16 Days 16 Films returns for the festival’s 7th edition in 2024

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16 Days 16 Films will return this year for its 7th edition and will aim to empower more women filmmakers. More on the festival below. 

16 Days 16 Films will return in 2024 to highlight and empower more women from around the world. The organisation and festival aims to shine a light on female filmmakers as well as gender-based violence. 

We covered last year’s festival here

Submissions for this year’s festival are now open. Any filmmaker who identifies as female from the UK, Ireland, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, USA can enter and for the first time, the festival is welcoming submissions from Argentina and Nigeria. Submissions for the 2024 edition of the festival will close on 1st October. 

Sixteen films will be selected as finalists for the festival. The festival will premiere one film a day over 16 days and a jury will choose one as the winner, but there’s also an audience award which will be determined by a public vote. The festival will run from 25th November to the 10th December.

The festival is also partnering up with The DDA Group for the first time this year to host the festival. UN Women, Geena Davis Institute, UK Says No More, Voice of Change and Times Up UK are also helping to host the festival. 

“We are excited to bring 16 DAYS 16 FILMS back again for 2024. It is incredibly apt that we open submissions with our special event on International Women’s Day as we continue to address the issue of violence against women on a global scale with the support of some incredible partners and organisations, including this year’s addition of The DDA Group,” said Johanna von Fischer & Ginta Gelvan, the founders of 16 Days 16 Films said in a statement. 

“International Women’s Day is an occasion to celebrate women’s achievements as well as to reflect upon the persisting barriers to global gender equality. UN Women is proud to partner with 16 DAYS 16 FILMS to champion female filmmakers whilst also highlighting the most pervasive violation of human rights, violence against women which is also the most significant barrier to gender equality. Through this collaboration we aim to elevate awareness of the diverse manifestations of violence against women and girls through the compelling force of film,” said Kalliopi Mingeirou, Chief, Ending Violence against Women and Girls Section at UN Women.  

Filmmakers who have participated in the festival previously include How To Have Sex director Molly Manning Walker and Adura Onashile, director of Girl, which premiered in UK cinemas last November. 

You can find more information on 16 Days 16 Films on their website

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