Girlgaze x Glamour

Glamour and Girlgaze joined forces to launch a film competition to provide young female filmmakers with the thing they most want: the chance to work.

The Project


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 form 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 receive over 8000 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 time.

Pocket Sized Feminist

Director: 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.

The Black Mambas

Director: Jess Colquhoun, 30
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.

Party Dress

Director: Molly Fisher, 30
Party Dress was so simple yet deeply poignant. I thought it was perfect storytelling through pictures. This short still captivates my thoughs. – Jade 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.


Director: 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. –Chloe Grace Moretz, Actress & Activist

B. Monèt manages to break my heart in under two and 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.

The Looking Ceremony

Director: 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 THEOUTNET.COM’s in-house fashion brand’s campaign.


Cindi Leive, Editor-in-chief of Glamour

Geena Davis, Academy Award winning actor, Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Co-founder and Chair of the Bentonville Film Festival 

Ellen Kuras, Director and Director of Photography

Chloë Grace Moretz, Actress and Activist

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy,  Two-time Academy Award and Emmy Award winning Filmmaker

Dee Rees, Writer and Director

Regina K. Scully, Producer, Documentary Filmmaker and Founder/CEO of Artemis Rising Foundation

Amanda de Cadenet, CEO and Founder of Girlgaze

Gia Coppola, Filmmaker

Inez van Lamsweerde, Photographer

Crystal Moselle, Filmmaker

Dawn Ostroff, Condé Nast Entertainment President

Shonda Rhimes, Writer and Executive Producer

Lilly Singh, Entertainer

Amanda Stenberg, Actress, Activist, and Artist

Zendaya, Actress and Recording Artist 

Jill Soloway, Artist

Bela Bajaria, Vice President of Netflix

Rashida Jones, Actor, Director, Producer, Screenwriter, and Musician

Victoria Mahoney, Director

Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentary Films and Family Programming

Kimberly Peirce, Writer, Director and Producer

Tracee Ellis Ross, Award Winning Actress and Activist

Jada Pinkett Smith, Actress, Producer and Activist

Sam Taylor-Johnson, Director

Additionally, Birchbox CEO and cofounder Katia Beauchamp served as an entrepreneurial advisor for the competition.

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