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Global Peace Film Festival, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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.

Geographic areas served: Central Florida

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

140 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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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!

3

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.

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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!!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Joanie S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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!

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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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maria c 11/18/2012

Thanks Joanie !

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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