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17-Apr-2014 2:37pm PDT  

 

Global Peace Film Festival

12 Annual September 16, 2014 to September 21, 2014

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178 Columbus Avenue
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Phone: 212-877-2553
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http://www.peacefilmfest.org

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Narratives
Seeking compelling storytelling that challenges, illuminates and inspires.
Feature Documentaries
Seeking work that explores people, ideas and the natural world to provoke, educate, inspire and motivate.
Young Filmmakers
Narrative, documentary and animated films made by young filmmakers/videographers (21 or under at the time of the festival)
Short Narratives
Seeking compelling storytelling that challenges, illuminates and inspires.
Short Documentaries
Seeking work that explores people, ideas and the natural world to provoke, educate and motivate.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Global Peace Film Festival is premised on a broad definition of peace based on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s statement: “Peace is not only the absence of conflict, but also the presence of justice.” The festival uses film to draw together people from all walks of life to be inspired by compelling storytelling and for them then to engage actively within their own lives and communities to make the world a better place than they found it. Action, engagement and participation are our bywords; and we seek films that make us laugh, think, cry, sit taller in our seats and ask what can I do? We are seeking films that either have companion impact and outreach campaigns or ones for which GPFF can build resources and activities from our community partners locally and from around the world. We do not view the festival as a passive exhibition event, but a commitment to building relationships and resources aimed at increasing the presence of justice all year round.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Global Peace Film Festival envisions peace as a process that offers a respectful and empathic approach to conflict. The GPFF seeks films across genres that explore issues and solutions spanning subjects such as the environment, politics, religious tolerance, fair trade, social justice, economic justice, conflict resolution, inner peace.

The festival constructs its programs based on a desire to engage audiences and to provide opportunities for taking action in their own lives and communities. The films, seminars, Q&As, guest speakers, attending filmmakers, participating community groups and educators offer a myriad of ways for people participating in the event to share, contribute and be heard. Where we can, we program films that have companion outreach and impact campaigns or ones for which the festival can build resources for channeling action from its community partners locally and around the world.

Traditionally we kick the festival off with a rousing sports or music story to lift spirits and pump up the energy, and end with a film for our interfaith community partners that show the power of good works regardless of your affiliation. During the festival we have opportunities for select films and filmmakers to participate in screenings and discussions with area high school and college-level students. Additionally, we hold community screenings throughout the year featuring festival alumni, work with other festivals and educators around the world and present an online companion festival of shorts curated to provide a window into the festival for audiences unable to join in the event in person.

Issues include:
Global Peace/Activism
Conflict Resolution
Social Inequality (Class, Race, Gender, Mobility, Age, etc.)
LGBT
Interfaith/Philosophy/Religious Tolerance
Environment/Environmental Justice
Climate Change/Sustainable Energy/Economic Policy
Fair Trade/New Business Models
Food and Water Security and related issues
Intergenerational Teaching/Learning
Aging
Music and the Arts
Human Trafficking
Community Mediation
Youth as Change Agents
Comedy/Satire
Sports and Recreation

ORGANIZERS
Kelly DeVine (Artistic Director) ; Nina Streich (Executive DIrector)

GENERAL RULES
If a film is in a language other than English, it must have subtitles (or be dubbed into English) in order to be considered.

Please note for Young Filmmakers category, films are accepted by filmmakers who are under 21 years of age by the start of the festival.

Return of Screening Copies: GPFF does not guarantee the safe return of any Screening Copy of films submitted; and Screening Copies will only be returned if a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope with correct postage is included. Films submitted from outside the United States cannot be returned without postage being covered in $US in advance by the filmmaker. Please email us in advance if you are submitting a film and will want the Screening Copy returned to an address out of the United States.

SHIPPING:
The cost of shipping to the festival of the Selected Films will be the responsibility of the entrant, unless otherwise indicated by the festival. Shipping must be prepaid. GPFF will handle shipping of the Selected Films from the festival back to the submitting producer. Any special shipping arrangements, i.e. shipping to another festival or return to an address other than the return address, must be made at least two weeks prior to the festival. If the entrant plans to attend the festival, they may take their copy of the Selected Film with them after its final screening at the festival. Selected Films must be in the festival office at least one week before the festival. If, for any reason, this is not possible, you must contact us in advance to request an exception.

SELECTION:
All submissions will be screened by a GPFF selection committee. Submission does not guarantee selection. Selection does not guarantee festival passes. Publicity materials for Selected Films will be appreciated. The festival will exercise all due care with materials sent. However, we cannot accept or assume responsibility for damage or loss of materials submitted.

If your film is selected, GPFF reserves the right to use its title and press materials in promotion of the festival in various media.

FORMATS:
The festival will screen digital video only. Selected Films may be submitted for projection ONLY in DVD, DigiBeta or Beta SP.

Please contact us with any questions you have about any of the above instructions.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Please note for Young Filmmakers category, films are accepted by filmmakers who are under 21 years of age by the start of the festival. RELEASE: By submitting your Screening Copy, you agree to allow your work, if it becomes a Selected Film, to be promoted by GPFF for the festival, and screened during the festival in public theaters where admittance tickets may be sold. You affirm that you hold sufficient rights in your work to make this submission and grant this Release to GPFF, and you indemnify GPFF should the festival be claimed liable for such permitted use of the film. You also affirm the screen credits and billing on the film (and any other related materials you furnish) are accurate and reflect proper releases from those named. GPFF is released and will not be held liable for any mistakes that may occur in the display or reprinting of the screen credits.