FILM FOR PEACE 2020
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
Director: Xavier Plater
Best Doc (over 30 minutes) W’at About Us (Canada)
Director: Beverly Vergel
Producer: Shelley Jarrett
The Long Ride Home (Canada)
Director: Steve Haining
Best short film/Doc under 10 min) The Mother (Viet Nam)
Director: Le Huy Anh
8 out of 10 (USA)
Director: Jake Schaumberg-Dineen
Best Director Chefdeville Maxime (The Cabin – France)
(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)
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 was streamed through YouTube and was available at www.internationalpeacefestival.com and also 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)
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.