The Global Peace Film Festival's model is story and community in action. We program and structure the festival through collaboration with activists, civic groups, educators and creators to strengthen community bonds, to encourage direct engagement with vital issues, and to reshape divisive narratives using film and the arts toward a more respectful and peaceful world.

As Martin Luther King, Jr posited, “Peace is not only the absence of conflict, but also the presence of justice.” The search for justice resides in stories beyond war, so we seek stories that make us laugh, think, cry, sit taller in our seats, then ask, “What can I do?” We answer that question by pairing films with post-screening events that inspire and catalyze our audiences.

We work closely with local community groups, educators and impact producers to support impact campaigns centered on films. Such campaign collaboration has ranged from the inclusion of campaign surveys to bringing together policy and community stakeholders around issues such as migrant workers, climate change, trafficking, elder care and homelessness. GPFF is not a passive exhibition event, but a commitment to building relationships and resources aimed at increasing the presence of justice year round.

The cornerstone of our program is our service to the greater Orlando area communities. The festival has always remained sensitive to the issues of our loyal audiences. Our community partners are working on local campaigns regarding juvenile justice, gun safety, immigration, refugees, trafficking, poverty abatement and (re)building unity based on our common humanity. While we have always welcomed Spanish-language work to serve our sisters and brothers in the migrant community of Apopka, in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, we hope to program Spanish-language work including dealing with the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico.

Narratives and documentaries, feature and shorts, personal and global stories, heart-wrenching and wryly humorous - all are welcomed for consideration. 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. Apart from the live festival, we present an online companion festival with its own program curated to provide a window into the festival for audiences unable to join in the event in person.

We are seeking narrative feature films, feature length documentaries, animated and short films (narrative, documentary and animation) on the issues of:

Global Peace/Activism
Conflict Resolution
Social Inequality (Class, Race, Gender, Mobility, Age, etc.)
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
Music and the Arts
Human Trafficking
Community Mediation
Youth as Change Agents
Sports and Recreation

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.

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.

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.

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.

Overall Rating
  • Brad Bennett

    Global Peace Film Festival's mission was made for our doc! Nina and Kelly were very accommodating to any concern we had, and went out of their way to take care of visiting filmmakers. We were slotted twice for screenings, and was paired beautifully with another documentary of similar themes. Would recommend this meaningful festival to any filmmaker out there wanting to make a difference globally!

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Brad! We were delighted to program your film in the festival.

  • Eduardo Rufeisen

    This is a fantastic festival. Perfectly organized and very welcoming to filmmakers. A wonderful selection of films. I was proud to be a part of it.

    October 2017
  • Camille Wainer

    Truly grateful to participate in the the Global Peace Film Festival. Many important issues highlighted through the venue and the festival staff were sensitive and professional. Thank you GPFF for the opportunity to collaborate with you.

    March 2017
  • Francisco Alarcon

    This was the first festival we had the opportunity to attend and we were not disappointed. Nina and Kelly care deeply about the filmmakers and each of the films, which is something not all festivals have. We also had many opportunities to chat with other filmmakers and network at various events and dinners the festival organized. Our first screening was amazing. It was packed and we were answering questions after the screening for almost an hour. FYI, filmmakers should try to promote their own screenings for the best outcome. We did have a last minute schedule change that affected our second screening which resulted in a very small turnout, but we were so happy with the success of the first screening that we didn't mind as much. Also make sure you get to your screening extra early in case you don't know the city well. We got lost and were late 15 mins (they hadn't started the film so we got lucky). I highly recommend this festival. It was one of the best experiences we have had thus far.

    October 2016
  • Jan Edwards

    The team for the online Film Festival was terrific! They were helpful and made sure we knew everything there was to do for this to be a success. Great experience - would highly recommend.

    October 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Jan! We were delighted to have your film in the online festival.