eligibility requirements and program guidelines

The Pioneers in Skirts Global Impact Movie Relay initiative supports programs that lead to a gender equal world. Qualified activists are awarded a FREE 3-day movie screening of Pioneers in Skirts.

Our Aim: To help activist organizations utilize our film to boost their existing programs that elevate women & girls and address gender equity and equality issues.


  • Deadline to Apply: we are currently offering a rolling open application process    
  • Approved applicants:
    1. Will be an organization that is a nonprofit, NGO or activist group
    2. Will be chosen based upon:
      • the need for change in their communities,
      • why a movie screening event can help boost their programs that elevate women & girls and address gender equality issues,
      • the inspiring work they do in their communities,
      • the spirit with which they bring people together to solve problems.
    3. Must agree to using the film as a tool to:
      • directly benefit the programs their organization services, and
      • elevate women & girls and/or 
      • address gender equity and equality issues, and/or
      • address issues within underserved communities, and
      • create a safe space where people can express what they need in their life.
    4. Must have a mission that fits within this focus area:
      The producers of Pioneers in Skirts support programs that work to achieve gender equality and advocate for ALL women and girls, regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, age, sexuality, or any other status.
    5. Must sign a Relay Award Agreement at least one month prior to the event. This agreement includes a Public Performance Rights (PPR) License to screen the film to an audience.
    6. Will receive:
      • 1 three-day hybrid screening event: a password-protected online movie screening link to host a high resolution hybrid screening event (3 consecutive days of screening the film online as well as in-person).
        • It’s okay to host the screening in several locations over the awarded 3-day period.

        • It’s okay to host the screening only 1 time (vs 3 days)

        • The on-demand part of the screening event is hosted on a viewing portal.

        • The in-person part of the screening event is hosted at a venue of your choice.
      • A comprehensive digital Screening Kit: tips and resources for promoting and hosting the movie event. This kit helps screening hosts better plan for what to do before, during, and after the event. Designed to ensure high impact, our post-screening dialog tips help hosts instigate follow-on actions that keep their conversations and activism moving forward!

Eligibility Checklist

Organizations applying must meet one of the following criteria:
  • An organization holding a current tax-exempt status (under Section 501(c)(3) in the U.S.), or
  • A recognized NGO or activist organization that are requesting a movie screening exclusively for public purposes, or
  • A church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large.

All applicants must complete the official Pioneers in Skirts “Host a Screening” Global Impact Movie Relay application.
  • For applicant convenience and reference, the short essay questions in the application are:
    1. Have you ever hosted a movie event before? If so, please tell us about it.
    2. How would your proposed Pioneers in Skirts movie screening event directly benefit the initiatives your organization services?
    3. How do you plan to promote your event?
    4. What kind of support do you need in planning and promoting your event?
    5. Pioneers doesn’t have the illusion that immediate success will happen as a result of your impact movie screening. However, what ideas do you have for measuring the success of this event/activation efforts?

Award Conditions

  • Organizations must have a good Internet reception. The movie is provided via secure high-resolution streaming link.
  • Organizations must ask their audience to complete the post-screening impact survey. Participation in the survey will help demonstrate the film’s potential impact and benefit to society by making sure we are providing content for informed decision making regarding policies, programs, plans and projects.
  • Organizations must complete a Pioneers in Skirts Impact Form that will be used to write a brief Post-screening Impact Report. The report will detail date/location, purpose of the event, the communities that benefited from the event, and the outcomes of the event.
  • Screenings awarded by Pioneers in Skirts cannot be used to provide services for compensation or any other type of funding. The screening must be provided FREE of charge to your community.

Selection Process

  • Proposals must be completed in full and submitted online to be considered. Please allow 1 week for a response.
  • There is no guarantee of being awarded a free movie screening event.
  • Guidelines, submission deadlines, and notification dates may be adjusted without prior notice.
  • The Pioneers in Skirts Global Impact Movie Relay initiative welcomes collaboration between organizations but only one organization can submit the application.

All Global Impact Movie Relay applications are subject to review of the organization’s reputation and activities and its agreement to comply with applicable terms and conditions.