Take a look at the 5 winning short films below, all by female-identifying directors.

Each director was awarded a real industry job directing a branded short film with a budget from the brand sponsors, as well as a $3000 cash prize. In addition, The Utah Film Center, which supports diverse voices of women in film, is also awarding each honoree an additional $5,000 through The Girlgaze Foundation.

Thank you to all of the amazing directors who submitted films, we received over 800 submissions from female-identifying filmmakers all across the U.S.

And thank you to Glamour and our sponsors LuMee, Birchbox, THEOUTNET.COM, and South Coast Plaza for helping our mission to close the gender gap one job at a time.

Keep an eye out for the January edition of Glamour Magazine for the full story!

 Photo: Katri Naukkarinen

Photo: Katri Naukkarinen

Pocket-Sized Feminism

by Valerie Schenkman, 30

“These women speak for millions of other women globally who may not be able to speak up for themselves. They should always be heard and not just listened to.” – Bela Bajaria, Vice President of Content Acquisition, Netflix 

“Pocket Sized Feminism combines film and poetry in a way that moves us and inspires us and reminds us of the power of our medium. It reminds us of the power of raising our voices.” – Shonda Rhimes, Writer, Executive Producer

Valerie Schenkman will be directing a promotional video for Birchbox.

 Photo: Lauren Allik

Photo: Lauren Allik

The Black Mambas

by Jess Colquhoun, 24

“Impressive, powerful visual storytelling. The strength of the director’s vision creates real impact.” – Geena Davis, Academy Award Winning Actor, Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media & Co-founder & Chair of The Bentonville Film Festival

“The images of The Black Mambas are incredibly evocative, combining the deep, conflicted feelings of fear and pride that these women face every day to show up to work and protect the land against poachers.” – Jill Soloway, Artist


Jess Colquhoun will be directing a 2018 Glamour Women of the Year related short film.

 Photo: Julian Diaz Merino

Photo: Julian Diaz Merino

Party Dress

by Molly Fisher, 30

Party Dress was so simple yet deeply poignant. I thought it was perfect storytelling through pictures. This short still captivates my thoughts.” – Jada Pinkett Smith, Actress, Producer, & Activist

“Gender has nothing to do with the way we dress, yet society puts so much pressure on us to look a certain way. Party Dress shows why it's important to stop pushing this simplified image of femininity onto young girls and women. We must be allowed to express ourselves however our hearts desire.” – Lilly Singh, Entertainer

Molly Fisher will be directing a fashion video for South Coast Plaza.

 Photo:  Alexis Fennell

Photo:  Alexis Fennell


by Brittany “B.Monét” Fennell, 27

“Such a simple and impactful way to tell a story.  You immediately are thrown into the shoes of this young woman, who is for the first time spilling her truth out in the form of slam poetry.  Poetic, moving, and powerful storytelling.” -- Chloë Grace Moretz, Actress & Activist

“B.Monèt manages to break my heart in under two and a half minutes with her original, moving mother-daughter relationship that's at the core of this piece. Q.U.E.E.N. also shows us the healing power that lies in the poetic nature of rap music and performance.” – Jill Soloway, Artist

B.Monét Fennell will be directing a short film for LuMee with the theme “2 sides to every story” shot with LuMee lighting.

 Photo: Sophia Borazanian

Photo: Sophia Borazanian

The Looking Ceremony

by Fany de la Chica, 33

“I love how [The Looking Ceremony] instantly creates an atmosphere of a culture with strong traditions, but with a modern protagonist taking her destiny into her own hands.” – Crystal Moselle, Filmmaker

“[The Looking Ceremony] submerges you in the feverish anxiety of a modern bride-to-be in today’s gypsy culture and then gives you a chance to breathe with the most stunning vistas of this old-world town.” – Jill Soloway, Artist

Fany de la Chica will be directing a promotional video for THE OUTNET.COM’s in-house fashion brand’s campaign.


Judges chose the five winners from over 800 submissions.  In addition to Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour, and Amanda de Cadenet, CEO and founder of Girlgaze, the jury included Netflix vice president of content acquisition Bela Bajaria; Academy Award winning actor and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and co-founder and chair of the Bentonville Film Festival Geena Davis; filmmaker Gia Coppola; actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and musician Rashida Jones; director and director of photography Ellen Kuras; photographer Inez van Lamsweerde; director Victoria Mahoney; actress and activist Chloë Grace Moretz; filmmaker Crystal Moselle; president of HBO documentary films and family programming Sheila Nevins; two time Academy Award and Emmy Award winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy; Condé Nast Entertainment president Dawn Ostroff; writer, director, and producer Kimberly Peirce; writer and director Dee Rees; writer and executive producer Shonda Rhimes; award winning actress and activist Tracee Ellis Ross; producer and documentary filmmaker and Founder/CEO of Artemis Rising Foundation Regina K. Scully; entertainer Lilly Singh; actress, producer and activist Jada Pinkett Smith; artist Jill Soloway; actress, activist, and artist Amandla Stenberg; director Sam Taylor-Johnson; and actress and recording artist Zendaya. Additionally, Birchbox CEO and cofounder Katia Beauchamp served as an entrepreneurial advisor for the competition.

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