Gitw Film Festival Winners

GITW Film Festival 2016 Winner's List

Judges Choice Grand Prize Goes To:
Child For Sale Fiona Bock, The Hotchkiss School

Child For Sale Fiona Bock, The Hotchkiss School

“Child for Sale” is both real and raw, and presents the issue of child sex trafficking without shame or exploitation. It frames the issue of modern day slavery with respect for the people who have lived through it - ultimately showing that these children and young adults are not different from o



Judges Choice 1st Runner Up Goes To:
Asma Pooja Khati, Asian University for Women

Asma Pooja Khati, Asian University for Women

This is a story about a thirteen year old girl, Asma. She is not a normal child; she doesn't have a childhood. Neither she has friends nor she goes to school. Due to poverty and lack of opportunities, her life is limited in a Tea shop.




Judges Choice 2nd Runner Up Goes To:
Scarred Reality Halimah Tariq, The Institue Of Legal Studies(University Of London)

Scarred Reality Halimah Tariq, The Institue Of Legal Studies(University Of London)

A short documentary based on the evils of acid attacks in Pakistan and the consequences it has wrought on four survivors of this abuse. The film also features the women responsible for uplifting the victims and rebuilding them a place in society as independent, strong and empowered individuals.



Girls in STEM Award:
3 Teams: 1 Story Grace Frome, Castilleja School

3 Teams: 1 Story Grace Frome, Castilleja School

A documentary interviewing the leads of three different all-girls FIRST Robotics Competition teams. It discusses what it's like to be a girl in STEM.




People's Choice Winner:


Amanda Neuhouser, Southern Illinois University (winner):

A Letter to Myself Amanda Neuhouser, Southern Illinois University

A letter to myself is a short film depicting a letter of inspiration to young girl in the midst of her struggling with her skin disorder . It touches upon beauty seen in the eyes of a child as well as the concept of learning a skill, such as learning to play piano, as the same type of work ethic you




Green IS Award (Ian Somerhalder Foundation) Goes To:


Winner of Green IS: Amanda Camos, Cardinal Gibbons High School

What Being Amanda Camos, Cardinal Gibbons High School

Young girls and women go through so much every day to achieve the perfect look. But what they don't know is how many chemicals and carcinogens are being absorbed into their precious skin. Millions of mice, rabbits, cats, dogs, and other animals are stuck inside cages in laboratories that are used fo



Green IS First Runner Up Goes To: Ako Kate Vickery, Loretto Abbey Toronto

Ako Kate Vickery, Loretto Abbey Toronto

Ako is a documentary centered on lemur conservation efforts in Madagascar. Particularly the efforts of Dr. Hantanirini.




Green IS Second Runner Up goes to In & On Marisa Umeh, Megan Hoang, Diamond Bar High School

In & On Marisa Umeh, Megan Hoang, Diamond Bar High School

In their first issue, "Frida Magazine", a video magazine, brings awareness to common substances women put inside (hydrogenated oils) and on (cosmetic products) their bodies that have a harmful effect on the human body and the environment. Teenage girl, Justa Hoang, learns about the pollutants that p




Most Innovative Film Goes To:


What War Leaves in Women Suah Cho, Bugil High School

What War Leaves in Women Suah Cho, Bugil High School

This is how war affects womens' lives permanently through sex slavery and sexual abuse. The film is based on true stories during World War II, under Japanese annexation in many countries including Korea, China, and Philippines.




Honest Beauty Goes To:


Beautiful? Brooke Madson, Eden Prairie High School

Beautiful? Brooke Madson, Eden Prairie High School

The definition of what it means to be "Beautiful" has changed drastically over the years. In this short film, I asked girls and women of different ages to tell me what they think makes a girl beautiful, as well as one thing they would like to change about themselves. Their responses show that it's t



LORENZA Enriqueta Noriega, Miami Dade College (first runner up)

LORENZA Enriqueta Noriega, Miami Dade College

Lorenza a Young girl, wants to be like her super hero Xena, but her mom won't appreciate her little girl dressing like a warrior.




Global Impact Goes To:


Scarred Reality Halimah Tariq, The Institue Of Legal Studies(University Of London) (winner)

Scarred Reality Halimah Tariq, The Institue Of Legal Studies(University Of London)

A short documentary based on the evils of acid attacks in Pakistan and the consequences it has wrought on four survivors of this abuse. The film also features the women responsible for uplifting the victims and rebuilding them a place in society as independent, strong and empowered individuals.



