WVN Invites Filmmakers to Raise Awareness

September 24, 2013

Aquila reports:

Women’s Voices Now Invites Filmmakers to raise awareness of structural and gender-based violence

You might have seen one or a few films published by Women’s Voices Now (WVN) on Aquila Style. Through your film, you now too have the chance to inform and educate others to participate in the fight against violence.

WVN is currently accepting film submissions for its second short-film festival, with the theme "Women Bought and Sold: Voices United Against the Violence." Amateur as well as professional filmmakers of all genders, nationalities, and faiths are invited to submit films related to the subject matter, such as issues of sex trafficking, slavery, domestic servitude, forced marriage, and sexual harassment.

Winners of the festival will be chosen from four categories: Documentary, Fiction, Experimental, and Student. The winners will receive a cash prize of US$30,000 as well as the opportunity to have their films viewed globally through WVN’s online presence.

WVN’s first short-film festival was launched in 2010 bearing the theme "Women’s Voices from the Muslim World." This first project has drawn 200 films from 40 countries, which are being viewed online in 176 countries.

Through encouraging the creation and the dissemination of these films, the Los Angeles-based social enterprise aims to "empower all women living in Muslim-majority societies by promoting their free expression, thereby giving voice to their struggles for civil, economic, political, and gender rights."