Glamour is continuing its support of young female filmmakers with a new film competition called #NewView in partnership with Amanda de Cadenet’s Girlgaze. The judges include Chloë Grace Moretz, Zendaya, Sheila Nevins of HBO and Bela Bajaria of Netflix, among others.
Because only 11 percent of directors for the 500 top-grossing domestic films are women (it’s 32 percent for short films), Glamour aims to help close the gender gap and highlight how women see the world by calling out to directors to create an original short film — three to five minutes in length — that showcases their perspective on a topical issue, on their own life or culture.
A panel of judges led by Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive and Girlgaze chief executive officer and founder de Cadenet will select five winners from submissions accepted until June 30. Other judges for #NewView include Geena Davis, actress and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; actor, director and producer Rashida Jones; director and director of photography Ellen Kuras; director Victoria Mahoney; filmmaker Crystal Moselle; journalist, filmmaker and activist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy; Condé Nast Entertainment president Dawn Ostroff; writer, director and producer Kimberly Peirce; writer and director Dee Rees; producer and documentary filmmaker Regina K. Scully; entertainer Lilly Singh; actress, producer and activist Jada Pinkett Smith, and artist and director Sam Taylor-Johnson.
Birchbox ceo and cofounder Katia Beauchamp will serve as an entrepreneurial adviser for the competition and sponsors include The Outnet, Birchbox, South Coast Plaza and LuMee.
The winning films will be released on Glamour.com and Girlgaze.tv and each winner will receive $3,000 in prize money and a possible feature in the December issue. They will also receive a production budget to direct a short video for Glamour or one of the sponsors.
“At Glamour, we are committed to celebrating game-changing women in all fields and giving them work,” Leive said. “We don’t want to just talk about the challenges women filmmakers face; we want to help solve those problems in a meaningful way. We cannot wait to see what they create.”
Said de Candenet, “Girlgaze continues our mission to close the gender gap by creating visibility and tangible job opportunities for girls behind the lens. We are excited to launch the #NewView film initiative and champion the extraordinary storytellers in our community.”
The film competition is part of Glamour’s larger #PoweredByWomen initiative, which aims to increase the brand’s collaboration with female creative talent in 2017 and beyond. The initiative launched in Glamour’s February 2017 issue, which was entirely created by women — from the first page to the last.
Said Davis, “Women are fully half of the students at film schools these days, yet they get far fewer job opportunities than their male peers straight out of the gate, as first-time hires. And it goes rapidly downhill from there. We need great initiatives like this one to help talented and capable female filmmakers get the work they deserve.”