The annual Women’s Voices Now Online Film Festival celebrates and awards the best films from around the world that highlight women in film and women’s rights issues that inspire social change. Each year, films are selected from over 174 countries and are viewed by over 150,000 people online internationally. Filmmakers compete for in-kind and cash prizes, media features and the opportunity to have their films added to the WVN Film Archive for global promotion and viewing. The Women’s Voices Now Online Film Festival is for films and filmmakers interested in exposure and advocacy, and teaming up with WVN to have your films seen around the world.

Films must be made by women and/or about women’s social, economic, and political issues. Films by women and men are eligible for entry. Submissions will open on October 17th, 2017.

Submitting your film to our festival means that you agree to our Rules and Regulations and Licensing Agreement.

To learn more about our festival and to submit, please visit our Film Freeway submission page.


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 | Narrative Short | Experimental / Animation Film


Leslie J. Sacks Grand Prize Award for Best Film: $3,500
Best Documentary Feature: $2,000
Best Documentary Short: $1,500
Best Narrative Short: $1,500
Best Experimental Film: $1,500

Audience choice winners will receive social media promotion, e-blast recognition, laurels and a chance to publish an article in The WVoice, Women’s Voices Now’s monthly online magazine.

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