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Causes: Arts & Culture, Film & Video

Mission: The Global Peace Film Festival was established to utilize the power of the motion picture to further the goal of peace on earth.  The festival draws together filmmakers and filmgoers from all walks of life into a community of people inspired to take action in their daily lives to leave the world a more peaceful place than they found it.

Programs: Annual film festival in mid/late-September, around the time of the United Nations International Day of Peace (Sept. 21), that runs for six days.The audience has grown annually and now exceeds 5900.  Venues in Orlando and Winter Park, FL.

Community Stories

126 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I was invited to the Global Peace Film Festival with my film 'Under the Same Sun' (Ek Surya Ke Taley). It is a very important festival with beautiful and meaningful films that educate, captivate and inspire audiences to take action. The festival is very well organized and gives filmmakers an opportunity to meet like-minded artists who care about creating change in our world. Orlando is very fortuante that Nina and Kelly have dedicated so many hours to create a festival that is making difference in the lives of its citizens.

2 Famor B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Famor

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

Our film CARE, which explores home-based elder care from the perspectives of both care workers and their clients, was featured at the 2016 Global Peace Film Festival. I was able to attend through support from the festival and I had a great experience. The festival organizers, Nina and Kelly, had done impressive advance work to engage participants from local aging -related organizations and as a result the discussions following both screenings were rich and productive. I made valuable connections, one of which has lead to the film being featured in a national conference in 2017. I appreciated how the tireless staff and volunteers not only managed a multi-faceted event with skill and grace, but also created a warm and welcoming atmosphere for the visiting filmmakers. I think GPFF provides a wonderful service to Orlando and gives social issue filmmakers a fine venue to share our work. Thanks for the opportunity to share my experience.

2 Michael418

Client Served

Rating: 5

I enjoyed the full range of experiences at the Global Peace Film Festival. The films were deeply moving, fulfilling the need for visionary solutions to real humans needs in our society. The conversations and social events were exhilarating and filled with inspiring people. I was impressed with the board members and their commitment to the festival. Overall, I left Orlando touched and inspired by the filmmakers, the organizers, the staff and the board at the GPFF.

2 Francisco A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was the first festival we had the opportunity to attend and we were not disappointed. Nina and Kelly care deeply about the filmmakers and each of the films, which is something not all festivals have. Our first screening was amazing. It was packed and we were answering questions for almost an hour. The festival creates the space in which these important discussions can be had. The interaction with other people who may or may have a lot of knowledge about the issue is valuable for the filmmakers, the audience and ultimately for society.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For the second time in four years I have
been invited by the leaders' of The Global
Peace Film Festival to have my film
The Nuclear Requiem be.a selection in the
2016m GPFF. The dedication by Nina Streich and Kelly DeVine creates an environment for the important and challenging stories to be told, such as my topic..the continuing. Present of nuclear weapons.
Robert E Frye, Producer and Director

2 SHeitker

Client Served

Rating: 5

Global Peace Film Festival is the fiscal sponsor of our documentary FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO about the intersection of religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Working with them, it has been easy to collect tax-deductible donations from our supporters. We have benefited from the expertise of GPFF as relates to various aspects of the film such as grant writing and audience engagement. Our team also appreciates the mission of GPFF and how well it aligns with the films we are making. I feel this organization is really making a difference by exposing people to a wide variety of important global issues and solutions, as well as engaging them in change.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of my favorite Orlando events. I love the scope of films offered as they address the subject of peace in such diverse ways. This year I saw a film about the relationship of 2 brothers, peace efforts in several international communities, several relevant films with LGBT themes, a local look at homelessness, and several solution oriented films. All were thought provoking. I love the access to filmmakers and the conversation with other filmgoers.

2 Kayla29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Global Peace Film Festival was an inspiring, well put together festival that has a long future in front of it. The festival provides a platform for growth and change that I was lucky to be a part of.

2 Tami21

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was just at the GPFF and had an amazing experience. The line up of films were exceptional -- representing communities from all parts of the globe. David Pavlosky and I presented our documentary PUZZLES: When Hate Came to Town to enthusiastic audiences -- and the Q&A following the screenings stand out as one of the most profound discussions we have had with this film.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

2 Richard143

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi I'm Rick. About 5years ago I was privileged enough to be part of the global peace film festival. Our film the homeless documentary Take Me Home was selected that year. It's because of the global peace film festival, that millions have become aware of the issue of homelessness and who the homeless are. I can never say thank you enough to the director Nina and everyone else in this organization. If you want to the film, contact the organizers. Oh yes, I was homeless during the creation of the fil, and now I'm not because someone who saw the film was able to see the good in me. And helped me get off this street. Here's the good part. That lady who helped me, Tracy, we are getting married next year.

2 Brian161

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So glad I found this Film Festival very inspirational and rewarding.

1 Tracy101

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an independent filmmaker interested in community bridge-building and social justice causes, the Global Peace Film Festival was an ideal platform in which to share my work. This extremely well organized event brings together people from various backgrounds and interests to not only share films but to interact with one another on important issues in a constructive, engaging and positive context. The festival hosts and volunteers were unbelievably warm and welcoming and I look forward to going back to Orlando one day and experiencing their hospitality once again! Best Wishes!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I attended the screening of my film at the GPFF, along with one of the protagonists of the film, and we both were impressed by the presentation of the film. A knowledgeable presenter introduced the film and moderated a post-screening question and answer session. The films were well publicized, the filmmakers' transportation to the festival was subsidized, and the projection was well done. I hope to attend the festival as a spectator in the future to view more inspiring films about the many facets of peacemaking.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization encompasses all aspects of what you expect from a nonprofit....their entire mission is to create a better world. The film part of it is just the conduit used to help bring people together and create and generate ideas that better one person or an entire group. In doing so they also give back to the community where it is held by incorporating the students and local businesses. It is an enjoyable and encouraging experience and we are honored to have it hosted in our city.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the 2015 GPFF representing our film 'Inside Peace' about men incarcerated in a Texas Jail who find their humanity through a peace class and start to turn their lives around. If peace can be found in prison, it can be found anywhere. When we first learned about the festival, we knew it was a perfect fit and our experience with the festival execs and organizers went beyond our expectations. From the initial communication, the attention to detail, the publicity they gave us, the quality of the booklet they created on all the films, offers for rides, to the staff of amazing volunteers, including wonderful students from both local high schools and universities and the connections they have with local peace organizations both civic and academic was an important blend resulting in a well run festival on a topic that surely should be at the top of everyone's list of important concerns. Bravo to GPFF for hosting and curating such a strong selection of diverse films on peace.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Global Peace Film Festival serves extremely important causes and informs American people what is really happening in the country and the world, and how we can live on this planet more peacefully. The festival was very well organized by very professional and hard-working staffs. Their selection of films touch the audience, including myself, profoundly. I hope they will be seen by more and more people in the future.

2 Alice47

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Global Peace Festival fills an important space by programming films that seek to raise consciousness and strengthen community ties. The films they bring together to show are consistently excellent and the event itself is well organized.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have participated in hundreds of film festivals and this is hands down one of the best in the world. Such amazing films but also a real attention to serving the local community. OUTSTANDING!!!