Cinema for Peace Gala


Since 2002, Cinema for Peace has been a worldwide initiative, promoting humanitarian efforts through film, as well as inviting members of the international film community to attend the annual Cinema for Peace Gala during the Berlin International Film Festival.

We have created a platform for peace and tolerance by showcasing cinematic work which highlights the human condition and human values. 

During the evening’s proceedings at the Konzerthaus, while film clips from exemplary works are screened, directors and producers are celebrated with the Cinema for Peace Award for commendable works.


Cinema for Peace brings together international star guests and global personalities from the world of film, media, politics, business and society, while celebrating the power of the moving image and its ability to unite cultures.

This prestigious event is a symbol of peace, freedom and tolerance, a symbol with a lasting effect on the world of film and media, initiating important projects and the free exchange of ideas. 

The Cinema for Peace Foundation is regularly the main beneficiary among further worthy causes of the Cinema for Peace Gala and utilizes its platform to showcase the Most Valuable Films of the Year and humanitarian initiatives.


Honors and Nominations


At the 2018 Cinema for Peace Gala, the women of the Time's Up and #Metoo movement are highlighted for their incredible bravery and strength.

Never before have we seen women across the world come together to fight inequality and injustice like this.

The women of these movements have shown the world that no more can oppression of women exist in and outside of the workforce. 

They have opened up our eyes and ears to their stories and bravery.

They are the one's leading the way into progress

It is an honour to celebrate and award these women for their unprecedented action toward injustice in the world. 

This year, the Cinema for Peace Foundation selected the 25 most valuable films of the year that help spread awareness of important and crucial issues of our society.

The Award categories for the 2018 Cinema for Peace Gala included:


The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda presents the Cinema for Peace Award for Justice.


Celebrating film and art every year since 2001

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Ai weiwei's art installation at cinema for peace gala 2016 at berlin konzerthaus

Cinema for Peace has been helping several filmmakers in detention, such as Burmese artist Zarganar, or Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who among many other things, created the Olympic bird nest stadium. Ai Weiwei is best known for his art and his activism in support of human rights and freedom of expression. What most people are not aware of is the fact that Ai Weiwei is a prolific documentary filmmaker. In China, his films are censored and cannot be legally watched. Ai Weiwei has regarded Cinema for Peace for being first to recognize him as a filmmaker.

In 2011, Ai Weiwei was arrested and secretly detained for 81 days due to his criticism of the Chinese regime and for bringing the abuse of human rights to widespread attention with his actions and films. He was placed under house arrest and, till today, is still under soft detention and not allowed to leave China.

Since his documentary films are an important and still quite unknown part of his oeuvre, the Martin Gropius Bau together with Cinema for Peace decided to show a selection of his films

Cinema for Peace featured the censored movies of Ai Weiwei in its Screening Series ‘Stories of Ai Weiwei’ at Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin. Cinema for Peace showed the non-fiction film The Crab House in the cinema hall of Martin-Gropius-Bau.

Movies like the ones by Ai Weiwei provide the world with an uncensored view on the living conditions in the country. They might help to support the opposition and eventually improve the situation for artists like Ai Weiwei and all the other people that dare to oppose the government and therefore face human rights violations on behalf of the harmony campaign of Cinema for Peace.


Mission Statement


The aim of Cinema for Peace is to promote peace and international understanding through the medium of film.

Since its foundation in 2002 Cinema for Peace has invited members of the international film community to a gala night which highlights a selection of cinematic work in order to create a platform for peace and tolerance, while also raising significant funds for charity.

During the course of the gala, an award is presented to the most valuable films of the year whose work has served to cast a new focus on the human condition and human values, and excerpts are screened from movies that make a difference. 


War, terrorism and humanitarian catastrophes are sad realities in many parts of the world. But artists can make a difference to the state of the world, and film and filmmakers should make a stand for peace and humanity. 

Thanks to the generous support the annual gala receives, Cinema for Peace has increased the amount of assistance it has been able to give to selected charities steadily over the last ten years and equally importantly, has also expanded its role in raising public consciousness of social inequality and injustice.

We hope you will join us in supporting this very important work, today and in years to come.


Charity Beneficiaries



2004 UNICEF, amfAR

2005 UNICEF, Power Child

2006 UNICEF, amfAR, Healing the Divide

2007 UNICEF, amfAR, Healing the Divide

2008 UNIFEM, amfAR, Cinema for Peace Foundation, Elton John Foundation, Joyful Heart Foundation, International Campaign for Tibet

2009 DiCaprio Fund, Motion Picture & Television Fund, Elton John Foundation, Gorbachev Foundation

2010 amfAR, Cinema for Peace Foundation, DiCaprio Fund, Elton John Foundation, Gorbachev Foundation