My name is David Levine and I was honored and delighted when the Global Peace Film Festival (GPFF), not only accepted our empathy film Finding Howard, but did so with excitement and encouragement. As a co-director of the film and Director of Teaching Empathy Institute, this film is an expression of my life's work which is creating safe and supportive learning environments in our schools and communities. GPFF's Artistic Director Kelly DeVine, and Executive Director Nina Streich, together, from the beginning of our relationship, were intent on understanding my vision for this film-how it would inspire people as a call to action. We initially had a 45 minute phone call, followed up with emails in which I was encouraged to share ideas about how our film could best be utilized in the festival. Finally, Kelly and Nina conducted a 25 minute interview in which I was able to articulate my vision for the film-its origin, the story we tell and how this story relates to the work of Teaching Empathy Institute. Through our inclusion in the festival, we already had one documentary film distributor reach out to us, inquiring as to whether or not we are looking for a way to get the film seen by as many people as possible across the country. We remain grateful to GPFF and are excited to continue a collaborative relationship in some way as we move ahead. I cannot think of a more supportive, validating and authentic professional relationship as the one we have with GPFF. DL
It was such a pleasure screening my short documentary An Aquatic Community as part of the Global Peace Film Festival. The organisers Nina and Kelly took great care in communicating with the filmmakers and conducted and recorded zoom interviews with the overseas filmmakers such as myself which was a lovely experience. Can highly recommend.
GPFF has provided me with the opportunity to put words and ideas into action. Of all the programming work I have done, programming for GPFF is the most rewarding. The festival not only gives me the opportunity to share my skills, but to engage with and learn from others in the process.
Programming for the Global Peace Film Festival keeps me grounded in the possibilities for positive change rather than overwhelmed by the scope of the challenges before us.
The Global Peace Film Festival was excellent again this year, bringing thought-provoking films and making opportunities to participate in trying to make this Earth more peaceful in some way. Thank you Nina, Kelly, and all others involved!
The GPFF is an awesome experience to be a part of. Nina and Kelly create a festival that is thought-provoking, warm, intimate, and professional from the introduction of each film to the Q&A that follows. I witnessed audience members of various generations truly engaged and entertained by the varied subjects of the film presented. As a filmmaker screening "Stand Up Standout: The Making of a Comedy Movement," I felt well-taken care throughout my time attending the festival. The crew/staff did a great job too! As an audience member attending the screenings of the fellow filmmakers I learned so much and enjoyed all the films I was fortunate to see this year. This festival successfully serves the community by allowing filmmakers and audience to see a variety of films they would likely never see at their local movie theatre--in a word "inspiring!"
The GBFF uniquely brings together filmmakers and audiences creating an environment that is thought-provoking, stimulating, entertaining, and fun--what a rare combination. The films I watched were diverse and inspiring. The panel discussions were informative and insightful...the audiences engaged and tuned in. Nina and Kelly are first-rate in every way, and Chris on the GPFF staff was top-notch. Looking forward to more Global Peace Film Festivals in the coming years.
Hurray for Global Peace Film Festival, an extraordinary cultural program that has been advancing the notion of active peace through a powerful mix of great films, conversations and deep community engagement for nearly two decades! Peace, like politics, is local, it starts in communities with understanding each other's stories and engaging with empathy and respect. The team at GPFF creates a beautiful space for shared experience and connection by uplifting diverse national and international stories that speak to universal themes. Kudos to Nina Streich and Kelly DeVine on leading and programming this important event.
I attended the 2021 GPFF on-line. I intended to watch a few films and ended up watching 14 films ranging in length from 5 minutes (Myanmmar- a film I can't stop thinking about) to feature length films. I was deeply impressed by the variety of topics and global settings in the films- each depicting an aspect of the human condition, good, bad or indifferent, and how the actions of individuals can have so much impact. The festival was described to me as wanting to bring films to describe peace as "a process" reflected in the daily lives of individuals. Watching these films, I think the festival has superbly achieved this and I have come to understand how powerful this can be.
