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

The following comes from the website of Signis, World Catholic Organization for Communication – Media for a Culture of Peace. They sponsor a number of film festivals around the world which emphasize the culture of peace.

Every day the media bring us more news of conflict, acts of terrorism, massacres, racism or xenophobia. It seems that we are drowning in a culture of hatred and war.

Let’s imagine instead for a moment that the world’s radio and TV stations were reporting on, and devoting a significant part of their programmes and broadcasts to gestures of reconciliation and acts of peacemaking. So alongside the culture of violence and war, which, of course, we cannot ignore, because it is part of what makes us human, they would develop in the media a Culture of Peace.

This does not have to remain only a dream. If every member of SIGNIS, radio, video and television producer, webmaster, educator, researcher and trainer, got involved in making programmes on those acts which are contributing to peace and in promoting gestures of reconciliation… all of us would have helped to increase the possibilities of helping to make the world a more peaceful place.

That is why the SIGNIS delegates, during their meeting in Cape Town in 2003, choose as the main objective for SIGNIS to work to promote a Culture of Peace through the media.

Here are CPNN articles on this topic:

Colombia: Cinema, historical memory and culture of peace

28TH FESPACO: Gold for Tunisia and silver for Burkina

Fifteen films bid for top prize in Africa’s premiere film fest

Burkina Faso: FESPACO will take place in February with the theme “African Cinemas and Culture of Peace”

Spain : Films for peace – ten years of MUSOC

The Páramo de Sumapaz, will be the scene of Colombian cinema festival

Brazil: Ecocine International Film Festival of Environmental and Human Rights

Mexico: Second Edition of the International Festival of Cinema for the Culture of Peace

MADRID: Fifth edition of the Film and Human Rights Festival

Burkina Faso: Blanche Bana wins the Sotigui Awards 2020

Iranian film “Castle of Dreams” wins at Religion Today filmfest in Italy

Burkina Faso : The 5th edition of Sotigui Awards looks at the contribution of women filmmakers to the culture of peace

Xalapa, Mexico: International Film Festival for a Culture of Peace

Korea: Busan Film Festival and creation of world culture

Challenge in Colombia: Peace displacing violence as inspiration for the arts

Bridging the gap- -International documentary film festival

Taguatinga Film Festival accepting registration until the 30th ( Brazil )

Festival Taguatinga de Cinema tem inscrições abertas até o dia 30 (Brasil)

Human Rights Watch film festivals: Toronto and London

FESPACO 2013 : Preparations for an Excellent Festival of African Cinema

FESPACO 2013 : Des dispositions pour une belle fête du cinéma africain

International Festival of Nyamina, Mali: Cinema and Peace

Festival international de Nyamina, Mali : Cinéma et paix

If Only Everyone Wins Ecumenical Film Prize in Yerevan 2012

Black International Cinema Berlin: May 2-6, 2012