Connecther Presents:



We are pleased to announce the Girls Impact the World Film Festival 2017 Top 15 films (shown below in alphabetical order) that have advanced to the final round of judging! We hope you enjoy watching these spectacular films.

We want to thank all of the students who submitted their amazing films to the GITWFF 2017! We are overwhelmed by the passion, creativity and quality of the films.

The top 15 films will all be acknowledged at our Red Carpet Awards Ceremony and screening on April 9, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Additional finalists will be announced soon for all categories. To see all finalist prizes and categories go to prizes page. Winners will be announced and all prizes will be awarded at the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony in Austin.

Additionally, A People's Choice award will be given (one film will be chosen by judges from the ten films that have most likes and tweets. If you have questions, pleases email

*Some Films May Contain Mature themes

BEAUTY Madessyn Zahn, Moberly Area Community College

Beauty through the eyes of a 10 year old is the focus of this video. What emerges is an approach to a solution to negative beauty image.

Beautiful People Olivia Owens, Prosper High Shool

Portrays a young girl going through daily life with feminine struggles that are affected by the media. Shifts into a more documentary style video after and provides definitions of beauty by different people.

#CultureAgainstWomen Phuong Vu Hoang, Hanoi University of Science and Technology

In the world of todays, domestic violence is now becoming a significant issue of society than ever. It can happen whenever, wherever there has a woman.The reasons are usually focused on the aspects of men, marriage collapsion. However, it is forgotten that over thousands of years, the shaped cultura

Fantasy Jordyn Roach, University of Oregon

Unsatisfied with a society that punishes sexual assault survivors who speak out, a woman heads out in search of some place better.

It's Just Locker Room Talk Susannah Joffe, St. Stephen's Episcopal School

This film offers 5 different perspectives from people who have grown up around the world on the topic of locker room talk and rape culture.

Outfit Adrienne D'Agostino, Temple University

At the start of her day when a young woman is deciding on an outfit, she becomes interrupted when her phone and computer reveal incoming sexual-harrasment messages from unknown numbers. As these disturbing anticipated comments discourage the woman from her original clothing, she experiments with mo

Peighton Kevin Brooks, University of Memphis

A young girl learns to truly be herself in a world where social norms are thrown at her.

Pose Madelynne Hewett, Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

A commentary on the psychological impact the media has on women. Sadly, it has become the norm to find various commercials and ad campaigns setting beauty standards for young women. This film takes a look into the mental chaos that ensues with the idea of perfection.

The Price of Being Thin Keira Edgett, Fordham University

An authentic look at how eating disorders impact people differently. The film consists of interviews with people who have experienced eating disorders firsthand, friends of people that have suffered from eating disorders, and a medical professional.

Project Stand Up Abdisalam Ahmed Hussein, Amiin Mohamed Abdukadir, Ahmed Khadar, Farhiya Abshir Yusuf, Sabrin Ahmed Omar, Sabri Omar Mohsen, Ali Sudi Abukar, Omar Ahmed Mayow, Asad Aseyr Abdalla, Zakaria Mohamed Abdi, The Fugee School

Ten secondary school students (2 girls and 8 boys) in Malaysia- from Somalia, Libya, and Yemen- learn about gender equality in school and about their female classmates experience of being told she cannot teach football, because she is a girl. Having recognized that there are few women leaders, role

Shonirbhorota Anila Shaheen, Asian University for Women

This is a story of a woman who has two "disabled" daughters who had to face many challenges to educate her special daughters because the normal schools refused admit them. After a long period of struggle she has now educated her daughters and is also running an organization in her village to support

Street based sex workers of Dhaka city. Neealana Naushin, Asian University for Women, Chittagong

This documentary is based on the struggle and hardship the street based sex workers of Dhaka, Bangladesh have to face in a daily basis. Their earning from per customer is of about Taka 100, which is USD 1.27 only. Neither do they have a sustainable income source nor a secure shelter or access to ess

This is 2017 Rae Kanoa, Palos Verdes High School

In a passionately-worded poem accompanied by visuals, 'This is 2017’ touches base on the social constructions behind the oppression of women.

The World I Want to Live In #StemsFromHer Abbie Collette, Sylvie Pryor Rosenstein, Mae Pryor Rosenstein, Abram Collette, Baxter Academy for Technology and Science

This film shares the experiences of three young women who are passionate about STEM. Seeking reassurance, these young women looked to female role models for help regaining their confidence. They were given an opportunity to express their ideas, ask questions, and engage in work that they were excite

Your Flowers Did Not Fade Christin Chae, Korea Kent Foreign School

"Your Flowers Did Not Fade" tackles the Comfort Women Issue that is still an ongoing problem. The victims share their deep, personal stories of their youth to inform the world about the horrors of sex trafficking. Efforts to fight for their rights continue over 10 years. This video holds purpose in