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Everything You Need to Know About the Global Nonviolent Film Festival

Established in 2012, the Global Nonviolent Film Festival is the most important and renown non-violent film festival in the world.

Global Nonviolent Film Festival showcases films that do NOT show gratuitous violence.

All the films selected at the Global Nonviolent Film Festival receive a distribution Contract proposal from GlobalCinema.online!

Daria Trifu
Film Producer Daria Trifu – Festival Director & Co-Founder

When did it start and why?

The 11-day event came on the market in 2012 and it started in a resort city in Romania. In 2016 its founders, film director Bruno Pischiutta and film producer Daria Trifu, took the event on-line giving access to the world’s viewers to watch the high quality non-violent films it showcases.

What type of films are shown at the Global Nonviolent Film Festival?

The public demand for non-violent film as a genre has never been more strong. The films shown at the Global Nonviolent Film Festival are mostly independently made, and they do not contain any acts of gratuitous violence.

There are more and more people in the world who are simply tired of seeing imagined shootings, killings, and torture on the ‘big screen’. They instead look for more than just simple entertainment: they look to discover new talent, new places, different cultures, and to broaden their horizons.

What sets this Festival apart?

What sets this Festival apart are the films it shows, and the fact that they all receive a distribution contract proposal from Globalcinema.online.

There are over 15,000 film festivals in the world today. It certainly isn’t easy to stand-out, but the Global Nonviolent Film Festival did just that: it stood-out of the crowd by identifying and sticking to a niche market of non-violent films, more exactly films that do not contain gratuitous violence. The Festival accepts films and music videos in almost evert genre as long as they do not showcase extreme/graphic violence such as gratuitous killings and shootings, brutal fight scenes, slash and horror.

When it started, it wasn’t easy denying access to films, especially when they were very high quality and sometimes even Studio pictures, if they contained gratuitous acts of violence. Saying ‘no’ to temptation and allowing the event to grow naturally, took time, but it was the right thing to do.

How did COVID impact the event in 2020?

This terrible pandemic had an unexpected positive effect on the Festival. In a year when every other film festival in the world had to cancel or postpone their editions, the Global Nonviolent Film Festival saw a major rise in both film submissions and viewers. This happened because it was already a well established and smoothly running online event, and it required no change in its structure or setting. The organizers had simply to adapt to the three-times higher than usual amount of films and daily presentations, but there were no hiccups and everything ran surprisingly well.

In 2020, the Festival screened 66 films from 30 countries. Of those, there were 11 world premieres. It was a record number.

Where can the Festival be watched?

The web address is globalnonviolentfilmfestival.com. This is where all the films, trailers and Daily Presentations are broadcast.

What happens during the 11-day event?

The schedule of the 11-day event goes as follows:

On the opening day, all the films selected go live on the Festival’s online channel. This way, the public can watch any of them at the time of their choosing.

Every day of the Festival, a new video presentation goes live on the channel. That’s the event’s Daily Presentation where the organizers discuss and highlight one or more of the presented films accompanied by trailer(s). This way, the public has the chance to learn more about the films and their filmmakers.

On Monday, following the closing day of the event, the Awards Presentation goes live on the channel. This gives the filmmakers and the public the chance to celebrate the winners.

All films remain available for viewing on the channel for an additional week following the end of the event. This gives everyone the chance to watch them and, eventually, focus on the awarded ones.

The trailers of the films and the Daily Presentations remain available on the channel for one full year, until next year’s edition. This gives additional promotion to the films.

How much does it cost to watch the films?

The trailers are free to watch and so are the Daily Presentations with commentary about the participating films.

The rest of the channel works on a pay-per-view basis where one can choose and pay for the film they wish to watch individually. Prices go from $1.99 to $13.99.

There are weekly VIP passes available for the event too. They give the possibility to the people to watch any number of films they choose for a period of seven days from the date of purchase. The price for the VIP passes is determined just before the Festival starts, and after the line-up is announced.

Where can the films be seen after?

Many of the films start streaming on globalcinema.online in the weeks and months after the Festival ends.

