Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Information on 2010 New York Peace Film Festival Submission

Films About Peace!

The third annual New York Peace Film Festival seeks submissions for its mid-March 2010 festival of films. We actively encourage filmmakers from every corner of the globe to participate.

The mission of the festival is to present films from around the world that advance global peace. Films should not only highlight the advantages of peaceful solutions to international conflicts, but also deal constructively and hopefully with root causes of war and define peace in new or creative ways. Personal and biographical films related to peace issues are eligible. Also of deep interest are films dealing with the proliferation and consequences of nuclear arms and energy.

Films are welcome in the following categories: feature films, documentaries, short films, student films, and animated films. All films must be accessible to an English speaking audience, either as the original language in the film or through the use of sub-titles or dubbing.

All clearances must be arranged by the filmmaker and the work must be original. Parental signatures are required for 17 year olds and under.

Submission fees are based on the film’s length: full length (over 1 hour) $40; short films (under 1 hour) $30. Include with your submission a check or money order payable to: New York Peace Film Festival. All payments must be in U.S. dollars. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Please note that the person submitting films produced by a major studio, or under contract or option, must be legally empowered to give permission to show the film at no cost to New York Peace Film Festival.
Films submitted must have been completed no earlier than July 1, 2006.

The submission deadline is December 1, 2009. All submissions should initially be in DVD-R format and mailed to New York Peace Film Festival (NYPFF), P.O. Box 3810, Grand Central Post Office, New York, NY 10163. Filmmakers will be notified if their work is chosen by the end of January.

Films will not be returned and we are not responsible for lost or stolen materials. If your film is selected it will be necessary to send us a Beta-SP copy by February 1.

A synopsis (50 words maximum) must accompany your submission.

The application form follows this announcement.

Application Form:

Tile of Film (in English):

Category (circle one): feature documentary short student animated

Running time_________________

If selected: World premiere _____ US premiere______ New York premiere______

Major screening history:

Your Name:


Telephone: Email:

Enclosed is a check or U.S. money order for (circle one): $30 $20

Synopsis is Enclosed ___

I have read all the rules and regulations for the 2008 New York Peace Film Festival, and understand and have complied with these rules. I warrant that this work is original and that there are no deals, contracts or options regarding the ownership of the submission. I also warrant that the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead. I fully indemnify the festival against any such violations of law. To the best of my knowledge, the statements I have made herein are true and correct. I understand that failure to adhere to the rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of the submission fee and I agree to hold the festival harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities (including attorney fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, for any film or video submitted to the festival.

(signature) _______________________________________________(date)______________
I warrant that I am 18 years old or older: (initials) _________________
(parental signature if applicable) __________________________________(date)__________

Mail DVD, completed application form, check and synopsis in one package to:
NY Peace Film Festival (NYPFF)
P.O. Box 3810, Grand Central Post Office
New York, NY 10163.



New York, NY - New York Peace Film Festival (NYPFF) and the Japanese American United Church (JAUC) will co-host the opening of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki photo poster exhibit on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 7:00pm at JAUC, 255 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001. The exhibit runs from Monday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009. Admission is free.

The opening ceremony will feature the testimony of Mrs. Emiko Okada, a Hiroshima A-Bomb survivor, along with Steven Leeper, the first foreign Chairperson of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, and peace educator Kathleen Sullivan. The schedule of the opening event is as follows:

7:00pm: Greetings from NYPFF & JAUC
7:15pm: Greetings from Steven Leeper
7:30pm-8:40pm: Survivor’s story by Mrs. Emiko Okada
8:40pm: Peace Workshop by Kathleen Sullivan
9:00pm-9:30pm: Reception

The exhibit is open to the public everyday for 2 weeks from 1pm to 5pm except Saturdays when it is open from 11am to 5 pm. Tuesdays the exhibit is closed. Poetry readings are held on weekends at 2pm and 3pm, with audience participation encouraged. A table of origami paper cranes (the universal symbol of peace and a nuclear-free world) will be set-up so viewers can take a paper crane as a keep-sake or make a paper crane themselves with origami paper provided.

