About Us

Dr. Jin Liu, Dr. Gregory Zinman, Dr. Stephanie Boulard, and Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez with film director Wang Jiuliang at the Plastic China film event

About the Festival

The Global Media Festival or GMF is an annual film and lecture series established in 2017 by faculty from Georgia Tech’s School of Modern Languages. GMF features sustainability-related media from across languages and cultures in order to provide a global interdisciplinary forum for sustainability issues at Georgia Tech. It is our goal to foster awareness of the different cultural frameworks that inform and impact sustainability issues around the world.

Although sustainability is a driving force behind many global agendas for the future, each society adopts and interprets sustainability according to its different cultural and linguistic resources. The Global Media Festival uses the study of media productions from different cultures around the world to compare how different societies adopt, implement, re-frame or defy sustainability. Throughout, we emphasize the culturally-specific conventions and protocols that each society adopts to respond to particular expectations, legacies, habits, and aspirations. We aim to educate viewers to become thoughtful global citizens by developing awareness of others’ needs and viewpoints.

The Global Media Festival supports Georgia Tech’s strategic vision for the 21st Century of educating “good global citizens” by providing an important global forum for discussing how societies around the world make key decisions in the present while imagining the future.

If you are interested in collaborating with the Global Media Festival or sponsoring any events, please contact Festival Director Amanda Weiss at amanda.weiss@modlangs.gatech.edu.

Our Team Members



Dr. Sandra McGury
Teaching Postdoc 2019-2020
Shaidah Herron
Graduate Research Assistant for Global Media Festival 2019-2020
Joshua Baldwin
Graduate Research Assistant for Global Media Festival 2020-2021
Megan Carver
Graduate Research Assistant for Global Media Festival 2021-2022