The 9th Annual Peace On Earth Film Festival (POEFF), Thursday March 9 - Sunday March 12, celebrates and supports independent filmmakers and their work from around the world on the themes of peace, nonviolence, social justice, ecology and sustainability: films within the various modalities of peace genre. POEFF aims to contribute to a culture of peace through international cinema, dialogue and programming highlighting individuals on the vanguard of peace activism and social change.
Presenting a program of multi-faceted films, POEFF focuses on reshaping attitudes, encouraging and highlighting nonviolent practices, and opening minds to the possibility of communication, consideration, tolerance and understanding. POEFF features Filmmakers’ Panel and Peacemakers’ Panel discussions, Opening Night festivities and a Closing Night Awards Ceremony where exhibiting filmmakers are honored, and category winners receive accolades and cash prizes.

Awards & Prizes

The Peace On Earth Film Festival, a competitive festival, brings together filmmakers of all backgrounds and levels of experience in a message of peace.
Plaques and monetary awards are presented in the “Best of …” all categories, including a new category this year: short and feature "Best Comedy", in addition Exposé Awards for Feature Documentary and Short Documentary, respectively are presented to filmmakers that have presented subject matter that had previously received little or no media attention.
Further, there is an award, the Student Choice Award for Most Inspiring Story, voted on by Chicago area school students, grades 7 – 12, who attend the Student Voices for Peace Showcase, held on Thursday and Friday morning of the festival weekend.
Winners not in attendance will be mailed their monetary award and certificate.

Rules & Terms

GENERAL RULES
* Peace On Earth Film Festival is open to the following genres: Feature and Short Narrative, Feature and Short Documentary, Animation, and Student Narrative and Documentary Films: no limit to the number of entries.

Project Completion date after January 1, 2015 (no more than two years, as of Jan, 2017)

SUBMISSIONS:
* Submission dates are July 25, 2016 through October 10, 2016.

* Be certain that the postal date on your DVD/Blu-ray is within the time-frame of respective deadlines:
• Earlybird Deadline: postmarked no later than August 15, 2016
• Regular Deadline: postmarked no later than September 5, 2016
• Late Deadline: postmarked no later than September 26, 2016
• Extended Deadline: postmarked no later than October 10, 2016

* Deadline October 10, 2010, postmarked no later than October 10, 2010.
* Additional funds will be required before review, should the postage date fall into the new deadline period.

NOTE: we will review your film via live streaming through FilmFreeway.

HOWEVER, if selected for entry into the 2017 Peace On Earth Film Festival, you must provide us with a DVD or Blu-ray (NTSC - US Region 0 or 1 format ONLY) (no PAL or SECAM formats) AND: must be the same cut as your original live stream.

* If you send us a DVD or Blu-ray for submission... Check your if they will properly play on a Standard North American (US Region 0 or 1) stand alone player (not merely in a PC/Mac), or they may not be considered.

If SELECTED: FOR ENTRY into the 2017 Peace On Earth Film Festival, you must provide us with a DVD or Blu-ray (NTSC - US Region 0 or 1 format ONLY) (no PAL or SECAM formats) AND: must be the same cut as your original live.

* If you send us a DVD or Blu-ray for submission... Check your if they will properly play on a Standard North American (US Region 0 or 1) stand alone player (not merely in a PC/Mac), or they may not be considered.

* Submitted DVDs or Blu-rays will not be returned unless you provide a pre-stamped/pre-addressed return envelope with your submission, and any additional filing fees for international mailings.

* Film title and applicable entry number must be on each case and DVD/Blu-ray.

* Entrant/Filmmaker confirms and warrants required legal authority to:
• submit the entry into the Festival; and
• use of all music, images, and content in the entry; and
• grant permission to the POEFF for usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print for the promotion and production of the annual POEFF, and (images only) for grant proposals for future festivals.
* If applicable, upload all Press Kits and other Promotional Material into your Festival Freeway cache.

* Non-English submission, as well as the final exhibition format copy, must have English subtitles throughout or be dubbed in English. Please note: SUGGESTED - if a piece of music or poetry lends to the story/plot line, include in subtitles.

* POEFF will NOT accept original prints, copies only. If you submit an original print, we are not liable for loss or damage, and we will not review your film for entry into the festival.

* POEFF will ONLY accept completed projects, will NOT accept works in progress. Final Cut ONLY.

SELECTIONS/ENTRIES into the 2017 Peace On Earth Film Festival

* If selected, your film (in the proper format for screening) must be in the POEFF office no later than February 1, 2017.

* Formats for Exhibition: Exhibition Quality DVD or Blu-ray - NO STREAMING.

* The date, location and time of screenings of films are at the discretion of the POEFF.

* Film selection announcements will be made around December 10th, 2016.

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