A documentary film is a nonfictional film intended to document some aspect of reality, for the purpose of telling a compelling story or documenting a place and time. Documentary film was born out of the need to persuade, inspire change, promote activism and reach viewers on a fundamentally human level. Film has evolved from being strictly for entertainment in part due to the power and impact of the documentary genre. Documentary films inspire us to get involved and not be just merely silent witnesses.
Women’s Voices Now seeks to amplify the voices of all women. We believe in the power of free expression to realize the aspirations of women's rights. At Women’s Voices Now, we look for compelling documentary, experimental, narrative, and student films telling stories from around the world that viewers might not have access to otherwise. We are looking for films that are relevant to our global community and which tell unique stories and amplify voices of women from around the world. We judge documentary submissions based on relevance of subject matter to our film festival call, strength of a film’s storytelling (use of structure and image to communicate a compelling story) and the technical aspects of filmmaking. All films in any language other than English are encouraged to submit, however, those films must include English language subtitles.