Global Nonviolent Film Festival Announces 2021 Dates & Opens Submissions

October 18, 2020 — Hollywood, California — The 10th edition of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival will take place from September 23 to October 3, 2021.

Global Nonviolent Film Festival is the most important and renown nonviolent film festival in the world. It takes place annually on it’s streaming channel at:

Submissions are now open on FilmFreeway. All films submitted must be nonviolent: the Festival does not accept films that showcase explicit or graphic violence; implied acts of violence may be accepted if they are justified by the message of the film.

The Festival was founded by film director Bruno Pischiutta and producer Daria Trifu in 2012 to showcase nonviolent motion pictures, and to show that those movies are not only capable of great international success but they are in high demand by the public.

Filmmakers from every corner of the globe are invited to submit their films, documentaries (shorts, features, animation) and music videos to this vanguard on-line festival that showcases the best in nonviolent cinema.

For 11 consecutive days each year, the world viewers can watch the films selected at the Global Nonviolent Film Festival and enjoy them from the comfort of their homes, they can read about the filmmakers in the annual DARIA! magazine and they can view, every day, the video presentations provided for every movie. This makes Global Nonviolent Film Festival the best place for producers to showcase their work.


Here is what some of the filmmakers had to say about their experience at the Festival in 2020:

Hernan de Beky: “Since day one, The Global Nonviolent Film Festival has been a terrific experience. We are all very excited and proud to have been chosen by the Jury among so many brilliant, accomplished and creative filmmakers from around the world. As I mentioned to the organizers, Daria and Bruno, they really showed an incredible commitment to excellence in mounting such an awesome international event under truly challenging conditions during a world pandemic. Plus, the mere fact to have been singled out by the Jury means a lot to all of us, let alone to be selected to receive an award as Winner of The Best Biographical Short Film of the Global Non Violent Film Festival 2020. On behalf of our cast and crew thanks very much to you! We could not have done it without you!”, says Hernan de Beky, the real-life person on which the story of the short film REMEMBER THIS VOICE (USA) is based upon.

Andrew McCardle: “A wonderful festival put together by those who love the medium and the craft, the care that Daria and Bruno have taken to put together a meaningful program is evident in each element of this powerful experience. This festival comes from the heart and it shows in all they do. I congratulate you and all the team at GNFF for the beautiful festival you’ve assembled this year, it was a perfect way for me to start each day to watch you and Bruno announcing the day’s program and I enjoyed the films all the more – Cheers to you and to the days and years ahead”, says Andrew McCardle, director of the feature film IT’S ALWAYS BEEN YOU (USA).

Elizabeth Rossa: “Daria Trifu is one of the most engaging and beautiful souls! Her festival along with Bruno Pischiutta was an incredible honor to be a part of and awarded by. It was a joy to have experienced their world and the many incredible films and videos that they graced us with. This Festival is A MUST SEE and should be on your radar every year!”, says Elizabeth Rossa, director of the music video GANAPATAYE (USA).

Roberto Fischer: “Very honored to have been selected as a WINNER with my documentary EXPEDITION NIGER – REAL AFRICA at the GNVFF this year. The way the festival is being run is beating the highest professional standards and should encourage all film makers to take part. Keep up with your good work!”, says Roberto Fischer, director of the feature documentary EXPEDITION NIGER – REAL AFRICA (Germany).

Alberto Galan: “Loved being part of this nonviolent film initiative and we cannot wait for http://www.GlobalCinema.onlineto be launched. We’ll be submitting future films in the following years as well.” Says Alberto Galan, director of the short documentary MARGINALIZED NATION (Colombia).

Martyn le Roux: “Being part of the 2020 Festival was an epic experience! The hospitality, communication and professionalism with which this festival is run, is simply amazing. This is my first festival and I am glad that I chose the Global Nonviolent Festival. Daria Trifu is an amazing and dynamic lady who answered each and every question I had. Feedback was instantaneous and there was nothing too big or too small that wasn’t handled and supported. A BIG RECOMMENDATION! YES! YES! This was simply an amazing experience from the word “go”. From my first e-mail to Daria to the last day of the festival I never felt out of place or “alienated’. No question(s) was/were too big, small or silly. All were answered.

