Award Winners

As compiled by Head Judge Frank A. Caruso, based on scoring of 7 official judges.

Best short film (under 30 minutes) The Cabin (France)
Director: Chefdeville Maxime

Honorable Mention: Over The Wall
Director: Roy Zafrani

Best Doc (under 30 minutes) Sadika’s Garden (Canada)
Directors: Julia Iriarte & Chad Galloway

Honorable Mention: Legacy Voices (Canada)
Director & Producer: Akil McKenzie

Honorable Mention:
Haunted (USA)
Director: Xavier Plater

Best Doc (over 30 minutes) W’at About Us (Canada)
Director: Beverly Vergel
Producer: Shelley Jarrett

Honorable Mention:
The Long Ride Home (Canada)
Director: Steve Haining

Best short film/Doc under 10 min) The Mother (Viet Nam)
Director: Le Huy Anh

Honorable Mention:
8 out of 10 (USA)
Director: Jake Schaumberg-Dineen

Best Director Chefdeville Maxime (The Cabin – France)

Honorable Mention:
Adetokumboh M’Cormack
(The German King)

Best Story The Cabin (France)

Best Soundtrack Marathon (Iraq)

Honorable Mention: The German King
Honorable Mention: Presence

Best Producer Marathon (Iraq) Jamal Lutfi

Best Animated Short (under 30 min) A New Vision (USA)
Directed & Produced by Michael Strauss

Best Actress Safa Najiim (Marathon)

Best Actor Thomas Alden & Leopold Bara (tie)
(The Cabin – France)

Honorable Mention:
W. Earl Brown & Marcus Henderson (tie) (Bodyman)

The 2nd annual INTERNATIONAL PEACE FESTIVAL (IPF) and FILM FOR PEACE FESTIVAL (FFP) was presented at Artscape (585 Dundas St. E., Toronto, Ontario) and also as a free live-streamed three-day event September 18 to September 20, 2020!

The online event will be streamed through YouTube and available at and will be accessible worldwide. All listed times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -04:00).

“Film for Peace” is an experiential creative initiative organized by Toronto Waterfront Magazine to address the escalation of violence. You are invited to submit a short film addressing the issue of violence that is informative, inspiring and entertaining. The key component of the festival is to raise awareness of the underlying contributing factors leading to violence, such as bullying, mental health, addictions, social isolation, poverty, rejections of minority groups, etc. Entrants will be judged on their ability to effectively communicate, through the medium of film, potential solutions to achieving sustainable peace as a community. Valuable prizes and scholarships will be available to winning entrants, as judged by the team of volunteers with art and filmmaking backgrounds.

Karim Mirshahi…………………………….Festival Founder & Judge
Frank Caruso………………………………..Executive Director & Head Judge
Mark Ironside...............…………………Technical Director

Angelica (Angela Johnson)
T.C. Frantz
Erwin Sniedzins
Ross Monroe
Satie Narain-Simon
Shirin Tobie-Paul
Ella Muzak
Kalman Szegvary

Valuable prizes and scholarships will be available to winning entrants. TBA

The festival is hosted by Toronto Waterfront Magazine (TWM), located at 20 Bay St., Suite #1100, Toronto, Ontario. Participation in the festival constitutes entrants’ full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of the rules and the decisions of TWM, which are final and binding. Festival entries may be submitted by an individual or by a group. All entrants must complete the “Permission Form.” If the entrant is under the age of 18, the permission form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Entrants will be judged on their ability to effectively communicate, through the medium of film, the issue of violence. We encourage films that introduce potential solutions to achieving sustainable peace as a community.

Overall Rating
  • Audrey Cuff

    Excellent festival! Happy to be invited

    September 2020
  • Isaac Díaz Esquivel

    We are very grateful for the attention that the organizers of the Film For Peace Festival gave us at all times. Congratulations to all the selected films, we have seen them on the online platform and they were amazing. Thanks to Frank Caruso and the entire festival judging team for allowing us to be part of this year's official selection. It was amazing!

    September 2020
  • Thank you, everything was very pleasant!

    September 2020
  • Thanks for choosing my film, Female Signs!

    September 2020
  • I got the selection notice via FILMFREEWAY and was super exited, after this, they never reached or gave any kind of information regarding the festival, I wrote emails, messages via Facebook and via their website and even watched most of the event online not knowing if my film was being projected, I hope they can have more communication with the selected artists, I really still don't know if my film was or not part of the festival.

    September 2020