What is globalcinema.online?

It is a unique pay-per-view channel showcasing films, documentaries, and TV Series that do not contain gratuitous violence. It is available worldwide.

Global Cinema Online (globalcinema.online) and the Global Nonviolent Film Festival are both owned by Global Film Studio, a Canadian media company focused on ventures that are socially conscious and non-violent.

The Festival is today the primary source of content for the newly launched and ground-braking channel that fills a void in the field of video-streaming services by offering to the public non-violent films that give them the possibility to learn more and to open their mental horizon.

Every film selected at the Global Nonviolent Film Festival receives worldwide distribution with very favorable financial terms:

  • Non-exclusive contract;
  • 60% of the proceeds goes to the filmmaker;
  • Geo-blocking is available.

This new reality makes for a win-win situation for all parties involved: the public, the filmmakers, and the Festival.

Kyle Osborne
Entertainment Reporter Kyle Osborne

In February 2022, Entertainment reporter and filmmaker Kyle Osborne of www.EntertainmentOrDie.com, reviewed Global Cinema Online. Osborne is a two-time Emmy Award Winner and member of the Critics Choice Association.

Read “We Tested Streaming Services for Indies, International & Docs”, and find out what he has to say about Global Cinema Online.

Filmmakers who have completed films or TV Series (narrative, documentary, docudrama, animation, experimental) and wish to distribute them without Festival participation, can submit them for consideration directly to Global Cinema Online: HERE; filmmakers can also contact Global Cinema Online at globalcinema@globalfilmstudio.com.

Who are the Festival’s media partners?

Daria! Magazine

The arts, entertainment and business magazine established in 2005 is the principal media partner of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival. The magazine is available online at dariamagazine.com. In each annual edition, there are articles about the participating films and interviews with the filmmakers.

IndieActivity Magazine

Journalist Oladapo Bamidele

Published by journalist Oladapo Bamidele (photo), IndieActivity Magazine provides the daily coverage of the Festival followed by interviews with all the awarded filmmakers. The magazine is also available online at indieactivity.com.

It is notable to mention that the Global Nonviolent Film Festival is recognized by the IMDB and all the awards are listed there as well as inter-connected to the respective films’ and filmmakers’ profiles.

How can filmmakers submit their work?

They can do so via FilmFreeway here: Global Nonviolent Film Festival

How can anyone contact the Festival?

Anyone, from filmmakers to journalists and to the general public, may contact the Global Nonviolent Film Festival at info@nonviolentfilmfestival.com. All messages receive a personalized reply and the organizers are happy to provide all the support and assistance needed.

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Global Nonviolent Film Festival Announces 2022 Dates & Opens Submissions

October 20, 2021 — Hollywood, California — The 11th edition of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival will take place from September 29 to October 9, 2022.

Global Nonviolent Film Festival is the most important and renown nonviolent film festival in the world. It takes place annually on it’s streaming channel at: globalnonviolentfilmfestival.com 

Submissions are now open on FilmFreeway. 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 globalcinema.online – a unique pay-per-view streaming channel for films that do not contain gratuitous violence. The channel is available worldwide.

Filmmakers from every corner of the globe are invited to submit their films, documentaries, docudramas, animation, and music videos to this vanguard on-line festival that showcases the best in nonviolent cinema.

For 11 consecutive days each year, the world viewers can watch the films selected at the Global Nonviolent Film Festival and enjoy them from the comfort of their homes; they can read about the filmmakers in the annual DARIA! magazine; and they can view, every day, the video presentations provided for every movie.