More than the awards we received, I think the whole experience and professional way in which everything was done, would remain with me for the rest of my life.

All in all, it was a life-altering experience. You sometimes wonder why you do things, feel driven to accomplish something, and wonder if you are good enough.

Then you meet people like you, become part of a whole new ‘life’ for a few weeks, and realize why you did what you did, and that you can actually be counted with some of the best, (and there were some amazing works in the Festival).

If I ever manage to produce another one of my stories (On my bucket list!) I shall not hesitate to submit it again to this Festival. (I’ll make sure it is not 3 hours!!),” Says Martyn le Roux, director of the feature film THE SKIN WALKER (South Africa).

Ken Sagoes: “I’m deeply honored that “The McHenry Trial – Don’t Judge a Kid by Their Hoodie” was selected as an Award Winner in your remarkable festival! The festival is well-organized with great communication. May the Festival continue to provide filmmakers a platform that fosters creativity and self expression. Your virtual Festival — and daily coverage — is the best I have experienced since the advent of Covid. Again, WELL DONE!” Says Ken Sagoes, director of the short film THE MCHENRY TRIAL (USA).

Shamil Aliyev: “I am very glad that my film STEPPE MAN is making a kind of contribution against violence through this festival.” Says Shamil Aliyev, director of STEPPE MAN (Azerbaijan).

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Roger Paradiso: “I would like to thank Daria and Bruno for their gracious hospitality during the pandemic. Everything was well organized. I would recommend this Festival to anyone.” Says Roger Paradiso, director of THE QUEEN OF CAMELOT (USA).

Anne Lakhdar: “Daria invested incredibly lot of energy and time in making this unique Festival happening. We appreciated the focus of the festival – nonviolent films!, the presentation in the DARIA! magazine, but also the daily review of the presented films. There was a good presence on the social networks and each and every filmmaker felt being part of this online event. Thank you Daria for this! The only thing that could participate in making this even better would be the quality (mainly sound and also the reading of the information) of the daily interviews. Thank you for selecting “Away From Guns” and for the “Best Subject Short Documentary” Award, what an encouragement! Wishing you every success for your future projects and a good rest after this very busy time!” Says Anne Lakhdar, producer of AWAY FROM GUNS (Switzerland).

Clive Myer & Lynda Myer-Bennett: “Congratulations and thank you so much for a wonderful and professional festival and for all your hard work.” Says Clive Myer and Lynda Myer-Bennett, directors & producers of the short documentary MAURICE EL MEDIONI (UK).

Mélanie N. Bennett: “And thank you for spreading nonviolence — what important work you are doing.” Says Mélanie N. Bennett, producer of the feature documentary THE WORLD IS MY COUNTRY (USA) – presented by Martin Sheen.

In Competition with NETFLIX starting in 2021:

In 2021, Canadian company Global Film Studio Inc., owner of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival, is launching, its own subscriber-based streaming platform for films and documentaries. Global Cinema Online will be a competitor to NETFLIX, and it aims to bring to the world viewers top quality films with a special focus on nonviolent content.
The films presented by Global Cinema Online will be available on its on-line OTT channel, and through the Company’s personalized APPs on iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Android TV, Tizen, and Xbox One.

The viewers will be able to subscribe to Global Cinema Online on a monthly or yearly basis and they will be able to watch films and documentaries from everywhere in the world in the comfort of their home on their computer, TV or any mobile device.

For filmmakers, Global Cinema Online will be the best OTT streaming platform to distribute their films to a global audience and to earn money for their work!

Premieres & Limited Time Releases: certain content will be available on a pay-per-view basis only. This system will also be used for new releases and films that do their premieres with Global Cinema.

All the films selected at the Global Nonviolent Film Festival are already selected for distribution – should they be available – by Global Cinema Online. There is no need to submit those films for distribution consideration.

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