Kelly and Nina screened my film at Rollins College as part of their festival. They programmed the festival thoughtfully and drew an exceptionally savvy crowd to the event. Their connections to the activist and academic communities in Orlando, FL, allowed for dynamic conversation after the screening with a panel of local journalists. I can't wait to submit my next film to their festival.
Kelly and Nina are not only top-notch organizers, but they've developed key relationships with non-profits around the Orlando area. This is a perfect fit for social and environmental justice filmmakers. Excellent screening venues, warm hospitality and great opportunities to network. I'm truly grateful for the experience.
I have had the good fortune to watch movies and also volunteer for GPFF for several years. The movies are thought provoking and give us the global perspective of life. It is doing a great service in the cause of world peace.
I am proud to support GPFF! Their consistently relevant, well-curated films are something that I look forward to. Highly recommended!
Global Peace Film Festival exhibits compelling films and arts programming, but, more than that, GPFF provides a hub for community engagement and activity that goes well beyond the mandate of film festivals catering to only to film buffs and cinephiles. GPFF is story and community in action!
I live in New York and have not yet been able to attend the festival in person, but
for several years I have watched and enjoyed many of the festival films made available online.
I'm looking forward to the 2019 festival.
Consistently relevant, well-curated, with so many quality films that I never get to see all of them! A big cultural plus for its Florida host. Please support GPFF...
This is a great way to promote really important messages! The programme is interesting, varied and inspiring.
Last year was my very first time attending the Global Peace Film Festival. The films I saw were very enlightening and thought-provoking. The events were diverse and fun! I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a film festival with a purpose.
Have had the pleasure of screening 2 of my films at the GPFF (Miss Tibet: Beauty i n Exile and Time for Ilhan). This festival is a gem. From its mission to the hospitality extended to the filmmakers, along with the festival staff & audiences' passion, really a unique and special organization.
We were honored to have our film, "The Nuns, The Priests, and The Bombs" selected for the 2018 Global Peace Film Festival. Nina and Kelly did an outstanding job of planning and executing the event, and their team of volunteers were eager to assist in any way to make it a positive experience. As a filmmaker, I highly recommend this festival. However, more importantly, the GPFF is that rare cultural oasis where films focused on peace and social justice have an opportunity to be shown and discussed. We all need the GPFF to keep up its great work!
Great film festival for films trying to make an impact in the world. They chose our film (www.showmedemocracy.com) for the festival and even offered a travel stipend. Excited to see how they get audiences to think how they can take action after seeing documentaries. Will definitely apply again.
What a fantastic festival and group of people! It is clear that the organizers are deeply committed to social justice, diverse perspectives and stories that can further cultural change. There is so much care given to connecting filmmakers and artists to each other and to audiences in the Orlando area. It was a pleasure to screen our film and I hope we have more opportunities to work with GPFF in the future!
Being invited to screen two films at the festival solidifies my hope that I make films of inherent social and public value. There are so many festivals out there but only a handful that focus on important subject matter for a higher cause such as The Global Peace Film Festival and it is an honor to screen there. I hope to have many more!
They go above and beyond the typical film festival experience. It's clear that GPFF lives a mission statement, and that they actively succeed in their vocation of spreading awareness and compassion.
GPFF is a great organization that presents an annual film festival in and around Winter Park. They are well organized and low key which makes it easy and non-traumatic to submit a film. The venues are perfect for the size audience one would expect. There is ample time for discussion after the screening which allows to discuss items that were not included in the film. I was very grateful that they chose my documentary on Edwin Osgood Grover who was Professor of Books at Rollins for the 2018 festival. https://vimeo.com/209957291
It was an honor to screen our film, Nothing To Do, at The Global Peace Film Festival. We’ve been to a number of festivals during the past year. GPFF was among the best. It’s well organized with great communication and opportunities to meet other filmmakers and sponsors at mixers and dinners. The audiences (we screened twice) were engaged and we had wonderful post screening discussions. I highly recommend the Global Peace Film Festival.
It was a great festival. I had the pleasure to screen my documentary, An Edited Life, twice during this incredible weekend. What I appreciated the most was the time given at the end of the screening to get to know the audience and answer questions. It is always good to establish a connection with viewers and share the journey with them. I would definitely recommend this festival and hopefully I will come back soon!
Great organization that shows great films, and makes sure they have an impact. Communicates well in advance, sends detailed reports after the screenings. Great work.
The goal of this festival is to showcase films with a purpose, films which have at their core the desire to teach and uplight humanity. Each year, the festival is curated with international stories -- sometimes harrowing, sometimes inspirational -- that expose issues that many here in America would not ordinary have the opportunity to learn about. Topics generally include poverty, women's rights, and environmental justice. Because it is located near a college campus, it gives young people an opportunity to open their eyes to current affairs and then bring this material back to their classrooms to open these topics up for further discussion. As an attending filmmaker, I felt the organizers went out of their way to make us feel comfortable, provide us with appropriate lodging opportunities, and open up a variety of events for the filmmakers to come together and share ideas. The Global Peace Film Festival is one of the best film festivals to both attend and to come as a filmmaker to share and speak about your film.
