films4peace celebrates World Peace Day – an international United Nations day of ceasefire, and a day for individuals, organizations and countries to demonstrate acts of peace.

films4peace is a short film commission by PUMA, produced by the international film networking organisation Shooting People and curated by Mark Coetzee. Now in its third year, this unique project features some of today’s most innovative contemporary artists visually interpreting the subject of peace. These engaging works are screened and discussed at cultural and educational venues globally and online via websites, blogs and media channels on and after World Peace Day on 21 September each year. By releasing these short films as broadly as possible, on multiple live and virtual platforms, the aim is to effect positive social change and broaden the discussions around peace globally.

All of the works are short and dialogue free, removing any language barrier and making them accessible to as many people as possible.

“Artists confront us with the challenges of our time. films4peace are both disturbing and inspiring, responsive to the reality of our time but they also ask us to be responsible for our actions. We are honoured that so many high profile cultural and educational institutions and online partners have joined us in this important initiative.”

– Mark Coetzee, Curator, films4peace

“We are proud to produce films4peace with Shooting People for the third year running. This year we commissioned six fantastic artists to again explore and interpret the subject of peace to catalyze discussion and action, starting -- but not ending -- on World Peace Day. At PUMA we believe that film can be a powerful medium for change that can enlighten, educate and engage individuals such as consumers, activists, investors, voters, employees and leaders on issues critical to all of us.”

– Justin DeKoszmovszky, PUMA Global Sustainability Strategy Manager

This initiative encourages the films to be screened and shared across the world, through social networking websites, blogs and media channels.

In keeping with the spirit of the commission, these films are gifted to the world, within public domain and free from screening fees, as inspirational tools for peace.

The films include 35 mm live action, experimental animation and fine art approaches. The artists are selected for the quality and scope of their work and their sensitivity in interpreting the theme.

If you would like to arrange a public screening of films4peace, please click here.

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