The Girls Impact the World Film Festival, presented by the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC) and Connecther, is a film festival and scholarship program in which high school and undergraduate college students submit 3-5 minute short films that focus on a variety of global women’s issues, including maternal health, microfinance initiatives, child-marriage, sex-trafficking, poverty alleviation, etc.

Videos must EITHER:
(1) Raise awareness about current issues affecting women and girls around the world OR
(2) Propose solutions to current challenges faced by women

Please make sure your film addresses one of the issues below. Feel free to email  for questions.

(Green IS contestantsplease see here for environmental related issue areas)

  • Political participation

  • Economic independence

  • Domestic and gendered violence

  • Maternal mortality

  • Health care

  • Poverty

  • Teen & child marriage

  • Sex trafficking and slavery

  • Women and girls in media

  • Women in Leadership

  • Education for Girls and Women

  • Water


Applicant(s) must be 25 or under on December 31, 2013

(1) Currently enrolled undergraduates (global) OR
(2) Full-time high school students
(3) The GITW Film Fest Competition is not open to any resident of the following countries: U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.


Winners will receive a monetary prize, film distribution channels via SIC, Connecther and Creative Visions networks, as well as an internship opportunity at Creative Visions in Los Angeles. An official screening and red carpet will take place at the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, MA on February 22, 2014.

DEADLINE: 31/12/2013

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