Here is what the filmmakers had to say about their experience at the Festival in 2021:

The best organized festival ever. The communication is perfect and human. The video of the awards ceremony is especially big and was a nice surprise. I wish you all the same enthusiasm to continue the festival for the pleasure of every filmmaker! My angel protect your health, your momentum in your lives, joy and happiness. All the best!Zsolt Pozsgai, director of “Darking Way” from Hungary
Daria Trifu and Bruno Pischiutta are the wisest festival directors! They know that Cinema is not a boxing match. Cinema is an exchange of ideas. They are lucky people because Global Nonviolent Film Festival succeeded to show so many exceptional movies. Thank you, Daria and Bruno! – Kostadin Bonev, director of “Away From the Shore” from Bulgaria
Daria and Bruno present everything with excellence and professionalism to bring the best artistic works to be seen worldwide. I was honored to participate in the 2021 Global Nonviolent Film Festival and win the award for Best Music Video for “Color Blind”. From entry to communications, website features, future distribution as well as promotion in DARIA! magazine, the resources provided by this festival are a win for everyone who participates! Thank you for recognizing my work!Annemarie Picerno, director of “Color Blind” from the USA
The hospitality and communication have been excellent. Bruno and Daria put a lot of work into presenting the films in DARIA! magazine, on Facebook, in the daily video presentations, and in the Awards Show. When your film has been selected to be part of the festival, you also become part of a community. Thank you for selecting my short film “Waves” (Bølgeblikk), and to the jury for rewarding it for Best Director and Best Actress.Camilla Roman, director of “Waves” from Norway
Delighted to have participated in a very worthy festival. We all need less violence and craziness in our lives. Thank you for creating a forum for good stories sans guns, explosions, and torture!Kate Davis, director of “Cowgirls and Indians” from the USA
Great thanks for this amazing festival. The daily coverage, the accompanying magazine, the appreciation of the filmmakers and the very personal and good communication characterize this festival in particular. What a wonderful event! You have shown so much appreciation to all filmmakers and made their work visible. Thank you very much!Tilo Wondollek, director of “Egg-volution” from Germany
The best nonviolent film festivals in the world where you can watch remarkable independent cinema that share a sensibility. The program does not contain gratuitous violence that you see from the majority of films from the mega corporate world of Film. You won’t see King Kong versus Godzilla here. You see movies about the human condition. It is an honor to have had two of my documentaries selected from the United States and to be included among all the great films you have selected from around the world. Much success to you and all the filmmakers taking part in this great nonviolent and independent film festival. Cheers to all. Thank you for your festival and best wishes!Roger Paradiso, director of “Searching for Camelot: The Quest” and “The Lost Village” from the USA
Wonderful! I am thrilled be part of your Festival. Thank you.Annette Muller, director of “Hu Man – Healing Journey to Being Human” from Germany
Daria and Bruno put together an excellent festival. I truly enjoyed watching the films and felt very honored when my film, “Fear Of Flying”, was nominated, and even more so when it won. I very much recommend the Global Nonviolent Film Festival.Ernie Berger, director of “Fear of Flying” from the USA
Daria Trifu, you and Bruno held a lovely event. Thank you for the opportunity.Adad Joel Warda, director of “Miss Her” from the Czech Republic
I am truly honored to have been part of your festival. I am so grateful for everything and your engagement. I can’t wait to be part of your festival again and to support it going forward.Andrew Abbiw, director of “The Awakening” from the UK
Thanks Daria Trifu. We are very honored to have won the awards and thank you for all the work you have done. Congratulations to you and Bruno on such a wonderful and inspiring festival. You worked very hard on it and I appreciate all your communications and support.Colin Skevington, director of “The Lossen” from the UK
Thank you for this beautiful festival, Daria Trifu. I’m very happy to be part of Global Nonviolent Film Festival!!! Congratulations for the festival, we loved to be part of it!Tatiana Lohmann, director of “My Fortress” from Brazil
It was a pleasure for us to participate in the festival and we are thankful for the reward and attention.Lydur Arnason, director of “Rising Moon” from Iceland

The Festival was founded by film director Bruno Pischiutta and producer Daria Trifu in 2012 to showcase nonviolent motion pictures, and to show that those movies are not only capable of great international success but they are in high demand by the public.


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Global Nonviolent Film Festival Is Getting Ready for Its 10th Edition

The Festival is unique in the world for showcasing only nonviolent films to a global audience on its streaming channel.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – March 15, 2021 — Global Nonviolent Film Festival, the most important and renown film festival of nonviolent films in the world, has revealed the official poster for its 10th annual edition that takes place this year from September 23 to October 3.

