Submissions

The Directors of the Peace On Earth Film Festival, along with the Board of Directors of Transcendence Global Media, NFP, are pleased to announce that the 2018 Peace On Earth Film Festival, coming in mid-March at a venue in Chicago.

Submissions for the 2018 POEFF will commence on Tuesday, June 20 and run through September 20, 2017. We are proud to announce our continued relationship with FilmFreeway and Withoutabox submission partners for the 2018 Peace On Earth Film Festival. For further details see: Guidelines for Submissions below.

The 10th Annual Peace On Earth Film Festival (POEFF) celebrates and supports 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. POEFF aims to contribute to a culture of peace through international cinema, dialogue and programming highlighting individuals on the vanguard of peace activism and social change.

Presenting a program of multi-faceted films, POEFF focuses 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 discussions, Peacemakers’ Panel, discussions and a Closing Night Awards Ceremony where exhibiting filmmakers are honored, and category winners receive accolades and cash prizes, followed by a Closing Night Party at a local restaurant.

 

Guidelines for Submission

Feature Documentary

The Feature Documentary category reaches out to filmmakers who have created feature length – comedy and drama – documentaries. The POEFF accepts films that advance the enterprise of peace. All submissions must be on the topic of peace, nonviolence, social justice, ecology and sustainability: films within the various modalities of peace genre comedy or drama. Submissions must be longer than 50 minutes and less than 100 minutes: TRT. Any genre.

 

Short Documentary

The Short Documentary category reaches out to filmmakers who have created short length – comedy and drama – documentaries. The POEFF accepts films that advance the enterprise of peace. All submissions must be on the topic of peace, nonviolence, social justice, ecology and sustainability: films within the various modalities of peace genre comedy or drama. Submissions must be 49 minutes or less: TRT. Any genre.

 

Feature Narrative Film

The category of Feature Narrative Films extends to fiction or non-fiction – comedy and drama – narration films. The POEFF accepts films that advance the enterprise of peace. All submissions must be on the topic of peace, nonviolence, social justice, ecology and sustainability: films within the various modalities of peace genre comedy or drama. Submissions should be longer than 50 minutes and less than 100 minutes: TRT. Any genre.

 

Short Narrative Film

The category of Short Narrative Films extends to fiction or non-fiction – comedy and drama – narration films. The POEFF accepts films that advance the enterprise of peace. All submissions must be on the topic of peace, nonviolence, social justice, ecology and sustainability: films within the various modalities of peace genre comedy or drama. Submissions must be no longer than 49 minutes: TRT. Any genre.

 

Animation

The category of Animation films – comedy and drama – extends to 2d and 3d created animation; however all animation is projected in 2d. We do not project in 3d. The POEFF accepts films that advance the enterprise of peace. All submissions must be on the topic of peace, nonviolence, social justice, ecology and sustainability: films within the various modalities of peace genre comedy or drama. Submissions cannot be longer than 30 minutes: TRT.

 

Students

Peace On Earth Film Festival is proud to announce it’s Student Filmmaker Showcase for 2017. The POEFF accepts films that advance the enterprise of peace. All submissions must be on the topic of peace, nonviolence, social justice, ecology and sustainability: films within the various modalities of peace genre comedy or drama. Submissions cannot be longer than 30 minutes: TRT. More Information

 

Rules for Submission

  • Submission dates are June 20, 2017 through September 20, 2017.
  • Be certain that the postal date on your DVD/Blu-ray is within the timeframe of respective deadlines:
    • Early Bird Deadline: postmarked no later than July 11, 2017
    • Regular Deadline: postmarked no later than August 1, 2017

    • Late Deadline: postmarked no later than August 22, 2017

    • Extended Deadline through WAB and FilmFreeway only (if mailing is needed, we must receive all material postmarked no later than September 20, 2017)
  • Additional funds will be required before review, should the postage date fall into the new deadline period.
  • Deadline September 20, 2017 postmarked no later than September 20, 2017.
  • All submissions must be online submissions or on DVD or Blu-ray format to be considered for selection. (US Region 0 or 1 format only) (NTSC only – no PAL or SECAM formats) to be considered for selection.
  • 

Note: we will review your film via live streaming through this online submissions format.
  • 

However, if selected for entry into the 2018 Peace On Earth Film Festival:
    • Our venue does not provide for live streaming.; a DVD or Blu-ray must be mailed to us (only NTSC, US Region 0 or 1 format).
    • Your DVD or Blu-ray must be exactly the same cut as the live stream submission.
  • Should you choose to send/mail us a copy of your film DVD or Blu-ray, be certain to check your submissions if they will properly play on a Standard North American (US Region 0 or 1) stand alone player (not merely in a PC/Mac), or they may not be considered.


