The Global Peace Film Festival in Orlando is well organized, and I like the movies which are selected to run. Looking forward to next year.
Enjoyed the short film and documentary that we saw. A little technical problem with one film caused a delay but in the end, we heard more from the film producer/director and it turned out to be a bonus. Being reminded of issues that lead to more justice and peace can only make our world a more peaceful place. High Five for the Global Peace Film Festival. We just need to get more youthful faces in attendance!
John Lennon said it best: Imagine! I spend a lot of time imaging what the world would be like if peace prevailed. children would never be fearful; landscapes would never be destroyed; people would never be maimed or killed by bombs and guns; and humankind might finally live together in an authentic compassionate and tolerant world. The Global Peace Film Festival is a substantiate initiative working to help us all realize we have much to do before our imagined world can become real. Thank you to the festival for being a continuing champion of that ideal.
maria c 11/18/2012
Thanks Joanie !
Central Florida's (Orlando/WinterPark) Global Peace Film Fest, now going on its 13th year, is an annual highlight! Instead of getting on a plane, as we all love to do, the world comes to you, with all its dynamic challenges. No matter what the selections, these 50+ films shed new light on issues of the day that largely escape the mainstream media. It' s one of the best investments in continuing education for any citizen of this planet! As Robert Kennedy Jr has said "we're one of the best entertained people on the planet, but one of the least informed". With GPFF, let's change that! Charley Williams/WP
GPFF is not only giving voice to beautiful stories that add diversity and richness to the public dialogue, but also forwarding community-building and inspiring grassroots activism on important global and local issues. I have enjoyed supporting and attending since 2012. Thank you GPFF!
Going to the Global Peace Festival for the first time this year was an amazing experience for me, as well as for my best-friend, who I brought along. The other volunteers were very fun and cultured. My personal favorite from the movies we had the privilege to watch was Listopad. I never thought one of my favorite movies would turn out to be a Czech indie film, and so I was delightfully suprised at home amazing it was!
Bravo and thank you for reawakening in me an appreciation of the The Nation with the documentary Hot Type: 150 Years of the Nation. Decades have past since a last reading, and it was a bit of a surprise to find the magazine more vital than ever under editor Katrina vanden Heuvel and her staff's intelligent selfless dedication. Also good to know the future of an unfettered liberal viewpoint will continue with The Nation's great intern program to carry its message into the digital age.
This was my second year as a volunteer, it is the highest quality, bringing to us films that deal with the human condition. My only disappointment is that more don't attend. The audiences should be huge! Somehow, the word needs to get out more than it is and I wish I had a solution.
It was the first time I attended, and I volunteered for three showings. Next year, I plan on attending the entire week and getting more involved, telling others, etc. It was amazing in more ways than I can describe.
This is my fifth year attending the Global Peace Film Festial, and each year they set the bar higher and higher. From the films, to meeting the film makers, panel discussions and juicy issues that are not just considered but suggestions are given to take action. I get a charge from the people and the environment created by the venue spaces, and look forward to it each year. The GPFF team sets the standard for a week of cause-driven, thought-provoking, action-oriented events!
This film festival is always worth time & money. Well organized, good subject matters. Venues usually provide good parking opportunities although this seems to be an on-going issue for most festivals. Artists have been present for most films which is a plus.
Excellent film selection & inclusion of local films, highlighting out reached in our own community greatly enhanced the global peace film festival!
This Festival far exceeds its resources to provide a film festival that is crucial to giving exposure to filmmakers from around the world that produce films that can go a long way in bring cultural understanding and peace to the world. It brings together different cultures, religions and races that may have harbored certain bias without the exposure to this event. It reaches out the the local youth of the community, as well as the adults, and exposes them to the possibilities.
I was so impressed with everyone at the festival - the organizers, the staff, volunteers and the other filmmakers. The GPFF is one of the best film festivals I have been lucky enough to take part in.
As a filmmaker dedicated towards creating films that promote, cultivate, and communicate peace, I am beyond impressed with how Global Peace Film Festival has facilitated these real-life actions and the films that promote them.
I have been attending the GPFF for 7 years and joined the board three years ago. Every year the GPFF has great potential to be life changing for not only the persons/places in the movies but just as importantly for the viewer. The many fantastic documentary films are carefully selected each year to inform us, through extremely creative entertainment, about pressing global and local issues. We work to create a platform which makes change not only possible but even easily achievable. Our slogan is "It Starts Here" and how accurate this is. The real kicker in attending such an enjoyable festival is the wonderful ideas of change for a more sustainable and peaceful society, that would earlier have seemed overwhelming, take on a completely different vibe.
Every year I grow more in love with the GPFF. I began attending 4 years ago and really dug the variety and creative message of the documentary films. The festival showcases the genius of these filmmakers. It is extremely thought provoking and entertaining! A great way to see the world behind the scenes of government and propaganda. A great way to learn how much alike we human beings really are even with our upbringing in such diverse cultures. I decided to join the board this past year to bring more awareness to the power of the films selected by the GPFF.
As a member of the Peace and Justice Initiative of Valencia College, I can say that we are so happy to have a partnership with the Global Peace Film Festival. The Festival brings beautiful, inspiring films (and filmmakers) to Orlando every year and I've witnessed individuals feel impacted and ready to take action as a result. More people should acknowledge and support the incredible work of the Global Peace Film Festival--they really are trying to make a difference in Orlando, and in our world.
I have been attending the Global Peace Film Festival for several years — it's been in Orlando for 12 — and I have always enjoyed the experience.
The festival attracts great films (primarily documentaries) and many of the filmmakers attend and interact with the audience after their screenings. There are also interesting panel presentations and other events outside of the screening schedule.
This festival is an important piece in the cultural fabric of Orlando.
(The only thing holding it back from a 5-star review — I wish it was bigger! I recently joined the board of the festival and hope to expand its reach in 2015.)
The Global Peace Film Festival was the perfect place for us to premiere our film and showcase our program!
GPFF is a fantastic festival. I am never disappointed in the selection of movies, or the professionalism of the event staff. I most appreciate meeting the filmmakers and catching a glimpse into the world of other people through the film selections. This helps keep me "global minded", compassionate, and empathetic. What could be better?
I am not connected to Global Peace Film Festival, but was promoting the International Day of Peace. I was able to attend many of the films and found all of them to be professional and actually better than I expected. Having representatives of the films their to answer question was a terrific bonus. As an action step in response to the information gained from one of the films, I am working on a new project.