JAUC is located on 7th Avenue between 23rd and 24th Street, convenient to the following Subway lines: 1, 9, F, E, N and R.
For more information:

The advertisement is made possible by donations collected by theHiroshima Peace Culture Foundation for 'A Hiroshima Survivor's Story & Photo Exhibit in US'.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Free Film Screening and Readings

New York Peace Film Festival and Interborough Repertory Theater presents:

Celebrating International Day of Peace !

“Hibakusha Outcry” Reading Series 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 7:00pm~9:30pm

Film “Twice Bombed, Twice Survived (Nijuuhibaku)” (English subtitle: 60min)

Tanka Reading (English & Japanese) by Chad Diehl

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 @ 7:00pm~9:30pm

Staged Reading "Atomic Field"(『原子野』)(in Japanese)

Written by Kenneth Robbins / Translation by Akira Wakabayashi

Directed by Sonoko Kawahara


Akira Takayama*, Masayasu Nakanishi*, Mami Kimura, Asuka Morinaga

*Actors Appear Courtesy of Actors Equity Association


IRT (Interborough Repertory Theater)

154 Christopher Street, Suite 3B, New York, NY 10014


Reservations: / 212-592-3311

For more information:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Event Notice: Hibakusha Outcry Reading Series

“Hibakusha Outcry” Reading Series 2009

New York Peace Film Festival (NYPFF) and Interborough Repertory Theater (IRT) will co-host a film screening and staged readings on consecutive Tuesdays, Sept. 15 & 22, 2009 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm in celebration of International Day of Peace at the IRT performance space, 154 Christopher Street, Suite 3B, New York, NY 10014. Admission is free.

On Sept. 15, a screening of the documentary film “Nijuuhibaku (Double Hibaku) will kick off the series. Last March, Mr. Tsutomu Yamaguchi became the first person officially certified by the Japanese government as a double A-bomb victim, a “double Hibakusha.” The film, in Japanese with English subtitles, features Mr. Yamaguchi and others who experienced the atomic bombings of both Hirroshima and Nagasaki and survived both. Following the hour long documentary film, short poems by Mr. Yamaguchi (Tanka, a specific Japanese poetic form) will be read by Chad Diehl, a Columbia graduate student who is translating the Tanka for publication in the Spring. Mr. Diehl is fluent in Japanese and English and spent a month living with Mr. Yamaguchi in Nagasaki earlier this summer.

Then, on Sept. 22, a staged reading of “Atomic Field,” a play by Kenneth Robbins directed by Sonoko Kawahara, will be performed in Japanese. Dying of lung cancer, the main character served during and post WWII, evoking memories of the war and nuclear testing during the 1950’s. The play was translated into Japanese for a Tokyo production in 2000. The cast includes Akira Takayama in the main role (“Picture Bride,” “Snow Falling on Cedars”), Bobby Nakanishi, Mami Kimura, and Asuka Morinaga. There is no English translation for this reading.

New York Peace Film Festival (NYPFF), formed in 2007, presents films from around the world that advance global peace. The next festival takes place in March, 2010. Its mission is to screen films that not only highlight the advantages of peaceful solutions to international conflicts, but also deal constructively and hopefully with the root causes of war, defining peace in new and creative ways. Also of deep interest are films dealing with the proliferation and consequences of nuclear arms and energy. In addition to screenings, NYPFF also produces staged readings of related material in conjunction with IRT.

IRT is located about a 5 minute walk from the Christopher Street Station of the #1 subway line. Due to the limited seating, reservations are strongly recommended and can be made at: or by calling 212-592-3311.

For more information contact:

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Stage Reading "ATOMIC FIELD"

New York Peace Film Festival in conjunction with Interborough Repertory Theater

a reading of ATOMIC FIELD

a play by Kenneth Robbins

In 1985 as Howie Long dies of lung cancer, it is discovered by his family that
not only had he been stationed in Nagasaki after the atomic bombing but he was
also part of the nuclear testing program following the end of WWII.

Directed by Jonathan Fluck
with: Robert Grant, Kate Haggerty*, Mami Kimura, Cynthia Shaw
Cash Tilton, Sarah Wilson*, Ryosuke Yamada
*Actors Appear Courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Interborough Repertory Theater
154 Christopher Street, #3B, New York, NY 10014

Sat. March, 14, 2009 at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:45pm)
Reception starts immediately after the reading

FREE and open to the public: Seeting is limited
Reservations: / 212-592-3311(Hotline)