And the GITW winners are…

Tue Feb 25,2014


Girls Impact the World is so pleased to announce the winners of the DIFF Awards (Connecther partnered with the Dubai International Film Festival to offer two prizes to students from MENA, Asia and Africa).

Students submitted their films on issues related to advancing women and girls globally.  Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of the Dubai International Film Festival and GITW judge commented: “One of the Dubai International Film Festival’s primary objectives is to support home grown talent by providing access to the knowledge and skills aspiring filmmakers require to enhance their careers.  The Girls Impact the World Film Festival has the same objectives as DIFF, to discover and develop new talent, enrich film culture and define its storytellers. The film prize has been created to award young women who are passionate about filmmaking and bring their projects to audiences at home and abroad.”  

DIFF Awards Go To:

Zhu Yun’s I Don't Want Grandma To Talk, an incredible look into three generations of Chinese women. (Winner)

The runner up went to a courageous film about social change in Afghanistan: "Susan the first Afghan Girl Rapper" by Kubra Jafari.

Winner will receive a $3500 scholarship and 1st Runner Up will receive a $1500 Scholarship.

Judges who were present to award prizes include (photo below, credit to Heidi Lim): Eloise DeJoria, Ian Somerhalder and Abigail Disney.

The full list of winners:

The GITW Judges Choice 2014 Top 3:

Point B, by Kathryn Harhai  (Grand Prize Winner)

A Chance by Sarah Gale,

(1st Runner Up)

The Spring Storm by Storm Polen Ly

(2nd Runner Up)

Brave New Beauty Award:

Broken Beauty by Jordyn Roach


Green IS Top 2 finalists:

Rural to Ramp by Iwani Mawocha  (Winner)

Harvesting Hope by Sarah Khan

(1st Runner Up)

Cisco Most Innovative Film Award Goes to:

she++, The Documentary -

People's Choice:

what's L.O.V.E. by Adriiana Jackson  and Denise Sanchez

Kathryn Harhai, director and producer of Point B, Grand Prize Winner, receiving her check below.

The entries were judged by a distinguished panel that include Abdulhamid Juma (Chairman of the Dubai International Film Festival), Jeff Skoll (Founder of The Skoll Foundation), Christy Turlington-Burns (Founder of Every Mother Counts), Zainab Salbi (Founder of Women for Women), Ian Somerhalder (Actor and Founder of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation), and Pat Mitchell (CEO of the Paley Center for Media).

Ian Somerhalder, actor and model, speaks about his latest green initiative at the Girls Impact the World Film Festival. Somerhalder was also a judge for the film festival held in Boylston Hall on Saturday night.

From the team at GITW:

We want to thank all of the amazing students for sharing their passions about issues related to advancing women and girls globally.  We also want to thank all of our judges for taking the time to view and judge the films and all of the volunteers who helped out with the film festival.

A review of the event:

Congratulations to all the winners for more info:

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