Nina Streich, Executive Director, has extensive professional experience in film/television, politics and event planning/logistics. A lifelong activist, Nina Streich lives her commitment to working for a better, more peaceful world by using her varied professional background as the Executive Director of the Global Peace Film Festival. When she was first hired to create a film event, she didn’t even know the local area code. Her vision was to work in collaboration with the local community, using the arts – particularly film – to inspire positive social, cultural and personal change.
Her professional career highlights include cutting trailers for over 50 major studio and independent feature films, producing documentaries, serving as Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting, managing the Newport International Film Festival and creating and running the Global Peace Film Festival since 2003. Among her festival highlights are the creation of the K-12 student peace art exhibit through Orange County (FL) Public Schools, developing relationships with diverse community and arts organizations and the opportunity to work on international festivals in Japan, Korea, Israel and Jordan, and Nepal.
Kelly DeVine, Artistic Director since 2006, envisioned a rethinking of the traditional festival model from a passive event into one fully realizing the power of film and the arts to inspire and motivate. Working from a shared belief in peace as a process for dealing with conflict rather than an unattainable end, Kelly pairs films with local, national and international groups, creating a community-centered hub that educates and inspires, as well as providing the resources to empower citizens to become change agents in their own lives.
In addition, Kelly has consulted in various capacities for impact projects for noted, award-winning documentaries such as Bully, How To Survive A Plague, Revolutionary Optimists and others. Kelly is a long-time film acquisitions and programming professional, most recently as a Consultant to Cinetic Rights Management/FilmBuff in New York and the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI). She was a key member of the Acquisitions team at IFCTV for nearly 8 years where she covered the independent feature film and short film market, negotiating hundreds of film acquisitions. As part of the GPFF team, Kelly consults with filmmakers regarding story development and festival and impact strategy. She regularly serves as a reader for numerous grant programs including ITVS, and on juries for film festivals.
Lori Turchin, Festival Manager since 2016, is currently employed full-time at Full Sail University as the Associate Course Director for History of Motion Picture Arts, teaching both online and on campus. She worked to evolve this course from Associates Degree to Bachelor’s Degree, from Classroom to Online and Hybrid Curriculums. From 2004 to 2006, she mentored students through the process of writing a short film from formatting to story and through visual conception board and pitch. During that time Lori presented special lecture on how to break down a feature film script. At Full Sail University, she served as Team Captain for Full Sail University Behind the Scene Tours. In that position, she was responsible for writing script for Behind the Scene Tours and conducting tours. Lori also created curriculum and taught a continuing education class on Visual Storytelling In The Age of Screens. Additional educational pursuits included creating curriculum, assets and teaching Cinema History online at the L.A. Film School in Florida. As an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Florida, she taught Film History 2, a 3000 level course and adapted curriculum using Canvas LMS.