GPFF is a truly amazing community event and a happening we wait for every year,
It brings perspective and power to groups of people here in central Florida. It allows dialogue and shifts of attitudes in the viewing and conversations that follow the films.
When I am not in town I feel truly deprived to miss the highlight of the year - the Global Peace Film Festival
I had a great experience interning with the GPFF for the 2021 festival. Along with gaining more experience in festival programming and organizing, I learnt so much more about peace and social justice issues from around the world. Excited to see what's coming next year!
It really meant a lot that our film 'Sleeping Warrior' became a part of the Global Peace Film Festival. The perfect place to share our message ! Loved working with this organisation and hope to do so again in the future. Asante Sana
Thank you very much, for your support through the festival, of my film. It is an honor and a privilege for me to present my film at this festival. There were so many appreciations, positive comments of my film during the festival. I am very grateful to have this response and support from all around the world. See you soon and I wish you the best for your future projects. - Keerthigan
Amazing festival! Nina and Kelly provide such a warm, wonderful experience for filmmakers. I can not say enough about their vision to not only bring fantastic films to the GPFF but to influence hearts and minds.
The Global Peace Film Festival engages the audience at a level deeper than what any other film festival has been able to do. It has created activists who are called to action at the end of a film. I feel that GPFF should be in every middle and high school classroom as part of civic and social awareness. Too often our children struggle to find their voices in activism without guidance. GPFF can help children find those voices in a productive way...through media.
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!
Having our film The Great Disconnect (www.disconnecteddoc.com) screen at Global Peace Film festival was truly an honour. To have our our film screen alongside many inspiring films advocating for social change and global peace puts this festival in a category of its own. Also, despite being virtual, the programmers were a delight to be in touch with and made us feel like we were all connected. We look forward to having the opportunity to take part of the festival LIVE once it's possible!
This is a must do experience hands down. The film line-up was incredible!!
To work with this group was so easy and really fun. We were able to curate a show that was both fitting for the time we currently live in that also aligned well with the mission statement of the Film Festival. I was honored to be able to show along side such a group and be acknowledged for my talents. This entire experience really was a treat. I look forward to attending this again next year. I highly recommend this event to anyone with an interest in film and world issues. This is the real deal.
Global Peace Film Festival was a wonderful experience full of great culture, feat films and great friends. I look forward to attending again next year!! A must do!!!
As a documentary filmmaker working on sharing the stories and experiences of marginalized communities in Florida, I had a wonderful experience sharing our film at the Global Peace Film Festival. It is wonderful to connect with an organization that shares our passion regarding the social impact of filmmaking. Beyond the film festival, we have also had very positive experiences working with GPFF for other events and screenings outside of the specific dates of the festival. I also appreciate how they were able to modify their entire approach during this global pandemic, and to make this year's festival online without losing the human touch they bring to their events. Highly recommended.
I couldn't be more proud to support the Global Peace Film Festival and their efforts to promote awareness and positive social change for the betterment of others, the community and society. With the very challenging times we are living in, it is more important than ever to be an active participant in continuing conversations on social issues impacting us, and the world around us.
This festival has always had fantastic programming and they know how to take care of filmmakers. I'm a huge fan! Wish I could attend in person.
If you start with the profoundly moving 41 minute LIBERATION HEROES, directed by Vanessa Roth, about American soldiers liberating Nazi concentration camps, you begin to sense the purpose in the unique programming of Global Peace Film Festival. A film that warns us today with the warnings in history, of 1933, when both FDR and Hitler came to power. The festival inspires, engages, and organizes our thinking.. Unlike so many other film fests, the glamour, here, is found over and over in the pleasures and outrage that motivate us to to make the world a better place.
GPFF is so much more than a film festival. They are truly creating community around films about the most important topics of our times, encouraging conversation and finding the elusive middle ground. Their support of filmmakers extends beyond the festival experience. Through their non-profit they actively work to help films from development through distribution. Unique, dedicated, and essential!
