Global Peace Film Festival Comes to Winter Park
Guest Columnist Charley Williams / September 6, 2022
Wander the globe without going through a single pesky TSA line. Leave your luggage in the closet where it won’t get lost. Catch up on your bucket-list destinations, as the world comes to Winter Park!
It’s the 20th Annual Global Peace Film Festival, Monday, September 19 through Sunday, September 25, with screenings at Enzian, the Rollins campus and the Winter Park Library.
Long and Short Documentaries in 23 Categories
More than 34 long- and short-format documentary films in 23 separate categories address issues which are top-of-mind in today’s world: voting, social justice, music, civil rights, environmental justice, ethics and immigration — to name a few.
Website Available Now
View trailers and film bios on the festival website peacefilmfest.org. Most films will be screened multiple times. The website also lists panel discussions and art exhibitions. You can purchase tickets for in-person and virtual viewings on this site. Tickets for opening night are $12; all others are $10.
Virtual Screenings Available
From September 20 to October 2, virtual screenings will be available for movie lovers who are out of town or unable to attend in-person events.
Opening Night – September 20 at the Enzian
Opening night will be held at the Enzian theatre September 20th, with the screening of World Peace and Other 4h Grade Achievements.
Human Peace Sign – September 21 at the Library
As a bonus feature, Valencia College will celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace with the staging and photographing of a Human Peace Sign, Wednesday, September 21 at the Winter Park Library following the 6:00 pm screening of Mission Joy.
What are your personal choices?
My personal picks: Into the Canyon (750-mile hike thru the Grand Canyon); American River (Passaic River, NJ); Shepherds of the Earth (Kenya); Into Dust (Pakistan); The Long Break-up (Ukraine); and the Big Payback (discussing reparations solutions for past racial injustices).
Great article and event! For those interested in seeing a work in progress: check out Peace Pitch at the Enzian on September 22, 1:30-2:30pm. Filmmakers in post-production seeking completion funds screen their work in progress and gain feedback from potential funders and other stakeholders. This year’s showcase film is What Hugh Knew, a feature-length documentary about the power of human connection directed by award-winning Orlando filmmaker Todd Thompson of Stars North™ (Woman in Motion). It is open to the public; however, seating is limited; for complimentary tickets on a space-available basis, visit Peace Pitch.
Thank you, Charley, for your support over the years, now decades with anticipation of Global Peace Film Festival’s 20th anniversary! Come for the films, art exhibits and more; leave with a renewed commitment to your community and lots of ideas to put into action!
Excited to see the Global Peace Film Festival celebrate its 20th year! Travel from out of state to attend is worth the effort – this festival’s screenings and events have meaningful messages and a quality that’s contagious. Kudos to the Winter Park Voice for a wonderful article and congratulations to GPFF!
Thank you for this informative article. In addition to the journey around the world through the films, you’ll meet filmmakers and people featured in the films who will take part in post-film discussions, in person and via Zoom. There’s much more, too! Check out the schedule and read the film descriptions at peacefilmfest.org/2022-festival-program.