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we the peoples film festival

“Friends of the Festival” Friday!

This week we speak to David Wardrop from We The Peoples Film Festival…


Tell us about your Festival:

The We the Peoples film festival is an annual event and a project of the United Nations Association Westminster Branch.

It sets out to screen films linked to the United Nations Three Pillars of Freedom: freedom from want, freedom from fear, and the freedom to live in dignity.

Best Film awards relate to these subjects and also to the environment and the rapprochement of civilisations.

Other annual projects are our International Law lecture and our conference to mark the International day of UN Peacekeepers which incorporates a diplomatic wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph.

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The winners of the annual #TweetAPitch competition.

How was your Festival created?

It started in 2004 as the Stories from the Field festival, using films screened at the New York film festival of the same name.

It adopted its current name in the following year which use the opening words of the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations.

Over the years, we have screened about 150 films.   

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Attendees at a Q&A session.

Describe your Festival in three words:

Humanity, challenges, justice.

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A full house at We The Peoples Film Festival.

What compelled you to partner with Let’s All Be Free?

There are too few festivals which are focused on the issues underpinning both festivals.

We all benefit through cooperation and we look forward to promoting the Let’s All Be Free festival in October.   

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The winner of the 2014 awards: Best Short Film & Best Director.

What does being free mean to you?

Knowing that boundaries do exist but that it can only be reason which determines whether these should be tested and, if necessary, breached.

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All the wonderful volunteers.

THE we the peoples FILM FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE novemBER 5-21, 2016. FIND OUT MORE: wethepeoples.org.uk

“Friends of the Festival” Friday!

This week we speak to Ariana Cohen-Halberstam from Boston Jewish Film Festival…


Tell us about your Festival:

The Boston Jewish Film Festival presents films on Jewish themes. These films show the richness and diversity of the Jewish experience both today and throughout history.

We believe deeply in the importance of post-screen conversations so bring filmmakers and other special guests to Boston for Festival Q+As.

The Festival takes place during 2 weeks every November but the Boston Jewish Film Festival also has programs around the year – from previews and stand-alone screenings to an encore series in the summer.

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Cast and crew from the film “Dough” on stage speaking about their film.

How was your Festival created?

The Boston Jewish Film Festival was founded in 1989 by filmmaker Michal Goldman.

When Goldman founded the Festival, she thought it would be a one-time event which would exhibit the diversity of Jewish experiences and perspectives.

But the films and the programs around them were so enthusiastically received that  the Festival has continued to grow over the past 28 years.

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Attendees arriving for Opening Night 2015.

Describe your Festival in three words:

Art, community, conversation.

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A full crowd!

What compelled you to partner with Let’s All Be Free?

Like Let’s All Be Free, the BJFF believes that film has the power to help create a better world.

We hope to broaden people’s understanding of others’ lives and do so by showing unique, important stories on screen alongside more familiar reflections of our own lives.

So many of the films in the BJFF are about people who are working to create a better, freer world so a partnership with Let’s All Be Free was an obvious one!

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Artistic Director, Ariana Cohen-Halberstam and Board President, Denise Widman.

What does being free mean to you?

Freedom means being able to share ideas and beliefs openly and to live without persecution or fear of persecution.

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Attendees having fun at the FreshFlix Short Film Competition and Party.

THE boston jewish FILM FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE NOVEMBER 9-21, 2016. FIND OUT MORE: bjff.org
Global Peace Film Festival

“Friends of the Festival” Friday!

This week we speak to Nina Streich from Global Peace Film Festival…


Tell us about your Festival:

The Global Peace Film Festival, established in 2003, uses the power of the moving image to further the cause of peace on earth.

From the outset, the GPFF envisioned “peace” not as the absence of conflict but as a framework for channeling, processing and resolving conflict through respectful and non-violent means.

People of good faith have real differences that deserve to be discussed, debated and contested. GPFF works to connect expression – artistic, political, social and personal – to positive, respectful vehicles for action and change.

The festival program is carefully curated to create a place for open dialogue, using the films as catalysts for change.

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Filmmakers at the Filmmakers Party.

How was your Festival created?

The GPFF was founded in response to the Iraq War with the first festival taking place in the year the war started. Since then, it has sought to inform and inspire the local community to get involved with action for peace and environmental sustainability.

The festival is based in Central Florida, very near the Pulse nightclub. The 2016 festival is dedicated to Orlando’s diverse community and to its inspiring response to that terrible tragedy.

Since 2012, there has also been an online component of the festival showing mainly short films that are available through the GPFF website 24/7 throughout the week of the festival.

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Attendees on the red carpet at the Opening Night Party.

Describe your Festival in three words:

Wow! That’s hard…  Engaging, provocative, inspiring.

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A panel discussion at Global Peace Film Festival.

What compelled you to partner with Let’s All Be Free?

There is a similarity to the missions of our festivals and we can help expand our audiences by partnering.

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A full house at Global Peace Film Festival.

What does being free mean to you?

Being free means living life to the fullest, with love and respect for all of humanity. Peace and freedom go hand in hand.

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Students learning about Global Peace Film Festival.

THE global peace FILM FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE september 19-26, 2016. FIND OUT MORE: peacefilmfest.org
ECU Film Festival

“Friends of the Festival” Friday!

