About Us

The Global Impact Film Festival showcases short film narratives and short film documentaries.

Our festival theme is the Emerging Power of Media for Social Justice, in which all films provoke and inspire social change.

Last year, some major topics in films both in the documentary and narrative category included agriculture, the environment on a global scale, homelessness, sexual abuse and refugees in different parts of the world, to name a few. 

Previous speakers and talent have included the likes of Jaws Cinematographer, Bill Butler; Mind and Media's Aldo Bello and DC Stunts Coalition's Dylan Hintz among others.

We will showcase short documentaries and narratives as well as provide attendees with informative panel discussions and fun networking events.

The following awards will be given to the selected winners at our Awards Ceremony to be held on Sunday, August 30th in Washington, DC:

Best Documentary, Best Narrative, Best Student Short Film, Best Local Film (DMV), Best Animation and Best 1st Time Filmmaker

Mark you calendar for AUG 28- 30, 2020 for our sixth annual celebration!

Our Mission

We showcase short documentary and narrative films that provoke and inspire social change. We aim to bring together people of different cultures and backgrounds in one place for the celebration of life, culture and diversity through our official selections of films. We strive to help filmmakers progress in their careers and make a positive impact with their short films. Our mission is to empower lives by celebrating the power of media for social justice.


Emily Aguilar


Founder and Festival Director

Katherine Aguilar- Smith


Co- Founder and Festival Executive

Lee E. Smith Jr.


Co- Founder and Festival Executive

Gabriella Colarusso


Director of Event Productions

Tom Hyre


Director of Operations

Paul Marengo


Director of Marketing

Montserrat Gorina


Festival Associate on Social Justice

Mikayla Kelley-Rieland


Festival Coordinator

Sangeeta Agawal


Filmmaker Relations Coordinator

Michael Rivero


Branding Strategist

Tonia Saba


Brand Ambassador

Jonathan Roberts


Film Production Student

Interested in Becoming a Part of the Team?

The Global Impact Film Festival is a growing film festival. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in being a part of the team. Click below to learn more and apply. Thank you for your interest!