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18th - 21st March 2021 | ONLINE

Thank you to everyone who made our first GlobalGirl Media Film Festival such a success! We look forward to welcoming you next year.

GlobalGirl Media Film Festival provides a platform for films by, for and featuring young women from around the world. For our first 2021 festival, we presented 4 days of virtual events and screenings - helping young women break into the media and film industry, and bringing diverse young women's voices to the global stage.

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I Am Belmaya
A film by Sue Carpenter and Belmaya Nepali

Director Q&A with Sue Carpenter, quizzed by GGM UK Youth Ambassador Aisha Clarke, GlobalGirl Isabella Lock, and

festival volunteer Tara Tucker

Dominated by her husband, her family and society, Belmaya is desperate for independence. Born a Dalit (the lowest, ‘untouchable’ caste), orphaned at the age of nine, and trapped in an abusive marriage with a baby daughter, Belmaya at 21, has given up hope of finding happiness.

Rewind to 2006, when Belmaya, then a feisty teenager living in a girls’ home in Pokhara, participated in a photo project. Impassioned and inspired, she was eager to change her discriminatory world through photography. But that window closed when the home locked away her camera.

Now she gets a second chance, this time to train in documentary filmmaking. But are her resentful husband and conservative community ready for this? An inspirational and moving tale of rebellion, courage and hope, shot over five years, as Belmaya battles to takes charge of her story.


Industry Talks, Workshops and Panels

Panel on Women in Film

with Mia Bays, Birds' Eye View

and Isra Al Kassi, T A P E Collective,

hosted by festival team and jury member Maya Sfakianaki

GGMFF Film Review

Anna Smith, leading TV film critic and host of Girls on Film Podcast, discusses the best of the fest

Developing your Story & Finding your Voice

Two interactive workshops led by Reuters+ content strategist Tamara Jacobs on personal storytelling.

Filmmaker panels & Q&As

- Sexual abuse and harassment

- Disability and mental health 

- I Am Belmaya director Sue Carpenter quizzed by 3 GlobalGirls

key speakers

Three leading women in media - Yalda Hakim, Zara Janjua and Uzma Mir - share insights and tips on finding your unique voice

How to pitch and
how to Twitch!

Industry workshops on how to build and pitch a TV project, with Sister studio, and how to create content for Twitch



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About the festival

GlobalGirl Media UK is launching our first film festival, welcoming over 30 global films by women.


GGM UK are really excited to award a number of prizes to the best films in the short film programme.

How to book

This year's festival is completely online. Ticket prices range from £5 - £15 with varying access.

Festival News

News about the festival and updates or additions to speaker, workshop and events programme.

Festival Jury

Our festival jury pick the winners of 4 prizes: Documentary, Drama, Student & Best Director

About GGM UK

The GlobalGirl Media Film Festival is organised by UK based charity, GlobalGirl Media UK.

Our Team

This festival would not have been possible without our amazing volunteers and charity trustees.

How to help

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