What War Leaves in Women Suah Cho, Bugil High School (First Runner Up)

What War Leaves in Women Suah Cho, Bugil High School

This is how war affects womens' lives permanently through sex slavery and sexual abuse. The film is based on true stories during World War II, under Japanese annexation in many countries including Korea, China, and Philippines.



Child Marriage a Stolen Innocence Abou El qassime Mehdi, Emines School of industrial management (Second Runner Up)

Child Marriage a Stolen Innocence Abou El qassime Mehdi, Emines School of industrial management

This video shows the story of a girl who has been saved from getting married at an early age. Based on her own past, her mother decided not to let her daughter face the same destiny that she ran through when she was young. This video was made to sensitize people so they become aware of the daily str




MENA Award:


What War Leaves in Women Suah Cho, Bugil High School (winner)

Ta' Marbouta Ibtihal Bakhti, Rana Daoud, Dina Ramadan, American University in Dubai

Three young ladies are being abused in public by their male partners, will anyone step in?




Best Film Production Award:


On Shaving Cate Gillham, Ruby Bowman, St. Stephen's Episcopal School (winner)

On Shaving Cate Gillham, Ruby Bowman, St. Stephen's Episcopal School

Women discuss shaving and highlight the generational divides in our culture with the taboo subject. Speaking to disease, media, and honest beauty, "On Shaving" is an exploration.







GITW Film Festival 2015 Winner's List

Judges Choice Grand Prize Goes To:
Gloria Hong, Harvard University

Empowerment Through Integration: A Portrait of Sara Minkara Gloria Hong, Harvard University

A short film about Sara, a blind individual who aspires to promote social empowerment among blind youth in underserved countries.



Judges Choice 1st Runner Up Goes To:
Liliana Caracoza, Tacoma Community College

Historias Indígenas Liliana Caracoza, Tacoma Community College

Historias Indígenas is a short documentary on indigenous women’s rights in Veracruz, Mexico. Isidora’s Petronilo Molina eyes fill with tears as she talks about the injustices committed against her husband. “Everything because we are indigenous, they took advantage of them,” Isidora said.




Judges Choice 2nd Runner Up Goes To:
Jaci Herron, Lee's Summit High School

Emerging Jaci Herron, Lee's Summit High School

Three LSHS seniors share their leadership experiences in various areas in their high school. They discuss the issue of the lack of Women in Leadership as well as solutions to this problem. Women in STEM and Women in Media are also issues that are addressed. These female powerhouses emerge as future



Judges' Honorable Mention:
Jennifer Gao, Jamie Chen, St. Ignatius College Preparatory

Child #3 Jennifer Gao, Jamie Chen, St. Ignatius College Preparatory

Millions of women each year have their children forcibly aborted due to China's one child policy. This is one woman's story.




People's Choice Winner:


Amanda Neuhouser, Southern Illinois University (winner):

ISIS Crisis Amanda Neuhouser, Southern Illinois University

This piece, inspired by true events, tells the story of a mother and daughter that are effected by the threat of ISIS in Syria. As the battle to stay together in this tough time, the fate of one life comes down to the ultimate decision.




Green IS Award (Ian Somerhalder Foundation) Goes To:


Winner of Green IS: Rural to Ramp - Handcraft Development, Iwani Mawocha, Waterford Camhlaba United World College

The Ripple Effect Sarah Jahaan Khan, Headstart School

'The Ripple Effect' shows how access to safe water has transformed the lives of rural women in Pakistan. When seasonal patterns began to change and rainfall became scarce, these women adopted methods of conserving rainwater. Not only do girls like Deeba no longer have to make the back breaking 8 kil



Green IS First Runner Up Goes To: Harvesting Hope, Sarah Jahaan Khan, Headstart School:

Just Under Your Skin KareN Riveros Gomez, Katrina Sachs, Canadore College

A girl learns that everything she puts on her skin gets absorbed into her body. Even daily hygiene products and makeup cause damage once they enter our bodies.




Green IS Second Runner Up goes to She is the Flower Miriam Gonzalez, Marsha Gonzalez, G-Star school of the arts

She is the Flower Miriam Gonzalez, Marsha Gonzalez, G-Star school of the arts

This film is a representation of Women in the world, through a flower. The film is said in a narrative monologue of the struggles that flowers, which symbolize women and what they go through in life, and brings awareness to two global issues (Climate Change and Water) on the environment that impact




Most Innovative Film Goes To:


Listen (winner)

Listen Anna Woldstad, Liberty High School

Three different stories of women all over the world each with hardships including; violence, poverty, and sex trafficking.




