The Petra Joy Award 2012 is for women who want to shoot a film that visualizes female fantasies. The competition is for new, previously unpublished female filmmakers. A creative and innovative approach is more relevant than technical perfection. Even a clip shot on a mobile phone could win. The three winners will receive cash prizes (€700/€200/€100) and will be published by Petra Joy.
More info: www.joyawards.com.
One year on the fact is that we still have a long, long way to go to achieve full gender equality all over the globe. The burning issues remain: violence against women, including genital mutilation, sex trafficking and rape as well as inherent sexism that denies women fundamental human rights such as getting an education or having the freedom to live their lives and express themselves without the supervision or judgement of men. In Western societies equality is theoretically written into the law but there still is a glass ceiling preventing most women from gaining positions of power even if they are equally qualified as their male competitors. Women also still receive less pay than men for the same amount of work. Economically women are usually less well off than men and find it harder to borrow money to invest into projects or a business. (more…)