Submissions for the 10th Annual Peace On Earth Film Festival are now closed.
Thank you to filmmakers worldwide that submitted their powerful and courageous works with us.
We will announce Official Selections into the 2018 Peace On Earth Film Festival on or about December 10th.
The 10th Annual Peace On Earth Film Festival (POEFF) will be held at the newly renovated Davis Theater in Lincoln Square (Chicago, IL) from Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Join us to celebrate and support independent filmmakers and their work from around the world on the themes of peace, nonviolence, social justice and eco-balance – films within the various modalities of peace genre. Join us, as we aim to contribute to a culture of peace through international cinema, dialogue and programming highlighting individuals on the vanguard of peace activism and social change.
POEFF presents a program of multi-faceted films, focused on reshaping attitudes, encouraging and highlighting nonviolent practices, and opening minds to the possibility of communication, consideration, tolerance and understanding.
POEFF features an Opening Night Press Gala, Filmmakers’ Panel, Peacemakers’ Panel, and One on One discussions with filmmakers and activists, and a Closing Night Awards Ceremony where exhibiting filmmakers are honored, and category winners receive accolades and cash prizes.
Discover that “Peace is Reel” and documented as doable.
Beyond the Wall (USA, 75 min)
- Directed by Jenny Phillips & Bestor Cram
Mango Dreams (USA, India, 93 min)
- Directed by John Upchurch
Three Boats (three documentary poems) (USA, 12 min)
- Directed by Irina Patkanian
iWITNESS (Greece, 8 min)
- Directed by Georgios Mastrakoulis
A Bold Peace (USA, Costa Rica, 90 min)
- Directed by Matthew Eddy & Michael Dreiling
The Little Dictator (Israel, 29 min)
- Directed by Nurith Cohn
Dividing Line of Chicago (USA, 9 min)
- Directed by Students from Free Spirit Media at North Lawndale College Prep
Ubuntu: The Peace Exchange in South Africa (USA, S. Africa, 14 min)
- Produced by Chad Rispalje & Jessica Work (Free Spirit PRO)
Student Voices for Peace Awards
Student Voices for Peace Showcases are held on Thursday (middle school) and Friday (high school) mornings of the festival. The students screen Official Selections that the POEFF Teacher Advisory Panel has recommended to the festival directors for students in 7th – 12th grades. The students share dialogue on each film then cast their votes for the Student Choice Award for Most Inspiring Story.
A special category that the festival directors created 5 years ago to recognize short and feature documentaries that expose a subject that has received little or no media or public attention, but that shares a potent message, and a clear demonstration that change is needed and is possible.
A look ahead to the 2017 Peace On Earth Film Festival. This year’s festival kicks off on Friday, March 10th at the Music Box Theatre.
By Robert C. Koehler
“From Ia Drang to Khe Sanh, from Hue to Saigon and countless villages in between, they pushed through jungles and rice paddies, heat and monsoon, fighting heroically to protect the ideals we hold dear as Americans. Through more than a decade of combat, over air, land, and sea, these proud Americans upheld the highest traditions of our Armed Forces.”
OK, I get it. Soldiers suffer, soldiers die in the wars we wage, and the commander in chief has to, occasionally, toss clichés on their graves.