The official poster of the 2021 edition of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival. The poster was created on a concept by film director Bruno Pischiutta, it was designed by producer Daria Trifu, and it features actress Kelly Dalston.

This yearly event takes place online. The films shown at the festival do not contain gratuitous violence; most of them can be enjoyed by the entire family, from the comfort of their home in any country of the world, while they compete for awards and recognition. The Festival was founded by film director Bruno Pischiutta and producer Daria Trifu in 2012.

“Watching movies online, while at home or on the go, is for many the only choice and, with Global Nonviolent Film Festival, it can be a really enjoyable family experience,” says Daria Trifu, festival director.

Global Nonviolent Film Festival is open for submissions. Filmmakers with completed movies, documentaries, and music videos, may submit them via FilmFreeway.

Starting in April, the films selected at the Global Nonviolent Film Festival are also accepted for distribution on the pay-per-view streaming channel, Global Cinema Online, that will bring to the viewers in every country nonviolent films, documentaries, TV series and music videos. The channel is well positioned to take a share of the ever growing video on demand market, and aims to become a notable competitor to the likes of Netflix and Hulu.

Bruno Pischiutta is one of the last great Italian directors of his generation and the only one who has lived in America for almost forty years. During his film career, he created and developed numerous feature films in Europe, America, Africa and Asia, and won major awards in several countries. In China, he wrote and developed the feature film The Sepia Portrait, and in Ghana he completed the feature film Punctured Hope that the Hollywood Political Film Society proposed for nomination at the 2010 Academy Awards®. Bruno Pischiutta is the Co-founder and Artistic Consultant of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival.

Daria Trifu is a producer and executive producer. She is the President and C.E.O. of Global Film Studio Inc. that owns the Global Nonviolent Film Festival and Global Cinema Online. Ms. Trifu is a Co-founder and the Director of the Festival. She is also the publisher of “DARIA!” Magazine since 2005. Daria Trifu produced the critically acclaimed feature film (35mm) “Punctured Hope” with a US $5.8 million budget and a team of +200 cast and crew members.

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Global Nonviolent Film Festival Reveals 2019 Official Poster

May 16, 2019 — Hollywood, California — Global Nonviolent Film Festival reveals the official poster for its 8th annual edition taking place 19 – 29 September, 2019.

Official Poster of the 2019 edition of Global Nonviolent Film Festival.

The poster was created by Daria Trifu, the Festival’s director, who also designed and executed the original artwork. “I created this poster as a visual means to show what our Festival stands for: peace and hope over war and violence. The contrast between light and dark was an essential component hence the choice of colour and black & white. The purity of the little girl signifies the hope for a better and brighter future.”

Global Nonviolent Film Festival continues to accept submissions of feature films, documentaries, shorts, docudramas, animation films and music videos. Until now, +20 films have already been selected from over 10 countries and they will be shown ‘in competition’ at the upcoming edition of the Festival.

The Festival accepts submissions via FilmFreeway, Withoutabox and Reelport.

The submission deadline is August 31. 

GNFF is an on-line film festival that showcases the best in nonviolent cinema from around the globe. The Festival takes place on its on-line TV Channel.

Feature Films, Documentaries, Shorts & Music Videos

Submit Your Film!

The 8th edition of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival takes place September 19 – 29, 2019 on-line.

“We’re fighting world violence one film at a time!”
– Daria Trifu, Festival Co-Founder & Director

“In such turbulent times, it is refreshing to work with such an experienced film festival that focuses on the important issues we face today. Thank you for giving a platform to so many filmmakers not following the Hollywood hype and telling stories in alternative ways. We look forward to our continued collaboration in the future.” – Marco Orsini, executive producer of the music video and of the documentary “Dangerous Crossings” / “Dangerous Crossings: The Making of a Campaign” that were produced in cooperation with the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR); awarded Best Music Video and Best Short Documentary, respectively, at the 2018 Festival.

