PovertyCure Film Festival Awards Show & Documentary Preview

December 12, 2013, 6:00pm–9:30pm

Helen Mills, New York City, NY ( Map )



We invite you to join us at Helen Mills Theater in New York City for the culmination of the PovertyCure International Short Film Festival and for an exclusive preview of the upcoming PovertyCure feature documentary to be released in 2014. We will begin the evening with a VIP reception to thank our filmmakers and supporters for the impactful work they do. Then will be the announcements of the $30K in awards including a $10K Grand Prize, followed by a screening of the Grand Prize winning short film and the preview of PovertyCure documentary.


Visit our Film Festival Library to see the Finalists and Official Selections, which are competing for the following awards:

  • Grand Prize $10,000
  • Best Narrative Film $5,000
  • Best Documentary Film $5,000
  • Audience Choice Award $3,000 *
  • Best Student Narrative $2,500
  • Best Student Documentary $2,500
  • Best Music Video $2,000

* Place your votes for the Audience Choice Award powered by Facebook! Voting ends December 10th.


Visit our ticketing page to purchase event tickets. We would love for you to join us for this special evening as we celebrate the dignity, creativity, and resilience of the human person.


The subject and challenge of the PCFF is notably not poverty, but rather human flourishing. This is more than a semantic switch; it’s a fundamental change in mindset.

Too often we frame the issue of poverty in terms of people’s needs and how we can meet those needs. In doing so, we misunderstand the problem and sometimes make ourselves the protagonists of other people’s stories. It is time to reframe the discussion around the creative capacity of the human person. How can people create prosperity for their families, communities, and societies? What are the foundations that allow people to thrive and what are the impediments?

From poverty alleviation to human flourishing, from paternalism to partnership - we invite you to join us for a different kind of festival.


Judging of the PovertyCure International Short Film Festival is based on excellence in educational value and creative storytelling. We are honored by the participation of our esteemed jury members, who have taken time out of their busy schedules to review and score the finalists. Our participating judges include the following individuals from around the world:

  • Carolyn  Woo, Hong Kong. CEO of Catholic Relief Services.
  • Marcela Escobari, Bolivia. Director of Harvard University Center for International Development.
  • Mark Clayman, USA. Filmmaker, Executive Producer of The Pursuit of Happyness.
  • Jeff  Sparks, USA. Founder and President Emeritus of the Heartland Film Festival.
  • Fr. Larry Snyder, USA. President of Catholic Charities USA.
  • Eva Muraya, Kenya. Entrepreneur, Color Creations and BSD Ltd.
  • Gabe Lyons, USA. Founder of Q Ideas.
  • Andreas Widmer, Switzerland. Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Catholic University of America.
  • Michael Fairbanks, USA. Development strategist, author, and entrepreneur.
  • Carroll Ríos de Rodríguez, Guatemala. Trustee and Professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquín.
  • Robert Woodson, USA. Founder and President of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise.
  • Eric Kacou, Cote d'Ivoire. Co-founder and CEO, Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners.
  • Alex  Chafuen, Argentina. President of Atlas Economic Research Foundation.
  • Daniel Jean-Louis, Haiti. Entrepreneur and Professor of Business.
  • Peter Greer, USA. CEO of Hope International.
  • Doug Seebeck, USA. President of Partners Worldwide.
  • Keri  Lowe, USA. President of Compass College of Cinematic Arts.
  • Damian Von Stauffenberg, Germany. Founder and President of MicroRate, Educational Initiative for Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Tom Davis, USA. CEO of Children's HopeChest.
  • Georges  Chamchoum, Lebanon. President Emeritus of the Monaco Charity Film Festival.
  • Jason Connell, USA. Founder and President of Connell Creations, United Films.
  • Michael  Matheson Miller, USA. Director of PovertyCure and Research Fellow at the Acton Institute.
  • Simon  Scionka, USA. Filmmaker at Coldwater Media.
  • Jim  Fitzgerald, USA. Executive Producer at Coldwater Media.
  • Daniela  Kon, USA. Executive Director and Producer of Social Impact Media Awards.
  • Ismael Hernandez, Puerto Rico, USA. Founder and President of Freedom & Virtue Institute.
  • Rudy Carrasco, USA. Urban Christian Minister, Partners Worldwide.
  • Eric Johnson, Co-Founder. Gorilla Pictures.


Our faith is fundamental for us as we seek to live out our call to serve one another, especially those who are most in need. We are inclusive of all backgrounds and faith traditions. On our website, in our Partner Network, in our videos, and indeed throughout all the resources we publish, you will encounter a diversity of ideas and individuals from all corners of the globe. This intercultural, interfaith respect and collaboration is a crucial element of our mission to foster a more constructive and intelligent dialogue on development. So whatever your background, we invite you to join us on this journey with an open heart and an open mind.