GlobalGiving FilmFest 2007

Congratulations Film Fest Winners

  1. Brandon McCarroll
  2. Gene Tuck
  3. Hannah Dwertman & Lauren Pray

About the GlobalGiving FilmFest

We gathered raw photos and film footage from more than twenty projects around the world. The film makers below used this raw footage to create compelling and engaging film montages that tell the story of each of these high impact grassroots development projects. You can support these amazing projects too by donating to them.

See all of the original project footage on Phanfare.

Jenni Rinker
Jenni Rinker I heard about this competition off of, and I decided to enter because I really like making movies. I've never actually tried to make a film on my own due to lack of time, a frustration with my camera's sound quality, and a lack of funds to buy a nice microphone for my camera. I chose this project in part because it had a fair amount of media to chose from, but also because I took five years of spanish in middle and high school. While I really liked many of the other projects, it was really neat to watch some of the video clips and understand what they were saying.
Christina Rodriguez
Christina Rodriguez When I began interning at the Ford Foundation in the Media, Arts & Culture department, my eyes were opened to the power of film. Thus, I decided to make film a significant part of my career and my life as a whole. Film is such a powerful tool in changing the world. So when I was informed that GlobalGiving was offering a scholarship to change the world, I saw a chance to open the eyes of many to important world issues. The project to help teens in Nicaragua get an education grasped my attention. We all have a human right to learn and grow intellectually. That region of the world has been polluted and struck with poverty and this initiative has the power to create a movement to change lives. I hope to participate in this project and future projects with GlobalGiving.
Gene Tuck
Gene Tuck I began riding a two-stroke motorcycle as a teenager, and continued my interest as an adult. So I was well aware that the U.S. banned sale of any more new two-strokes for road use in the eighties, because of the heavy pollution from that type of engine. I was shocked to learn that this old technology is still a primary form of transportation in some countries, and that there are 100-million two-stroke taxis in Southeast Asia, belching out pollution equivalent to 5-billion automobiles. Pollution causes hundreds of thousands of premature deaths each year. Some of the worst toxic air is in the Philippines. I was thrilled and inspired when a group of students and faculty at Colorado State University formed a non-profit corporation, Envirofit, to stop the two-stroke pollution in the Philippines with Envirofit's direct injection kit. Envirofit's ten employees have dedicated themselves to converting more than a million two-stroke taxis in the Philippines to direct injection, reducing emissions by up to 90%. The taxi drivers are paying for the conversion kits with the money direct injection saves on gasoline and oil, but Envirofit needs funds to train Philippine mechanics and to expand the project throughout South Asia. Envirofit is using local labor and parts when possible. This is a project that will sustain itself, with a little help from us. I am proud to back a U.S. project that creates jobs while increasing incomes, saving lives, and fighting global warming.
Project Featured: Vigan Tricycle Retrofit Program
Ilya Zhitomirskiy
Ilya Zhitomirskiy Having spent my childhood in Russia, I developed a slightly atypical worldview. Nature and childhood exploration molded a lifetime of curiosity, as young kids we took daylong bike trip through and alongside the picturesque open fields, flowing rivers, and endless forests. However, it was not all beautiful; with young eyes I saw poverty all around. I believe in happiness, as psychology tells us happiness is created with a right balance of these four factors: food, health, friends/family/relationships, and achieving your own goals. I hope to help bring food and health to the people of the Gambia, and I also hope that GlobalGiving will make it easier for me to achieve my own goal (higher education).
Aria Aaron
Aria Aaron I decided to participate in this competition mainly because I love to make and use video. This competition in particular because I think that GlobalGiving is doing great things by getting word out on organizations in the world who are helping others. I just wanted to help in the best way possible to get the word out as well. I chose the PWN project because I feel that I am indirectly affected by HIV in South Africa, being that I am a female of African descent. I see black people affected by HIV everyday in America, and we Americans seem to be lucky. Yet in South Africa, HIV is a problem, and the women are most affected by that problem. I just wanted a chance to be able to give my opinion in the issues and hopefully helping others in the process. Thank you guys- GlobalGiving's- for giving students the chance to learn about and help these organizations.
Dennis Asenji
Dennis Asenji  I have been involved with Sadili since 2002 doing their website(s). I play senior tennis there on Sundays. I love the place and its programmes especially since they involve children, so when I was approached to deliver a documentary back in February I did not knowing this filmfest would come. So when Dr. Liz Odera (the director of Sadili) brought it to my attention I re-edited the doc to fit the requirements of the filmfest. I believe the best wy to change a place & way of life is to bring up a generation that has a broader view of life through provision of opportunities for them to excel.
Suneet Bhatt
Suneet Bhatt I've never done anything like this before, but I thought it would be a good exercise. One that would challenge me a bit, keep me productive in a positive way outside of work, and put me in a position to "produce" something that would in some way benefit someone else (even if it ended up being the primary example of how not to make a video… I'm fine with, and maybe even used to, being that kind of example…:-). I also had the song picked out right away—“Sienna”. It was written and performed, several years ago, by two close friends of mine, Andy and Denise ( It’s the kind of song that moves you in and of itself. The video would have been worthwhile with nothing more than their music and the GlobalGiving logo. But as soon as I waded through all the pictures and watched all the video clips uploaded by/for/on behalf of these projects, the theme of this video become obvious. Who doesn’t love a beautiful smile? And frankly, I’d never seen so many beautiful and rich smiles in my life. Those smiles, across all those projects, moved me. I couldn’t pick just one project because I felt they all deserved to be celebrated. Hopefully, this video has done them justice.On a personal note, I think there are two ways we can motivate people to give: we can either “guilt” people into giving or “inspire” them to be givers. If this video “inspires” a few people to visit GlobalGiving and “give”, then it was worth my time on the broadest possible level. If not, then I guess it’s ok too. Because this exercise has moved me a little further away from “hopelessly optimistic” and a little further toward “hopefully optimistic”, and that’s a victory (worthy of a smile) in and of itself.
