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Armed with the mission to authentically represent the voices and stories of women and girls around the world, ConnectHER teamed up with Harvard groups in 2012 to create the Girls Impact the World Film Festival (GITWFF).

Through GITWFF, high school and college students submit original short films focused on critical women’s issues such as girls’ education, ending violence against women, poverty & economic independence, and authentic beauty/body image.

We're thrilled with how the film festival is turning students into filmmakers—and filmmakers into activists.

To further spark youth activism, in 2016 Connecther launched the Girls Impact the World Film Festival global chapters. Now from Nepal to NYC, students meet to watch films and support each other’s efforts to create social change.

 

1,000+

FILM SUBMISSIONS


$150,000+

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED


42+

COUNTRIES

 
 

1,000+

FILM SUBMISSIONS


$150,000+

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED


42+

COUNTRIES

 

Our Advisory Board

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Eloise DeJoria

Eloise DeJoria, presenting sponsor of the Girls Impact the World Film Festival, has worked as a model, actor, businesswoman, and philanthropist. She is a partner and co-founder of several companies and has created successful health and wellness products. She is widely recognized as the original spokesmodel for Paul Mitchell haircare products. DeJoria supports many philanthropic causes, including SafePlace and She Is Rising.

Christopher Stover

Chris Stover serves as Head of Digital Cinematography and Pre-visualization at DreamWorks Animation. He works with diverse teams to enrich storytelling through experimentation with camera staging and art direction. Chris has contributed to numerous films including; How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Turbo, as well as, supervision of pre-visualization and pitch-visualization for NBCUniversal projects.

Elizabeth Avellán

is co-owner and vice president of Troublemaker Studios and president of EYA Productions. In addition to producing family genre films that have collectively grossed over a billion dollars, she has also played a primary role in developing Austin, Texas as a thriving film community.

Candice Wilson

From inception to completion, Candice Wilson brings her extensive knowledge of script development, physical production, post-production and distribution to her projects, most recently working on Traffik, starring Paula Patton and Omar Epps, the hit Tupac Shakur biography All Eyez On Me and the Untitled Doris Payne Project and Angela Davis Project. She is interested and experienced in the creative and practical side of entertainment, which enables her to discover new and unheard voices, and bring them into the mainstream.

Victoria Fine

is a leader in digital content, growth and management and the founder of Finally, a digital strategy firm for growing social impact. She is the former director of strategy at Slate, where she launched new platforms and revenue-driving growth plans for an audience of more than 25 million people.

Nikki Reed

Best known for her role as Rosalie Hale in The Twilight Saga, Reed won critical acclaim for her first feature, Thirteen, which she starred in and co-wrote. Reed is vice president of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which supports youth environmental activism and sponsors the Girls Impact the World Film Festival’s Green IS Environmental Film Award. She partnered with Dell for her latest venture, Bayou with Love, to design jewelry made of gold upcycled from computer motherboards.

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