After moving into the community I was introduced to GPFF through the executive director, Nina Streich. Once hearing the excellence and importance of the film festival to this area of the country, especially, I had to volunteer. The quality and diversity of the film programs over the last few years has not only been informative, educational, and beautifully presented, but also have instilled an energy in getting involved at a local and national level. Thus, the success of this festival!
Global Peace Film Fest is a highlight for any year in Central Florida. The world comes to us with engaging stories of perseverance, hope, legacy, risk and daring. Actions, large and small, that make a difference, often on a very local level. Living examples of the tools of "right action" that any of us can access --whether its ways to address climate change, injustice, lack of leadership, lack of resources, or lack of imagination. Be the change!
The Global Peace Film Festival continues to be relevant and important during these uncertain times, and it's still my favorite film festival. Nina, Kelly and the many festival volunteers have created a welcoming home for documentary filmmakers. I look forward to it every year, even if I'm not screening my own project. The GPFF is a wonderful asset to the Central Florida arts community.
As a filmmaker, the Global Peace is my favorite film festival! At GPFF the content matters more than the production budget, film crew size or special effects. The audiences are smart and engaged, and the screenings include thought-provoking discussions about important and relevant subjects. Nina Streich, her staff and volunteers make filmmakers and audience members feel like they are a part of something special. Many kudos to them for creating such a great event year after year! Vicki Nantz
More than a film festival, this is a movement that continues to affect change long after the house lights come back on.
Experiencing the Global Peace Film Festival for the first time in 2017 was a highlight of my year. I learned so much in such a short period of time and I cannot wait to see what 2018 has in store!
This is one of my favorite events in Orlando. The films screened are ones that are shown no where else in Central Florida. I appreciate the range of topics covered. There is so much to learn at this festival about a wide range of issues that affect humanity, our quality of life, happiness, the health of the planet, and shows how many are making a difference in the world. The conversations with filmmakers and film goers are inspiring and so much fun. I always leave the festival feeling hopeful that we can make change.
Global Peace Film Festival is an incredible event that allows filmmakers from all over the world to share their stories of human struggle for peace and justice. Nina Streich has defied all odds for well over a decade to continue to bring this event to Orlando and create an forum where people can discuss their views on social justice and peace during a climate of uncertainty in this country. Everyone who has worked on this event does it for the love of great film making and a passion to have their stories heard. A must to see!
This is a wonderful festival! The hosts, the films , and the audiences are all excellent. The Global Peace Film Festival is a truly engaged community. I was there with my film The Good Mind last year, and really enjoyed the whole experience. Highly recommended!!
Every year I look forward to The Global Peace Film Festival (GPFF) it is is such an important festival and truly brings the world of important films to Central Florida! I can think of no greater aim than that of GPFF which "uses the power of the moving image to further the cause of peace on earth." This organization is solidly run with great passion and commitment not just to high quality films but as a support system for filmmakers. I am a huge fan!
The Global Peace Film Festival (GPFF) is one of Orlando's (and surrounding areas)
best cultural and cinematic adventure! I say adventure because the GPFF takes
viewers into the global and local world of peacemakers. It's an exciting adventure
to see people around the world working for a more peaceful and prosperous life.
Here in the U.S. we take for granted that bombs do not drop on our heads as a matter of
daily life. Others around the world do not take life or peace for granted. Every year the
GPFF helps us appreciate peace and life just a bit more. The GPFF is a cinematic and cultural treasure Orlando is proud to call its own.
Peace is the signature issue of our time - and the Global Peace Film Festival promotes a culture of peace through the signature art form of our time.
The exhibition of a variety of wonderful and unusual films shows the relationship of peace to being human and the quality life. These films inspire change and a knowing that peace IS possible.
One spark of inspiration can change a life - and data shows the GPFF moves people to take
action for positive change.
The Global Peace Film Festival has become one of the most uplifting weeks of the year for me. While the subject matter of the films is varied the theme is the same, How can we make this world a better place?
The movies I was able to view at this event were so enlightening ! There are so many events taking place all over the world that these film makers are able to share with viewers. This is a definite on my list of events to attend. It’s already on my calendar for 2018.
This was my first experience with a "peace film festival" (as opposed to a regular film festival, I guess) and it far exceeded my expectations. Despite coming on the heels of Hurricane Irma, the show went on with utmost care and professionalism.
The festival planners truly curate a festival with high-quality films at its core--every film I saw knocked it out of the park. They also take a very broad view of what a peace film is, not just focusing on film that chronicles peacemakers in the face of conflict/war, but that rather examines people and places that are trying to make the world a better place in general.
I also really appreciated the small scale and Southern hospitality of the festival. Fest board members really take you under their wing: driving you to any and all screenings (not just your own), getting dinner with you, introducing you to local Orlando residents, and generally showing you a really good time. This fest really has a personal touch combined with a quality curator's eye toward film.
(Maria De La O, producer, The Promised Band)