The Ian Somerhalder Foundation collaborates each year with the Girls Impact the World Film Festival, presented by the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC) and Connecther. The Girls Impact the World Film Festival, is a film festival and scholarship program in which high school and undergraduate college students submit 3-6 minute short films that focus on a variety of global women's issues. ISF awards the “Green IS” award and scholarship to films which bring awareness and/or propose solutions to environmental issues which impact women and girls.
“Your films will tell stories about girls and women that raise awareness, envision in film the possibilities of our time for females globally, and propose solutions, all the while providing the young adult voice an outlet in a compelling medium.” - connecther.org
The Ian Somerhalder Foundation & Girls Impact the World partner to present the GITW "Green IS" award to a 3–6 minute film on environmental issues that either:
1) Propose solutions to environmental issues that impact women and girls OR
2) Create awareness about environmental issues that impact women and girls. Maybe it's a profile of a woman making a difference in the field, a law legislated by a woman, a specific problem that affects the economic activity of women in a given area, etc. How can these two issues come together to solve an environmental problem and advance women?
Topics may include: climate change, green energy, water, pollution, garbage and waste reduction, bio-diversity, and other issues. Your film can be a: narrative, documentary, investigative reporting, music video, animation, or curated film (film collage).
Winners will receive a monetary prize and film distribution channels via Connecther and participation in the official screening and red carpet event. The IS Foundation has further supported past finalists by providing an opportunity for engaging filmmakers through an exclusive mentoring session with Nikki Reed as a part of their event experience.