Girlgaze announces film contest

Glamour magazine and the Girlgaze project — a project that supports female-identifying filmmakers and photographers — are teaming up to offer young visual artists a chance to practice their craft on a major stage.

Launching the #NewView film competition, directors are asked to “create an original short film (3-5 minutes) that showcases their point of view — on an issue, on their own life or on our culture,” according to the contest site.

While the contest seeks to understand how young women view the world, it also aims to close the divide between the number of men and women who direct films. According to the #NewView site, “just 11 percent of all directors on the 500 top-grossing domestic films are women. That number is only slightly higher — 32 percent — on short films.”

Judging the competition are a host of celebrity panelists, ranging from Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes, to actress and activist Amandla Stenberg, to Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive. Five winners will receive $3,000 and the potential to be featured in Glamour, as well as “production budgets to create a film for Glamour or one of our brand partners including Birchbox, LuMee, THE OUTNET.COM, and South Coast Plaza.”

To enter, visit the contest site — and be sure to get a move on your film, because entries are due June 30.

(Disclaimer: THL founder Nicole Funaro is a Girlgaze Project ambassador).

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