Honest Beauty Goes To:


Eye of the Beholder Ciara Edwards-Mendez, LACHSA (Winner)

Eye of the Beholder Ciara Edwards-Mendez, LACHSA

This film takes a look into how technology affects eating disorders and other social issues in adolescents/teens in a different view; from a computer. For this project the actions of the character were gathered information from teen girls who currently have/ or have had anorexia and how social media



To Be a Woman Jacqueline de Gorter, William Amos Hough High School (first runner up)

To Be a Woman Jacqueline de Gorter, William Amos Hough High School

This is a short film that displays the struggles that woman face today, while also suggesting ways in which we can eliminate these struggles. The unrealistic standard of beauty society sets, the objectification of women in media and gender inequality in the workplace are all topics that this film ta




Global Impact Goes To:


India's Unwanted Girls Jot Sahi, Brownsburg High School (winner)

India's Unwanted Girls Jot Sahi, Brownsburg High School

A short documentary shedding light on the atrocities of female feticide in certain parts of India, and the efforts of the Jeevan Project, Inc. to spread awareness about this issue.







GITW Film Festival 2014 Winner's List

Judge Ian Somerhalder had this to say about the Grand Prize Winner, Point B: "This is really an enlightening and candid perspective from the victim of such horrendous abuse... As a viewer, I am emotionally coerced into the perspective of the narrator. It's both devastating to watch as well as invigorating. While the pain forces its way into our consciousness, it simultaneously and unabashedly ignites the passion within us to end this silence in the most urgent fashion."

Judge Zainab Salbi said, "I want to congratulate all the filmmakers, as this was an eclectic selection of poignant and significant themes. The passion and knowledge exhibited in these movies proves how youth are establishing their voices through innovative expression"

Judge Eloise DeJoria said about Broken Beauty, "horrifing what we go through with self image and so young. Hard but another true message. I wish society helped us to love ourselves as we are."

Judges Choice Grand Prize Goes To:
Point B, Kathryn Harhai, St. Mary's Academy

Point B Kathryn Harhai, St. Mary's Academy

'Point B' takes a look at domestic violence from the perspective of the victim. The film follows a girl who reflects on her experience with sexual abuse twelve years after it happened.



Judges Choice 1st Runner Up Goes To:
A Chance, Sarah Gale

A Chance Sarah Gale, Pine Crest School

Maria, a 19-year-old girl living in the slums of Cartagena, Colombia, bares her heart and soul for us as she shares her past of abuse, addiction, assault, and her story of survival and triumph. If this harsh reality is changed, girls like Maria can reach their full potential and change their future




Judges Choice 2nd Runner Up Goes To:
The Spring Storm, Polen Ly, Health Science University

The Spring Storm Polen Ly, Health Science University

From the poor condition basement, she has opened her scar to tell a storm during her spring made by her own relatives-her father.



People's Choice Winner Goes To:
what's L.O.V.E., Adriiana Jackson, North Shore Senior High School

what's L.O.V.E Adriiana Jackson (Producer), Denise Sanchez (Videographer) North Shore Senior High School, North Shore Senior High School

When he removed her from her family she thought he was being protective. Love protects-right? When he removed her from her friends she thought he was being possessive. Love takes ownership-right? When he removed her from herself she lost sight of her worth. She thought love was suppose to hurt.




Brave New Beauty Award Goes To:


Broken Beauty, Jordyn Roach, University of Oregon:

Broken Beauty Jordyn Roach, University of Oregon

Please play this video in 1080p HD for the best quality. The media's singular projection of beauty is an unreachable mirage. Those pressured to chase it will break in body and in spirit. This film contains a lot of symbolism. Think about the differences between the moon's light and the forest's ligh




Cisco Most Innovative Film Award Goes To:


she++, The Documentary, Ayna Agarwal and Ellora Israni, Stanford University:

she++: The Documentary Ayna Agarwal, Ellora Israni, Stanford University

Between 2000 and 2009, there was a 79 percent drop in the number of first-year undergraduate women considering computer science, even as products such as Facebook, Twitter, Angry Birds, etc. began making technology 'cool' again. And so, we have been told, time and time again, we need more women in t




Green IS Award (Ian Somerhalder Foundation) Goes To:


Winner of Green IS: Rural to Ramp - Handcraft Development, Iwani Mawocha, Waterford Camhlaba United World College

Rural to Ramp - Handcraft Development Iwani Mawocha, Waterford Kamhlaba United World College

