Submissions open July 1st through October 1, 2024.

Entry Rules

The ConnectHER Film Festival is an international youth competition that welcomes short films about issues that impact women and girls. Before making a film for submission, please read all of the following entry requirements and FAQs. We are excited to see your submissions! Good luck!

  1. Films must focus on one of our topic areas listed here. Categories include global girls’ education, women and work, ending violence against women, women refugees, women's global health issues, women and the environment, women, and girls in tech, and redefining beauty.
  2. We accept every type of filmmaking form and style; whether animation or live-action, documentary or narrative.
  3. Filmmakers must be 13 to 25 years old at the submission date. That means that scripts, storyboards, directing, cinematography, editing, etc., must be done by people who meet this age requirement. Actors can be any age.
  4. Films must be original works that have not yet been screened at other major film festivals.
  5. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2024.
  6. Films must be 3 to 6 minutes long.
  7. Film file formats accepted are .mov and .mp4. HD resolution and optimized sound quality are highly preferred. Digital submission through Google Drive is preferred, but WeTransfer or Dropbox also works.
  8. Our viewers love to see and know about local organizations that are working on solutions! At the end of your film, please include a graphic that highlights two local/national/regional organization names & logos that are working to solve the issue or problem addressed in your film.
  9. All films must be subtitled in English.
  10. Films must be submitted by the deadline to qualify. No late submissions will be accepted.
  11. If your film contains any graphic content, include a warning near the beginning of the film. ConnectHER has full discretion in accepting films, particularly in instances where film submissions contain nudity, profanity, violence, or sexually explicit content.
  12. PowerPoints will not be accepted. Films must have some cinematic value.

SHARE YOUR FILM! Once your film has been approved and placed in the ConnectHER Film Festival gallery, share it! A People’s Choice winner will be selected by judges from the top 10 films with the most votes.

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To cast your vote for your favorite film for the People’s Choice Award, go to the Watch page, hover over the thumbnail of the film you select and click on the heart button to vote. For each video, there is a limit of one (1) vote per person/device. In competing for the award, each entrant certifies full compliance with all rules governing the Contest from initial submission of a film through the time of the award. Fraudulent activity will result in disqualification.


Each time you submit your content, you will be confirming your acceptance of, and agreement to be bound by, all the Terms & Conditions of ConnectHER Film Festival’s Terms of Use, including, without limitation, this Agreement.