Zonta Club of Bunbury has launched an amateur short film competition as part of the club’s 100-year celebration.

Zonta Bunbury public relations committee chairwoman Sarahjane Bilston said the idea behind the competition was to empower women by telling their stories via a media platform.

“We believe that a step towards empowering women and advocating for their needs is allowing a space for their stories to be told and heard, and this is at the heart of what we hope to achieve with this film competition,” Ms Bilston said.

“Telling our stories allows us to empower ourselves and seeing our stories told on screen allows people to feel empowered as well.”

Lomax Media co-owner Sharon Lomax said the business was thrilled to be part of the film competition. “We are big supporters of local community events and being in the media industry, anything that has the support of anything to do with media we try and get behind it where we can,” Mrs Lomax said.

“In particular Zonta and promoting women in this industry is also a really key thing that we would like to focus on and promote.”

There are two categories for entries – youth and open – with a $1000 award on offer in each category.

Ms Bilston said the films were to be no longer than five minutes and must reflect Zonta’s centennial theme – stories that honour and empower women.

More information and to request a competition pack can be obtained online at www.zontabunbury.org.