The 16 Days 16 Films competition returns in 2020 for its third year running. Co-created by Modern Films and UK SAYS NO MORE, 16 Days 16 Films is a competition for female-identifying filmmakers to submit short films on the theme of ending violence against women and girls.

The competition marks 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, which takes place annually from 25th November to 10th December.

Submissions are now open and will close on 8th October.

Click here for more information and to submit your film

Films submitted:

  • Must be no longer than 20 minutes
  • Can be shot on any phone or camera
  • Can be of any genre and as traditional or as experimental as you like

This year’s 16 Days 16 Films competition runs in partnership between Modern Films and the Kering Foundation, with support from UK SAYS NO MORE.

16 finalists will be selected, with the winner announced at a special screening during 16 Days of Activism. The winner will have the opportunity to direct UK SAYS NO MORE’s new PSA.

Click here for more information and to submit your film


Previous winners

Previous winners of 16 Days 16 Films include 2019’s The Third Sorrow by Myriam Raja and 2018’s Circle by Jayisha Patel.

In response to the rise of domestic abuse during COVID-19, Myriam Raja created and directed a ‘You Are Not Alone’ delivered in partnership between UK SAYS NO MORE and Modern Films.

About Myriam Raja

Myriam Raja began her filmmaking journey aged just 14. She studied Film Production at the Arts University Bournemouth and her graduation film Tehzeeb screened at numerous film festivals worldwide and was awarded the Royal Television Society Award for Best Undergraduate Film. This directly led to Myriam being headhunted by the National Film & Television School and she was awarded a full scholarship by Channel 4 to attend. Her graduation film Azaar was nominated for a BAFTA and has screened internationally.

In 2018 Myriam featured as one of Channel 4’s Spotlight on Directors. Myriam will be directing on an upcoming Netflix series and is writing her debut feature.