Girls Impact the World Film Festival Call for Entries

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 3-6 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.

Annual Amount

  • Judges' Choice Grand Prize:  $5,000
  • Judges' Choice 1st Runner Up:  $2,500
  • Judges' Choice 2nd Runner Up:  $1,000
  • People's Choice Winner:  $2,500 (based on the total number of fb likes + tweets - winner will be chosen from top 10 most popular) *
  • Most Innovative Film or Solution prize: $1000
  • Ian Somerhalder Foundation Green IS Prize - $2500
  • Honest Beauty Prize: $2,500
  • Global Impact Prize: $2,500
  • Stand Up Men Prize: $2,500
  • Girls in STEM Prize: $1,000
  • Let Girls Learn Prize: $1,000

Open To

High school and undergraduate college students

Additional Selection Criteria


May 1st, 2017 - Submission of film entries begins
January 20, 2018 - Film entry deadline 11:59 PM EDT
February 20, 2018 - Finalist judging ends
TBD - Awards Ceremony in Austin, TX Red Carpet Film Showing

Videos must EITHER:
Raise awareness about critical issues affecting women and girls around the world OR
Propose solutions to critical challenges faced by women

Applicant(s) must be 25 or under on December 31, 2016 (special circumstances may be considered)
Currently enrolled undergraduates (global) OR
Full-time high school students
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.
Each individual applicant may be involved in the making of up to two films. You may not enter more than two films.

To enter you will need to:
Follow all Film Requirements (see below)
Enter your video on the GITW entry submission page.
Upon becoming a finalist, before being eligible for prizes, you must provide proof of enrollment at your school/university.

Application Process

To enter you will need to:



December 20, 2018


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