It is my great honor to announce the winners of the 2017 Women’s Voices Now Online Film Festival! This year, 36 films competed in our contest from 25 countries. Our esteemed judges viewed and selected the five winning films to receive cash prizes.

45,920 viewers in 160 countries voted for their favorites in the Audience Choice Contest!

To all of our filmmakers: Your commitment to elevating the stories of women’s struggles and triumphs around the world is contributing to a better future for all of us.

Leslie J. Sacks Grand Prize Winner – MASOUMEH, Dir. Sona Moghadam | Iran

Documentary Feature WinnerPROFESSION: DOCUMENTARIST, Dirs. Shirin Barghnavard, Firouzeh Khosravani, Farahnaz Sharifi, Mina Keshavarz, Sepideh Abtahi, Sahar Salahshour, and Nahid Rezaei | Iran

Documentary Short Winner WOMEN OF FUKUSHIMA, Dirs. Paul Johannessen and Jeffrey Jousan | Japan 

Narrative Short WinnerLEECHES, Dir. Payal Sethi | India

Experimental Winner BORDERS, Dir. Elizabeth Mizon | UK

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the filmmakers behind these inspiring works!


Best Documentary Feature – SAVE GANGAMAYA, Dir. Gopal Shivakoti | Nepal

Best Documentary Short -AUTO DRIVER, Dir. Meena Longham | India

Best Narrative Short -I DON’T LIKE HER, Dir. Javad Daraei | Iran

Best Experimental -MEMORY OF A HEART, Dir. Tribeny Rai | India
Continue to watch films from Invincible and Unsilenced: Women in the World that are now part of our archives!

To all of our viewers, voters, judges, and supporters: Thank you for your partnership in mobilizing the power of storytelling to propel the international women’s rights movement forward.


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