The Girls Impact the World Film Festival teams with the Dubai International Film Festival..

Tue Oct 22,2013

The Girls Impact the World film festival and the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) have partnered to offer a new film prize, the DIFF Prize for Advancing Women and Girls. The prize will be awarded to an aspiring student filmmaker from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for a short (3–5 minute) original film on an issue related to the advancement of women and girls globally. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship award.

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.”

The contest offers an exciting new platform for young (under 25) filmmakers to share their stories and visions in the post-Arab Spring era. Participating films must address global women’s issues such as education for girls, maternal health, violence against women and girls, women’s political participation, and economic independence.

Film submissions began in August; the final deadline is December 31, 2013. Entries will be 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). 

The winning submissions will be screened—and the final winner selected—at an awards ceremony at Harvard College on February 22, 2014.

Guidelines and entry requirements can be found at:

Entries may be submitted at:


Connecther is a global communication and crowd funding platform working to advance women and girls globally. We seek to end global poverty by partnering with donors, non-profits and other stakeholders that focus on aiding women and children in their quest for self-reliance. For more information, please visit

About the Girls Impact the World Film Festival

An initiative of Connecther, the GITW Film Festival provides a platform for young student filmmakers to tell stories about the issues and solutions facing women and girls around the world. The inaugural Girls Impact the World Film Festival (GITW) was held at Harvard College in February 2013. For more information, please visit

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