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Global Nonviolent Film Festival to Be Hosted by

Beginning this year, the most important and renown film festival of nonviolent films in the world will be hosted and broadcast live by

Global Nonviolent Film Festival and have decided to combine efforts and put together the best in nonviolent cinema under one roof. The Festival is getting ready for its 12th consecutive annual edition that starts on September 28 and runs until October 8.

The event will be broadcast on, a streaming channel that runs year-long and that plays movies, documentaries, TV series and music videos that do not contain gratuitous violence. A new category dedicated to the Global Nonviolent Film Festival will be introduced where the selected films and the entire program will be screened during the 11 days of the event.

The films that participate at the Festival will receive contract proposals from and will be able to remain in distribution on the channel after the event ends. In this way, the filmmakers are guaranteed worldwide distribution for their films just as soon as they complete the festival run.

Film producer and festival director, Daria Trifu

“The reach of our event will now be much wider and we are sure that’s existing customers will enjoy the programming we have to offer during the Festival, while our audience will be able to discover a treasure trove of other nonviolent films that are already streaming on the channel. This is a win-win situation for everyone, the filmmakers and our combined audience”, says Daria Trifu, co-founder and festival director.

“The reach of our event will now be much wider and we are sure that’s existing customers will enjoy the programming we have to offer during the Festival, while our audience will be able to discover a treasure trove of other nonviolent films that are already streaming on the channel. This is a win-win situation for everyone, the filmmakers and our combined audience”, says Daria Trifu, co-founder and festival director.

Just like in previous years, the Festival will showcase some of the best nonviolent films and documentaries recently completed by filmmakers from all corners of the world. The line-up of selected films is fully curated to meet the highest industry standards of production as well as the Global Nonviolent Film Festival’s commitment to bring to its global audience content that does not contain any gratuitous violence.

A major player in the industry that is known for highlighting and promoting nonviolent cinema since 2012, and recently listed among the top 80 film festivals in the world, Global Nonviolent Film Festival is one of the must-follow events of the year for creators and film lovers.

“We are constantly looking for ways to widen our global reach and grow our audience because we know that people want to watch the films we present. There is a huge market for nonviolent content out there. But, let not the word ‘nonviolent’ mislead by giving the wrong idea that our films are in any way shape or form boring or lacking in entertainment value! To the contrary, the films are extremely entertaining and carry the highest in production standards. We have comedies and thrillers too, by the way! The difference with us is that the films we showcase stand the test of time due to their substance and themes, and they have the power to expand the viewers’ horizons and expose them to new perspectives and ideas. Our films are selected from different countries and, as such, they show us different cultures and customs which certainly broaden our understanding of the world. Our audience can be engaged by the characters portrayed, subjects discussed, or themes introduced on a deeper and more sophisticated level, and the experience can be transformative,” says Trifu.

Last year, the Festival showcased 38 films and documentaries of which 10 were world premieres, for a total of 1,800 minutes of carefully curated programming, in addition to more than 450 minutes of daily video presentations and commentaries.  

A panel of five international judges decide the awards that are given in each of the six categories for best film (narrative, documentary, docudrama, experimental, animation, and music video), best director, writer, cinematographer, art designer, actor, actress, and music.

The daily video presentations are hosted by the event’s co-founder and artistic consultant, film director Bruno Pischiutta, who was recently inducted as a Member of the European Film Academy, and Daria Trifu. 

The awards presentation is normally an hour long show broadcast on the Monday following the closing day of the event. In the show, the awards are announced and the films’ trailers are played. Following the broadcast, the show remains available on the streaming channel indefinitely in order to add to the promotion of the films for years to come.

In addition to awards and recognition, the Festival has much more to offer to the participating filmmakers, such as:

  • Distribution contract proposals from;
  • Reviews (with photos, trailers, and directors’ bios) in DARIA!, the arts, culture and entertainment magazine published since 2005;
  • Introduction of the films, with commentary and trailers, in the daily video presentations throughout the 11-day event;
  • Presentation of the films in the awards show (awarded films only), laurels (all selected films) and award certificates (awarded films);
  • Newsletters to +20,000 subscribers (film and media executives, heads of Hollywood Studios, distributors, and journalists);
  • Social media promotion to +60,000 Twitter (@TorPix) and Facebook (@GlobalNonviolentFilmFestival) direct followers and connections;
  • IMDB listing of all awards, linked to the profiles of the receiving filmmakers and films;
  • Mentions in official press releases, and inclusion in related articles by Indie Activity and Film Daily magazines;
  • Hosting the trailers of all selected films on after the festival ends.

There is still time to submit a film before the final deadline of August 31st. Submissions are accepted via FilmFreeway.

The Official Poster of the 12th Global Nonviolent Film Festival

From September 28 to October 8, the Global Nonviolent Film Festival will hold its 12th edition.

The poster for the festival’s 12th edition was released today. Emerging actress Stella Hinsen is the star of the event’s 2023 digital artwork that was designed by multi-talented artist and film producer Daria Trifu, the festival’s co-founder and director.

