Girls Impact the World Film Festival

The Problem

Our goal is to tell stories about girls and women that raise awareness, envision in film the possibilities of our time for females globally, and propose solutions, all the while providing the young adult voice an outlet in a compelling medium. We hope to address the inequalities women and girls face around the world by giving voice to their stories--told through the eyes of students who have an incredible opportunity to do something about it and change their world for the better.

Plan of Action

Connecther and the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative are hosting the first annual Girls Impact the World (GITW) Film Festival. GITW is seeking high school and college students to submit original 3 – 5 minute films that address global women's issues such as: education for girls, maternal health, violence against women and girls and a variety of other issues. Monetary prizes of over $20K in cash and internships will be awarded by a distinguished panel of judges, including: Christy Turlington (founder of Every Mother Counts), Jeff Skoll (founder of Participant Media and the Skoll Foundation), Jean Oelwang (CEO of Virgin Unite), Maria Eitel (CEO, Nike Foundation), Pat Mitchell (CEO of Paley Center for Media & Producer of TedxWomen), Zainab Salbi (Founder of Women for Women International), and Robb Moss (Harvard Filmmaking Professor). Winners will also receive film distribution channels via SIC, Connecther and Creative Visions networks, as well as internship opportunities at Creative Visions in Los Angeles. An official screening and red carpet event will take place at the Harvard University campus, Cambridge, MA on February 23, 2013. To learn more about Girls Impact the World please visit us at: http://www.connecther.org/gitw Contact: filmfest@connecther.org for more details!

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