Screening Information

When you host a screening of Girl Rising, viewers will get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors from the girls' home countries put their stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.


If you'd like to host a screening of the Girl Rising film, click below to access screening license information and pricing. A license is required for any viewing held outside of one's home. Our screening toolkit includes tips, discussion guides and downloadable materials to help you organize an event with impact. Scroll down for Frequently Asked Questions about the Girl Rising film.


Screening Examples

Over the years, we've received thousands of photos from screenings across the globe. If you need inspiration, check out a few of our favorite screenings below:


Film and Screening FAQs

Q. Can any person or organization have a private screening of Girl Rising?

Yes! Please note that screenings in one’s home do not require a screening license. Girl Rising: The Fifth Anniversary Edition is currently available for streaming and download here. You may pre-order the DVD here. Purchase the original Girl Rising film on DVD, Blu-Ray or digital download or view/rent the film on Netflix (in some regions), iTunes and Amazon.


Q: How can I watch the Fifth Anniversary edition of Girl Rising? 

A: Girl Rising: The Fifth Anniversary Edition is now available for streaming and download. Click here to access. You may pre-order the DVD here. You may also purchase the public performance rights through Girl Rising here, should you be interested in hosting a public screening. We look forward to making the film available on streaming services, such as Netflix, iTunes and Amazon Prime, in the coming months, and for Educational distribution.


Q. When do I need a screening license to share Girl Rising?

A screening license is required for all screenings organized outside of one’s home - this is true whether or not you charge for tickets, or are a for-profit, non-profit organization or school. Even if your event is invitation only, a license is still required if the event is hosted in a public place. However, license fees vary by location and type of organization.

You may select the license that is right for you from the following links:

When you buy, rent, or borrow any type of audiovisual work made by someone else (like the team behind Girl Rising!), you obtain only the copy of the content itself, and not the copyright to the movie. You certainly are free to watch the movie yourself or with your personal network in a private setting, but, beyond that, your rights are limited by law. When you purchase a screening license you are buying the rights to publicly screen the film in a designated location.

As an independent screening host, you are eligible for a public performance license which is considerably cheaper than what a commercial cinema must pay to show a film. Even if the cost seems unreasonable, please keep in mind that this is a standard practice for documentary films.


Q. What is the difference between the Fifth Anniversary edition and the original Girl Rising film?

Girl Rising: The Fifth Anniversary Edition now features narration from actor and girls’ education advocate, David Oyelowo. New data on girls’ education has been incorporated into the film to ensure that it is as accurate as possible and effective for girls’ education advocates. Perhaps the most meaningful is the inclusion of exclusive "Where Are They Now" videos of the nine girls in the film, which may be accessed in the Video Extras menu on the DVD and Bonus Content on the digital download. Please find Senna from Peru and Sokha from Cambodia's updates on YouTube!

The update of this film was made possible thanks to the family and friends of Sydney Tedone, Intel and Vulcan Productions.


Q: Why did you choose to make Girl Rising: The Fifth Anniversary Edition?

Since its premiere in 2013, we’ve seen great demand for screenings around the world and from a wide range of audiences, from legislative sessions and corporate convenings to classrooms and grassroots programs. However, we realized the film was out-of-date as new data became available about the state of girls’ education around the world. We decided to update Girl Rising so it could remain the most effective tool possible for activists and advocates in the fight to advance gender equality and promote girls’ education.


Q. How does my license fee benefit Girl Rising?

When you decide to screen Girl Rising, you’re receiving the rights to share the Girl Rising film and an opportunity to raise awareness. You’re also fueling a movement ending inequality and exploitation.

Your contribution helps us keep girls’ education as part of the mainstream conversation, and supports our programming, operating and production costs. Your support lets us equip communities with powerful media tools and programs that prompt lasting change and inspire action that gets girls into school around the world. Learn more about our programs and impact.


Q. Is the film available with subtitles?

Yes. Here is a list of our available subtitles.


Q. If we are an international corporation, can we screen at multiple locations around the world under a single license?

Yes, absolutely. The same licensing charges for corporations apply; $5,000 for a 30-day license, meaning that you can screen at any of your offices worldwide during the rental period, or $750 for a single screening at any global location. Please email with questions.


Q. Is it possible to have a representative from Girl Rising speak at our screening or event?

This is possible, subject to availability. Kindly fill out our speaker request form, and we will reply to you as soon as possible.


Q. I'd like to offer Girl Rising merchandise at my event. What do you suggest? Do you have wholesale prices?

Girl Rising does offer wholesale option for our merchandise. Please note that due to inventory levels, we may not be able to offer every product for wholesale orders. If you are interested in purchasing a wholesale order please email with the following information: products you wish to purchase, quantity of each product, and the date you need the merchandise to arrive. If you’d like to directly order merchandise from the Girl Rising store, you may do so here.

We also recommend Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time. This young adult book by Tanya Lee Stone is an inspiring complement to the film. 


Q. I'm not sure I can cover the cost of my screening license. Any advice?

You bet! Charge admission for your event, team up with other organizations or student groups to split the cost, and invite as many people as you’d like.

We have found that individuals and groups partnering together host successful events by distributing the costs and leveraging their larger reach. The more partners, the better for attracting a big crowd.

We understand that, in some instances, the licensing fee is high and we are happy to provide alternatives. You may be interested in our free online chapters, Suma’s Story and Senna’s Story. These two free chapters, totaling 25 minutes can be paired with extra, supplementary videos from our YouTube Channel about barriers to girls' education and the authors of the chapter. For those sharing the film at an Educational Institution, you may access two additional free chapters, Ruksana from India and Wadley from Haiti, by registering for the Girl Rising curriculum

Together, they allows time for other features of your event, like a discussion, fundraiser, or anything else you can imagine!

Fundraising for your screening? Here are some tips:

  • Write your family and friends a personal letter inviting them to your event. Ask if they will consider making a donation to help you scale the impact of your event.

  • Charge a small ticket fee or ask for a suggested donation at the door.

  • Announce your goal on social media, telling your peers about your screening and inviting them to help you organize it. Publicly thank people who donated or attended and encourage them to stay involved.

  • Look for partner organizations or sponsors in your community. Ask a local university if you can use their auditorium. Stores, houses of worship, coffee shops and restaurants may have an event space too. Inspire them by sharing the Girl Rising trailer and your own story about why girls’ education matters to you.

  • Donate your birthday, graduation or another milestone event. Ask for gifts that give back and use them to sponsor a celebratory screening.

  • Create your own: Plan a bake sale, organize a 5K or open mic night, pledge your tutoring or babysitting money. Get creative! These events and activities can be organized to support your screening, in conjunction with the main event, or as a post-event fundraiser.


Q. I want to learn more about girl rising's work. Where is the best place to get information?

Our main FAQ page is a good place to start, as is our Impact page and a look at our programs and partnerships. You may also follow us on social media via the links in the footer below.