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Global Nonviolent Film Festival starts tomorrow and opens with the world premiere of the feature film “Abyss In”, the directorial debut of Yannis Aivazis, starring Stavros Parcharidis

Ten world premieres are among the 38 films from 19 countries selected to compete at this year’s festival.

This is the 11th edition of the most important and renown nonviolent film festival in the world that was founded in 2012 by film director Bruno Pischiutta and producer Daria Trifu.

The festival takes place from September 29 to October 9, and it is broadcast on-line at globalnonviolentfilmfestival.com

The program offers 38 full-length films, documentaries, animation and experimental movies, and music videos that will all go live on Thursday and stream during the festival on a pay-per-view basis. There will also be free content available such as the Daily Video Presentations (11 in total) and the Awards Video Presentation, in addition to the films’ trailers. For the viewers who wish to follow the entire festival, there are VIP Passes available to purchase directly from the channel at the price of $100 each; one pass offers 7-day access to all the content. Viewers may also opt to pay-per-view for the titles that interest them most.

Festival director Daria Trifu promises “great entertainment provided by inspiring stories that are told on film by exceptional talent in a kaleidoscope of cultures and nationalities.” Speaking of the festival’s mission, she quotes Greek teacher and film buff Athina Aigli who had this to say, “Global Nonviolent Film Festival allows us to take a look at what make this world beautiful and interesting, what enriches people’s relationships, and what motivates us to look deep within. It challenges all of us to focus on everything that is non-violence related.”

In the first day’s Video Presentation, that will go live tomorrow morning, September 29, the hosts will introduce the members of the jury and the following three films from the line-up:

ABYSS IN (world premiere)
Feature, 60 min., Greece
Directed by Yannis Aivazis
HAPPY STONES
Documentary, 60 min., Bulgaria
Directed by Zoya Dimitrova
I AM NOT AN ANGEL
Animation, 11 min., Canada
Directed by Joe Chang

In a recent article published by the Greek media, Daria Trifu said that she was “proud that this year our festival opens with Abyss In. This film shows us the dramatic conclusion of a love story that cannot overcome the mental illness and the progressive suffering that separation, isolation and divorce bring to a middle-age man. Yannis Aivazis starts his film directing career brilliantly, and his work rightfully demands our attention.” 

When asked for his thoughts about the Greek film, Bruno Pischiutta had this to say, “many things struck me in this film. For a start, the timing and pace of the direction and acting are perfect; nothing is superfluous, nothing is redundant. Yannis makes some amazing directorial choices for a first-time director, and does not fall into any of the many traps in which even the best first-time directors often fall into. There is not a single wrong camera movement, and the ensemble Yannis has created is remarkable. The actors are all good and carefully chosen. Bravo to Stavros Parcharidis whose performance is outstanding, and to Christine Konstantinidou in the part of Anna! The sets designed and furnished by Maria Korinthiou fit perfectly with the story, which is constantly emphasized by Yorgos Vasiliadis’ cinematography that stops at the essentials. All the elements of the drama are offered to the viewer, but there is nothing more, there is only what needs to be there.”

The art, culture, and entertainment magazine “Daria!” provides the full coverage of the Festival with articles about the selected films, and daily news throughout the event. The magazine, founded in 2005 by Daria Trifu, is available at dariamagazine.com

Contact: Global Nonviolent Film Festival, info@nonviolentfilmfestival.com

Ten World Premieres Are Among the 38 Films Selected to Compete at the 11th Global Nonviolent Film Festival

Among the films premiering at the festival, there are the first-ever full-length documentary about the life of Mahatma Gandhi’s wife, and the directorial debut feature film of Greek movie star and TV personality Yannis Aivazis.

September 16, 2022 – Hollywood, California – An extraordinary line-up of 38 films and documentaries from 19 countries will be showcased at the 11th Global Nonviolent Film Festival that is set to begin on September 29 and run for 11 days. Ten of the announced films will make their World Premiere.