“The Global Non-Violent FF is one of the world’s best on-line festivals as it is run by a passionate team whose communication is outstanding. They are one of the most organized and easy to cooperate with festivals and treat each film with the greatest respect, care and attention.” – Rebekah Smith, founder of The Film Festival Doctor.

“The Global Nonviolent Film Festival is unique in its choice of subject matter, showcasing films with positive messages. Because these themes are so thought-provoking, the Festival performs its important objective of spreading these messages around the world. It is fascinating, too, to see different ‘takes’ on similar subjects from the world’s film makers.” – Peter Williams, awarded Best Director in a Feature Documentary 2018 for “A Century of Coal”.

“Thank you for an amazing experience!! Your “worldwide” format for this festival gives great opportunity for film makers. An unforgettable time for sure!! Thank you again.” – Donald Miller, awarded Best Production in a Feature Film 2018 for “If I Could Run”.

“I am glad to be a winner at this amazing festival. Perfect communication, perfect organization experience.” – Mehmet Tığlı, awarded Best Screenplay in a Short Film 2018 for “A Ferry Tale”.

“We were very grateful for our experience with the Global Nonviolent Film Festival. We’re looking forward to showing future films here.” – Isaac Hertz, awarded Best Director in the Feature Documentary Category 2017 for “One Rock Three Religions”.

“We are honored to have had our feature documentary selected by Global Nonviolent Film Festival. It’s a venue that provides a wide selection of excellent international films for an online viewing experience. Global’s unique presentation will no doubt grow into a cinematic wave for film festivals in the future.” – Bo Boudart, awarded Best Documentary in the Feature Documentary Category 2017 for “Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson”.

“The festival was very precise and orderly! I am very happy for having participated in this event. Good wishes for this festival!” – Kazem Mollaie, awarded Best Feature Film 2017 for “Kupal”

Filmmakers from every corner of the globe are invited to submit their films, documentaries, docudramas (shorts, features, animation) and music videos to this vanguard on-line festival that showcases the best in nonviolent cinema.

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Open for Submissions

Brasov International Film Festival & Market

3 – 13 September 2015

Film Submissions: Open

Submission Deadline: July 30, 2015

Submit your film via FilmFreeway.

Brasov International Film Festival & Market is the most important and renowned nonviolent film festival in the world. For the 4th year consecutive, the Festival takes place in the beautiful resort city of Brasov located in the heart of Romania.

A total of eleven films are presented each year; of these, nine films are screened in-competition and two are screened out-of-competition on the opening and closing gala nights. Each film in-competition is awarded in one of the nine Official Awards categories (reference “Awards & Prizes” hereunder).

The films submitted must be in English language or in any other language with English subtitles.

Awards & Prizes*

Official Awards categories (voted by the jury):

• Best Film
• Best Director
• Best Cinematography
• Best Lead Male Actor
• Best Lead Female Actor
• Best Screenplay
• Best Music Score
• Best Art Direction
• Best Costumes

Special Awards (given by the organizers) may include:

• “Best Actress” in a film out of competition
• “Best Actor” in a film out of competition
• “Audience Award” to the film chosen by the audience

* No cash prizes.
* Winners receive Award Trophy with Certificate of Authenticity signed by artist (trophy is handmade by local artist) and an Award Certificate.

Rules & Terms

The submission fee is €75 (US $100) per film. The Festival does not wave submission fees and it does not reply to letters of filmmakers who ask wavers; instead, the Festival blacklists such filmmakers forever.

The Festival does not pay for mailing/shipping costs.

The Festival does not pay screening fees.

The Festival does not return DVD copies and/or any other materials (such as stills, media kits or posters).

If your film is selected, you will have to provide one (1) DVD copy that is screen-ready and in English language or in any other language with English subtitles.

The Festival accepts nonviolent feature films only; minimum running time: 85 minutes. The Festival does not accept documentaries, short films and animation films. If you submit a violent film, a documentary, a short film, an animation film or a screenplay they will not be considered and the €75 (US $100) submission fee will not be restituted.

Submission Deadline: July 30, 2015

Submit your film via FilmFreeway.

Here is a 25 minutes Documentary about the Festival in 2013: