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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

175 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Annette14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For 11 years now, the Global Peace Film Festival has enriched the lives of local Central Florida residents and visitors to the area. The wide range of films presents such an interesting and diverse array of topics, and there is always a new perspective to be gained from watching. The panel discussions and Q&A with directors are always fascinating. Peace in all its forms is the goal in some way of everyone in the world, and the more we can be exposed to situations and unique problem solvers, the more action we as individuals can take. The Global Peace Film Festival is an inspiration to make the world a better place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great way to expand your consciousness to people and topics of the world that do not get mainstream media exposure! Through being involved with the film festival, I met people from all over the globe who shared interesting perspectives. The films are top notch and are filled with real content that makes you laugh, cry, get angry, feel compassion and above all, makes you think. The Global Peace Film Festival is a part of the solution- one week left me feeling inspired and hopeful about what is really possible in the world!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not sure how the Orlando area got so lucky as to have this first-rate film festival here. Thoughtful, timely films shown in and around the gorgeous Rollins College location make for excellent venues. Thanks to Nina Streich for creating the GPFF and for every year it being as good or better than the previous one.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great festival that will only get better. Enriching content, and the quality of films in this genre continue to get better and better.

Ian_3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My documentary film was shown in the 2012 edition of Global Peace Film Festival. I have been to many festivals around the world, and Global Peace has been by far the most friendly and welcoming festival I have been to. The focus isn't on red carpets, parties and prizes, but rather where it should be: on the films, filmmakers and audiences. The screenings were filled with interested audiences that asked great questions at the post-screening Q and A sessions and that is what filmmakers really desire- for their films to be seen by as many people as possible. The staff of the festival gave personal attention to all attending filmmakers and did everything they could to help them make the most out of the great networking opportunities the festival provides. The films are superbly curated, the atmosphere most welcoming, and the focus of the festival never once veers from the films and the issues they raise. 5 stars!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

An unimaginable but enlightening immersion in the sorrow, tenaciousness and hope that people around the world demonstrate in their offering solutions to many of the world's most pressing problems of gender inequity, injustice, and ecological damage. The festival in the word's of my esteemed colleague reveals a "zeitgeist" often ignored by commercial media and lost to the business of film distribution as it is practiced today in America. Without the festival's sensitive directors and insightful filmmakers one would never know a world exists to inspire our "better angels" to keep doing the work needed to nourish communities of an engaged, ethical, and intelligent citizenry.

Michael144

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This was a great festival experience. They really worked hard to make the filmmakers feel welcome. Even though they have a small operating budget, they gave a travel stipend to filmmakers (some fests with double the budget don't do that), which demonstrates to me that their commitment is to the art of filmmaking, and celebrating filmmakers and artists, not just making money. The artistic director of the festival personally drove me around to screenings and was instrumental in helping me get my film distributed a year after the festival was over. Who does that? Only true champions of the arts. Awesome fest.

Donor

Rating: 5

I really learned a lot from the documentaries on Grameen Micro-financing and Street Paper. I enjoyed the perspective that we are all want to be Entrepreneurs when given a chance. Also, providing the ability for people on the street to earn a living by selling the Street Paper was not only inspirational but it contained heart warming stories.

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maria c 11/24/2012

Thank you Donald!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm impressed with the goals of the festival - world peace in every sense of that word. The festival films I have seen have been thought-provoking and inspirational. I wish them unbounded success.

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maria c 11/24/2012

Thank you Kurt!

Peter21

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had a great working relationship with the Global Peace Film Festival over the years. Their motto and philosophy when it comes to film selection is very similar to my filmmaking motto and so I've always felt very honoured that they selected my films for screenings over the years. The sense of community and dedication they have shown to filmmakers attending the Festival has been just wonderful. Thanks again GPFF! - Peter Hegedus

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maria c 11/24/2012

Thank you Peter!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

My thanks to Nina and Kelly for creating a forum where film as art and story connects us to our better selves. I believe that art has that capacity and I send my gratitude to the GPFF for creating a place to foster a more peaceful world.

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maria c 11/24/2012

Thanks so much!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Global Peace Film Festival's mission is to use creative media as a catalyst to inspire and educate people to initiate positive change in their local communities and worldwide. An ambitious but exciting mission. It is always rewarding to see and hear from audience members who have been moved to take action because of a film they have seen or a speaker they have heard.

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maria c 11/24/2012

Thanks so much!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience at the GPFF was as a volunteer. I really enjoyed helping at this festival which has for goal to bring awareness to communities on many issues (hunger, nuclear wastes, PTSD, global warming...and many more) via the medium of film! What best way to communicate and learn than through the 7th art! Cinema! My next experience was as a filmmaker and i can only say that it was a honor to be part of the movement of the global peace film festival. Keep em coming!

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maria c 11/24/2012

Thanks so much!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a filmmaker, I absolutely loved the Global Peace Film Festival. Kelly, Nina and all the volunteers made me feel appreciated. Both venues were good and run well and the audiences at each screening were wonderful and very engaged. The best part for me in attending a film festival and that I get a lot out of interacting and networking with people in the audience as well as other filmmakers. This festival provided wonderful opportunities for networking to happen. I only wish I could have been there for the entire event, to see more of the films and meet more attendees. From my perspective as a filmmaker, it's at the top of my list of my favorite festival experiences.

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maria c 11/24/2012

Thanks so much!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The "Global Peace Film Festival" is a wonderful event because it does everything a great film festival should. The organizers Nina and Kelly have it down to a fine art, from the selection of thought-provoking and relevant films and well-organized events to providing a wide array of opportunities for filmmakers to engage with students, audience members and the media in a meaningful way. My only complaint is with myself - I wish I could have stayed longer!

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maria c 11/24/2012

Thanks so much!

Khaled S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An awesome Film festival that gives new and upcoming filmmaker place to show their film.

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maria c 11/19/2012

Thank you Khaled.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Global Peace Film Festival is an amazing collaborative event between the film & video communities, the non-profit/good deed communities, the risk taking artistic communities & the Local community. GPFF utilizes the expertise of a wide range of working professionals to make the event not only one of a love of film, but also a learning experience & in most cases a catalyst for change in our world. No one walks away from even the smallest of participations without having an experience they not only want to share, but feel compelled to share within their world.

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maria c 11/19/2012

Thank you Wendy.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is something wonderful and often amaaazing that i've learned from every film I've seen. It's been a awesome way to have my eyes opened to the world. Thank you to everyone who works so hard to make it happen!!

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maria c 11/18/2012

Thank you Kitt !

Laurie29

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Nina started with a dream that she turned into a reality. That echoes the theme of The Global Peace Film Festival. Each one of us must do our small part to make the world a better place each day we walk the Earth. I applaud Nina for keeping her dream and the dream of many filmmakers and activists alive!

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maria c 11/18/2012

Thanks Laurie !

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had a great experience watching "Street Papers". It was insightful, informative and well-made. It is wonderful to see work like this and I applaud the Global Peace Film Festival!

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maria c 11/18/2012

Thanks Grace !

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Despite its small size, the Global Peace Film Festival has giant aspirations to change the world through the art of film and storytelling. It's very difficult to find the kind of enthusiasm among its organizers, attendees and filmmakers that you'll find at this festival. Film may be the medium, but the message of peace and harmony is always loud and clear.

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maria c 11/16/2012

Thnx Joe, always fun working with ya!

Bethany E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome program for college students. Extremely eye opening.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a year- long volunteer since 2010, I had a transformative & healing experience on a personal level, and invaluable educational & professional experience helping to manage the Global Peace Film Festival - an event where you can meet incredible people. As a nonprofit created to inspire & promote peace & understanding through film, I watched it do so at Nina's helm - an organization evolving itself with more soul & community impact (locally, globally) as it grew in exceptional programming, reach & support. In turn, my own ideas of peace - the personal & social - were challenged & redefined, renewing my faith in the global social awareness toward peaceful & nonviolent solutions in all aspects of life. Awesome fest !

Ann_17

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka Florida is a community based service learning organization serving and empowering immigrants, farmworkers and other working poor families through education, advocacy and spiritual growth. For forty years this creative team of community organizers, educators and pastoral outreach workers has been responding to the signs of the times and adapting to both the ever new and unfortunately persistently constant issues affecting the lives of this marginalized and exploited population. Hope is active in working for comprehensive immigration reform and for the Dream Act. Our Know Your Rights and Safety Planning program helps undocumented immigrants exercise their rights and live with a little more sense of protection and security. Citizenship classes, ESOL and GED programs are geared to the person and are very community oriented. Alternate spring breaks,home stays, internships and other mutual encounters between college students and immigrant community members are part of our Service Learning Program which builds mutual communities of care and commitment. The basic philosophy of the organization is to use all programs as a vehicle for creating a sense of community, of family where each person is treated with dignity and respect, the talent, leadership and skills of all are fostered and together we work for social justice and change. We always bring students from our Sin Fronteras Youth Group and our staff to the wonderful films of the Global Peace Film Festival. We are grateful for the opportunity to participate and learn

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maria c 11/16/2012

Thank you Ann.

Carline B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that showcases innovative and life changing films.

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maria c 11/16/2012

Thanks Carline.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer at the very first Global Peace Film Festival in Orlando. I was so excited that such an amazing idea and group of people came together to make that special event happen! Since that time, I have seen the GPFF grow, expand, and play an increasingly more significant role in our community and in our state. More than just a film festival, it has become a way to engage students, colleges, organizations, community members, and filmmakers in dialogue, discussion, education, outreach, and, most of all, in year-round community building on issues of peace, justice, environmental protection, human rights, equality and many other pertinent and critical issues. It has been a place for filmmakers to show their work and for them to engage directly with their audiences. I fully support and applaud the GPFF! It is just what our area needed. It is an asset to our entire state!

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maria c 11/16/2012

Thank you J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having watched the Global Peace Film Festival grow over the last few years has been like watching a child become an adult overnight. The films, and fans, have come out of the woodwork to support this global effort and align us under one message, "How can we each contribute to a better world?" The leadership and vision have "thought big" from the start, and continue to grow their purpose with the solicited input from the community and those involved around the world. In a city that is generally not considered an epicenter for global peace, the GPFF team has created this film festival as a "must see" in Orlando.

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maria c 11/16/2012

Thank you A.