On behalf of the Review Committee for the Peace On Earth Film Festival, we extend our congratulations to the filmmakers whose films have been chosen as a 2015 Official Selection.
The process of selecting 41 entries from a field of 142 submissions was more difficult than the Review Committee could have imagined; given so many worthy, thought provoking, and illuminating films.
One of the purposes of this festival is to bring to light films that are often challenged to find exhibition. It takes a leap of faith to create films in the genre of peace; and all of the submissions reflected the filmmakers’ own advocacy and dedication to the cause.
We thank all of the submitting filmmakers. Our deepest regard for you, your crew, pre and post-production team, everyone involved in the creation of your film: we hold you all in high esteem. Most importantly, the 2015 Peace on Earth Film Festival Review Committee thanks you for your steadfast dedication to peace, nonviolence, social justice, and an eco-balanced world, through the art of filmmaking.
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 2015 Peace On Earth Film Festival, will be presented in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and will take place in the historic Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater, beginning Thursday, March 19, through Sunday, March 22, 2015.
SUBMISSIONS for the 2015 Peace On Earth Film Festival will commence on July 10, 2014. For further details see: Guidelines for Submissions.
The 7th 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. Taking place at the historic Chicago Cultural Center, in the heart of Chicago’s world-renowned theater district, 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 Opening Night Festivities, Filmmaker and Peacemaker Panel discussions, Q&A with attending filmmakers, and a Closing Night Awards Ceremony where exhibiting filmmakers are honored, and category winners receive accolades and cash prizes, and a ‘Wrap Party’ where the celebrating of filmmakers continues.
Under the Same Sun (Israel, Palestine, USA, 75 min)
- Directed by Sameh Zoabi
- Executive Producer, John Marks
A Step Too Far? A Contemplation On Forgiveness (UK, 72 min)
- Directed & Produced by Paul Moorehead
dress (USA, 20 min)
- Directed by Henry Ian Cusick
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall (USA, 40 min)
- Directed by Edgar Barens
- Produced by Edgar Barens & HBO
The High Five Apprentice (USA, 8 min)
- Directed & Animated by Tom Kanter
- Produced by Mar Elepano & Sheila Sofian
The Ghosts of Jeju (USA, 80 min)
- Directed & Produced by Regis Tremblay
Stepping Toward the Lion: Finding My Story (USA, 30 min)
- Directed & Produced by John Lyden
Ravi & Jane (Australia, 14 min)
- Executive Producer & Director, Stuart O'Rourke