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.

It’s easy to submit your women’s issues film through FilmFreeway. 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.

We’re seeking short and feature-length independent films that showcase the female struggle or, alternatively, social change achievements by women and men. By sharing movies, filmmakers can inspire empathy. Empathy can bring about action. #empathytoaction

Women’s Voices Now awards $10,000 in film festival prizes annually.


Valid entries must have been created by at least one woman OR must focus on key issues facing women and girls around the world. We also welcome films related to transgender issues, and contributions from male allies.

Agreeing to participate in a Women’s Voices Now Online Film Festival means your film submission is a final cut that includes no advertisements, and features English subtitles (for non-English films only). Agreeing to participate also means, if your film is selected as a winner, you will allow your film to be screened at a winner’s event and/or be available from March 8 to March 31, via Vimeo Pay-Per-View. Profits from the each film festival sales go toward prize money for our next social change film festival.

Please note: Your submission is incomplete UNLESS your film is downloadable in high-resolution form from FilmFreeway. Please provide three (3) high-quality film stills and one (1) film poster with your FilmFreeway film submission. Please also provide your movie’s trailer (optional).


The Women’s Voices Now Online Film Festival’s jury always consists of award-winning activists, filmmakers, producers, educators and film and human rights experts. Judges are assigned categories based on their expertise and select winners for each award category and our grand prize. We judge all film submissions based on the relevance of subject matter to our film festival call, the strength of a film’s storytelling, and the technical aspects of filmmaking. 

Contact us if you would like to be considered for judging and/or want to learn more about our past judges.

Entry Categories

Documentary Feature | Documentary Short | Experimental/Animation Film | Youth


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