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International Peace and Film Festival

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International Peace and Film Festival
International Peace and Film Festival
LocationOrlando, Florida
United States
Festival dateSeptember

The International Peace and Film Festival is an annual film festival located in Orlando, Florida, USA.


The Festival was established by founder and director Jef Gray in 2014 as a peace festival among US and East European communities in central Florida. It was expanded in following years to include independent films from 87 countries worldwide[1]. Knowledge sharing sessions are part of the program, featuring expertise in ecology, science, health, education and philosophy. The festival screens selected films with local audiences and attending filmmakers, concluding the event with an awards program. The awards program is called "Izuminka" and includes a runway fashion expo that mixes awards with local designer collections and national costumes from participating countries.

The purpose of IPFF is to engage people in cultural exchange through art, performance and independent film. The festival offers mutual benefit to attending audiences and filmmakers in a non political environment.[2]

International Peace and Film Festival

Competition Categories[edit]

  • International Narrative – Less than 120 minutes
  • International Documentary less than 60 minutes
  • Short Documentary – Less than 15 Minutes
  • Shorts (Narrative and Documentary) Less than 30 Minutes
  • Student Shorts – Less than 30 Minutes
  • Student Films under 50 minutes
  • Music Video – Less than 6 minutes
  • Trailer/Commercial – Less than 10 minutes


IPFF offers several awards[3] 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 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.
  • Enlightenment Award is assigned to the films which best explore and document a cultural art, lifestyle or history.
  • Essence Award 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 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.
  • Standard Awards are given comprehensively for Best Screenplay, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Lead Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
  • Judges Choice Awards are given to any film of the panels choosing for merit, artistry or exceptional achievement.

Awards List 2018

Awards List 2016

Awards List 2015

Competing filmmakers often receive local and national media[4] coverage[5] of their awards from the festival.

Festival Recognition[edit]

IPFF's program has been recognized[6] for it's promotion of peace between Russia, Ukraine and the United States by recognizing films from Russia and Ukraine. Accolades included mention of Russian performing artists, Golden Gates, at the festival and the East European Fashion Expo, called Izuminka.

IPFF was recognized by the Russian Federation as winner of the Silver Archer Award for Communications in the Global World. "Despite any political differences, the festival promoted the establishment and development of friendly relations between countries and peoples through film-making, the sharing of knowledge and cultural heritage.[7]


  1. "Selections begin for International Peace & Film Festival | Русские во Флориде газета". Русские во Флориде газета |. 2015-07-13. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  2. Toffolo, Matthew (November 4, 2017). "Director, Festival Reviews". Festival Reviews.
  3. "International Peace and Film Festival (2018)". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  4. "Baguio student wins in US film fest". SunStar. 2018-01-26. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  5. "П'ять Хвилин / Five Minutes". Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  6. "Российский «Монах» отмечен кинонаградами в США". Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  7. Alexander Yu, Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in the USA. , 2015 Silver Archer Awards USA,, 2015 [1]

External links[edit]

Added more citations, details on 2018 awards in IMDB, Foreign Press, and Media Links.[edit]

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