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!