Gitw Film Festival Winners

GITW Film Festival 2018 Winner's List

Judges Choice Grand Prize Goes To:

The Superhero Without Cape - Hazera Begum Shafiqua Nawrin Oishi, Asian University for Women

Prostitution has been termed as one of the oldest professions. It has been indeed an interesting chapter throughout the history. Bangladesh is one of the few Muslim countries in the world where prostitution is legal. Where 49.52% of the total population is female, the one’s in this profession has



Judges Choice 1st Runner Up Goes To:

Let me Breath with my Dream Novera Hasan Nikkon, Jagannath University Dhaka, Bangladesh.

‘Let me Breath with my Dream’ is a documentary film on the issue of Child marriage. In Bangladesh child marriage is a strong social custom and has the fourth highest rate of child marriage in the world. Due to cultural setting, girls are regarded here as an economic burden and are expected to m




Judges Choice 2nd Runner Up Goes To:

A Truth Susannah Joffe, St. Stephen's episcopal school

An anonymous victim of sex trafficking shares her story



People's Choice Winner Goes To:


Talk Up the Talk Jessica Mabanglo, Gordon College

Our bodies do incredible things, and yet the topic of our body's maturing are quickly discussed in adolescent years and then avoided thereafter. No one likes to talk about growing up, puberty, and sex to young people. In this documentary, however, I argue that the talk is necessary to have, especial



HONEST BEAUTY Goes To:


I am Beautiful Kristelle Dirks, Homeschool

I talk about my struggle with my appearance and how I've come to realize that beauty is more than what you see on the outside, it's what's on the inside that truly matters.



BEST FILM PRODUCTION Goes To:


Who Is JenBKLYN? Roxanne Lim, St. John's University

Media personality JenBKLYN revisits her childhood dreams and shares the experiences that inspired her to break down industry expectations and form her own company, NextJeneration.



EDUCATION - Let Girls Learn ($1,000):

Maksad (The Aim) Pooja Gowtham Bohra, Flame University

A glimpse into the difficulties and hopes of a small town girl trapped in the expectations of society and her responsibilities towards her family.



ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ($1,000):

Piñata Juliana Concepcion, Miranda Abazoski, Tianna McNair, Temple University

An experimental short film that visualizes poetry describing violence against women and sexual assault. The visuals show that anybody we know can be affected by these issues,


GLOBAL IMPACT ($2,500):

Cut Aicha Cherif , School of the Future

Cut tells the story of female genital mutilation survivors. At age 15, Aicha Cherif found out that every single women in her family had undergone FGM at a young age. Aicha's mother in a brave move sent Aicha to America so she wouldn't undergoing FGM as an infant.


First Runner Up - $1,000:

The Gods will be angry Preeti Shakya, Janaki Medical College, Tribhuvan University

In Nepal, menstrual hygiene management still remains a major challenge to most girls and women- with shame and stigma attached around menstruation, limited health education and lack of hygienic sanitary materials contributing to health problems, social exclusion and poor educational outcomes. In cer



GREEN IS sponsored by: Ian Somerhalder Foundation


Winner: Fatima by Halimah Tariq:

Fatima halimah tariq, (25 and under category)

A short documentary that follows the noble works of Ghulam Fatima in helping female brick kiln workers trapped in bonded labor escape the crippling effects of acrid pollution and devastating disease.





Most Innovative Film Goes To:


Carry Your Dream With You | Seba: Out of the Refugee Camp to Create a Smart Life-jacket Shereen Nidal Nanish, JMI

Saba Al-Obaid, a Syrian girl who lives in Al-Azraq refugee camp in Jordan created a smart life jacket. Her determination and passion enabled her to won a place at a scientific event "marathon" under the name of Astrolab in Jordan. This scientific initiative helped in shedding the light on her talent





STAND UP MEN Goes To:


stand up men Palak Srivastava, St. Jhon's School D.L.W Varanasi

I Palak Srivastava . I come from varanasi in India . I'm completing my graduation from Vasant Kanya Mahavidhayala in B.A hons .




WOMEN/GIRLS IN STEM Goes To:


A World in Motion An Nguyen, Khue Tran, Makayla Moore, Pflugerville High School

Angela De Hoyos Hart is the IT Project Manager at General Motors. She is also a regular volunteer at River Oaks Elementary in Pflugerville ISD. She helped found and now helps coordinate GM’s STEM mentorship program at the school. The program has grown to include 67 GM Mentors in the Austin IT Deve




GEM'S CHOICE Goes To:


Self Portrait Meghan Cullen, Academy Of Art

A collection of digital journal entires recollecting a traumatic event in my life.







GITW Film Festival 2017 Winner's List

Judges Choice Grand Prize Goes To:
Christin Chae, Korea Kent Foreign School

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



Judges Choice 1st Runner Up Goes To:
Jordyn Roach, University of Oregon

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.




Judges Choice 2nd Runner Up Goes To:
Kevin Brooks, University of Memphis

Peighton Kevin Brooks, University of Memphis

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



People's Choice Winner Goes To:


Rae Kanoa, Palos Verdes High School

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.



HONEST BEAUTY Goes To:


Madessyn Zahn, Moberly Area Community College

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.



BEST FILM PRODUCTION Goes To:


Kevin Brooks, University of Memphis

Peighton Kevin Brooks, University of Memphis

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



EDUCATION - Let Girls Learn ($1,000):


Anila Shaheen, Asian University for Women

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



ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ($1,000):


Phuong Vu Hoang, Hanoi University of Science and Technology

#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



GLOBAL IMPACT ($2,500):


Neealana Naushin, Asian University for Women, Chittagong

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



GREEN IS sponsored by: Ian Somerhalder Foundation


Winner: Maatir Chula (The Clay Stove): Pooja Khati, Asian University for Women

Maatir Chula (The Clay Stove) Pooja Khati, Asian University for Women

This film showcases the impacts of using clay stove on women.



Green IS First Runner Up Where Do Your Clothes Come From?

Where Do Your Clothes Come From? Amanda Camos, Cardinal Gibbons High School

Have you ever wondered where your clothes come from or who makes them? Unfortunately, garment workers overseas are treated like slaves and do not make enough money to support themselves or their families. Clothing companies in the United States take advantage of this and produce clothing at an insan





Most Innovative Film Goes To:


Briana Berger, F.W. Buchholz High School

Fighting the Gender Gap Briana Berger, F.W. Buchholz High School

The film, Fighting the Gender Gap, works to empower minority groups in technology by dismantling negative stereotypes surrounding technical careers. It features a variety of girls that have an impact in STEM to allow young girls to imagine the possibility of a STEM career. The film aims to change t




STAND UP MEN Goes To:


Winner: Project Stand Up

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




WOMEN/GIRLS IN STEM Goes To:


Winner: The World I Want to Live in #StemsFromHer

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




GEM'S CHOICE Goes To:


Winner: Your Flowers Did Not Fade

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






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