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The Better India presents ‘LICHFL Womentaries - Her Story, Your Lens’, in collaboration with LICHFL. We are proud to champion this inspiring initiative meant to highlight and celebrate the triumphs of Indian women through the cameras of India's best documentary filmmakers.

Through this campaign, The Better India will work with young and aspiring documentary filmmakers to share stories of women who have made a significant social impact in their communities, broken barriers and emerged as changemakers.

Calling all aspiring documentary filmmakers to participate in LICHFL Womentaries - Her Story, Your Lens, and be a part of a community that's passionate about empowering women and amplifying their voices.

Submit your nominations today and get a chance to win cash prizes of upto Rs. 6 Lakh!

In case of any queries, please email us at

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Ruma Devi - Changemaker

Nikita Singh - Filmmaker

Ruma Devi is a Barmer-based social worker, designer, and Nari Shakti Puraskar recipient. She has empowered 300,000 rural women, fostering self-sufficiency through traditional handicrafts.

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Deepika Dhiman - Changemaker

Payal Khurana - Filmmaker

Deepika Dhiman, a fearless karate champion, defied odds from a young age. Despite limited support, she represented India internationally, drew inspiration from Mary Kom, and aspires to win India's first Olympic karate medal.

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Gulafsha Ansari - Changemaker

Tejal Dua & Aashna Dhiman - Filmmaker

Gulafsha Ansari, a resident of Dharavi and football prodigy, is challenging societal norms. This story showcases her journey from timid girl to inspirational footballer, coach, and advocate for gender equality.

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Selvi Kumar - Changemaker

Dileep Rangan T - Filmmaker

Mrs. Selvi is an inspiring entrepreneur from Chennai's outskirts. Despite unique challenges as an Irula tribal woman, her journey showcases resilience, community betterment, and unwavering spirit.

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Surabhi Yadav - Changemaker

Damayanti Saha - Filmmaker

Surabhi Yadav, founder of Sajhe Sapne, empowers rural women in Himachal Pradesh with modern skills. Her story challenges societal inequalities and champions women's dreams and freedom.

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Varsha Deshpande - Changemaker

Datta Lawande - Filmmaker

Varsha Deshpande from Satara is a social worker and an advocate for women's rights. Her impactful work exposed prenatal sex determination and empowered girls, fostering gender equality.

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Dr. Sucheta Dhamane - Changemaker

Akash Fuke - Filmmaker

Dr. Sucheta Dhamane transforms the lives of India's marginalized women, providing mental health support and empowerment. Her work combats societal stigma and family apathy, fostering lasting change.

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Vimla Devi Kumawat - Changemaker

Hemant Bhati - Filmmaker

Vimla Devi Kumawat, aka Daadi has dedicated 25 years to nurturing 500 underprivileged children, providing education, shelter, and hope. Her selfless journey embodies the power of education.

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Geetanjali Babbar - Changemaker

Mamta Singh - Filmmaker

Gitanjali Babbar, founder of Kat-Katha, an NGO transforms the lives of former sex workers in Delhi's Red Light district, helping women find hope and build a supportive community.

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Munmun Sarkar - Changemaker

Mahak Agrawal - Filmmaker

Munmun Sarkar is Siliguri's pioneering female toto driver, breaking gender barriers and championing women's right to public space. Her story inspires transformation in our cities and communities.

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Capture Stories of Resilient Indian Women & Win Up to Rs 6 Lakh in This Filmmaking Contest

Are you an aspiring filmmaker? The Better India and LICHFL present Womentaries: Her Story, Your Lens -- a contest where you can showcase your talents and capture the stories and voices of inspiring women leading change.


Do you have an idea that solves a real-world problem? If yes, apply now for the Infosys Foundation’s Aarohan Social Innovation Awards!

Got an idea that’s making the world a better place? Aarohan Social Innovation Awards can provide you the platform to scale up!

Winner - Munmun by Mahak Agrawal

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    Munmun by Mahak Agrawal


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    Beyond Dreams by Aashna Dhiman & Tejal Dua

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    Guardians: The Women of ITWWS by Dileep Rangan T

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Who is eligible to participate in the Womentaries contest?

The Womentaries contest is open to all individuals interested in making a 2-5 minute documentary on women empowerment. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a budding filmmaker, you are welcome to participate. Professional experience is not necessary, making the contest accessible to a wide range of aspiring documentary filmmakers.

Can the protagonist of the documentary film be a man who has done significant work in the field of women empowerment?

