Connecther & the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative present

Girls Impact the World Film Festival Call for Entries

GUIDELINES

Girls Impact the World Film Festival is now accepting submissions of 3-5 minute short films for consideration for the inaugural Girls Impact the World Film Festival presented by the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC) and Connecther.org

August 1st, 2014 - Submission of film entries begins
October 2014 - January 2015 - Rolling semi-finalist judging
December 31th, 2014 - Film entry deadline 11:59 PM EDT
January 14th, 2015 - Final round of semi-finalist judging ends
February 1, 2015 - Finalist judging ends
TBD - Awards Ceremony at Harvard Red Carpet Film Showing

Green IS Applicants - See Here for More Info

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

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

(Green IS contestants, please see here for environmental related issue areas)

  • Political participation
  • Economic independence
  • Domestic and gendered violence
  • Maternal mortality
  • Global Health
  • Poverty
  • Teen & child marriage
  • Sex trafficking and slavery
  • Women and girls in media
  • Women in Leadership
  • Education for Girls and Women
  • Women and Girls in STEM
  • Water
  • Ending Child Marriage
  • Ending FGM

Applicant(s) must be 25 or under on December 31, 2014 (special circumstances may be considered)
(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.

To enter you will need to:
(1) Follow all Film Requirements (see below)
(2) Enter your video on the GITW entry submission page.
(3) Share, share and share your video from the GITW gallery. The more you share, the more likely you will win the People's Choice Award!
(4) Upon becoming a finalist, before being eligible for prizes, you must provide proof of enrollment at your school/university.
(5) That's it, wasn't that easy!

FILM REQUIREMENTS:
  • Your film should be between 3 and 5 minutes long. (see FAQ for exact length requirements)
  • Your film must contain the provide End Marker still image.
  • Your film can be a (1) narrative, (2) documentary, (3) investigative reporting, (4) music video, (5) animation, or (6) curated film (film collage). Please see the FAQ for more details about film genres and film content.
  • Your film must be created after January 1, 2014.
  • Your film must be your own original work and not infringe any copyright or ownership agreements.
  • You must not premiere your film before entering it on the Girls Impact the World website.
  • You may only be involved in one submitted entry.
  • Once you have submitted your video, please share and publicize it through the Girls Impact the World Gallery page. This is intended to help you further the number of facebook likes, tweets and views for the People's Choice Grand Prize.
  • At the end of your film please add a slide that shows at least 2 or more organizations that are working on solutions to the issue area that you address in your short film. You can highlight Connecther projects and/or other organizations. (optional but recommended)

PLEASE NOTE:

All footage, video graphics/pictures, and audio (including sound bites, music, etc.) MUST be original, unless you have the express written consent of the original owner for use in your work. We will not knowingly accept a movie that contains copyrighted material.

Submitting your film gives Connecther and the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC) permission to screen the work on its websites, with all authors credited appropriately. You also grant Connecther and SIC permission and rights to publish selected screenshots from your work on their websites and in promotional material, and to distribute the film via our networks.

Zinch.com Girls Impact the World URL: Coming soon!

Fastweb.com Girls Impact the World URL: Coming soon!

Scholarships.com Girls Impact the World URL: http://www.scholarships.com/Award.aspx?AWARD_ID=15

Terms and Conditions

The views and information expressed in the Girls Impact The World Film Festival are not endorsed by or reflective of Connecther.org, including its agents, officers, representatives or contributors (collectively "Connecther.org"). Connecther.org assumes no liabilty or responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the content in any videos and communications featured in or otherwise made available in The Girls Impact The World Film Festival. Connecther.org expressly disclaims any representations, advice and warranties for the content contained therein.

All links to external sites contained on Connecther.org/The Girls Impact The World Film Festival are for the convenience of users only. Connecther.org expressly disclaims all liability and responsibility for the availability and content of these external sites. Connecther does not endorse or warrant any content posted on external sites linked to The Girls Impact The World Film Series. Connecther.org expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility for the suitability of the content featured in The Girls Impact The World Film Festival or otherwise made available on its site to users.

Film contestants warrant that the material is will not violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation, or infringe on any third party’s rights, including, without limitation, any intellectual property rights or rights of publicity or privacy (including user privacy), contain any viruses or be defamatory, libelous, obscene, pornographic or indecent.

