WVN Film Festival.

A women’s rights film festival for emerging filmmakers.

WVN Film Festival 2023 Submission - 9th Edition.

Women’s Voices Now is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization using film to drive positive social change that advances girls’ and women’s rights globally.

Our documentary Film Festival promotes emerging women filmmakers using social-change films to advocate for women’s and girls’ rights around the world, by:

  • Providing a PLATFORM for emerging filmmakers telling essential, authentic stories.
  • Facilitating NETWORKING with other filmmakers and media industry professionals.

Since 2011, we have awarded $118k in cash prizes, received 965+ film submissions from 85+ countries, and reached audiences in 178 countries.



  • Early Bird: September 16, 2022
  • Regular: November 4, 2022
  • Late: November 25, 2022

Learn more about the festival hereFor any questions, please email: [email protected].


Documentary Features and Shorts

  • Early Bird: $25
  • Regular: $40
  • Late: $60

Youth Documentary Shorts

  • Early Bird: $5
  • Regular: $10
  • Late: $15
Submissions fee waiver: To request a fee waiver for your documentary film submission, please complete the fee waiver request form..

2023 Awards

Leslie J. Sacks Best Documentary Feature 

Best Documentary Short 

Best Human Rights Documentary

Best Creative Documentary

Best First-time Filmmaker

Best Youth Documentary Short 

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Advisory Board

The Celluloid Ceiling.

Women filmmakers are out there, so why is women-produced content still underrepresented? 

Women Filmmakers: Shattering That Ceiling.

Our independent film festival challenges gender-based stereotypes both on and off the screen. To support this vision, our online film festival:

Women's Voices Now
Film Festival Jury Members

Our Approach.

“The Women’s Voices Now Film Festival provides a rare and special platform for unheard voices and issues, and is a creative boon for independent women filmmakers around the world.”

– Dr. Meena Longjam, Filmmaker

2023 Festival Sponsors.