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Women at the Center Film Festival

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We are delighted to announce the first annual Women in the Center Film Festival! Our mission is to solicit and showcase a variety of films that illustrate the challenges and resiliency of women around the world who are confronted by complex reproductive and sexual health issues. We are looking for stories that capture the emotional and social consequences that barriers to healthcare services have on women, their families and communities by highlighting the often invisible social determinants that marginalize women. We are also looking for inspiring stories of healthcare providers who have challenged and overcome systemic problems to offer greater reproductive healthcare to women, including those in low and middle-income countries. We accept films in all genres, at all lengths with no premiere status necessary. The programming of films will occur in 25-minute slots so for feature-length films, we will program trailers, scene selects. Please indicate on your submission the time code for the section of your film you would like considered. Films chosen for the festival will be showcased during the 33rd International Papillomavirus Conference taking place in Barcelona, Spain from March 24-27, 2020. More information can be found at https://ipvconference.org/. Attended by over 1,500 advocates, researchers, experts, donors and others, the Conference screenings will be an unprecedented opportunity for filmmakers to have their work seen by and promoted to leading advocates and changemakers in the reproductive health space. We are committed to engaging artists and filmmakers at the conference. Filmmakers whose films are chosen will have the opportunity to attend the Conference free of charge (all travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the filmmaker.) We are pleased to announce that the Women in the Center Film Festival will be curated by Emmy-winning filmmaker, Lisa Russell who curates and juries other global health film festivals including the Women Deliver Film Festival (Washington, DC 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark 2016 and Vancouver, Canada 2019), the UN’s SDGs in Action Film Festival (NYC 2018 and 2019), the first-ever Bhutan International Film Festival and more.

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