To help empower the craft of filmmaking, and help utilize the medium as a healer and promoter of peace-building, gender- equality and a culture of coexistence...
Peace Film Initiative was founded with the objective of empowering the audiovisual sector of the developing regions, and especially communities in conflict zones.
We aim to equip our beneficiaries with the knowledge and tools to effectively deliver their stories, their unique issues and predicaments to the world outside their sphere; and to use film as an instrument to educate their own communities; to open doors for dialogue; and promote peace and coexistence.
Hands-on training in all areas of filmmaking, including screenplay writing, producing and production management, directing, script supervising, photography, cinematography/videography, and all aspects of picture and sound design and editing.
SUPPORT: Provide filmmakers support with funds and grant allocation, equipment, and consultation in all stages of production; assist in distribution and festival submission of completed projects.
SCREENINGS: Weekly film screenings in our Cinema Cafe accompanied by panel discussions and Q & A sessions with filmmakers.
CINEMA ON WHEELS: screenings in refugee/IDP camps, orphanages, remote villages, and public schools with our mobile cinema.
FILM FESTIVAL: Our annual international peace film festival brings regional and world filmmakers together.
The youth who have the potential to be the artists and creative minds of tomorrow will be guided and empowered through our meticulously crafted courses and hands-on workshops.
While our school is for everyone, we place a special focus on the underprivileged, refugees and internally displaced people in conflict zones. We enroll creative and artistically inclined children, teenagers and adults through our student sponsorship program SaS (sponsor a star).
Our courses include:
- Screenplay Writing
- Film Directing
- Production Management
- Videography (Cinematography)
- Video editing, Visual effects, animation
- Graphic design
- Public Speaking
Our Cinema On Wheels is a prototype cine-mobile designed with a protruding screen and back projection. We showcase films in IDP camps, remote villages and public schools with the aim to provide cinema to segments of the society that have been deprived of the silver screen experience; to enlighten them with educational films that accompany our main features; and to help create a film culture in the region.
Our first annual International Peace Film Festival (IPFF) is underway in the Kurdish region’s capital, Erbil. The festival theme is Living Together in Peace. Our selection criteria are fictional films, documentaries, and short films about human rights issues and films that promote peace and coexistence.
IPFF aims to highlight Kurdistan as a place that advocates peace and coexistence despite being surrounded by aggressive neighbors and constant wars.
Our support for established as well as upcoming filmmakers includes but is not limited to, script readings and analysis, funding allocation and grant applications, as well as facilitation for foreign producers with permissions, incentives, and our database of local talent, filming locations, equipment and service providers.
Our work will not be complete without getting the voices heard. We work diligently to have the films and documentaries reach their right audience by submitting them to world film festivals and holding screenings in all available venues and streaming platforms.