Diana Di Battista and Jessica Jones win Art With Impact’s December 2013 Short Film Contest!

Art With Impact's jury, board of directors and staff are pleased to congratulate Diana Di Battista and Jessica Jones, winners of Art With Impact's December 2013 short film contest for their film, GLADYS.


Diana Di Battista strongly believes in connecting people across class, geography, and language differences in order to build movements and drive social change. She worked for seven years in a grantmaking and communications capacity for international women's rights organizations such as the Global Fund for Women, Marcha Mundial das Mulheres, and Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights. There, she worked to channel money into the hands of women activists in over 160 countries around the world and raise the visibility of their work through written and visual stories. This experience strengthened her conviction in the power of story to change minds and break down barriers, and she now works to help nonprofits get more of those stories out to the world. Diana earned her BA in International Development at the University of California, Berkeley, and studied and worked for two years in Santiago, Chile. She is fluent in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and conversant in French. She currently works as a translator and freelance video producer specializing in multicultural projects about human rights and social justice. Her work can be found at www.dianadibattista.com.


Jessica Jones is an independent media maker specializing in documentary style productions. Ranging from arts activism, journalist integrity and environmental advocacy, the majority of the films that Jessica has worked on address a social justice issue, which pairs well with her previous background in workers rights and nonprofit advocacy. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University in Psychology and International Studies (dual major) and is a graduate of the George Washington University’s Institute for Documentary Filmmaking. Works of hers have screened at the Colorado Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, DC Environmental Film Fest, amongst others. She is the Associate Producer and Assistant Editor for A FRAGILE TRUST (ITVS Open Call/Dir: Samantha Grant), which premiered at the 2013 Sheffield Documentary Film Festival. She was an editor for the short A CAPITAL BUZZ (Golden Pineapple Award: DC Shorts Film Festival) and has worked on short pieces for a variety of nonprofits, organizations and companies including the New York Times, the International Labor Rights Forum, the International Museum for Women, and public access station, KQED. She is a 2013 BAVC MediaMaker Fellow, and was the 2011 George Stoney Fellow at Working Films. For more information, visit www.jonesica.com


Be sure to check out the winning film, and Jessica and Diana's acceptance speech.


Art With Impact's short film contest is a monthly competition that uncovers the best short films about mental health. Winning films are used in Art With Impact's events at colleges and universities throughout the country to create dialogue, awareness and acceptance of and about mental illness. We invite you to explore artwithimpact.org to learn more about submitting your film to the contest, and see past winners, and vote on all the submitted entries.

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