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Submit to the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me® Film Award! 

The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers will be hosting the first Gutsy Gals Inspire Me ® Film Award at the Fifth Annual Festival in March 2015. Since 2008, The Gutsy Gals Inspire Me ® Award Program has honored women who challenge the status quo, or overcome significant hurdles in order to accomplish an important objective. Gutsy Gals are forward thinking, and their actions express strong personal vision.

The Film Award is intended to promote and showcase women writers and directors in film, only; submissions are welcome from women of all ages.

Narrative, documentary, animation, and student films are invited; films submitted in languages other than English must be subtitled in English for presentation. Multiple submissions are allowed but must be submitted separately.

The submission fee for the early deadline of July 15 is $45 per entry. Payment may be made online through or by check accompanying the submission. Submissions will not be considered without payment. 

Submissions must be DVD or Blu-ray (no PAL).  Your disc must include the title of the film, running time, and contact information. It must be accompanied by a cover sheet with the title of the film and short synopsis, the writer or director’s name, a short bio (100 words max) and links to any additional promotional material you would like us to look at. Entry fee must be paid on line or included with submission for your entry to be considered. 

If paying by check, make check payable to Gutsy Gals Inspire Me.  Mail your submissions to Gutsy Gals Inspire Me /Attn: Film Awards, 317-163 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480.  If you would like your film returned, include a stamped, self-addressed mailing envelope.

If your entry is selected, we reserve the right to use any portion of your film for advertising and promotion.

Early Deadline ($45 submission fee): July 15, 2014

Deadline ($55 submission fee):  August 15, 2014

Last Call Deadline ($65 submission fee): September 15, 2014

Filmmakers whose work is nominated for the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Film Award will be notified by November 1, 2014.

The winning films will be shown during March 2015 at the Berkshire Festival of Women’s Writers, final date to be announced. 

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About the Organizers

Deborah Hutchison with GG   Deborah Hutchison, Founder and President of Gutsy Gals Inspire Me ®, is a risk taker, problem solver, published author, award winning filmmaker, speaker, and out-of-the-box thinker. Starting not one, but two businesses during the financial crisis of the late 2000’s, she continues to fulfill her life’s journey driven by inspiration, commitment, and the tenacity to succeed in empowering others. Today she directs her attention to Gutsy Gals Inspire Me ®, a company she founded that focuses on recognizing positive female role models. Since 2008 Gutsy Gals has been giving out the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me awards to forward-thinking women who challenge the status quo.


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Christina Holbrook, COO/VP of Sales & Marketing for Gutsy Gals Inspire Me, is the former CEO and Publisher of the New York-based Creative Black Book, a print and on-line source for top commercial photography, illustration, and design. She has held leadership positions in several non-profit organizations, participated on boards of directors for profit and not-for-profit ventures, worked as a consultant on high-end print publications for artists and photographers, and is a writer and entrepreneur.