2020 Global Peace Film Festival

Online screening: 'Don't Drain the Swamp'


Don't Drain the Swamp! from Vicki Nantz on Vimeo.
Director: Vicki Nantz; Running time: 23 minutes
'Don't Drain The Swamp' screened at the 2017 Global Peace Film Festival.

The swamp is one of the most valuable ecosystems on earth and is vital to the health of the planet. So why would anyone - even metaphorically - want to "drain the swamp?"

Upcoming Events

MARCH 19, 6pm | Bush Auditorium at Rollins College

Film Screening of


We are delighted to present the Florida premiere of Swing State Florida, produced by the Bertelsmann Foundation. The film dives into three critical Florida communities – farmworkers in Immokalee, African-American youth in Liberty City Miami, and people displaced by Hurricane Michael in the Panhandle – that will be influential in swaying the 2020 US election. These are communities used and misuse by the political process; they are relied upon for electoral victories but what do they receive in return? The film mixes intimate portraits with expert commentary to give a vision of Florida in the run-up to the 2020 election. The challenges documented in the film present struggles replicated in swing states across the country.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion that will include the film’s director, Samuel George, and representatives from event co-sponsors, the League of Women Voters of Orange County, the Farmworker Association of Florida and the Central Florida Association of Black Journalists.

Tickets are free and available at https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=97839535685

MARCH 24, 7pm | Whole Life Church, 2800 North Orange Avenue, Orlando

Film Screening of

BEDLAM Cancelled

The third Indie Lens Pop-Up film of the 2019/2020 season is Bedlam. The film follows Kenneth Paul Rosenberg MD as he visits ERs, jails and homeless camps to examine our national mental health crisis.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion led by local mental health professionals.

Tickets are free and available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adventhealth-university-in-partnership-with-the-global-peace-film-festival-tickets-95882574361

Community First: A Home for the Homeless

March 26, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This documentary tells a story of shifting mindsets to address homelessness based on core values of relationships versus transactional, and human-centered needs versus program-centered approaches. Often times people experience homelessness – be it family homelessness or chronic homelessness – are excluded from the conversation of the causes, impact and lasting solutions.

The documentary “…it tells a compelling story with empathy and compassion, more importantly it will inspire people to make tangible positive changes in their own communities.”
-Kelly DeVine, Artistic Director Global Peace Film Festival

Join us at this documentary’s viewing sponsored by St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and a conversation with the director, Layton Blaylock who says, “It pains me to see a fellow human being in such despair. I am utterly confused how this can happen on such a grand scale in the richest country on the planet. How can this be? How can we let this continue?” Come to be inspired and challenged.

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: St. Luke’s UMC, Founder’s Hall
Fee: $25 per person (lunch provided)

Make reservations here.

Submissions are open 

Global Peace Film Festival will begin accepting submissions, via FilmFreeway, for the 2020 festival starting Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. More info.

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Our Story

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.