The Women Sports Film Festival uses the power of documentary film to celebrate female athletes and the filmmakers who bring their stories to the screen.
From legendary champions to girls on the local playing field, we promote films and conversations that explore how sport shapes the lives of women and girls around the world.
Study after study shows that women are underrepresented on screen and behind the camera. Only 25% of narrative movies in major film festivals in 2017 had a female director. Almost twice as many documentaries were directed by men as by women in the same time frame. There is a similar gap in youth athletics with girls dropping out of sports 2x faster than boys by the time they turn fourteen. The good news is when women and girls are better represented behind the camera, they are better reflected on screen. Women have directed 37 of the 52 films we have screened in our short history. From pay equity to religious freedom, our films touch on many of the most urgent issues impacting women and girls around the world.
The film festival is just the beginning. Our dream is to bring these inspiring films to communities around the world and to create an online destination where you can always find the best in women’s sports documentaries. Join us as we create a movement that keeps stories about strong women and girls center stage.