  • Submitted DVDs or Blu-rays will not be returned unless you provide a pre-stamped/pre-addressed return envelope with your submission, and any additional filing fees for international mailings.


  • Film title and WAB entry number must be on each case and DVD or Blu-ray.
  • Entrant/Filmmaker confirms and warrants required legal authority to:
    • Submit the entry into the Festival; and

    • Use of all music, images, and content in the entry; and
    • Grant permission to the POEFF for usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print for the promotion and production of the annual POEFF, and (images only) for grant proposals for future festivals.
  • If applicable, upload all Press Kits and other Promotional Material into your WAB cache.


  • Non-English submission, as well as the final exhibition format copy, must have English subtitles throughout or be dubbed in English. Please note (suggested): If a piece of music or poetry lends to the story/plot line, include in subtitles.
  • POEFF will not accept original prints, copies only. If you submit an original print, we are not liable for loss or damage, and consequently we will not review your film for entry into the festival.
  • POEFF will only accept completed projects, will not accept works in progress. Final cut only.
  • If selected, your film (in the proper format for screening) must be in the POEFF office no later than January 20, 2018.
  • Formats for Exhibition: Exhibition quality DVD or Blu-ray – no streaming.
  • The date, location and time of screenings of films are at the discretion of the POEFF.


  • Film selection announcements will be made around December 10th, 2017.

 

Student Submissions

Peace On Earth Film Festival is proud to announce its Student Filmmaker Showcase for the 2018 festival. To qualify, all information above applies, as well as additional information for Student Filmmakers:

  • Student films must not exceed 30 minutes.
  • Project must be no more than two years old (completed after December 31, 2015), and created while you were attending a college or university or high school.
  • 

Note: we will review your film via live streaming through this online submissions format.
  • 

However, if selected for entry into the 2018 Peace On Earth Film Festival:
    • Our venue does not provide for live streaming.; a DVD or Blu-ray must be mailed to us (only NTSC, US Region 0 or 1 format).
    • Your DVD or Blu-ray must be exactly the same cut as the live stream submission.
  • Should you choose to send/mail us a copy of your film DVD or Blu-ray, be certain to check your submissions if they will properly play on a Standard North American (US Region 0 or 1) stand alone player (not merely in a PC/Mac), or they may not be considered.
  • Submit your film (DVD or Blu-ray), POEFF entry form, submission fee and a copy of your Student ID/school verification.
  • Additional information can be found in the Guidelines for Submissions, and the POEFF Submission Form.
  • Mail a copy of your film (DVD or Blu-ray), POEFF entry form, submission fee and student ID or school verification – postmarked no later than September 20, 2017
 – to:
    Peace On Earth Film Festival
    3304 N Broadway Ave.
    Suite 233
    Chicago, IL 60657

 

Awards

The Peace On Earth Film Festival, a competitive festival, brings together filmmakers of all backgrounds and levels of experience in a message of peace.

Plaques and monetary awards are presented in the “Best of…” all categories, including short and feature “Best Comedy”, in addition to Exposé Awards for Feature Documentary and Short Documentary, respectively are presented to filmmakers that have presented subject matter that had previously received little or no media attention. And, “Best Student Film”, in separate College and High School levels.

Further, there is an award, the Student Choice Award for Most Inspiring Story, voted on by Chicago area school students, grades 7 – 12, who attend the Student Voices for Peace Showcase, held on Thursday and Friday morning of the festival weekend.

Winners not in attendance will be mailed their monetary award and certificate.

Submissions Deadlines
Earlybird Deadline:
Postmarked by July 11, 2017
Standard Deadline:
Postmarked by Aug. 1, 2017
Late Entry Deadline:
Postmarked by Aug. 22, 2017
Extended Deadline*:
Postmarked by Sept. 20, 2017
*FilmFreeway & WAB Submissions only

Selections will be announced around December 10, 2017

Submit

Submit to FilmFreeway

Submit on Withoutabox

Or mail screeners, submission form and entry fee to:

Peace On Earth Film Festival
3304 N Broadway Ave.
Suite 233
Chicago, IL 60657

We are a member of the following Film Festival Organizations

UFFO

FestivalFocus


Withoutabox logos are trademarks of Withoutabox, a DBA of IMDb.com Inc. or its affiliates.

The Peace On Earth Film Festival is neither affiliated nor sponsored by Universal Studios