3rd Annual Film For Peace Festival
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A separate sky
Film over 30
Raajhorshee De
64 min
Winner: best film over 30 minutes
Winner: best producer
Winner: best actress “Richa Sharma”
or why are angry men angry
Short Film
Taylor Olson
12 min
Winner: best short
Winner: best actors: Taylor Olson & Peter Sarty

The third harmony
Doc over 30
Michael N. Nagler
44 min
United States
Winner: best documentary over 30 minutes

Building Bridges
Short Doc
Johannes Olszewski
5 min
Winner: best documentary under 30 minutes
Winner: best director

Painting by numbers
Animated short
Radheya Jegatheva
4 min
Winner: best animated short film

1) Principal theme must be of “Peace” – how to achieve it, lessons to be learned to keep this world in a peaceful state.
2) Production values – cinematography, sound design, musical score
3) Quality of acting & direction

Some films had great messages but lacked production values
Others had terrific production values but did not adhere to the theme.
And, of course, some scored very high in both theme and production values.
Very difficult to narrow so many wonderful films down to single winners.

As far as we are concerned, they are all winners!

I would like to thank Karim Mirshahi for initiating this festival 3 years ago.

And a huge thank you to the following judges who took a large chunk of time out of their busy lives to volunteer their talent and services for the benefit of this festival. They did a magnificent job in sorting through all entries from 32 nations around the world.

Angela Johnson
Frank Caruso
Ella Farida
Ross Munroe
T.C. Frantz
Satie Narain Simon

Canada USA Greece Russia United Kingdom India Netherlands Israel
Spain Australia Jordan Egypt Finland Lebanon Qatar South Africa
Sweden South Korea Taiwan Germany France Iran Pakistan Chile Italy
Poland Bolivia China Macedonia Croatia Turkey

Peace and see you all in 2022 for our 4th Annual Film for Peace Festival.

Yours Truly,
Frank A. Caruso – Film for Peace, Executive Director & Head Judge

“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.

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
  • S K

    No communication whatsoever with the festival. The website is not reachable. The submission fee was charged of course.

    October 2021
  • Stephanie Van Hook

    This was a great festival. We were so honored to win an award for our documentary, The Third Harmony. Those Canadians know a good film when they see it! Thanks again.

    September 2021
  • Jamon Holmes

    Good festival to submit too.

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Many thanks, Jamon ! Much appreciated.

  • Joe Chang

    Wonderful film festival! Thank you for choosing my film.

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words, Joe. We are a new festival - all volunteer driven - nobody is paid. We do it for the love of cinema.

  • Total disappointment with the festival. I received the film's approval by the festival through the Filmfreeway, and since then I have not received any information or laurel for the selection of my short film. I sent several emails, asked a colleague of mine who lives in Canada to contact the place and it came to nothing. At the very least they sent me the link to watch the festival online on youtube, but my short film wasn't even shown. Total lack of respect with those who supported this festival from the beginning.
    I don't recommend it to anyone.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    As stated previously, we are all volunteers trying to make a positive festival during turbulent times. Forgive us if we're not in the class of major festivals yet. Peace.