Project Featured: GlobalGiving
Hannah Dwertman
Hannah Dwertman Next fall, I will be a starving college student scavenging for dimes and nickels late at night under dimly streets. This vision initially was my reason for making this video. However, the money factor soon became secondary because I read a book, and got frustrated. And nothing inspires action like frustration. The book was Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. The author described the poverty in Haiti and the lack of support the country gets. And after putting it down for the last time, images of the Peligre Dam (explained in the video) bounced around in my head. So, I had the frustration and GlobalGiving gave me the opportunity. Frustration... opportunity... ACTION! Bam, a movie was made. Now I am no longer tormented by visions of me looking for that glimmer of a coin on the ground. My name is Hannah Dwertman, I am seventeen years old and next year I will be attending American University in Washington D.C.
Adam Field
Adam Field I chose to participate in the GlobalGiving Filmfest, because it enabled me to incorporate three of my favorite passions (helping people, helping the environment, and making creative films) into one project. The primary reason for making a film about the aid AfriAfya provides in Kenya among all the possible choices is because AfriAfya not only enables Kenyans to cook food and have electricity with solar power, but it also enables them to set an example for the rest of the world. I urge all people who care about curing global hunger and all people who care about the environment to watch my video and learn about the efforts GlobalGiving and AfriAfya and how you can help too.
Anahita Kalianivala
Anahita Kalianivala Like most people, I was first attracted to this competition because of the scholarship awards. Paying for college these days is no walk in the park. But a contest like this is beneficial on two fronts: besides the monetary prizes, participants are able to learn about amazing projects that are being organized all over the world. In these times, it's nice to have faith in the good nature of humans and I'm so grateful to have had an opportunity to showcase one group. I chose this project from Tamil Nadu, India because I am of Indian heritage and the movement towards empowerment for women is close to my heart, no matter what country the effort hails from. I hope that through this collection of videos you have learned more about the ways you can make a difference and that you have realized how simple and easy it is to create an everlasting ripple effect.
Kathleen Kastl
Kathleen Kastl I chose to enter the film contest because I feel it is important to raise awareness about needy causes. Many people in America don't realize the problems in overseas countries. I chose to do Noon Day Meal because I think that meal programs are very important. This simple act can improve learning in most students.
Nikole Lim
Nikole Lim Human trafficking is a worldwide issue which many do not know about. As an Asian American female, my heart reaches out to trafficked victims and I wish to help the many organizations who benefit those who are inhumanely victimized in the sex trade. Filmmaking, in addition to social consciousness, are two of my greatest passions. Through art, I hope to effectively spread awareness about the issues of human trafficking so that others can contribute to DEPDC's cause.
Brandon McCarroll
Brandon McCarroll  I originally read about this contest on fastweb. It grabbed my attention because I'm a film major and always interested in opportunities to create videos. When I went to the GlobalGiving website and started reading about the different charities, I knew it was something I wanted to do. I've always had a heart for the poor, so when I saw an opportunity to put my video skills in a way that could benefit a charity who gives so much to help them, I jumped on it. That is also why I chose the project I did. For several years now, I have been somewhat aware of the extreme poverty that exists in Haiti.
The first time I ever remember hearing about Haiti was from the singer, Geoff Moore. He told a story about when he visited there and a woman with a newborn baby, came up to him sobbing hysterically. She begged him to take her baby back to the United States with him because he would have a better life there. Ever since hearing that, Haiti has been a country that has been synonmous with poverty in my mind. When I started looking at the charities, I knew immediately that I wanted to make a video over an organization in Haiti. I chose the particular one I did because of the huge impact it already seems to be having and the potential it has to do even more. I love that they are not only helping these people in a very tangible way but they are doing it in a way that helps them to get back on their feet permanently. They are truly "teaching them to fish" rather than just giving them fish (or pigs in this case). Hopefully, I conveyed that in my video.
Project Featured: Pigs: Haitian Bank Accounts
Lauren Pray
Lauren Pray I am a blanket with ties under my feet, yet shoes are not needed on my head. One person CAN make a difference but with so many ties and obstacles, it's difficult to walk a direction most people are scared to go. This video is an expression of movement to reveal a section of reality. There are blankets that hide a part of Haiti. My head is the theory, and my feet are the action-without them both, you'd be grounded to the floor with no reason. Knowing that even though there are many ties, you still can find the strength to move. The idea of moving and the incentive behind it was what motivated me to go along with creating a film about change. My name is Lauren Pray, I am seventeen years old and am a senior at Clark Montessori. Thank You.