GPPF Brings Orlando to the World Through Virtual Access
Following a successful pivot in 2020 to both safely distanced in-person events combined with virtual online feature and short films to be enjoyed from the comfort of home, the 19th annual Global Peace Film Festival (GPFF) returns this year with a similar hybrid format to deliver a robust program that includes thought-provoking films and art exhibits for people all over the world.
Starting on the International Day of Peace, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, running through Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, a selection of feature and short films will be presented in person at locations in Winter Park and Orlando. These films highlight themes such as civil rights, environmental justice, ethics, human rights, immigration, LGBTQ+, music, social justice, voting, wellness and wildlife.
In years past, this unique festival has brought filmmakers and filmgoers from all walks of life to Central Florida, inspiring them to take action in their daily lives and to leave the world a more peaceful place than they found it. GPFF continues this tradition with a full in-person program as well as virtually through online feature, documentary and short film screenings, panel discussions and art exhibits.
As last year, there will be both a ticketed and a free way to watch the virtual films that will be available from Monday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 3. Both ticketed and free films will be accessible at the GPFF website – as will the filmmaker interviews and information about the in-person events.
Both passes and individual film tickets go on sale in July at GPFFTickets for in- person films are $10 each. Patrons may purchase a $100 White Dove Pass that provides access to all films both in person and on the virtual platform during the availability window (certain geographic restrictions apply) as well as other ticket and pass options.
Official GPFF Event:
HEAL THE WORLD: Make it a Better Place, an exhibition by Leonardo Bianchi to be presented at CityArts, at 39 S. Magnolia Ave. in downtown Orlando. An illustrator and artist, Leonardo Bianchi creates images that he hopes will catalyze and empower social change, encourage empathy for others and respect for social justice. His thought-provoking illustrations — inspired by rubber-hose style of early-era cartoon animations from the 1920s and 1930s — address essential themes of humanity and injustice worldwide. Through art and music, his messages help viewers develop empathetic understanding for social and cultural issues through indelible metaphors and an economy of line, color, and text.
On View: September 16 through October 17, 2021 @ CityArts
About the Global Peace Film Festival
The Global Peace Film Festival, established in 2003, uses the power of the moving image to further the cause of peace on earth. From the outset, the GPFF envisioned “peace” not as the absence of conflict but as a framework for channeling, processing and resolving conflict through respectful and non-violent means. People of good faith have real differences that deserve to be discussed, debated and contested. GPFF works to connect expression – artistic, political, social and personal – to positive, respectful vehicles for action and change. The festival program is carefully curated to create a place for open dialogue, using the films as catalysts for change.