※STUDENTS only / PEACE or SDGs-themed / under 5 minutes / produced in 2021
※Maximum 2 films
※We receive considerable amount of films each year, so please read entry requirements carefully! Films which do not meet regulations will not be accepted.

Call for entries of films from all around the world within 5 minutes duration on the theme of peace or SDGs!

UNITED FOR PEACE FILM FESTIVAL (UFPFF) aims at encouraging action towards creating a peaceful world through the use of media images; a universal language shared by all humans.
UFPFF has been held around September 21st, the International Day of Peace, each year since 2011.
Since then, the festival has offered space to discuss social and global issues and allowed young filmmakers to spread their messages to the world.
It has contributed not only to put promising young filmmakers in the spotlight, but also to inspire change makers who are now working to make the world a better place.


(1) Entry period: March 21st to July 21st, 2021
(2) 10 finalists and their selected films will be announced by the end of August.
(3) The UFPFF Awards Ceremony and screenings of the finalist films will be on September 20th, 2021. All of the finalists will be invited to attend the ceremony at the venue in Yokohama (TBD). If you are not able to attend the ceremony we are happy to receive your pre-recorded video message. All filmmakers who submitted to the festival are welcome to attend the ceremony.
*Please note that we cannot cover traveling costs to the venue.

[Event outline]

Date: September 20, from 15:00 to 20:00
Place: Yokohama , Japan (TBD)
Admission Fee:General 1,000 Yen and Student 500 Yen
Program: Film screenings of 10 finalist films and speeches, invited film screenings, a peace talk session, and an award ceremony.

[Jury Members]

SAHEL ROSA (TV personality/actress)
Katsuzo Takahashi (Director of UFPFF)
Kouki Tange (Visual Artist)
Reiko Yamazaki (External Relations, Japan for UNHCR)

[Official Awards]

・Grand Prix
Prize money: 100,000 Japanese Yen
The award-winning director will be given an opportunity to have a mentoring session with the juries and advisors of UFPFF.

・Second Prize
Prize money: 30,000 Japanese Yen

・Special Jury Award

[Partner Awards]

・CyberLink Award
A set of the video editing software PowerDirector 365 and the photo editing software PhotoDirector 365, which contains many tools necessary for photo editing.
The winning film will also be introduced on CyberLink’s official SNS.

Prize money: 100,000 Japanese Yen
Jury: Takashi Inoue (Representative Director, President and Managing Officer, LIFULL Co.,Ltd.)
Message from Jury: A film that can move people in to action. This award will be given to a film that can impress many people and drive people to take action even if it’s a small action.

[Entry Regulations]

Please read through the following list of requirements, and the entry agreement in order to submit your films to UFPFF 2021.

Eligibility: students (at any educational institution)
Production year: films produced after 2021
Duration: within 5 minutes
Theme: peace / SDGs
Genre: All genres of films are accepted.
Language: Japanese or English (if in other languages, please add English subtitles)
Number of entries: maximum 2 individual films
Entry fee: free
Format: MOV, MP4, AVI, MPEG. We recommend that you finalize your work at the aspect ratio of 16:9.

[Entry Agreement]

・ The selected films of finalists will be uploaded and viewable on the UFPFF YouTube channel.
・ When your work includes any individual or faces, please confirm the permissions for use before submitting your film.
・ When your work includes any music or other artwork for which you do not own the copyright, please get the clearance from the persons or parties concerned (the copyright owners) before you submit your work.
・ When your work includes a third person or third party’s artwork (writing, music etc.), please include the confirmation of this agreement by the artist to our office.
・ UFPFF will not accept any responsibility or liability in cases where any personal rights, or copyright infringement should occur.
・ We will not be able to return any data or tapes of your work after submission.
・ The copyright of each work belongs to the filmmakers, though UFPFF may reserve the right to use some part of your work in order to promote and announce this festival on their website, or in associated sites, within promotions and PR documents, or within certain media like brochures, programs, flyers etc. UFPFF would like to request the complimentary use of your film and work, including the title, your name, profile and portrait for promotion, and at no cost. We reserve the right to edit your work for the same promotional reasons, so please confirm and agree that the moral rights for your work(s) will be permitted for festival promotion related activities.
・Even if certain rights for publicity and promotional use (broadcasting rights, publishing rights, etc.) and the secondary copyrights of your work are transferred to a third party, UFPFF will maintain the same original conditions outlined in the preceding clause. Therefore, when an award-winning filmmaker transfers or sells the rights of the work to a third party, please make sure to include the conditions of the preceding clause in the contract.
・ UFPFF may not be able to screen your film if there are any rights-related issues.

Overall Rating
  • Leila Ahang

    I am really appreciate the great Jury and all of you for giving the film a chance to be seen and its message to be heard. I deeply hope that peace come back to middle east and the rest of the world, now more than ever, that Afghanestan is in the grip of Taliban.

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for participating and congraturations! We hope the best with your future and very exicted to see future films.

  • amir hossein hosseini

    Just want to say ufpff is one of the best

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Congraturations ! You have a special talent . We hope to see your futre films again!