The poster is a snapshot of a parallel moment captured during the filming of a movie. A mirror on the wall reflects the point of view of the actress who observes the action taking place before her with admiration and deep thought. Daria Trifu explains that, “There are two ways to see film: one way is how the filmmaker sees it, and the other is how the viewer sees it. For the filmmaker, film is reality, while for the viewer, film is dream. My protagonist, the young actress, is snapped moments before stepping in front of the camera; for her, that moment will represent her dream becoming reality. Yes, through the mirror we see what she sees, but through her eyes and expression we can feel her thoughts are deeper.”

Global Nonviolent Film Festival official poster ©2023 - Features actress Stella Hinsen, Graphic design by Daria Trifu
Global Nonviolent Film Festival official poster ©2023 – Features actress Stella Hinsen, Graphic design by Daria Trifu

Trifu, who studied fine arts, has designed several posters of the past editions of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival that is known as the most important and renown nonviolent film festival in the world. She founded the festival in 2012 with film director Bruno Pischiutta.

Like Daria Trifu, Stella Hinsen studied film and acting under Pischiutta. Considering her young age, her talent and the seriousness she has shown so far, Hinsen can certainly aspire to great success in her international acting career. The actress will make her debut in a starring role in The Trilogy, the highly anticipated film project written and directed by Bruno Pischiutta that consists of three sequential major motion pictures and three documentaries. Trifu, who will produce the six films, will also direct the three documentaries and make her acting debut in one of the three features.

In The Trilogy, Hinsen will play Dani, definitely the most dramatic character portrayed in the films. Dani is a sweet girl who arrives in London from a small town in Eastern Europe where she was abused in the past. In the big city she meets a girl who is older and more experienced than she is, with whom she has a very complicated love affair. So, in London, Dani meets love but also becomes a victim of addiction, and her affair comes to a tragic end.

“Daria and Bruno have created a marvelous festival that is so artist-friendly. They are flawless in their selection of films. I haven’t been treated with such consideration since the Berlinale in 1989.” – Film Director Brad Mays (USA)

Global Nonviolent Film Festival prides itself on bringing to an international audience the best films and documentaries made in the world each year that do not contain gratuitous violence. Global Film Studio, the Canadian media and film production company that owns the festival, guarantees worldwide distribution to all the selected films through its streaming channel that showcases nonviolent films.

The 12th edition of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival will take place online from September 28 to October 8, 2023 at

Global Nonviolent Film Festival Announces 2023 Dates & Opens Submissions

October 24, 2022 — Hollywood, California — The 12th edition of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival will run from September 28 to October 8, 2023.

Submissions are now open on FilmFreeway in the categories narrative film, documentary, docudrama, animation, experimental, and music video. All films submitted must be nonviolent: the Festival does not accept films that showcase explicit or graphic violence; implied acts of violence may be accepted if they are justified by the message of the film.

The films that are selected to participate at the Festival, are guaranteed a distribution contract proposal from  – a unique pay-per-view streaming channel for films that do not contain gratuitous violence. The channel is available worldwide.

Global Nonviolent Film Festival, the most important and renown nonviolent film festival in the world, was founded by film director Bruno Pischiutta and producer Daria Trifu in 2012. The international film festival is owned and organized annually by Global Film Studio, a Canadian media company that is focused on ventures that are socially conscious and nonviolent. The Festival takes place annually on it’s streaming channel at:  

For 11 consecutive days each year, the world viewers get the chance to watch the films selected at the Global Nonviolent Film Festival. The films are accompanied by daily video presentations hosted by the Festival’s organizers. The viewers can supplement the information about the participating films and filmmakers by reading articles in DARIA! – the art, culture and entertainment magazine established in 2005 – that provides full media coverage during the event at

Here is what filmmakers had to say about their experience at the Festival in 2022:


I was very happy to have had two films selected for the 2022 Global Nonviolent Film Festival. Let me say this: Daria and Bruno have created a marvelous film festival. They take good care of the filmmakers, they are responsive to our needs, and they are flawless in their selection of films. I feel honored to be included along with such a high caliber of film artists. The films are superb, the presentation wonderful, and I have no complaints (a rarity, to say the least).

I’d like to take a few moments to express not only my gratitude for all the support my films have received by you, Bruno and the festival, but also to acknowledge the extremes you go to in making the festival so artist-friendly. Really, I haven’t been treated with such consideration since the Berlin International Film Festival in 1989, a very long time ago. Bless you, Daria and Bruno, for elevating the art of film.

Dr. Teresa Mular, Director (USA): CAN’T STOP THE SUN FROM SHINING

Daria and Bruno run a most artistic and grand film festival. They and their team of jurors have selected a most delightful series of films which honor the art and form of this mode of expression and creativity. Their achievements in running a festival are second to none. It was my true honor and privilege to be part of their festival and to be awarded in two categories with my film about four amazing women: Best Medical Subject and Best Director in the feature documentary category. I was so happily surprised! Thanks to the entire team at the festival!

Words are not enough to express my gratitude for having selected my film, first and foremost, to be screened along so many other works which represent the highest caliber of artistic design, production and development. To participate in this festival has been a real delight. So well organized and carried out. This past week delivered my heart and mind with a vast array of cinematographic jewels. Thanks to all of you who made this festival possible. It’s second to no other.

