Cinema for Peace
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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.
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".
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, in Los Angeles on the occasions of the Golden Globes  and on Oscar weekend, in Uganda at the conference of the International Criminal Court, 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  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  Further criticism of Cinema for Peace has come from a variety of sources, including Stern, Die Tageszeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau,.
The Cinema for Peace Foundation organizes various monthly screenings, mainly through partnering cinemas, such as the Schikaneder in Vienna 
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 and brought them to Hollywood and to Washington in order to promote global human rights responsibility and advocate a global Sanction List for human rights offenders.
Committee and supportersEdit
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Among the Cinema for Peace speakers have been: Buzz Aldrin, Antonio Banderas, Deepak Chopra, George Clooney, Catherine Deneuve, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bob Geldof, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman, Elton John, Nicole Kidman, Sir Christopher Lee, Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Hilary Swank, Wim Wenders, Ban Ki-Moon, Luis Moreno-Ocampo and Fatou Bensouda as well as Mikhail Gorbachev.
Award winners 2002–2019Edit
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- Honorary award: Istvàn Szabo, for portraying the Jewish struggle for survival after WWII
- Most valuable movie of the year: Danis Tanovic for No Man's Land
- Most valuable movie of the year: John Boorman and Robert Chartoff for Country of My Skull and the film upon which it is based, In My Country
- Honorary award: Lars von Trier
- Most valuable movie of the year: Terry George, Alex Kitman Ho, Sam Bhembe, Roberto Cicutto and Don Cheadle for Hotel Rwanda
- Most valuable movie of the year: George Clooney and Grant Heslov for Good Night, and Good Luck
- Most valuable work of a director, producer or screenwriter: David Yates and Richard Curtis for The Girl in the Café
- Honorary award: Michael Winterbottom
- Most valuable movie of the year: Clint Eastwood for Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima
- Most valuable director: Bille August for Goodbye Bafana
- Most valuable actor: Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland
- Pioneer award: Bob Geldof
- International human rights film award: Coca – The Dove from Chechnya and Eric Bergkraut
- Brehm & V. Moers talent grant: I Don't Feel Like Dancing
- Most valuable movie of the year: Persepolis, Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi
- Most valuable documentary of the year: Trouble - Teatime in Heiligendamm, Ralf Schmerberg and Dropping Knowledge
- Most valuable work of director, producer or screenwriter: Juno and Jason Reitman, Diablo Cody, John Malkovich, Mason Novick, Russel Smith and Lianne Halfon
- Best short film: The Spirit and Joseph Fiennes
- International human rights film award: Malalai Joya and Enemies of Happiness
- Clean energy award: Earth and Alix Tidmarsh, Sophokles Tasioulis, Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield, Nikolaus Weil and Stefan Beiten
- Honorary award: Ben Kingsley for portraying Simon Wiesenthal, Itzhak Stern in Schindler's List and Mahatma Gandhi
- Special award: the makers of The Experimental Witch, initiated by Paolo Coelho and created with the original work of 14 filmmakers from around the world.
- 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: In the Land of Blood and Honey
- Most valuable documentary of the year: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (West Memphis Three)
- Award for justice: Justice for Sergei on Sergei Magnitsky; Granito: How to Nail a Dictator
- International human rights film award: The Lady and Aung San Suu Kyi
- International green film award: Burning in the Sun
- Honorary award: Angelina Jolie and cast for In the Land of Blood and Honey
- Most valuable movie of the year: Lincoln
- Most valuable documentary of the year: Searching For Sugarman; The Gatekeepers
- Award for justice:No; Class Dismissed on Malala Yousafzai
- International human rights film award: Call Me Kuchu, David Kato and Frank Mugisha
- International green film award: Bitter Seeds
- Honorary award: Charlize Theron and her Africa Outreach Project
- Award for opposing anti-semitism: Veronica Ferres, Marga Spiegel and Charlotte Knobloch
- 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.
- Most valuable movie of the year: Selma by Ava DuVernay, Unbroken by Angelina Jolie and Timbuktu by Abderrahmane Sissako.
- Most valuable documentary of the year: Drone by Tonje Hessen Schei and E-Team by Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman.
- Award for justice: Three Windows and a Hanging by Isa Qosja and Miners Shot Down by Rehad Desai.
- International green film award: Virunga by Orlando von Einsiedel.
- Special award: Til Schweiger and Honey in the Head; Ennio Morricone.
- Honorary award: Ai Weiwei.
- Most valuable movie of the year: Beasts of No Nation by Cary Fukunaga
- Most valuable documentary of the year: Cartel Land by Matthew Heineman
- Award for justice: Watchers of the Sky by Edet Belzberg
- International green film award: Racing Extinction by Louie Psihoyos
- Special award for the most valuable film on refugees: A Syrian Love Story by Sean McAllister
- Most valuable movie of the year: Hacksaw Ridge by Mel Gibson
- Award for justice: Snowden by Oliver Stone
- Most valuable documentary of the year: Keep Quiet by Sam Blair and Joseph Martin, Disturbing the Peace by Stephen Apko and Andrew Young, Tickling Giants by Sara Taksler, Peshmerga by Bernard-Henri Lévy, The White Helmets by Orlando von Einsiedel and When God Sleeps by Till Schauder.
- International green film award: The Ivory Game by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani
- Most valuable movie of the year: The Post by Steven Spielberg
- Award for justice: The Breadwinner by Nora Twomey
- Most valuable documentary of the year: Cries from Syria by Evgeny Afineevsky
- International green film award: Jane by Brett Morgen
- Most valuable movie of the year: Capernaum by Nadine Labaki
- Most valuable documentary of the year: The Heart of Nuba by Kenneth Carlson
- Award for woman's empowerment: RBG by Betsy West, Julie Cohen
- Most political film of the year: Watergate by Charles Ferguson
- Award for justice: Two Catalonias by Gerardo Olivares, Álvaro Longoria
- International green film award: The Elephant Queen by Mark Deeble, Victoria Stone
- Most valuable movie of the year: 1917 by Sam Mendes
- Most valuable documentary of the year: The Cave by Feras Fayyad
- Award for woman's empowerment: A Girl from Mogadishu by Mary McGuckian; Maiden by Alex Holmes
- Most political film of the year: The Report by Scott Z. Burns; Official Secrets by Gavin Hood
- Award for justice: The Collini Case by Marco Kreuzpainter; A Regular Woman (Nur eine Frau) by Sherry Hormann
- International green film award: Sanctuary by Álvaro Longoria; Sea of Shadows by Richard Ladkani
- Honorary award: Crescendo by Dror Zahavi; Costa-Gavras; Vanessa Redgrave; Gerard Butler
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