International Peace Film Festival - IPFF - 2019

Our first annual international peace film festival is underway (May 12-16, 2019) in the region’s capital, Erbi. The festival theme is our own motto "Voice of the Voiceless". Our selection criteria are fictional films, documentaries, and short films about human rights abuses and violence against the underdog and victims of war and terror, especially minorities, women, children, and the elderly. IPFF will also present a set of panel discussions with filmmakers and human rights activists. IPFF will serve as a bridge between local filmmakers and the world film community and help introduce foreign filmmakers to the crisis particular to the region.

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The purpose for Peace Film Center is to help empower the local cinema and theatre via film making and acting course for children and adults; screenings of local and art-house films; holding forums and discussions with filmmakers and experts; and hosting of film festivals and other film-related events.

We believe that through the art of filmmaking, theater, and other forms of self-expression we can promote peace and coexistence and in turn combat aggression and violence in conflict zones. We also believe in the arts as an essential part of cultural identity and film as a means to relate one’s culture and stories to the world.

While our school is for everyone, we are placing a special focus on the underprivileged communities and among the refugees and internally displaced families. We will enroll creative and artistically inclined children and teenagers from public schools and IDP camps through our student sponsorship program SaS (sponsor a student). Through this program charity groups, governmental entities, NGOs, companies, and individuals will be sought to sponsor one or multiple students. This entails paying their tuitions for a specified number of semesters.

The youth who have the potential to be the artists and creative minds of the future will be guided and empowered through our meticulously crafted courses and hands-on workshops.

Our courses include:

  • Acting for children ages 6-15
  • Acting for youth
  • Acting for adults
  • Screenplay writing
  • Film directing
  • Production management
  • Still camera and photo journalism
  • Videography (Cinematography)
  • Video editing, Visual effects, animation, and Graphic design

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