The International Peace and Film Festival was founded by the festival director, Jef Gray, as an outreach project for people of many nations to come together and engage in peace and cultural exchange. The festival offers a five track experience for diplomats, film makers, performers, speakers and general attendees to exchange their art, knowledge and culture in a non political environment.
IPFF began as a one day peace festival in Central Florida, attracting American and East European cultures together. In subsequent years, the festival was expanded to offer a broader range of activities including an Independent Film Festival, a Hall of Nations, Knowledge Sharing Sessions and Cultural Performances.
Open to the general public, the International Peace and Film Festival is held annually in Orlando, Florida. The festival combines film makers and diplomatic representation from over 100 countries, along with the official channel IPFF-TV where selected films and trailers are shared year round.
The next festival will take place from November 12-15, 2015 and is comprised of 1300+ film submissions from 86 countries worldwide.]
The Independent Film portion of the festival invites aspiring filmmakers from around the world to submit their projects for consideration. Films are categorized as International Narrative/Feature, Documentary, Short, Student Short and Music Video.
IPFF offers several awards during the festival season including: Ambassador of Peace, Avant Garde, Enlightenment, Essence, Rising Star, Best Screenplay, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Lead Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and numerous Judges Choice awards. Awards are established to highlight notable individuals in film and diplomacy.
Ambassador of Peace
The Ambassador of Peace is awarded to the film that illustrates the tangible engagement of peace. It is the highest award of the festival.
Avant Garde is awarded to the film with highest level of technical achievement used to present a story.
The Award of Enlightenment is assigned to the films which best explore and document a cultural art, lifestyle or history.
Essence is awarded to the top film in the shorts category. The award recognizes the films ability to creatively convey an idea in minimal time.
Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award is given to the top four performers in the the student film category. Awards are presented for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Screenplay.
Awards are given comprehensively for Best Screenplay, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Lead Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
Judges Choice Award
Each judge on the panel is permitted the option to award a single “Choice Award” to any film of their choosing.
Hall of Nations
Ambassadors from each embassy in Washington, DC receive invitations to the festival approximately 6 months prior to the event date. The Hall of Nations is the collective space at the festival where attendees can interact with diplomats from each represented country. Each attending country provides demographic, tourism, business and cultural information for the benefit of the audience. Diplomats also participate in the awards ceremony as announces of winning filmmakers of their corresponding country.
A sampling of food from around the world is featured in the “Tasting Room”.
The knowledge sharing sessions are interactive lectures from expert speakers in Health, Science & Technology, Agriculture, Education and International Business. The premise of the sessions is that an idea, discovery or research that is beneficial in one country can have similar value to others. Knowledge Shares are also recorded for broadcast on the festival channel, IPFF-TV.
Artists in dance, music and theater perform at the festival in crowd based and stage venues. A fashion show, featuring the national costume of each attending country, is also held during the awards ceremony of the festival.
The official channel of the International Peace and Film Festival, IPFF-TV, is a free Roku application that enables festival attendees to view trailers, complete films, and festival content. Films are grouped by category and country.
The International Peace and Film Festival and IPFF-TV are registered trademarks of Aurous Publishing, the parent corporation of the festival. The festival operates with tremendous volunteer assistance from the Russian-American Community Center of Florida as the primary event sponsor. Volunteer and sponsor opportunities are available via sign up on the official website: http://peacefestival.us
To contact the festival directly, please send an email via the site’s contact page.
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