability, women must be empowered. When women (accounting for half of the global population) are empowered, everyone benefits.

Our goal is to address women's empowerment with art and culture makers from different perspectives. This is to contribute to human rights, peace and security, economic growth, poverty reduction, education, climate change and sustainability.

The theme of the film competition is women's self-determination, which can lead to a big change in the lives of many women. From this contest, we hope to procure many examples of women's self-determination, which has led to great change in women's lives. This can be presented as examples of the advancement of women. Our platform will serve as an exchange platform for those interested in giving the successful changes in the lives of others an exemplary character, stories women from around the world can adapt for their own lives and cultures.
The competition is concerned about the fact that in most film competitions, most of the directors are men. As we are committed to gender equality, we hope that fully half of the directors in our competition will be women.
We want to fight more for the equality of women. Equality does not mean that men are excluded. But since the number of men is always more than women, we want to give women the chance to stand in equal distribution to men.
Our competition is a meeting point for filmmakers, a source of inspiration and new knowledge for experts, students and film lovers.

Photo by Annette Liese
Design by Raban Ruddigkeit


Our PIROUZ ("victorious") Award for short and documentary films, will empower talented filmmakers who promote positive social change through their uploads to various platforms, usually without financial support. The prestigious PIROUZ Awards honors the last remaining Asian cheetahs and the sustained drive to conserve the subspecies. Pirouz, a cheetah cub born in Iran, had become a source of national pride. He was the only surviving cub out of three live births, the first of this subspecies to reproduce in captivity – a last resort in the effort to prevent the extinction of the Asiatic cheetah.

We aim to raise awareness about conservation efforts in building a sustainable world, and honor PIROUZ's memory. We aim to encourage filmmakers to interweave the themes of gender equality, animal rights, and protection of the planet’s biodiversity. We aim to support and promote the work of young filmmakers, offering them avenues to access resources and income. Our goal is to showcase short films and documentaries as a culturally vivid art form and change agent, encouraging the involvement of producers, directors, writers, actors, and others.

We aim to give voice and support to young filmmakers who are just starting out. We recognize that many of these filmmakers begin their journey by brainstorming, writing a script, and self-producing their film, often with the help of a small group of volunteers. Our festival is designed to provide these aspiring filmmakers with a platform to showcase their work, and to offer them the recognition that they deserve. An award jury of industry professionals and creatives will be assembled to judge the entries and select the winners. We believe that by empowering these young filmmakers, we can help to cultivate the next generation of storytellers and give them a chance to share their unique perspectives with the world. Winners will receive a beautiful, signed PIROUZ statuette from the designer.

The PIROUZ Awards provide a platform for fearless and talented filmmakers to share meaningful, life-affirming stories.


We are pleased to announce the prize package for our short film festival focused on idea creation and storytelling for new and aspiring filmmakers:

● Best Narrative Short, Documentary, and Animated Short Awards: PIROUZ Statuette, access to the European film market, consultations with branding and marketing experts, and educational resources for creating effective storytelling.

● Audience Choice Award: PIROUZ Statuette, industry connections, mentorship, and business-themed merchandise.

● Emerging Filmmaker Award: PIROUZ Statuette, access to the European film market, mentorship, and a consultation with a business coach.

● Promotion of Socially and Environmentally Conscious Business Solutions Award: PIROUZ Statuette, consultations with branding and marketing experts, and educational resources for creating effective pitches.

We're proud to support emerging talent in the film industry and grateful to our sponsors for making these prizes possible. Join us for an unforgettable festival showcasing the best short films of the year and celebrating creativity and innovation in storytelling.

1. The competition consists of three categories:

Short films (between 1 and 35 minutes)
The short films should not be longer than 35 minutes. They may fall into subcategories such as narrative films, animated films, experimental films or children's films, but all must address the theme, Women's Empowerment - Live the change, change lives!
o Narrative films
o Animated films
o Experimental films
o Children's films

Documentaries (no longer than 45 minutes)
The documentary category should be no longer than 45 minutes. The topic must be Women's Empowerment - Live the change, change lives!

90-second films (must not be longer than 90 seconds)
Every 90 seconds, a woman is the victim of a sexual assault. In that same minute and a half, another woman is the victim of domestic violence by a current or former partner. Every sixteen hours, one of these intimate partners shoots and kills a woman. Nearly two in ten women are stalked, and one in sixteen women is raped during her first sexual experience. Despite these staggering statistics, conducted by Oxford University in 2022, we are all well practiced at viewing such acts as everyone else's problem. But the violence against women is intertwined with the most discussed and debated issues of our time: access to health care and education, immigration, gun policy, economic security, and criminal justice reform, issues that affect all of us, almost every day. To make progress on these and other issues, we must address violence against women.
But the acts of violence can be communicated. We developed the 90-second film format to gather in this short amount of time the most important messages, solutions, and proposals to empower women.
With our 90-second film contest, we want to explore this "virtual world" without exclusion and without fear, but with creativity and understanding. As long as it addresses women’s empowerment for change, this film can be:
● a message
● a solution
● a proposal

2. Competition conditions

● Productions from all over the world
● In the categories: short films, documentaries and 90-second films (narrative films, animated films, experimental films, documentaries and children's films).
● All genres accepted
● Not produced prior to 2021
● Must not have been released in cinemas yet
● Must not have been published on the Internet
● Short films may be between 1 to 35 minutes.
● Documentaries must not be longer than 45 minutes
● 90-second films must not be longer than 90 seconds.

The competition is determined to come close to or achieve a 50/50 balance between male and female directors.

3. Films are admitted in the following screening formats:

● DCI compliant 2K DCP (24 or 25 fps, InterOp or SMPTE).
● Pro-Res and H264 file
● Audio is possible up to 5.1 sound system.

4. Submission details
There is no submission fee. Submission implies full acceptance of the regulations. By submitting, you agree to the selection of your film for the competition. Film submission is online only and only until April 10th, 2023.>> Extended to June 20th, 2023*

You can submit your films using the platform Filmfreeway.com or by the e-mail kurzfilm@thinkup-editions.com, writing the link of the film together with any information about the title.

5 Subtitles:
English language versions or original versions with English subtitles are preferred.
● If the original language is English, then no subtitles are necessary.
● If the original language is other than English, English subtitles are required.

Dear participants,

We hope this message finds you well. We would like to let you know that due to some organizational and thematic reasons, we have decided to extend the deadline for submission. We are looking forward to receiving many more submissions and entries, and we want to give everyone a fair chance to participate.

Thank you for your participation and we look forward to receiving your submissions.

Best regards,
Festival director