Her Story

Film Competition

Established to tell the striking stories of women from HBCUs


The Her Story Film Competition is a unique competition allowing HBCU undergraduate students to create short films or Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that will raise awareness about public health issues such as sexual health and violence against women on college campuses. The competition will allow participants to creatively depict societal problems using film and reveal to their friends and peers issues that are often silent amongst the college community.

2014 Grand Prize – $1000


2013 Winner – The following film entitled Secrets won the 2013 Her Story Film National Competition that took place during the 2013 Spring Semester.


2012 Winner- Free Will

The following film entitled Free Will won the original Silent Movies in the AUC Competition that took place in the Atlanta University Center during the 2012 Spring Semester.

Free Will (HD Short Film) from Wealth Rangers on Vimeo.

Her Story Films extends a special thanks to all our generous partners for their past and present support of student film competition.

This contest is supported in part by a federal funding guidance under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health (OWH) and funding from The Wright Group. The views and content expressed within the context of individual student film entries are not the views of the organizations, sponsors or partners of this film contest.

For more information on preventive women’s health information visit:


Entry Requirements


  1. Applicants must be registered undergraduate students attending a Historically Black College or University. There is NO FEE to apply. Students can submit more than one film entry. The information provided will be used for publication in future reports, press release and/or events hosted by Her Story Films Student Competition, The Wright Group, EVAW: The HBCU Project and/or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health.
  2. Address at least one of the following major public health issues in the United States based on HealthyPeople2020:
    • Risk of HIV/AIDS and College Women
      • Prevention
      • Testing
    • Violence Against Women on College Campuses
      • Sexual Assault
      • Dating Violence
      • Cybertstalking
      • Harassment
      • Stalking
  3. Show evidence of collaboration or utilization of students from an HBCU community and the perspectives, knowledge and understanding of current health issues, and health education needs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
  4. Films must be produced by students who are responsible for the creation, development and execution.
  5. No copyright infringement: you, the filmmaker, are responsible for obtaining necessary rights to use materials provided by third parties. If you do use a piece of copyrighted material that you have legally obtained, please enclose a copy of the paperwork that proves you have permission to use it.
  6. No explicit sexual or graphic violence. We’re not into censoring, but please keep it reasonable folks.
  7. Submissions must be no longer than 10 minutes in length. We believe you have a feature length masterpiece in you but unfortunately we’ll have to see it another time. Short films should run the gamut of subject matter and style. Shorts Films will be judged based on their individual merits in storytelling, style and execution production as it relates to the intended message.



HIV/AIDs & Women

Read more on HIV/AIDS from the Office on Women’s Health at womenshealth.gov

Explore other publications and websites

Connect with other organizations and resources:

Web Media on Girls, HIV/AIDS and Women

Violence Against Women Resources

Read more on Violence Against Women (VAW) from the Office on Women’s Health at www.womenshealth.gov

  • Violence Against Women— This section of womenshealth.gov provides women with resources and information to get help with Violence Against Women.  Violence and abuse affect women from all kinds of backgrounds every day. Sometimes, women are attacked by strangers, but most often they are hurt by people who are close to them. Violence and abuse can cause terrible physical and emotional pain. But you are not alone, and you can get help.
Read more on Violence Against Women and HIV/AIDS from The White House

Explore other publications and websites on Violence Against Women

  • 1 is 2 Many – Young women face the highest rates of dating violence and sexual assault. Vice President Biden is focusing his longstanding commitment to reducing violence against women specifically young women ages 16-24 through the 1 is 2 Many campaign.
  • One Department: Overview of HHS Activities on Violence Against Women– This report describes how funds from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act are used to provide emergency shelters and other help to survivors of domestic violence and their children.
  • Violence Against Women on College Campuses Fact Sheet- Produced by the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Choices Campus Campaign.
  • Preventing Violence Against Women on College Campuses- Futures Without Violence recently released, Beyond Title IX: Guidelines for Prevention and Responding to Gender Based Violence in Higher Education, outlining how best to create and promote a campus norm of interpersonal respect and non-violent relationships. These guidelines are available to colleges and universities to adapt and implement on their campuses. Utilizing a policy that addresses multiple forms of violence in a comprehensive manner will help to increase the number and effectiveness of prevention and early intervention programs. This policy initiative focuses on providing campuses with the tools and resources to promote healthy relationships and better help those affected by violence.
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline– This confidential and free hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in more than 170 languages. Hotline staff can offer safety planning and crisis help. They also can connect you to shelters and services in your area. Call 800-799-SAFE (7233) or TDD 800-787-3224.
  • RAINN- The National Sexual Assault Hotline – This confidential and free hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English or Spanish. Call 800-656-4673. Live online help is available through the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Violence Prevention and Women/CDC – This website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on the impact of violence and resources to help prevent violence in communities.
  • Women and Mental Health– This section of womenshealth.gov provides information on mental health problems, getting help, and taking care of your mental health.

Web Media on Violence Against Women



Thank you for your interest and submission to Her Story Student Film Contest. Please be sure to read the Authors Rights and Permission Agreement. If you agree to the terms above and have checked the box, begin your online registration below.

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Atlanta, GA