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Women’s Voices Now Film Festival Awards Prizes to Filmmakers from Six Countries

May 15, 2024

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The Grand Prize-Winning Film ‘Colliding Forces‘ Wins A Los Angeles Screening and Q&A

Filmmakers from the United Kingdom, Israel, USA, New Zealand, Dagestan, and Ireland have won awards at The 2024 Women’s Voices Now Film Festival. The ceremony was a moving event with some filmmakers being recognized for their incredible work for the first time. The grand prize-winning film, Colliding Forces, truly exemplified the theme of the festival. Click here to check out the trailer!

The Women’s Voices Now Film Festival is a women’s rights documentary film festival that celebrates women filmmakers who are creating films that advocate for girls’ and women’s rights. The online film festival promotes emerging women in film who believe in the power of filmmaking to promote gender equality globally. Through the online film festival, Women’s Voices Now supports women filmmakers around the world.

Women Making Waves Awardee, Bahraini Journalist Ahdeya Al Sayed, gave chilling and moving comments about the times we’re living in and the absolute necessity for everyone to come together against the extremism and radicalism that is spreading all over the world. Her award got extensive press coverage in Saudi, Egyptian, Bahraini, and Iranian news outlets. Al Sayed’s remarks are available to watch on YouTube.

And the Winners Are…

POSTER - Colliding Forces - Grand Prize - 2024 Women's Voices Now Film Festival

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Colliding Forces – Mothers in Ballet (United Kingdom)

A film by Eliza Schroeder

Leslie J. Sacks Best Documentary Feature

POSTER - Women of Valor - Lantos Prize - 2024 Women's Voices Now Film Festival

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Women of Valor (Israel)

A film by Anna Somershaf

Lantos Foundation Best Human Rights Documentary

POSTER - 1001cuts - Best Doc Short - 2024 Women's Voices Now Film Festival

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1001cuts (USA)

A film by Sarah M Temkin

Best Documentary Short

POSTER - Abortion and Womens Rights 1970 - Best Creative Short - 2024 Women's Voices Now Film Festival

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Abortion and Women’s Rights 1970 (USA)

A film by Catha Maslow, Jane Pincus, Mary Summers & Karen Weinstein

Best Creative Short Documentary 

POSTER - Finding Venus - Best Emerging Short - 2024 Women's Voices Now Film Festival

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Finding Venus (New Zealand)

A film by Mandi Lynn

Best Emerging Short Documentary Filmmaker

POSTER - Resisterhood - Best Emerging Feature - 2024 Women's Voices Now Film Festival

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Resisterhood (USA)

A film by Cheryl Jacobs Crim

Best Emerging Feature Documentary Filmmaker

POSTER - When I Escaped - Best Creative Feature - 2024 Women's Voices Now Film Festival

When I Escaped (United Kingdom/Dagestan)

A film by Zlata Onufrieva

Best Creative Documentary 

Best Youth Documentary - Baby Blues (Ireland) A film by Sophie Lynch and Alannah McQuaid Best Youth Documentary

Baby Blues (Ireland)

A film by Sophie Lynch and Alannah McQuaid

Best Youth Documentary

Honorable Mentions…

Honorable Mention - Testimony of Ana (India) by Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda - - 2024 Women's Voices Now Film Festival

Testimony of Ana (India)

A film by Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda

Honorable Mention

Someone You Know (USA)

A film by Asha Dahya

Honorable Mention

Black Mambas (Germany)

A film by Lena Karbe

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention - Another Body (United States) by Sophie Compton & Reuben Hamlyn - 2024 Women's Voices Now Film Festival

Another Body (United States)

by Sophie Compton & Reuben Hamlyn

Honorable Mention

Founded in 2010, Women’s Voices Now (WVN) uses film to drive positive social change that advances girl’s and women’s rights globally. WVN strives to empower filmmakers, produce social-change films, and engage audience members to advocate for girls’ and women’s rights through its three core programs: a film festival supporting emerging documentary filmmakers, a filmmaking youth development program, and a free online collection of films advocating for women’s rights.

With support from the Golden Globe Foundation, the Women’s Voices Now program Girls’ Voices Now (GVN) seeks to empower girls from under-resourced communities of Los Angeles County to find, develop, and use their voice for positive social change through filmmaking. GVN is working to advance gender and racial equity in the local film industry. GVN alumnae Erika Martinez (2018 cohort) premiered her student film project from California State University Northridge at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to an audience of 700 people on May 7, 2024.

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