Connecther has full discretion in making selections and particularly in instances where film submissions contain profanity, violence, or sexually explicit content.

The Girls Impact the World Film Festival reserves the right to deny any submission at its discretion.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is Girls Impact the World?

A: Girls Impact the World is a Connecther initiative seeking to raise awareness about and propose solutions to the most pressing issues facing women around the world today. The Girls Impact the World Film Festival is a scholarship opportunity for current high school and undergraduate students with the goal of achieving this aim.

Q: When is my submission due?

August 1st, 2014 - Submission of film entries begins
October 2014 - January 2015 - Rolling semi-finalist judging
December 31th, 2014 - Film entry deadline 11:59 PM EDT
January 14th, 2015 - Final round of semi-finalist judging ends
February 1, 2015 - Finalist judging ends
TBD - Awards Ceremony at Harvard Red Carpet Film Showing

Q: How is my entry judged?

A: Your film is evaluated on the following criteria on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most impactful
Clarity and impact of message
Creativity in presentation
Feasibility of solution
Most innovative solution
Screenplay / Script
Cinematography / Editing
After the semi-final round of judging, all finalists will be notified via email no later than January 28th, 2014.

Q: How many people can submit one entry for consideration?

A: Your filmmaking team can be as many people as you would like, provided that every person involved meets the stated eligibility requirements. When you submit your film, you will use one main person of contact (as seen in the entry submission form) for festival organizers to contact.

Q: What if we have both college students and high schoolers working on a film?

A: If a team has both high school students and undergraduates, the team will compete in the undergraduate division.

Q: Are there subcategories for different genres?

A: Check out some sample videos!
Water Wells in my Village: http://youtu.be/DueoS69ryTs
Water, the World Water Crisis: http://youtu.be/iRGZOCaD9sQ
The Girl Effect: http://thegirleffect.org/video

As you can see, these videos take different approaches to delivering their message, involving text, graphics, music, and footage. The goal of your film is to deliver a meaningful message about women and girls in the world, and we leave it up to your creativity to guide your film composition!

Q: Is there funding available for flights, visas and accommodations for international winners to attend the Harvard premiere?

A: We currently do not have any accommodations for bringing international winners to the awards ceremony. The awards ceremony will commemorate all finalists in-person (if they can attend) or remotely via skype and feature a film screening and sponsor award presentations.

Q: Who receives the prize money if more than one person contributes to the film?

A: The prize scholarship money is awarded to the creators of the film. If the film was created by a team, it is awarded equitably per the team's request.

Q: Who retains the copyright/right to distribute the film?

A: While the creators retain artistic ownership over all content, by submitting to the GITW film festival creators relinquish all distribution and circulation rights to Connecther and GITW. For example, if GITW wants to publish the video or show the video at a future event, they may do so freely as may the creators.

Q: Does my film need to be between 3 to 5 minutes to be entered into the GITW film fest?

A: The length of your film should be between 3 to 5 minutes. We realize that your film might be a little longer and/or shorter than anticipated. GITW will not accept films that are significantly longer or shorter.

Q: I am producing my film for a film class and/or organization that mentors students in the area of film and media. Can I submit my film that was produced under the supervision of my teacher/s?

A: Film class students and students working with media organizations are welcome to submit their films to GITW as long as they meet the GITW requirements!

Q: Is my 30 to 60 second Message of Hope for Malala video eligilbe for the $5K grand prize?

A: The 30 to 60 second Message of Hope for Malala videos are in a different category and are not eligible for the grand prize awards. The prizes for the Message of Hope for Malala videos can be found on the Malala Gallery page.

Q: Who can I email with more questions?

A: Get in touch with Connecther and HUWIB at filmfest@connecther.org.

FOR FILMMAKERS: IDEAS AND INSPIRATION

Upon completion of your film, navigate to http://www.youtube.com/user/GirlsImpactTheWorld starting in September and check out our prompt video. Once you’ve checked that your video meets all the requirements, navigate to the “Comment� box beneath our video and click inside the text area. You will see a link to “provide a video response.� To respond with your video, click "provide a video response" and select your uploaded video from your Youtube channel.

*Special thanks to Creative Visions Foundation for providing the above resources. Creative Visions Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to Creative Activists, who seek innovative solutions to local and global issues and use arts & media to ignite positive change.*

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