St. Andrew's Dell Fine Arts Center, Southwest Parkway, Austin, TX, United States

The Girls Impact the World Film Festival Awards Ceremony 2018

Saturday, April 07 at St. Andrew's Dell Fine Arts Center, Southwest Parkway, Austin, TX, United States

05:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Inspiring Global Change Through Women's Stories


Join Connecther and Presenting Sponsor, Eloise DeJoria for the 6th Annual Girls Impact the World Film Festival Awards Ceremony on April 7, 2018, for an exciting day of panels, films, awards, speakers, and calls for social change through powerful storytelling.

Special guests will speak about engaging activists who are creating social change around the world. Films from the Girls Impact the World Film Festival will be screened. Additional speakers and presenters to be announced soon!


We are looking forward to spending the day with you.


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When: Saturday, April 7, 2018 (daytime panels and workshops begin at 11 AM. Evening Awards Ceremony begins at 6 PM).



Doors Open 10 am for Check In

11 AM - Panel # 1

12 PM - Lunch

1:30 PM - Panel #2

3 PM - Panel #3

5 PM - Red Carpet & Live Music begins

6 PM - Awards Ceremony begins (at 6 PM Sharp)

8 PM - Reception (informal) for VIP ticket holders - food and drinks will be served!


Panel #1 - 11 AM to 12 Noon - Impact Storytelling: The Power of Storytelling for Social Change (panelists announced soon)


Lunch & Networking - Noon to 1:30 PM (food will be available for purchase at some of Austin's favorite food trucks)


Panel #2 - 1:30 to 2:30 PM - Power Women in Business and Media (panelists announced soon)

Panel #3 - 3 to 4 PM (TBD)

5 to 6 PM - Red Carpet and Live Music

6 to 8 PM - Girls Impact the World Awards Ceremony and Red Carpet (private reception to follow for VIP ticket holders).


Where: St. Andrews Dell Fine Arts Theater

Dress: Smart Casual

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Speakers and Panelists:


Eloise DeJoria is a presenting sponsor and finalist judge for the Girls Impact the World Film Festival. In addition to being the spokesmodel for Paul Mitchell, Eloise uses her time and talents to help people lead healthy, fulfilled lives. She focuses her efforts on recovery programs, the arts and promoting the rights and well-being of women and girls.


Elizabeth Avellán is the Co-Owner and Vice President of Troublemaker Studios and President of EYA Productions. Troublemaker’s first feature was the 2001 hit Spy Kids. In addition to producing family genre films that have collectively grossed over a billion dollars, she has played a primary role in developing Austin, Texas as a thriving film community. Avellán began her producing career when she co-founded Los Hooligans Productions in 1991 with Robert Rodriguez as the two began their feature film project, El Mariachi. During the past decade, Avellán has produced a dozen films.


Pamela Ribon is a screenwriter (Moana, Smurfs: The Lost Village), TV writer, comic book writer, author, and best-selling novelist. She was a 2017 Film Independent Directing Lab Fellow and was named one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch. She’s currently co-writing Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 and has been a member of the Disney Animation StoryTrust since 2013. She was a writer and narration consultant on the DisneyNature documentary Bears.


She’s been in comedy rooms for both network and cable television, most notably the Emmy award-winning Samantha Who?. Pamela has adapted her popular novels for both film and television (Why Girls are Weird, You Take It From Here), and developed original series and features for ABC, ABC Family, Sony, Warner Bros., Disney Channel and 20th Century Fox Productions. Her original comic book series SLAM! — co-created with Veronica Fish and set in the world of roller derby — receives rave reviews. She has also penned issues of Rick and Morty. Her comedic memoir Notes to Boys (and Other Things I Shouldn’t Share in Public) was praised by NPR as “brain-breakingly funny.” Her first graphic novel, My Boyfriend is a Bear, will be released April 2018.


Sarah Jehaan Khan:  Sarah is an 18 year old from Islamabad who uses film and creative mediums to highlight innovations rural Pakistani women and girls use to combat the effects of climate change. At 15 she made her first film, Harvesting Hope, which won an award at the international Girls Impact the World Film Festival held at Harvard. She was presented the award by environmentalist and actor Ian Somerhalder. 

Sarah has also been featured in BBCs list of the Top 100 Women of 2014 for her advocacy and filmmaking. Her new film, The Ripple Effect, is about how access to clean water has transformed the lives of women in Pakistan. It won the Ian Somerhalder Foundation and Girls Impact the World Green IS prize and has been officially shortlisted for over 13 film festivals in Kuala Lumpur, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Austin, Noosa in Australia, Sose (Armenia) and Princeton University.     




Ley Line 

The four women of Ley Line first crossed paths in Colorado in 2013. After meeting at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, a spontaneous adventure to the Piedra River hot springs marked the musical merging of Austinites Kate Robberson and Emilie Basez with twin sisters Madeleine and Lydia Froncek. Ley Line’s sound is grounded in the dynamic harmony of the four members whose diverse musical personalities moves them fluidly across genres. Songs rooted in blues, soul, and folk are infused with rhythms from Brazil, Latin America and West Africa. Vivid lyrics and innovative instrumentation express the peaks and valleys of the human experience. 


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