2018 International Peace, Film and Fashion Festival Announced

The International Peace & Film Festival is currently accepting submissions for the January 2018 event, to be held in Davenport, Florida. IPFF will be held in the Cinépolis IMAX theater and will include screenings of top selected films, and the Izuminka Euro Fashion Expo during the awards ceremony. Mixers, after parties and mingling with world filmmakers is also planned throughout the event.  Filmmakers immediately began sending in their work in hopes of gaining a selection status for the competition, “We received over one hundred films from 30+ countries in the first few days of submissions and expect that to increase between now the closing date in November,” said Jef Gray, festival director.



Film festival submissions worldwide over first 5 days

Submissions by Location

United States 28
Iran 13
United Kingdom 8
India 7
Not Specified 5
Italy 5
Uzbekistan 4
Thailand 3
Russian Federation 3
Poland 3
Belgium 2
France 2
Japan 2
Spain 2
Bangladesh 1
Serbia 1
Bulgaria 1
Brazil 1
Colombia 1
Czech Republic 1
Canada 1
United Arab Emirates 1
Germany 1
Greece 1
Indonesia 1
Myanmar 1
Nepal 1
Nigeria 1
Pakistan 1
Philippines 1
Slovenia 1
Turkey 1

Entries By Category

Shorts (Narrative and Documentary) >30 Minutes37.1%46
International Narrative Feature16.1%20
Student Shorts -Less than 30 Minutes14.5%18
Short Documentary- Less than 15 Minutes12.1%15
Music Video -Under 6 Minutes8.1%10
International Documentary Feature4.8%6
Student Films under 50 minutes2.4%3


Previous film festivals have attracted filmmakers from all corners of the globe, many attend to witness their film on the big screen and to meet with local audiences. The new format for the film festival includes the dynamics of Izuminka, a fashion expo that highlights the skills and talent of community designers, models, make up artists and stylists. The fashion show includes a focus on national costumes as well as designer crafts.  “A national costume is a common visualization abroad, but Americans do not have this custom, making this a great opportunity to inspire our local audience with cultures from around the world,” said Gray.


IPFF offers several awards during the festival season to highlight notable individuals in film and diplomacy, including the following:

  • Ambassador of Peace
    The Ambassador of Peace is awarded to the film that illustrates the tangible engagement of peace. It is the highest award of the festival.
  • Avante Garde
    Avant Garde is awarded to the film with highest level of technical achievement used to present a story.
  • Enlightenment Award
    The Award of Enlightenment is assigned to the films which best explore and document a cultural art, lifestyle or history.
  • Essence Award
    Essence is awarded to the top film in the shorts category. The award recognizes the films ability to creatively convey an idea in minimal time.
  • Rising Star Award
    The Rising Star Award is given to the top four performers in the the student film category. Awards are presented for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Screenplay.
  • Standard Awards
    Awards are given comprehensively for Best Screenplay, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Lead Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
  • Judges Choice Awards
    Each judge on the panel is permitted the option to award a single “Choice Award” to any film of their choosing.

View award winners from previous years


IPFF opens on Thursday, January 18 and will conclude at the end of the awards ceremony and fashion show on January 20, 2018.  Sponsorship opportunities and volunteers positions are also available. Visit PeaceFestival.us for details, schedules and show times.


The Cinépolis IMAX Theater in Davenport, Florida is a luxurious, modern, upscale facility with elegant features and amenities. Davenport is approximately 30 minutes south of Downtown Orlando, at Exit 55 on I-4.

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