2020 Finalists

Listed in alphabetical order by award category.

Judges' Choice

The Judges’ Choice Award winner will be selected by our distinguished panel of judges. Grand prize winner will receive $5,000. 1st runner up will receive $2,500.

February 14, 2020

Love You Forever

By Amanda Gordon
February 14, 2020

Not Your Bride: A Woman’s Constitution

By Tapiwa Gambura
February 14, 2020

The Power of a Voice

By Prabhnoor Kaur
February 14, 2020

Yellow Card

By Maia Vota

Global Impact

Film is a powerful way to spread ideas and speed solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. The Global Impact Award was created to recognize a film that raises awareness about issues affecting women and girls around the world, from maternal mortality and violence against women to child marriage and sex trafficking.

Winner will receive $2,500.

February 14, 2020

Be Bold & Win the Dream

By Novera Nikkon
February 14, 2020

Fight for Survival

By Suzete Da Graca Andre
March 17, 2020

Passoon

By Sarah Jehaan Khan

Girls in Tech

This Girls in Tech is presented for a short film that focuses on women and girls in technology and other STEM fields. Women and girls face challenges in the high-paying but male-dominated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. But women and girls are finding solutions—from mentoring to STEM clubs for girls—to help overcome the confidence gap and succeed. Films can feature an inspiring girl or role model who studies or works in a STEM field or focus on a solution to the gender gap.

Winner will receive $2,000.

February 14, 2020

STEM: Empowering Today’s Girls, to be Tomorrow’s Scientists

By Jacqueline Means
February 13, 2020

Teach Her

By Nalah Stokes
February 13, 2020
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Women in Tech: Female Software Engineers Aim to Close Gender Gap Her

By Aneta Felix

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The Green IS Environmental Film Award recognizes a short film that shines a light on an environmental issue that impacts women and girls globally—and considers solutions. Winner will receive $2,500.

March 17, 2020

Passoon

By Sarah Jehaan Khan
February 14, 2020
woman turning on kitchen fire

The Girls of the Desert

By Anabella Funk
February 14, 2020

This is Not a Drill

By Nassor Omar Ismial

Honest Beauty

The Honest Beauty Award recognizes a film that challenges cultural messages about beauty and offers a more holistic view of what makes a person beautiful. Television, movies, magazines, and social media send a steady stream of glamorous images that pressure girls to conform to unrealistic cultural notions about beauty. This has a huge negative impact on women and girls’ self-esteem. We also welcome submissions on wellness and mental health or a film that focuses on an invincible other-abled girl or woman.

Winner will receive $2,500.

February 13, 2020

BVUDZI: A Hair Affair

By Tapiwa Gambura
February 14, 2020

How to Survive in a Beauty-Obsessed World

By Savannah Kelley
February 14, 2020

Love You Forever

By Amanda Gordon
February 14, 2020
girl putting on make up

SKIN DEEP: An Examination of Skin Tone in the Philippines

By Angie Canonizado
February 14, 2020

The Garden Store

By Rose Knopper

Stand Up Men

The Stand Up Men Award recognizes a film that celebrates men who are taking a stand for women’s rights. With the rise of #MeToo, we want to start a conversation about men who are doing the right thing by taking a stand against oppression and harassment of women.

Winner will receive $2,500

February 14, 2020

‘Be A Man’

By Eileen Marshall and Emma Estes
February 14, 2020

Be Bold & Win the Dream

By Novera Nikkon
February 14, 2020

The Chain Breaker

By Muhammad Waseem

GEMS’ Choice

The Gems’ Choice Award winner is chosen by ConnectHer Gems, our most dedicated advocates and supporters. These donors are committed to advancing women and girls globally through their support of Girls Impact the World Film Festival.

Winner will receive $1,000.

February 14, 2020

How to Survive in a Beauty-Obsessed World

By Savannah Kelley
February 14, 2020

Not Your Bride: A Woman’s Constitution

By Tapiwa Gambura
February 14, 2020

Yellow Card

By Maia Vota

People’s Choice

Our judges will choose three finalists (and the winner) from among the 10 films with the most votes.

Winner will receive $2,500.

February 14, 2020

‘Be A Man’

By Eileen Marshall and Emma Estes
February 13, 2020

Dara

By Aya Matrabie
February 14, 2020

Her

By Kayla Franklin

Ending Violence Against Women

About 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence, according to the World Health Organization. This award was created to focus on people or initiatives to end this global scourge, which impacts women in every part of the world.

Winner will receive $1,000.

February 14, 2020

A Social Statement

By Kylie Huerta
February 14, 2020

Stolen Skin

By Nell Basley and Taryn Everdeen
February 14, 2020

The Power of a Voice

By Prabhnoor Kaur

Let Girls Learn

Around the world 130 million school-age girls are not in school. That’s a big loss, because educating girls is one of the best ways to end poverty and oppression. When girls go to school, they delay marriage, have healthier children, earn more money, and make sure that their own girls get an education. It’s a win-win solution!

The Let Girls Learn Award recognizes a short film that tells a story about educating girls in the developing world.

Winner will receive $1,000.

February 14, 2020

16 Year Old Wives

By Gulgun Mammadkhanova
February 14, 2020

Passing the Torch Along

By Iqra Abbasi
February 14, 2020
woman turning on kitchen fire

The Girls of the Desert

By Anabella Funk
February 14, 2020

To Build and Equal, Gender Sensitive Environment

By Kritika Sah

Best Film Production

The Best Film Production Award recognizes a film with high production values based on such criteria as cinematography and film editing. All submissions should focus on issues that impact women and girls globally.

Winner will receive $1,000.

February 13, 2020
two girls having a sunbath

Besharam

By Hersh Nat
February 13, 2020

Dara

By Aya Matrabie
February 14, 2020

Der Schmetterling

By Romy Devlin
February 14, 2020

Love You Forever

By Amanda Gordon

Most Innovative Solution

The Most Innovative Solution Award recognizes a film that shines a light on solutions to a problem faced by women and girls. For example, do you know of a program that offers innovative livelihood training for poor women in remote villages? Or a girl who is pushing for tougher legislation to stop sex trafficking? Or an innovative method of addressing social issues?

Winner will receive $1,000.

February 14, 2020

A Social Statement

By Kylie Huerta
February 14, 2020

Be Bold & Win the Dream

By Novera Nikkon
March 20, 2020

The Path Maker

By Hasanul Hoq
February 14, 2020

The Power of a Voice

By Prabhnoor Kaur
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