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).

Heard lets her voice be heard

Sometimes, all it takes is a few minutes to convey a very powerful message.

According to Glamour, Amber Heard — who divorced actor Johnny Depp in May and filed for a domestic violence restraining order shortly after — partnered with the #GirlGaze Project to do a short PSA on domestic abuse. In the two-minute video, Glamour says Heard is “revealing, raw, and honest as she opens up about her experience with domestic abuse.”

From explaining how victims usually cannot believe that they are being subjected to such treatment to detailing how complex abuse situations can be, Glamour says Heard said that the first step in removing yourself from the toxic situation is telling someone you feel safe with.

“It’s the only way that people are going to feel comfortable in coming forward, raising their voices, standing up for themselves, is if we change the system in place that keeps them quiet,” she said in the video, according to Glamour. “Speak up. Speak up. Raise your voice. Your voice is the most powerful thing, and we, together, as women standing shoulder to shoulder, cannot and will not any longer accept silence.”

The project was created by #GirlGaze, a multi-platform project that seeks to show “how girls see the work” by supporting female photographers.

To watch the full PSA, click here.