5th edition of the Impact Days

The event which brings together global impact filmmakers, NGOs and philanthropists in Geneva announces its 2023 prizewinners.

And the winners are…

It’s been a record year for Impact Days! The FIFDH’s Industry programme, which facilitates impact alliances for filmmakers and key players in Geneva’s international ecosystem of organisations, policymakers and funders, has just brought its fifth edition to a close. This year, the impact matchmaking event:

  • Welcomed over 150 impact participants from 34 countries for a series of global case studies, talks, training sessions and curated networking opportunities
  • Facilitated over one hundred one-to-one meetings, matching potential partners on common social justice and environmental issues
  • Introduced a new pitching event, giving 16 selected impact projects increased public exposure
  • Brought to Geneva, from the 5 continents, all 9 regional advisors of the Global Impact Producers' Alliance (GIPA) – a unique opportunity to hear from those who are shaping the field of Impact Production!
  • Hosted an event for Swiss philanthropic organisations to introduce them to the notion and value of Impact Production
  • Received increased and new support from national and international partners including the City of Geneva, Fondation Leenaards, Haas Foundation, Rosa Luxembourg Foundation, StoryBoard Collective, the Federal Office for Culture via Media Desk Suisse, and the US-based International Resource for Impact & Storytelling, IRIS.
  • Welcomed the Perspective Fund and Ford Foundation, who participated in person in Geneva for the first time

"My first experience of Impact Days has been exciting, because there are very few places where you have the opportunity to be seated next to someone from the UN, and a filmmaker, and a producer, and have these conversations about ways to advance and improve the conditions of human rights around the world."

Jon-Sesrie Goff, Program Officer
JustFilms | Creativity and Free Expression
Ford Foundation (USA)

Following our October 2022 open call we received 110 documentary impact projects from all around the world. Sixteen of these were selected to participate in our annual Impact Lab by a committee based in Denmark, India, Mexico and South Africa. The sixteen teams then worked online for several weeks with tutors from Colombia, Kenya, Mexico and the United States, to produce a final impact strategy and pitch for presentation to potential partners and funders in Geneva. Of these sixteen projects, three received special awards - with a distinct theme emerging this year. Through the stories they have chosen to tell and the impact campaigns developed around these, each of our 2023 prizewinning teams are fighting for women and girls’ rights and freedoms:

The StoryBoard Collective’s Impact Fund works to build capacity in media impact production via strategic partnerships and direct grants. The StoryBoard Impact Campaign Award of 10,000 CHF was presented to:

My Name Is Happy
By Nick Read (UK) and Ayse Toprak (Turkey), the inspirational story of teenage singing sensation Mutlu Kaya as she makes a remarkable journey from gunshot victim to fearless survivor. As she battles to heal her haunting voice, she campaigns for women’s rights in Turkey and beyond.

The StoryBoard Collective’s Impact Fund awards also a second prize. The StoryBoard Impact Strategy and Planning Grant of 2,500 CHF was presented to:

Let's Play Soldiers, by Mariam Al-Dhubhani (Yemen), an important story about Nasser, a 16 years old child soldier who, after returning home, wants to protect his two younger brothers from following his same path.  

The DOCS UP Fund awards 1,500 € to support an impact campaign, and provides consulting services for the duration of the film’s editing phase. It was presented to:

Scarlet Girls
By Paula Cury (Dominican Republic), a lyrical documentary in which women of all ages speak about the challenges and consequences of illegal abortion in the Dominican Republic.

The Sublimages Award provides free translation and subtitling for greater reach to strategic audiences, for an average value in kind of € 2'000. It was awarded to:

Land of Women
By Aymar El Amir and Nada Riyadh (Egypt). The film follows a group of energetic and humorous young Coptic women who rebel against their society's norms by forming an all-female street theatre troupe.

"It’s a unique environment of like-minded documentary makers, where we're all interested in making a difference. It was an important experience to create a network of people liken this, with whom we'll for sure develop future projects."

Parsifal Reparato
Producer, AntropicA Films (Italy)

The Impact Days team would like to warmly thank those who came from all corners of the world to share your powerful stories with us. We wish you all the best on your future impact journeys!

Our next call for projects will be in September – watch this space!

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