Full Line-up (by category; in alphabetical order):

FEATURE FILM

ABYSS IN (world premiere)

60 min. / Greece / Directed by Yannis Aivazis

I NEED; I WANT

116 min. / USA / Directed by Bill Liggins

JUPITER 2032

80 min. / USA / Directed by Nathalie Vaglio

NEW MATERIAL (USA premiere)

101 min. / South Africa / Directed by Craig Freimond

THE SISTERS KARRAS

81 min. / USA / Directed by Micah Stathis

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

3 DEGREES OF CONNECTION (world premiere)

98 min. / USA / Directed by Brad Mays

ARTIST’S VOICES (world premiere)

50 min. / Italy / Directed by Alberto Nacci

CAN’T STOP THE SUN FROM SHINING (world premiere)

47 min. / USA / Directed by Dr. Teresa Mular

HAPPY STONES

60 min. / Bulgaria / Directed by Zoya Dimitrova

KASTURBA GANDHI: ACCIDENTAL ACTIVIST (world premiere)

68 min. / USA / Directed by Cynthia Lukas

SEARCHING FOR CAMELOT (world premiere)

90 min. / USA / Directed by Roger Paradiso

SURVIVING PULSE: LIFE AFTER A MASS SHOOTING

73 min. / USA / Directed by Alexa Sheehan

THE 3RD SIDE

61 min. / Iraq / Directed by Honar Ahmed Jabbar

THE MPASSA: A SECOND CHANCE

73 min. / USA, Gabon / Directed by Joel Lawrence Holzman

TWO TRENTONS: AN AMERICAN CITY SPEAKS

90 min. / USA / Directed by Brad Mays

THE VOICE BEHIND THE WALL

98 min. / South Africa / Directed by Gideon Breytenbach, Riku Lätti

WËRAPARA

80 min. / Colombia / Directed by Claudia Fischer

FEATURE ANIMATION

DUCKY DUCK

132 min. / Malta / Directed by Marc Ryan

SHORT FILM

KUELE (word premiere)

21 min. / South Africa / Directed by Jonathan Pienaar

OUT OF TIME (world premiere)

9 min. / France / Directed by Delphine Montaigne

THE CEMETERY

3 min. / Iran / Directed by Ali Reza Beigi

THE FAMILY PLANNER (world premiere)

33 min. / USA / Directed by Dan Pavlik

SHORT DOCUMENTARY

ANIMA

13 min. / USA / Directed by Jennifer Jessum

FUGETSU-DO

12 min. / USA / Directed by Kaia Rose

GOBI CHILDREN’S SONG

18 min. / USA, Mongolia / Directed by Sas Carey

HUNI (word premiere)

30 min. / Brazil / Directed by Dani McCormick

STRENGTH AMONG US

22 min. / Turkey / Directed by Taha Ovacı

SHORT ANIMATION

DESERT WALTZ

3 min. / USA / Directed by Alan Rosenfeld

EFFLERGLE

4 min. / USA / Directed by Ernie Berger

I AM NOT AN ANGEL

11 min. / Canada / Directed by Joe Chang

LEM AND MROZEK – REACTIVATION

30 min. / Poland / Directed by Marek Wojtasik

UNSAID WORDS

3 min. / USA / Directed by Stark Zhao

EXPERIMENTAL FILM

HUNROS JORNA

19 min. / UK / Directed by Mickey Smith, Allan Wilson

LOBSTERIUM

10 min. / Norway / Directed by Hannah Karine Giske, Thor Lønning Aarrestad

MUSIC VIDEO

THE INTERNET – OLIVE TREE & LITTLE BIG

4 min. / Russia / Directed by Alina Pasok, Iliya Prusikin

UNIQUE

4 min. / Portugal / Directed by Miguel Andrade

WE NEED TO KNOW (THERE’S HAPPINESS IN OUR WORLD)

10 min. / USA / Directed by Jay Blue Jay Jourden

OPIUM BLUE’S JELLYFISH MAN

5 min. / UK / Directed by Gabriella Buckley, Accept Cookies, Nathan Nicol

Distinguished filmmakers from five countries make-up this year’s Jury. In alphabetical order, the jury is composed of Kostadin Bonev, Bulgaria, William Espero, USA, Annette Muller, Germany, Claudia Noble-Areff, South Africa, and Camilla Roman, Norway.

The art, culture, and entertainment magazine “Daria!” is providing the full coverage of the festival and publishing articles about each one of the selected films. The magazine was founded in 2005 by Daria Trifu; it can be read at dariamagazine.com. IndieActivity and Fashion & Flick magazines, founded by Oladapo Bamidele and Zulfi Azad respectively, will also provide coverage of the festival.

The Global Nonviolent Film Festival, founded by film director Bruno Pischiutta and producer Daria Trifu in 2012, is the most important and renown nonviolent film festival in the world. The 11th edition takes place this year from September 29 to October 9. The 38 selected films will be showcased and will compete for awards given by the jury. The winners will be unveiled in a video presentation on October 10. The entire Festival will be broadcast (including all competing films, trailers, and daily video presentations) on-line, at globalnonviolentfilmfestival.com.

CONTACT: Global Nonviolent Film Festival, info@nonviolentfilmfestival.com