No, the protagonists featured in the documentary should be women who have made extraordinary contributions in the field of women empowerment. The aim of LICHFL Womentaries - Her Story, Your Lens is to highlight and celebrate the triumphs of women, their experiences, and their impact on society.

Who owns the rights to the produced content?

TBI and LIC HFL will have the rights to post and use the films on their platforms, and the creators will retain the rights to the films they have made. All participants in the film are bound by this clause, and therefore no one can claim any rights or put any restrictions whatsoever on TBI and LIC HFL in using the content submitted as entry. Therefore, while the creators will retain their ownership rights to the films they make, they will grant TBI and LIC HFL permission to use their films for the purpose of the Womentaries- Her Story, Your Lens filmmaking contest and any promotional activities.

What is the deadline for registering for the contest?

The deadline for registering is 15th July 2023.

What is the deadline for submission of the documentary film?

The deadline for film submission is 7th August 2023.

Is there a fee for registration and submission?

No, you can register and submit your entry for free.

What is the registration process?

Participants can register for the contest by filling up this form:

What are the requirements during the registration?

During registration, the requirements include filling out the online registration form, which will ask you to provide a brief description of the story and message of your documentary. Additionally, you have the option to submit a portfolio link, which, although not mandatory, will carry extra weightage during the first shortlisting process.

Is the online masterclass part of the deadline mentioned?

The online Masterclass will be held after the conclusion of the first round of shortlisting following the registration. Only the 50 shortlisted participants will have the opportunity to attend the online Masterclass which will be held before the shoot of the films begin.

What will be covered in the online Masterclass?

The online Masterclass will be conducted by an experienced professional filmmaker who has worked on over 100 documentary films. The focus of the Masterclass will be on equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively cover the story and subject matter of their documentaries. The emphasis will be on techniques that bring out the impactful elements created by the protagonist.The Masterclass aims to provide valuable guidance and expertise to enhance participants' abilities in the art of documentary filmmaking.

What are the main topics for women-themed stories? And where can I find stories of women empowerment (if I don't have one myself)?

While there are no specific restrictions on the subject or protagonist of the documentary, it is necessary to maintain a focus on women empowerment. The female protagonist should have made a positive impact on herself or other individuals through extraordinary initiatives. For a rich source of potential stories on women empowerment, you can explore The Better India platform.

What is the cash prize for the Womentaries documentary filmmaking contest and how will it be distributed?

The cash prizes for the documentary filmmaking contest are distributed as follows: (T&C Apply)

  1. First Prize: Rs. 3 lakh
  2. Second Prize: Rs. 2 lakh
  3. Third Prize: Rs. 1 lakh

To ensure fair recognition and appreciation, the prize money will be split equally between the documentary filmmaker and the protagonist of their film. TDS will be deducted on the cash prize.

What will be the duration of the shoot and post- production period?

Participants will have 20 days to shoot and post-produce their documentaries, once the online Masterclass is conducted. Submissions will not be accepted after the deadline.

Can I shoot the video using a mobile phone camera, or is it necessary to use a DSLR camera for shooting the documentary?

Participants have the flexibility to shoot the video using either a DSLR or a phone. However, it is important to ensure that the final product is of high resolution and meets the required quality standards. Participants are responsible for all aspects of the documentary production, including subject selection, shooting, and post-production work, regardless of the device used for filming. So whether you choose a DSLR or a phone, the emphasis is on delivering a compelling and well-executed documentary.

What is required for final submission of the documentary after shooting?

Participants must submit a high-resolution file of the 2-5 minute documentary (16:9 aspect ratio), a 30-60 second trailer, and a signed permission document from the subject accepting shooting and promotional use of the video. A written and signed consent form from the protagonist, in a language they can read and write, is mandatory before scripting. Failure to provide this along with the video could result in disqualification. The documentary, if needed, should be converted to a 9:16 aspect ratio for Instagram upload.

What is the criteria for judging the videos?

In the first round of shortlisting, the written story brief, impact, and portfolios submitted by the participants during registration will be considered and given weightage. In the following evaluation stages, the documentaries will be assessed based on their impact, the depth of the women empowerment subject covered, coverage of the initiative, storytelling and technical aspects like film quality, editing style, sound design etc.

Will copyright-free music be provided for use in the documentary?

No, participants must use music that is copyright-free for their documentary. It is the responsibility of participants to source copyright-free music from various websites or create their own original music. Participants are required to submit their license number and the name of the music used in the video to avoid copyright infringement. Additionally, participants are advised to test the copyright status of the music by using the unlisted option on YouTube before sharing the final copy of the documentary for submission.