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. . .
Question(s) related to this article:
Film festivals that promote a culture of peace, Do you know of others?
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Latest reader comment:
Chicago, IL, USA has an annual Peace on Earth Film Festival.