Cinema for Peace

Cinema for Peace is a Berlin-based initiative that claims to raise awareness for the social relevance of films. Since 2002, Cinema for Peace has been inviting film makers, humanitarian and human rights activists, and public figures to its annual awards ceremony in Berlin to honor a selection of cinematic works on humanitarian and environmental issues. The event occurs at the same time as (but not as part of) the Berlin International Film Festival.[1]


Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, Jaka Bizilj launched the Cinema for Peace initiative with the annual gala as a platform for communicating humanitarian, political and social issues through the medium of film. Bob Geldof described the awards gala as "the Oscars with brains".[2]


Cinema for Peace as global initiative regularly acts in many countries. Cinema for Peace screenings, campaigns, advocacy events, and galas have been taking place for example at the Filmfestival in Cannes,[3] in Los Angeles on the occasions of the Golden Globes [4] and on Oscar weekend, in Uganda at the conference of the International Criminal Court,[5] and in Berlin, where Cinema for Peace annually highlights the most valuable films of the year at the Cinema for Peace Gala.

The Gala has been repeatedly criticized by former Berlinale Director, Dieter Kosslick [1] and about financial arrangements. The Gala for Peace organizer has replied that all financial arrangements had been made transparent and audited by an independent authority [6] Further criticism of Cinema for Peace has come from a variety of sources, including Stern,[1] Die Tageszeitung,[7] Frankfurter Rundschau,.[8]

The Cinema for Peace Foundation organizes various monthly screenings, mainly through partnering cinemas, such as the Schikaneder in Vienna [9]

Cinema for Peace distributed the Bosnian Oscar-winning war satire No Man's Land by Danis Tanovic. In 2014, Jaka Bizilj as the Founder of Cinema for Peace invited Pussy Riot to the Olympic Games in Sochi[10] and brought them to Hollywood[11] and to Washington[12] in order to promote global human rights responsibility and advocate a global Sanction List for human rights offenders.

Committee and supportersEdit

Among the Cinema for Peace speakers have been: Buzz Aldrin, Antonio Banderas, Deepak Chopra, George Clooney, Catherine Deneuve, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bob Geldof,[13] Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman,[14] Elton John, Nicole Kidman, Sir Christopher Lee, Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Hilary Swank, Wim Wenders, Ban Ki-Moon,[15] Luis Moreno-Ocampo and Fatou Bensouda as well as Mikhail Gorbachev.

Award winners 2002–2019Edit


  • Honorary award: Istvàn Szabo, for portraying the Jewish struggle for survival after WWII








  • Most valuable movie of the year: Milk and Gus Van Sant, Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks, Dustin Lance Black, Michael London and Sean Penn
  • Most valuable documentary of the year: The Heart of Jenin and Ismael Khatib, Leon Geller, Marcus Vetter
  • Award for justice: Pray the Devil Back to Hell and Gini Reticker, Abigail Disney, Vaiba Flomo
  • International human rights film award: Burma VJ – Reporting form a Closed Country and Anders Østergaard, Lise Lense-Møller, Aung Htun and The Democratic Voice of Burma
  • Most inspirational movie: The Day After Peace and Jeremy Gilley & Peace One Day; Menachem and Fred and Menachem Mayer, Fred Raymes, Jens Meurer, Ofra Tevet and Ronit Kertsner; and Valkyrie and Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Christian Berkel, Matthias Schweighöfer, Bryan Singer and Philipp von Schulthess
  • Contribution to the UN millennium development goals: 8 and Jane Campion, Gael Garcìa Bernal, Jan Kounen, Mira Nair, Gaspar Noé, Abderrahmane Sissako, Gus van Sant and Wim Wenders
  • International green film award: Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Honorary award: Roger Waters


  • Most valuable movie of the year: The White Ribbon and Michael Haneke, Stefan Arndt, Klaus Chatten and Burghart Klaußner
  • Most valuable documentary: The Picture of the Napalm Girl by Marc Wiese, Nick Út and Kim Phúc
  • Award for justice (presented by Luis Moreno-Ocampo): Children of War and Bryan Single; The Stoning of Soraya M. by Cyrus Nowrasteh; Women in Shroud by Mohammad Reza Kazemi and Farid Haerinejad
  • Most valuable work of a director/actor/producer: Triage and Danis Tanovic, Cedomir Kolar, Colin Farrell and Christopher Lee
  • International human rights film award: Tibet in Song and Ngawang Choephel
  • Award for reconciliation: Five Minutes of Heaven and Oliver Hirschbiegel, Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt
  • International green film award (presented by Mikhail Gorbachev and Leonardo DiCaprio): Crude and Joe Berlinger
  • Honorary award: As We Forgive and Laura Waters Hinson and Paul Kagame


  • Most valuable movie of the year: Of Gods and Men
  • Most valuable documentary of the year: Skateistan – Four Wheels and a Board in Kabul
  • Award for justice: Blood in the Mobile
  • International human rights film award: Marco Arana Zegarra in The Devil Operation
  • International green film award: Jane's Journey; A Message from Pandora; Harmony
  • Honorary award: Sean Penn for his aid work with the J/P Haitian Relief Organization
  • Award for fighting AIDS: Bill Roedy for the “Staying Alive” campaign, the “Ignite” campaign and Shuga




  • Most valuable movie of the year: 12 Years a Slave directed by Steve McQueen.
  • Most valuable documentary of the year: Alias Ruby Blade by Alex Meillier; Children on the Frontline by Marcel Mettelsiefen and Anthony Wonke; Dirty Wars by Rick Rowley; Everyday Rebellion by Arash Riahi and Arman Riahi; Ground Zero: Syria by Robert King; Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin; Recycling Medea by Asteris Kutulas; The Family by Stefan Weinert; The Kill Team by Dan Krauss; The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh; The Square by Jehane Noujaim.
  • Award for justice:#chicagoGirl: The Social Network Takes on a Dictator by Joe Piscatella.
  • International green film award: Big Men by Rachel Boynton.
  • Honorary award: Nelson Mandela; the makers of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Christopher Lee.














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  6. ^ "Kosslick geht auf Distanz zu "Cinema for Peace"". Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  7. ^ "Cinema for Peace: Die Meinungsfreiheitskämpferbekämpfer". (in German). Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  8. ^ "Die peinlichsten Momente der Berlinale" [The most embarrassing moments at the Berlinale]. (in German). 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
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  10. ^ "Russia: Pussy Riot Releases Music Video Showing Cossack Beating -". 20 February 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  11. ^ "Can Pussy Riot Conquer Hollywood?". LA Weekly. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
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  13. ^ "Deirdre Corley"
  14. ^ "Look to the Stars"
  15. ^ "UN"
  16. ^ "Experimental Witch Videos". Paulo Coelho's Blog. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  17. ^ "The Experimental Witch". Paulo Coelho's Blog. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  18. ^ "Receiving the Cinema for Peace Award". YouTube. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  19. ^ "Cinema for Peace 2015 — Cinema for Peace Foundation". Archived from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Cinema for Peace Foundation". Archived from the original on 2016-04-11. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  21. ^ "Nominations 2017". Cinema for Peace Foundation. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  22. ^ "Nominations 2018". Cinema for Peace Foundation. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  23. ^ "Nominations 2019". Cinema for Peace Foundation. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  24. ^ "Nominations 2020". Cinema for Peace Foundation. Retrieved 2019-05-09.

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