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Bridging the gap- -International documentary film festival
an article by United Nations Association Film Festival (abridged)

We are delighted to announce the 17th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival), which was originally conceived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was founded by Stanford educator and film critic Jasmina Bojic with the participation of the Stanford Film Society and the UNA Midpeninsula Chapter, a community-based nonprofit organization.



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The 17th UNAFF will be held from October 16-26, 2014 in Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto and San Francisco. The theme for this year is BRIDGING THE GAP.

As one of the oldest solely documentary film festivals in the US, UNAFF has grown and earned the respect of audiences and filmmakers alike for its fearless independence and integrity. In addition to providing early outlets for films, many of which later went on to win major awards and accolades, UNAFF prides itself in creating a community forum with year-round programs for discovery and dialogue about different cultures, issues and solutions.

Our popular UNAFF Traveling Film Festival has taken place in San Francisco, Berkeley, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Davis, Saratoga, Sonoma, Sebastopol, San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Honolulu, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington DC, New York, Burlington, Bellevue, Miami, La Crosse, Fryeburg, Houston, Durham at Duke University, Chapel Hill, New Haven at Yale University, Waukesha at University of Wisconsin, Boston and Cambridge at Harvard University and internationally in Paris, Venice, Belgrade, Phnom Penh and Abu Dhabi.

Through UNAFF and Kids and UNAFF in Schools programs we have devoted our attention to the young and to the wiser among us with the UNAFF for Seniors. The UNAFF Panels program provides a platform for some of the best experts addressing challenging topics and our UNAFF Café maintains a steady supply of interesting films and informal discussions. UNAFF Archive offers a plethora of research material for students of film, politics and international relations.

UNAFF celebrates the power of films dealing with human rights, environmental themes, population, migration, women's issues, refugees, homelessness, racism, health, universal education, war and peace. UNAFF has screened some of the most awarded and talked about documentaries in the industry including seven that went on to win Academy Awards and twenty-three that were nominated.

Last year UNAFF jurors reviewed more than 630 submissions. Our final program consisted of 70 films from all over the world. To complement the screenings UNAFF partnered with more than 60 community organizations for seven panels on topics such renewable energy, the impact of social media and cyberbullying, disappearance of online privacy, interracial marriage and tolerance, human trafficking and modern slavery, the ethics of photography, geopolitics of medicine, philanthropy and social change and the passion for producing human rights documentaries. .

UNAFF gives five awards - UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary, UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Short Documentary, UNAFF Youth Vision Award, UNAFF/Stanford Video Award for Cinematography and UNAFF/Stanford Video Award for Editing. . .

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Film festivals that promote a culture of peace, Do you know of others?

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Chicago, IL, USA has an annual Peace on Earth Film Festival.
http://PeaceonEarthFilmFestival.org.


This report was posted on April 12, 2014.