The Global Peace Film Festival was a wonderful festival experience for me. My recently completed documentary, Finding Jenn's Voice, found engaged and interested audiences for both screenings. The organizers included the local domestic violence organization in our panel discussion, which turned into a passionate and animated conversation with the audience. As a filmmaker, I felt completely pampered by the wonderful organizers and volunteers. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of GPFF 2015!
I've found the Global Peace Film Festival to be instrumental in my success as a documentary filmmaker working on films that detail the refugee experience. The festival has given a voice to the marginalized and homeless through the two films of mine that they have featured in their festival. The encouragement and support from Global Peace makes a very real difference in my ability to tell these stories.
Love this film festival and its mission - to use the power of films to make the world a better place by featuring thought provoking, socially consensus films. Nina and Kelly are very filmmaker friendly and run a very organized festival! I have had two of my films screen at this festival "Art From the Streets" and "Community First, A Home for the Homeless", and I'm so glad that I did.
One of the best festivals I have attended.
The organizers are amazing, made great connections, the community involvement in the screenings and events are truly impressive. Keep up the good work :)
This was my second year at the festival and I cant express enough how great of an opportunity I get every time I get to interact with the community of Orlando, Fl. Great great job, Till next year!
The Global Peace Film Festival year after year delivers a truly profound and eye-opening experience. There has never been a single film that I saw at this festival that I found to be unentertaining or uninspiring. Nina Streich, the festival's director, continues to invoke passion and the will to act in the festival's attendees. This event is surely one that is not to be missed!
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!
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.
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)
Thank you to the Global Peace Film Festival team, the Executive Director Nina Streich and the Artistic Director Kelly DeVine for the flawless organization and the great selection of films. As a filmmaker, I was proud to be a part of it. It is a very inspiring event.
Nina and Kelly--and the whole GPFF staff--always curate a wonderful collection of sensitive and provocative treatments of the human condition, imploring us all to work to improve it. Significantly, the go the extra mileS to engage the community at large in their annual enterprise by reaching out to local academic, professional, and other communities to share the message of peace and humanity. And they reach out to filmmakers to assure that they know their work is both welcome and worthwhile in a world where value is generally measured in sales and audience size. They are like few others in the film festival circuit. Their niche is critical to filmmakers who have a voice that is often otherwise unheard. Thank you!
I'm a director of documentary film and TV and I've been fortunate to have participated in many film festivals over the year. This festival ranks with the best of them in terms of filmmaker experience and audience impact. We were incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to bring our film to an entirely new community. The festival organizers were well organized and dedicated, and even in the aftermath of hurricane Irma they managed to put on a memorable and impactful festival event. I hope we can come back with another film in the near future!
This is the second time I have brought a documentary to the Global Peace Film Festival and this year was every bit as rewarding as the first time in 2012 with our film "Trial By Fire: Lives Re-Forged." I love the GPFF mission and their broad and inclusive interpretation of peace. We feel honored that our current documentary, "The Buddy System" got to be a part of the 2017 festival. The GPFF has cultivated true audience engagement within the community of Winter Park and beyond. They have also the added element of engaging the academic community at Rollins College makes this festival extra special. From Kelly's thoughtful and incisive comments about our film, to Nina organizing and personally greeting us at the high school where we spoke to young film students, to Josh always being tuned into where we were and where we needed to go, we felt taken care of every step of the way. In addition, the GPFF mission doesn't stop after the festival ends! Nina and Kelly have both offered to help us rally more support when we have an upcoming screening in New York and are always interested in advising us on greater community engagement. As a filmmaker, I also greatly appreciate receiving a funds to put towards our travel expenses. I know of very few festivals who do this. It is a deeply meaningful gesture and one that both honors us as artists and respects the work that we do. Kudos to the entire team!
I have been going to GPFF since the year it opened. It has been an exciting, enjoyable, educational experience. It is needed even more now as we must,absolutely must, gain insight into different cultures to promote understanding and global communication . I look forward to another GPFF to widen my horizons in the coming year. Linda