International Peace Film Festival - IPFF - 2019

We believe in the moral and civic responsibility of the gifted filmmaker and artist to use his or her talents in a manner that positively changes the world and obviates the need for violence. Our vision and philosophy at Peace Film Initiative (PFI) is a world where compassion wins over cold politics, peace wins over terror, and love and coexistence win over bigotry. Our philosophy lies in turning an otherwise violent situation into a peaceful resolution through the art of film.

International Peace Film Festival's theme is Living Together in Peace. Our selection criteria includes fictional and short films and documentaries about human rights issues and films that promote peace and coexistence. Along with screenings of films from across the Globe, IPFF will also present a set of panel discussions with filmmakers and human rights activists. IPFF will serve as a bridge between local filmmakers and the world film community and help introduce foreign filmmakers to the crisis particular to our region.

The Festival is the first of its kind in the region's capital with screening both in Erbil venues and at the refugee and IDP camps in the region.

Our aim is to highlight Kurdistan as a place that advocates peace and coexistence despite being surrounded by aggressive neighbors and constant wars, hence place IPFF-Erbil on the map iof the international festival circuit, and consequently serve as good publicity for the region as promoter of peace and coexistence.

IPFF Goes to Amsterdam

We are happy to be showcasing our short Kurdish film selections at the Manifesto Film Festival in Amsterdam on Sunday, September 8.

Our participation in the Dutch film festival in Amsterdam with our Kurdish short films selection will highlight Kurdish cinema and the stories peculiar to the region to European audiences.

Among the participating films are "The Broken Song" by Can Bapir (Rojava/Austria), "The Last Embrace" by Saman Hussainpour (Rojhalat), "There Was a Country" by Hebun Polat (Bakur), "The Fog" by Ferdi Taskir (Bakur), "Anniversary" by Angelica Germana Bozza (Germany), and from Bashur two films by Hawraz Muhemmed - "Laughter & Forgetting" and "Unseen Photos of Anfal", and two by renowned artist/sculptor Zirek Mira - "Breath" and "Looking for God', both past productions of Evini Films filmmaking workshops.

Mira and Bapir will be attending the festival to present their films and give post-screening Q and A sessions.

The Kurdish program will be moderated by filmmaker Mazin Sherbayani and will include a few other films outside of IPFF programme, among them "Facing Death with Wire Cutter" by Sarwar Abdullah (Bashur), "The Pattern" by Azad Jannati (Rojhalat), and "The Mandarin Tree" by Gengiz Akaygun (Bakur).

Manifesto Film Festival will open with another Kurdish film, the Rojava war drama "Girls of the Sun" by French director Eva Husson. The film depicts all-female fighting unit better known as Shervans battling ISIS.

The Kurdish program is an all-day event on Sunday September 8 at the Crea Cinema in Amsterdam. The program will also include a panel discussion on the fate of minorities in the plains of Mosul.

Manifesto Film Festival site

Festival Blogs:
"A Brief History of a Young Kurdish Cinema" by Jano Rosebiani
"Kurdistan, Art, The Realistic relation between the Two" by Chiman Salih

To book for the Kurdish events:

Kurdish Showcase 1     Kurdish Showcase 2      Kurdish Showcase 3      Kurdish SHowcase 4



Film submissions are CLOSED.

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For volunteering please click here


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