A closer look at how handcraft is making a difference in poverty alleviation. This short documentary shows the outcome of developing handcrafts when high-end design is incorporated. Designers and handcraft artisans are partnered to produce products that are African by inspiration and contemporary in



Green IS First Runner Up Goes To: Harvesting Hope, Sarah Jahaan Khan, Headstart School:

Harvesting Hope Sarah Jahaan Khan, Headstart School

The World Health Organization (1992) reported that roughly 3 million pesticide poisonings occurred annually, and women suffered disproportionately. In many countries cotton picking is done exclusively by women, and my film highlights the health implications of chemical pesticides on them, and its un




DIFF Award (Dubai International Film Festival) Goes To:


Winner of DIFF Prize: I Don't Want Grandma To Talk, Zhu Yun,
China Academy of Art

I don't want grandma to talk Zhu Yun, China Academy of Art

My sister-in-law, the main actress of the film, came from the small valley where everyone cheat by playing the trick “Taoqianbi” to earn illegal money. She struggled to get rid of her destiny but economic burden, family expectation on women and lack of direction all discourage her from being in



DIFF Award 1st Runner Up Goes To: Susan, the First Afghan Girl Rapper, Kubra Jafari, American University of Afghanistan -

Susan the first Afghan Girl Rapper Kubra Jafari, American University of Afghanistan

This is a documentary about Susan, the first Afghan girl rapper who has raised up her voice to defend those who are refugees in neighbor countries of Afghanistan and are suffering as refugees, through her first song. Also, to defend those Afghan women who have been victim of violence in Afghan socie







GITW Film Festival 2013 Winner's List

The winning film, International Boulevard by Zoë Simone Yi and Rebecca Dharmapalan, Oakland School for the Arts - was a shocking documentary about sex-trafficking in Oakland, CA.

Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts had this to say about International Boulevard, "Great job bringing a global issue closer to home. Great use of experts, great film production. Had a very cohesive message and was informative all the way through."

"This film was excellent. The message was very clear and the use of interviews with people on the front lines was a strong mechanism to frame the issue." Jean Oelwang, CEO of Virgin Unite

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus said, "Informative and insightful. Makes you think deeper into the issue of sex trafficking."

Judges’ Choice Grand Prize goes to: International Boulevard, Zoë Simone Yi, Rebecca Dharmapalan, Oakland School for the Arts

International Boulevard Zoë Simone Yi, Rebecca Dharmapalan, Oakland School for the Arts

Around the world today women and girls are experiencing modern day slavery. Girls as young as 8 years old, and younger, are being trafficked into the sex trade industry. Here in the U.S., between 300,000 and 400,000 children are at risk every day. We created this documentary with the immense help



Judges’ Choice 1st Runner Up goes to: Teen Pregnancy, Wendy Garcia, Andrea Reyes, Yasmeen Abdullah, Imani Crenshaw, Ariana Seymore , University of California Santa Cruz, El Camino College, Chino Hills High School, Loyola Marymount University, Miguel Contreras High School

Teen Pregnancy Wendy Garcia, Andrea Reyes, Yasmeen Abdullah, Imani Crenshaw, Ariana Seymore , University of California Santa Cruz, El Camino College, Chino Hills High School, Loyola Marymount University, Miguel Contreras High School,

GlobalGirl Reporters interview one young girl about her experience as a teen mom in Los Angeles and explore the differences between reality and media representations of teen pregnancy.




Judges' Choice 2nd Runner Up & Cisco's Most Innovative Film Award goes to: This is a Girl, Jordyn Roach, University of Oregon.

This Is A Girl Jordyn Roach, University of Oregon

This curated film gives an overview of several problems women all over the world face today, and presents a solution to these problems that must be pursued. The painting of the face represents that these obstacles are faced by women of many ethnicities.



People's Choice Winner goes to: Because I am a Girl Azmina Karim, Asian University for Women

Because I am a Girl Azmina Karim, Asian University for Women

In the twenty-first century, while men and women work together at home as well as in the national economy, there are some cases where women are still considered inferior to men. In the patriarchal society women are always subject to violence, and violence is used to control them and silent them. Of




Message of Hope for Malala winners:


A Good Reason to Wear Makeup Dan Brown, University of Windsor

Women aren't the only ones who benefit from investment in girls.



Hope for Malala Form 4s of Daraja Academy, Daraja Academy of Kenya

Daraja's Form 4s created this song for Malala when they first learned of her experience. Then, the entire school - 104 girls - posed for this background image with a big sign they created, which reads "Get Well Soon Malala!"






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