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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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