Six documentary shorts by female filmmakers — depicting everything from a San Francisco firefighter to female graffiti artists to a frank discussion of women’s breasts — were named as finalists in the inaugural Telling Our Stories Film Contest on Thursday.
The contest, presented by WrapWomen and Starz, focuses on female-made nonfiction films that highlight themes relevant to womanhood.
The six finalists, chosen through juror selection, will receive distribution on Starz and the chance to compete for the winning prize of $10,000. The winner will be announced at WrapWomen’s Power Women Summit on October 25 at the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica.
The grand prize winner will be selected by curated group of six industry experts: Starz Senior Vice President of Original Programming Karen Bailey, Starz Senior Vice President of Unscripted Programming Alice Dickens-Koblin, The Wrap’s founder and Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman, TheWrap’s Senior Awards Editor Steve Pond and Winnie Bailey, who most recently served as SVP of television development at Super Deluxe.
Directed by: Ellie Wen
Synopsis: A female firefighter in the San Francisco Fire Department works a 24-hour shift, balancing her job and new motherhood.
Hers to Take
Directed by: Annie Martin
Synopsis: An exploration of the benefits of risk-taking for women in outdoor adventure sports, through the lens of a filmmaker fighting failure while bouldering.
Las del diente
Directed by: Ana Pérez López
Synopsis: An animated excavation of women and careers, where anomalies in the reproductive system are celebrated instead of stigmatized.
Let’s Talk About Tits
Directed by: Somos.WeAre
Synopsis: A frank look at sexuality, expression, freedom and parenthood, exploring how society’s perception of boobs affects the consciousness and confidence of women worldwide.
See You Next Time
Directed by: Crystal Kayiza
Synopsis: The intimate moments between a Chinese nail technician and her black client providing a nuanced look at how two women of color see each other in a unique space.
Directed by: Alexandra Henry
Synopsis: A profile of female graffiti and street artists from around the world, struggling for creative space and facing the lack of recognition within this male dominated subculture.