(Above: Felicia Villarreal, whose film, ‘Aver,’ is one of many entries in this year’s Women’s Voices Now film festival. Source: YouTube screenshot)
It’s International Women’s Day. Want to support women filmmakers? Here’s how.
The non-profit organization Women’s Voices Now is hosting its Fifth Annual Film Festival online, starting today.
The festival’s entries come from around the world. Films are presented in more than 30 languages including English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Farsi and Hindi.
A wide range of subjects are covered, including health and sexuality, violence against women, young feminist activism, healthy relationships, matriarchal societies, race, gender and identity, reproductive rights and women’s movements.
You’re encouraged to watch and vote on a Viewer’s Choice Award winner in each of the following categories: Leslie J. Sacks Grand Prize Award (best film award), Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, and Best Experimental Short.
Here’s Felicia Villarreal talking about her film Aver, about a film director who organizes a casting call in the hope of finding her brother whom she lost as a child while crossing the Mexican/American border:
“On International Women’s Day, we have the opportunity to draw the world’s attention to the artists, activists, and every day people united in the quest for a gender equal future. Participating in the Women’s Voices Now online film festival will mobilize another group of individuals to become part of the conversation and brainstorm ways to become active.” says WVN Executive Director Heidi Basch-Harold.
The online festival ends April 8.
To watch and vote on this year’s official selections, visit womensvoicesnow.org. After providing a valid email address, you can view and vote on as many films as you like; however, there is a limit of one vote per project, per person.
Women’s Voices Now supports “the free expression of women worldwide and their struggle for civil, economic, political, and gender rights by creating platforms that connect conscientious art and media creators, activists, filmmakers, audiences, and advocacy organizations.” In addition to its annual film festival, WVN offers a free streaming archive of international women’s rights-based films, educational programs, screening events and workshops.
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