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The Girls Impact the World Film Festival is an Annual Event - Deadline extended to January 20, 2018, see guidelines for more details

Submission of film entries begins on May 1, 2017. Please share, share and share your video from the GITW gallery once you submit. The more you share, the more likely your chance to win the People's Choice Award!

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.

Winners will receive a monetary prize and film distribution channels via Connecther. An official screening and red carpet will take place in Austin, TX in the spring of 2017.

Your films will 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.

Confirmed judges include Ian somerhalder, Christy Turlington Burns (founder of Every Mother Counts), Jeff Skoll (founder of Participant Media, responsible for films such as An Inconvenient Truth, Syriana, North Country, etc), Jean Oelwang (CEO of Virgin Unite), and Zainab Salbi (Founder of Women for Women International). To see our full list of judges, including two Nobel Laureates, please click here.

Films will:
(1) Raise awareness about current issues affecting women and girls around the world AND/OR (2) Propose solutions to current challenges faced by women

Green IS Applicants - See Here for More Info

These issues include:

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

The Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC) invites you to join us at the Girls Impact the World Red Carpet Awards Ceremony Saturday, March 28, 2016 in Harvard Yard. Join us for refreshments while meeting some of our judges and representatives of our partner organizations. Official Selections and competition winners will be announced, with remarks by directors, sponsors, and judges in person. See you on the Red Carpet!

2:30 PM Red Carpet

3:00 PM Official Screening and Awards

Harvard Carpenter Center Room B-03 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Join us for an exciting evening where student filmmakers and problem-solvers showcase their solutions and take on the advancement of girls and women everywhere!

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Ger free tickets here

Undergraduate: Judges' Choice Grand Prize: $5000 and Creative Visions Foundation Internship Opportunity and High School: Judges' Choice Grand Prize: $5000

Submit Your Film to Win Amazing Prizes and Internship Opportunities

Judges’ Choice Grand Prize: $5000 cash prize AND Creative Visions Foundation Internship Opportunity*

Judges’ Choice 1st Runner Up: $2500 cash prize AND and Creative Visions Foundation Internship Opportunity*

Judges’ Choice 2nd Runner Up: $1000 cash prize

People's Choice Winner: $2500 (based on the total number of fb likes + tweets - winner will be chosen from top 10 most popular) *

Most Innovative Solution: $1000

Creative Visions Foundation for Harvard Internship Opportunity

Ian Somerhalder Foundation Green IS Prize - $2500

HONEST BEAUTY Prize - $2500

Global Impact Prize: $1,000

Girls in STEM Prize: $1,000

Let Girls Learn Prize: $1,000

*Creative Vison internship opportunities are volunteer based.

*A minimum number of votes is required to be entered into the People's Choice award category. More details soon.


Judges’ Choice Grand Prize: $2500

Judges’ Choice 1st Runner Up: $1000

Judges’ Choice 2nd Runner Up: $500

Judges’ Choice Top 10 Finalists: $100 Amazon Gift Card

Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative

The mission of the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC) is to bring together Harvard undergraduates, graduate students and broader community members passionate about social innovation and its ability to create sustainable social change through mixed-profit models. SIC seeks to create a productive, open dialogue about social entrepreneurship, foster and incubate innovative ideas, and promote collaboration through discussion forums, unconventional events, partnerships with campus and local organizations, and its annual Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship.


Creative Visions

Support creative activists who seek innovative solutions to local and global issues and use arts and media to ignite positive change.


24902 Miles for Good

24902 miles is the circumference of our amazing planet. A halo around all that we encompass. At 24902 Miles for Good, we believe that your social innovation and environment improvement projects are the key to humanities future. Our Mission: Help deliver your social good and sustainability projects better and faster!



The Harvard Business School Women's Student Association exists to actively support a community that empowers and mobilizes women to thrive academically, socially and professionally for long-term success.


Every Mother Counts

Every Mother Counts is an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal mortality reduction globally. Every Mother Counts seeks to engage new audiences to better understand the challenges and the solutions while encouraging them to take action to improve the lives of girls and women worldwide.


Columbia Women In Business

Columbia Women In Business’ (CWIB’s) mission it to foster a lifelong community that enables all Columbia Business School (CBS) women to achieve their personal and professional aspirations through programming, mentoring, coaching, and advising that provides education, support, and friendship to our members.





Social Enterprise Club

The Social Enterprise Club is the home for all students at Columbia Business School who want to use business skills to create social, environmental and economic value within the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Through diverse events and numerous resources, we: Connect students interested in social enterprise with each other, faculty, alumni, professionals and organizations; Enrich our members' understanding of industries, ideas and initiatives, that create social impact; Inspire students to become leaders who better the world.


Women in Business Association

The University of Texas Women in Business Association (WBA) strives to increase our members' knowledge of and involvement in the world of business by inviting educated and experienced women to speak and share advice with our organization. Members are encouraged to interact with our invited speakers as to promote both rapport within our organization, as well as an increased understanding of what it is like to have a business career. We are open to all majors.


Tulane University Social Innovation

Tulane University is a nationally recognized leader in collaborating with the community to create a culture of public service and civic engagement. And we are now empowering students from all disciplines to utilize their education and innovation to solve pressing social challenges. The university’s social innovation and social entrepreneurship programs seek to provide all students with dynamic, engaged learning opportunities that equip students with the knowledge, tools, and experiences to change the world in which we live.


IS Foundation


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