The Women’s Voices Now Online Film Festival celebrates and awards the best social-impact films from around the world that highlight women in film and women’s rights issues. The internal judging of the official selections took place from February 7th, 2019, to March 4th, 2019. The six winning films will then be available for audiences to rent and watch via Vimeo Pay-Per-View on March 8, 2019, International Women’s Day. Audiences will have access to the films through March 31, 2019.
The Femme Sessions are thematic cycles in which the common denominator is films directed by women. The objective is to give visibility to the work of women in the film industry, through the projection of their works and, whenever possible, their presence in the sessions, promoting the encounter between the public and the authors.
Best Documentary Short
Canada | 19’00’’ | Documentary | 2018
Direction: Lora Murray
“Strangers Ourselves” is about 86-year-old Elizabeth Rapley who has sponsored 92 refugees since 1979, and has helped them resettle in #Canada. At a time of the global refugee crisis, this short documentary explores the everyday facets of extraordinary acts of offering and seeking refuge.
Best Narrative Short
USA | 15’00’’ | Fiction | 2016
Direction: Mary-Lyn Chambers
Caught in the gears of the 2014 U.S. immigration crisis when over 52,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the border, 12-year-old Ana arrives at an immigration detention center with nothing but the clothes on her back, her mute younger brother, and a treasured music box. She soon finds that seeking safety will cost more than she bargained for.
COMMERCIAL FOR THE QUEEN OF MEATLOAF
Best Experimental Short
USA | 09’00’’ | Experimental | 2017
Direction: Dina Fiasconaro
In a surrealist take on a 1950’s commercial, a bored housewife attempts to spice up her marriage by preparing a delicious meatloaf for dinner. What emerges from the kitchen is “The Queen of Meatloaf” incarnate, who proceeds to invade the homes of consumers and wreak havoc on the commercial set.
Outstanding Youth Film
Spain | 10’00” | Fiction | 2018
Direction: Cristina García Zarzosa
Realness is a study on gender identity, sexual orientation and coming of age through the eyes of Javier, a boy who has doubts about his gender and sexuality.