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Women's Voices Now

 Women's Voices Now Online Film Festival

The Women's Voices Now (WVN) Online Film Festival is for films and filmmakers interested in exposure and advocacy, and teaming up with WVN to have your films seen across the world. Films must be about women’s social, economic, and political issues. Films by women and men are accepted into the festival. Submissions will open on October 17th, 2016. If you have already read the important details below, please proceed to our online application, on our Film Freeway page.

Agreeing to participate in a WVN online film festival means that you agree to the following mandatory conditions:

1. Your film is viewable on our website for the duration of our online film festival (March 8 - April 5 2017), without password protection and for the purpose of judging.

2. You provide a digital, high-resolution screening copy of your film to WVN. Your submission is INCOMPLETE unless we have this copy. WVN will not replicate, duplicate, sell, or make profit off of your film

3. You agree to give WVN non-exclusive rights to your film for the purpose of advocating, screening, and curating educational screening packages that include your film, and will be available to communities and educational institutions FREE of charge for the purpose of promoting your cause/activism/etc.

4. You choose whether or not you wish for your film to exist in our website archives for international online viewing.

Submitting your film to our festival means that you agree to our RULES & REGULATIONS and LICENSING AGREEMENT.  

Our criteria includes the following:

· Films of any length (shorts and features).

· Films which are in English or suitably subtitled in English (films originally produced in regional languages are welcome).

· Multiple submissions are welcome ($20/submission).

· Entries for selection are required to be sent as a high resolution, screening quality digital upload (H264 or Apple ProRes422 codecs appreciated).

· If film project profiles do not have high-quality film stills (300dpi) deemed acceptable by our staff, then we will request these images (preferably 3) along with the digital upload of the film.

Films must explore one or more of the following issues:

Political representation, Justice in the legal system, Portrayals of violence against women, Leadership and advocacy, Harmful and controlling cultural practices, Economic empowerment, Equal education opportunities, Challenging media stereotypes, Women’s sexuality, Healthy partnerships and relationships, Reproductive health, Matriarchal societies


Women's Voices Now fills a critical gap in global efforts seeking to elevate the status of women. Through the narrative of films, writing, and art featured by Women's Voices Now, our work continually inspires and challenges women and men to overcome obstacles in the advancement of women.

Through our annual online film festival, hosting platforms of written and visual expression, and coordinating community engagement, we foster and enhance the international dialogue on women's rights and encourage engagement from a worldwide audience.


2016 Festival- The Stages of Woman

2014 Festival- Women Bought and Sold: Voices United Against Violence

2011 Festival- Women's Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival



Women's Voices Now Online Film Festival

Festival presentation: 

The 2017 Women's Voices Now (WVN) Online Film Festival


Submissions Open: October 17, 2016, 9AM PST

Submissions Close: February 6, 2017, 11:59PM PST

Official Selections Notified: February 10, 2017

Online Film Festival: March 8, 2017- April 5, 2017, 11:59PM PST

Award Winners Notified: April 12, 2017






Submit your film here:


The 2017 Women's Voices Now (WVN) Online Film Festival is an opportunity for films and filmmakers interested in exposure and advocacy for women’s rights, and teaming up with WVN to have your films seen around the world. Films must be about women’s social, economic, and political issues. Films by women and men are accepted into the festival. This is the fourth WVN Online Film Festival.


Women’s Voices Now seeks to amplify the voices of all women. We believe in the power of free expression to realize the aspirations of women's rights. At WVN, we look for compelling films in the documentary, narrative, and experimental genres that push boundaries and subvert expectations. We are looking for films that are relevant to our global community and which tell unique stories and amplify voices of women from around the world. We judge all film submissions based on relevance of subject matter to our film festival, strength of a film’s storytelling (use of structure and image to communicate a compelling story), and the technical aspects of filmmaking.

All films in any language other than English are encouraged to submit; however, all films must include English language subtitles. There is a $20 submission fee for each film submission. Submissions are incomplete until we receive a high resolution, screening-ready, digital download.

By submitting your film to our festival, you agree to our Rules & Regulations and Licensing Agreement.


For more information on Women’s Voices Now:



Festival Nickname: 
WVN Film Fest
Festival Logo: 
Women's Rights in Film
Human Rights
Digital / DVD
Fiction Features
Short films
Student film
Festival Info
Price info: 
Next Festival Dates: 
03/08/2017 - 04/05/2017
Is the Festival open to the public ?: 
Does the Festival have a competition ?: 
Festival Submission
Film submission fee: 
Film submission amount: 
Submission accepted on 
Film call for entry start day: 
Film call for entry deadline: 
Festival Contact
Festival Director Name: 
Heidi Basch-Harod
Festival Director E-mail: 
Festival Programmer Name: 
Kelsey Cherland
Festival Programmer Email: 

The Festival will be open to submission on October 17, 2016, at 9AM PST. Submitting to the festival costs a non-refundable fee of $20.00. All films must be submitted via Film Freeway. The submission period will close on February 6, 2017 11:59 PM PST.

In the event of financial hardship or any actual inability to pay the festival submission fee, we occasionally award a fee waiver to qualifying submissions. If you feel that you may qualify for such a waiver, please send an email to explaining your circumstance. 

Please note that we are an online film festival and your film must be viewable on our website March 8- April 5, 2017. Your film submissions requires a high-resolution digital download of your film in H264/MPEG format and high-resolution thumbnails (preferably three).

We hope to see your film submission soon!


The WVN Film Festival Crew

Festival Organization
Women's Voices Now
46-E Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274-3562
Los Angeles
Zip code: 
United States
Festival Rules and Regulations.pdf1.02 MB
Festival Licensing Agreement.pdf926.26 KB

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