Miguel Andrade do Vale, Director (Portugal): UNIQUE

A one of a kind festival! Not only it embraces a noble mission, but it’s also extremely well managed. In fact, the organizers – Daria Trifu and Bruno Pischiutta – really bring to the table a professionalism and attention to detail that are absolutely outstanding! What an honor to also win the Best Music and Best Cinematography awards for my music video Unique, at such a special festival! We are truly grateful to the Jury and to the wonderful people that run the festival. Thank you!

Yannis Aivazis, Director (Greece): ABYSS IN

Great Festival, and great people! Thank you Bruno and Daria; my team and I are grateful to have received the Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Actor awards!!! Thank you for everything!


This is a wonderful, worthwhile Film Festival! I was so pleased that my feature documentary on Mahatma Gandhi’s wife, Kasturba Gandhi: Accidental Activist, was selected to be in the Festival, and then awarded Best Historical Subject! The [festival] Director and others did a great job of organizing the Festival. Their mission to showcase nonviolent films is an admirable service to humanity. To the organizers I say: It is very important for our world to come together to offer the opportunity for others to view such Nonviolent Films. You are providing a crucial service for the evolution of humanity! I am proud and happy to be a part of the Global Nonviolence Film Festival family.

Rosana Maya, Actress/Dancer (South Africa): KUELE

The festival was and is of the most extreme excellence! From the ethos, the intention, the choice of movies and the manner in which it was streamed are of the highest quality. Flamenkhoi are honored to have been a part of the festival and to be working with Global at this level. We are humbled by your appreciation of our work and thank you for providing this opportunity to showcase our work. Your professionalism coupled with the personal touch and heart are a rare gift to all viewers. Congratulations on the success of the spectacular festival!

Nathalie Vaglio, Director (USA): JUPITER 2032

Such a privilege to be part of such great festival with such great nonviolent films! Daria and Bruno are so professional and the communication was outstanding. Very proud to have won Best Art Direction for my first feature film Jupiter 2032. I recommend the Global Nonviolent Film Festival to everyone. Congratulations again for such a beautiful festival with such great films. It was an honor to be part of it/them!

Alberto Nacci, Director (Italy): ARTIST’S VOICES

One of the best film festivals all around the world! Daria and Bruno use the web in a very interesting way, and I appreciated the daily videos with the presentation of the films. I’m so proud to be a winner with two awards, Best Cinematography and Best Music Score for my feature documentary Artist’s Voices, in the 2022 edition!

Alan Rosenfeld, Director (USA): DESERT WALTZ

I’m honored and proud to have been a part of the 2022 festival. The organization does a great job of inclusion and communication. I’m trilled to have my film Desert Waltz chosen as the Best Animation Film of 2022. What a great way to share my short film with a wider audience. Thank you all!

Jennifer Jessum, Director (USA): ANIMA

I want to thank you for the beautiful festival that you [Daria] and Bruno have created and the elegant and professional way that you produced it. I appreciate and acknowledge the hard work and the artistry that went into creating such a powerful event. I really appreciated the light and joy that emanated from both you and Bruno during your daily presentations. It is clear you are both driven by a high purpose and dedication to non-violence. I will be sure to submit our future work to your beautiful festival.

Joel Lawrence Holzman, Director (USA): THE MPASSA: A SECOND CHANCE

Great festival and experience. Working with Daria and having my feature documentary The Mpassa: A Second Chance chosen as an official selection and winning the award for Best Sound Design in my category, made it even more worthwhile. Much thanks to all for making the 2022 Global Nonviolent Film Festival such a success.

Danielle McCormick, Director (UK): HUNI

God Bless Daria for putting in so much hard work to create a wonderful, meaningful festival.

Milena Stoykova, Producer (Bulgaria): HAPPY STONES

On behalf of our team, I’d like to say ‘thank you’ for the experience, and that it was an honor to be part of the Festival. The organization of the Festival was perfect and we, as filmmakers, felt appreciated and valued.

Dan Pavlik, Director (USA): FAMILY PLANNER

Great online festival! Happy we were accepted and won!


Our team, Nancy McBride, Alexa Sheehan and Julie Chalhoub, are honored to have been awarded Best Feature Documentary. Thank you GNVFF for bringing such important topics to a place where they can be seen and heard.

Kaia Rose, Director (USA): FUGETSU-DO

What an honor to win three awards in the short documentary category! Thank you to the organizers for including Fugetsu-Do in this year’s line-up and for putting on such a thoughtful, meaningful, and well-organized festival!

Hannah Karine Giske, Director (Norway): LOBSTERIUM

This is a very well organized festival! Everything went very smoothly. Thank you so much for being a part of it!

Claudia Noble-Areff, Jury Member, Actress/Director/Producer (South Africa)

It was such an privilege to be a member of the Jury of this prestigious festival. Thank you so much Daria Trifu and Bruno Pischiutta. Thank you to the other jurors; it was an honor to judge the 38 films from 19 countries with you. Congratulations to all the filmmakers.

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