Women’s Voices Now Online Film Festival

CALL FOR: Jury Members (Virtual Opportunity!)


The Women’s Voices Now Film Festival seeks to address the significant lack of representation of women in film, as well as the lack of access to essential funding for women in film. Our Film Festival promotes women filmmakers using social-change documentary films to advocate for women’s and girls’ rights around the world, by:

  • Providing a platform for emerging filmmakers telling essential, authentic stories
  • Supporting them with cash prizes and visibility
  • Connecting them with each other

Since 2011, our independent film festival has received 800+ impactful social-change films from more than 65+ countries, and brought them to millions of viewers around the world. The 2023 Festival will award $13,000 in film festival prizes.

Our Film Festival Jury Members watch and review pre-selected films, and are responsible for choosing the recipients of our awards and cash prizes! Jury members will receive recognition on our platforms, access to festival events, and the chance to be part of an impactful initiative empowering women filmmakers. This is an unpaid, virtual volunteer position.

Jury members will receive a $150 stipend and a certificate of recognition for their participation.


  • Are you passionate about the Women’s Voices Now mission?
  • Do you believe in the power of film to move audiences from empathy to action?
  • Are you an activist, filmmaker, and/or entertainment industry professional who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing women’s and girls’ rights?

Women’s Voices Now recognizes that access to financial resources, training, & equipment is a significant barrier for many aspiring filmmakers and that the power of a story can – at times – overwhelm the quality of a lense. We are looking for individuals who will champion this belief in their review and selection process. 


  • Prior experience as a jury member, film programmer or similar role
  • Demonstrated passion for women’s and girls’ rights, and belief in the power of film to effect change
  • Ability to evaluate documentary films based on provided qualifiers – including, but not limited to: identifying components of strong directing and storytelling within the documentary genre
  • Ability to work with others collaboratively to find consensus in determining award winners
  • Professional, communicative, and detail-oriented
  • Ability to speak, understand, and write in English
  • Have access to the internet and a computer/laptop; well versed in general computer skills (typing, emailing, etc.) Individuals who have submitted a film to our festival are not eligible for this role.


  • Around 10 – 15 hours of film reviewing from end of January through end of February
  • Ability to participate in up to 3 jury team meetings for onboarding & discussion of films
  • Ability to attend 1 or 2 key (virtual) Film Festival events in March 2023 (including a networking & feedback workshop with winning filmmakers in March 2023)
  • Total estimated time commitment: 20 – 25 hours from January 2023 – March 2023

July 15: "Screams Before Silence" Screening & Reception.