The First Annual
Girl Improved short Film & Theater Festival
(GIFT Fest)

At the GIFT Fest, we believe that young artists who are challenged to create art that is deliberately inclusive will learn that creating entertaining content that is a more accurate representation of our society will benefit their overall development AND make incredible art! By ensuring that girls (or people who are gender non-conforming) are 50% of the equation, we believe that the projects are improved. Thus, they’re “girl improved.”

To create intentionally by balancing the sexes involved.

– Creative and production teams must be at least 50% female (or gender non-conforming);
– At least 50% of the characters in the piece must be female (or gender non-conforming);
– And their motivation should be centered outside the realm of romance.

The short films and theatrical pieces must be 10 minutes or less and created by youth ages 8-20.


WHAT: A festival showcasing powerful girls, boys and gender non-conformists creating inclusive content.

June 21-24, 2018
Submissions open January, 2018
Submissions close April, 2018

WHERE: Ground Floor Theatre
979 Springdale, Austin, TX 78702

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