This week we speak to Scott Hillier from ÉCU Film Festival…


Tell us about your Festival:

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival discovers, projects and promotes the best indie films from around the World. We are based in Paris and will be celebrating our 12th year in April 2017.

Every year we project around 100 of the best indie films from all over the planet during our 3-day main event in Paris.

After the festival we embark on our ‘ÉCU-On-The-Road’ tour which get’s our award-winning films a global tour and helps them to reach audiences they would normally not reach thanks to our more then 70 partners.

We pride ourselves on being a filmmakers festival – ÉCU IS run by filmmakers and we remain dedicated to helping indie filmmakers find and develop their creative talents.

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Opening night of ÉCU Film Festival 2016.

How was your Festival created?

ÉCU was founded by indie film director Scott Hillier in 2006.

Scott is an award winning film director (Behind the eyes of war) who spent several years as a war cameraman for The BBC, was the cinematographer of the Academy-Award winning documentary Twin Towers (2003) and has directed documentaries (National Geographic, Discovery Channel), commercials (GE) as well as theatre (Deadman’s Mail).

He believed that there was a market that wasn’t being served in Europe along the lines of Sundance and decided that there was a need for a festival that supported filmmakers that were on the fringe, worked hard, made great films but didn’t receive the recognition that they deserved.

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Interviewing filmmakers at ÉCU Film Festival 2016.

Describe your Festival in three words:

Indie. Open. Exceptional.

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Hitting the streets of Paris to spread the word about the ÉCU Film Festival.

What compelled you to partner with Let’s All Be Free?

We believe that there is nothing more important in a film festival then the films, and the filmmakers, themselves.

Hence we believe that collaboration is important in helping to discover and promote great cinema to as many people as we possibly can.

Let’s All Be Free seems to be a great fit for us – we don’t like boundaries and closed mindedness.

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Winning filmmakers receiving their awards.

What does being free mean to you?

Free to express. Free to create. Free to beat our fears.

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The ÉCU team at Cannes 2016.

THE ÉCU FILM FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE APRIL 21-23, 2017. FIND OUT MORE: ecufilmfestival.com
FOTFF NORDIC

“Friends of the Festival” Friday!

This week we speak to Linnea Larsdotter from Nordic International Film Festival…


Tell us about your Festival:

NIFF is a free film festival in New York, focusing on new and emerging films.

We have two categories for Nordic films, and we work hard to build and create an inspiring environment for filmmakers from all over the world.

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One of the Festival’s many talented filmmakers.

How was your Festival created?

NIFF was founded by John Matton and Linnea Larsdotter, two Swedish filmmakers residing in New York.

Through their own festival seasons with their productions, they saw an opportunity to create a hub for Nordic and international films.

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John Matton (Festival Director) and Linnea Larsdotter (Creative Director).

Describe your Festival in three words:

Nordic. Innovative. Premieres.

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The busy red carpet at last year’s Festival.

What compelled you to partner with Let’s All Be Free?

We believe that films should be watched by as many people as possible, and by providing an excellent screening experience, we can give independent filmmakers an opportunity to share their work with a larger audience.

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A couple members of the Nordic International Film Festival team.

What does being free mean to you?

We have a responsibility towards both the filmmakers and the audience. They should all feel individually seen and invited, and by being free, we can make sure that financial differences will have no effect on sharing and seeing good films.

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One of the winning films from last year.

THE NORDIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE OCTOBER 28-30, 2016. FIND OUT MORE: nordicfilmfest.org
FOTFF CITIZEN JANE

“Friends of the Festival” Friday!

This week we speak to Barbie Banks from Citizen Jane Film Festival…


Tell us about your Festival:

The Citizen Jane Film Festival, an intimate, four-day film festival celebrating and showcasing the work of female filmmakers from around the world, takes place November 3-6, in downtown Columbia, Mo., and features some of the best in independent filmmaking, filmmaker panels, workshops, and parties.

Founded at Stephens College, the second oldest women’s college in the country, Citizen Jane is changing opportunities for women in film through an internationally known Film Festival, Film Series and a Filmmaking Camp for young women.

Through education, connection, and artistic/unique experiences, Citizen Jane celebrates independent film by independent women.

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The Festival partners with the Stephens College Dance Department who put on performances throughout the Festival.

How was your Festival created?

Citizen Jane was created by a few Stephens College professors.  They wanted to showcase stories by women and give the students a real world experience running a festival.

9 years later we are still accomplishing these goals.  The festival would not be possible without the dedication of the students who put in hour after hour of work.

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The Citizen Jane Film School panel.

Describe your Festival in three words:

Feminist. Transformative. Home.

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Attendees at the Sneak Peak Party.

What compelled you to partner with Let’s All Be Free?

When reading the mission of LABF we thought… well that is what we are trying to do too!  So it just made sense to partner with an organization across the pond that is working towards the same goals.

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Attendees of all ages enjoying the films.

What does being free mean to you?

Being free is being in a place where saying yes, has little risk and only reward.

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Signing up to volunteer at the Festival.

The citizen Jane film festival takes place november 3-6, 2016. find out more: citizenjanefilmfestival.org