Invincible and Unsilenced: Women in the World

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 festival. 36 films competed in our 2017 online film festival and over 45,000 people watched and voted for their favorite films. Meet the winners and see our official selections below. The following films were voted winners by our panel of judges. Many of these films are available to watch for free in our online film archive

2017 Winners

Leslie Sacks Grand Prize

Director: Sona Moghadam
Iran | 2015 | 68 mins
Watch Sona Moghadam’s acceptance speech

Best Documentary Feature

Profession: Documentarist
Directors: Shirin Barghnavard, Firouzeh Khosrovani, Farahnaz Sharifi, Mina Keshavarz, Sepideh Abtahi, Sahar Salahshour, Nahid Rezaei
Iran | 2015 | 80 mins

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Best Documentary Short

Women of Fukushima
Directors: Paul Johannessen and Jeffrey Jousan
Japan | 2012 | 23 mins
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Watch Women of Fukushima

Best Narrative Short

Director: Payal Sethi
India | 2016 | 27 mins
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Best Experimental Film


Director: Elizabeth Mizon
U.K. | 2015 | 6 mins
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Watch Borders

Audience Choice Winners

The following films were viewed and voted on by our international, online film festival audience and global community.

Save Gangamaya
Director: Gopal Shivakoti
Nepal | 2016 | 90 mins

Auto Driver
Director: Meena Longjam
India | 2015 | 31 mins

I Don’t Like Her
Director: Javad Daraei
Iran | 2016 | 20 mins

Memory of a Heart
Director: Tribeny Rai
India | 2016 | 5 mins
Watch Memory of a Heart