Telling Our Stories

Short film competition from WIF, Starz, and WrapWomen.

Starz, WrapWomen, and WIF are seeking short films by women and gender non-conforming filmmakers of color.

The Telling Our Stories film competition is for short films by women and gender non-conforming filmmakers of color, narrative or documentary, highlighting themes relevant to womanhood, community, and representation. These shorts will be evaluated by industry professionals, competing for one of six finalist spots. The short films of the six finalists will receive distribution on Starz, recognition at the Power Women Summit, and the chance to compete for the winning prize of $10,000.


  • October 7, 2020: Submissions Open (no entry fee required)
  • October 29, 2020: Submissions Close
  • December 1, 2020: Finalists Notified
  • December 3, 2020: Finalist Film Deliveries Due
  • December 8–10, 2020: Winner Announced and Film Presented at Power Women Summit



  • Films may be documentary or narrative
  • Film must have a running time of 10 minutes or less
    • Entries over 10 minutes in length will be disqualified
  • Directors must be women or gender non-conforming
  • Subject matter must highlight womanhood, community, and/or representation of underheard voices in the mainstream
  • Submissions may have previously played at film festivals, but are ineligible if they screened on U.S. network or cable television, or were distributed to theaters
  • All selected finalists must upload their final films by December 3, 2020
  • All selected finalists may need to remove their films from video platforms (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) to be eligible for distribution on Starz
  • All foreign-language films must be subtitled in English if selected as a finalist
  • Submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2019