Kerry Hammond and Ara Parikh, undergraduates at Harvard, with Lila Igram, founder of Connecther, founded Girls Impact The World Film Festival — a film festival and scholarship program where high school and undergraduate college students submit short films that raise awareness about or propose solutions to global women’s issues.
Girls Impact The World films tell stories about girls and women that raise awareness, envision on-screen the possibilities of our time for females globally, and propose solutions to these challenges. The day girls and women around the world are not shut out of opportunities simply because of their gender –that is the day we have achieved equality.
The Girls Impact The World Film Festival gives students a creative and legitimized platform to share their solutions for advancing woman and girls around the world. It is a film festival and scholarship program in which high school and undergraduate college students submit 3-5 minute short films that focus on a variety of global women’s issues, including maternal health, micro-finance initiatives, child marriage, poverty alleviation, teen pregnancy, and sex trafficking.
Winners of the 2014 Film Festival will receive a monetary prize, film distribution channels via The Harvard Social Innovation Collaborative, Connecther, and Creative Visions networks, as well as an internship opportunity at Creative Visions in Los Angeles. An official screening and red carpet will take place at the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, MA on February 22, 2014.
Learn more at the Forbes article: A Film Festival With A Twist: Solutions To Sex Trafficking, Poverty And Teen Pregnancy.