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Activist Eva Haller sponsors the MY HERO International Film Festival's Eva Haller Women Transforming Media Award, which recognizes filmmakers doing the important work of telling women's stories.

Women need to be made visible in all their complexity, diversity and humanity - as leaders, protagonists, creators, scientists, and whatever else they please.



Contest Guidelines

Film must feature a strong female role-model or be made by a woman filmmaker.

Length: Up to 10 minutes in length. Excerpts and trailers from longer documentaries and feature films are also accepted.

Genres: Documentary, narrative, music video, animation and experimental.

Levels: Films can be submitted in the student (elementary to college) and professional categories. Students - apply for a fee waiver by emailing [email protected]

Award: Thousands of dollars in cash awards will be given in the student and professional categories.



OutSwing [Trailer] by Samar Minallah Khan
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Joan Ganz Cooney:The Unsung Hero Who Led Us All To Sesame Street by Anna Brodine
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Watch 2020 Winners in the Professional Category

UNLADYLIKE2020: Bessie Coleman

Produced by:Charlotte Mangin, Sandra Rattley
Bessie Coleman was rejected from every U.S. aviation school for being Black and a woman. She persisted and became legendary as a daredevil pilot.

Trudie's Goose

C. Lily Ericsson, Cheri Gaulke, Samara Hutman and Liran Kapel
When a young girl preparing for her Bat Mitzvah befriends a Holocaust survivor elder, both lives are changed forever as they journey from darkness to healing through the power of art.

Looking After Our Spirit

Mark Pearce featuring Dr. Anne Poelina
Dr. Anne Poelina speaks out about the social, human, cultural and environmental values that has built the community spirit of Broome.

Watch 2020 Winners in the Student Category


Produced by:Rebecca Stern
In this film, Rebecca Stern reads a letter to her mom and talks about a special memory they shared.

Youth Misinformed

Produced by:Abirami Subramanian
Youth Misinformed is about the spread of misinformation through the education system and how that affects climate change and solutions.

Our Winners on the Positive Impact of the Eva Haller WTM Award

Cheri Gaulke Thanks MY HERO and the Eva Haller WTM Award

Cheri Gaulke
"Gloria's Call" by Cheri Gaulke is the 2018 MY HERO International Film Festival Winner of the Eva Haller Women Transforming Media Award.

Kasha thanks Eva Haller & MY HERO

Kasha Slavner

WTM Award winner Kasha Slavner went on to speak at the UN about women in media, and became a Yunus&Youth Fellow! Here she thanks Eva Haller and The MY HERO Project.

Learn More about the Fascinating Life of Our Sponsor Eva Haller

Eva Haller: A Work in Progress

Produced by:Jeanne Meyers
A life dedicated to philanthropy, activism and mentorship, Eva Haller makes a positive impact around the world.

Eva Haller was born in Budapest, Hungary, before the Second World War. When Nazis invaded her city, Haller escaped the concentration camp by convincing a young Nazi soldier that she was much too young and beautiful to die. Her older brother John, who was part of the resistance, was killed by the Nazis. After her brother's death, Haller vowed to honor him by helping others.

Eva Haller established the Eva Haller Women Transforming Media Award to support filmmakers and promote women who are creating positive change in the world. She has mentored generations of women, and was the recipient of the first Ban Ki Moon Mentoring Award, and the first Forbes Excellence in Mentoring Award.

Watch a short video about Eva Haller: A Work in Progress - excerpt

More Past Winners

2019 Eva Haller Women Transforming Media Award

     Conversations with My Mother (2019) | Directed by Tsering Wangmo | Experimental Documentary | USA

2018 Eva Haller Women Transforming Media Award

     Gloria's Call (2018) | Directed by Cheri Gaulke | Documentary | USA

Kim Phuc [excerpt] - The Sunrise Storyteller (2018) | Directed by Kasha Sequoia Slavner | Documentary | USA/Vietnam

2018 IFF Kim Phuc [excerpt] Sunrise Storyteller
Credit: Kasha Sequoia Slavner

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