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 Winner – PROFESSION: 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 Winner – LEECHES, Dir. Payal Sethi | India
Experimental Winner – BORDERS, Dir. Elizabeth Mizon | UK
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the filmmakers behind these inspiring works!
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS
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
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.