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Mission Statement

UNAFF celebrates the power of films dealing with human rights, environmental themes, women’s issues, population, homelessness, racism, children, health, universal education, war and peace. UNAFF attracts a broad audience from the San Francisco Bay Area who finds the screenings to be a rare chance to see the state of human rights and culture around the world and at home. Over the years UNAFF has screened some of the most awarded and talked about documentaries in the industry, including seven that went on to win Academy Awards and thirty that were nominated. UNAFF promotes education, awareness and social change through images, dialogue and action.


UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival)

Founded in 1998 by Jasmina Bojic, film critic and educator, UNAFF is an international documentary film festival originally established to honor the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It has grown and earned the respect of audiences and filmmakers alike for its fearless independence and integrity. As one of the oldest documentary-only film festivals in the United States, UNAFF brings together the interests of human rights advancement and cinematic achievement.

The 22nd UNAFF was held from October 17-27, 2019. The festival theme was SCALES OF JUSTICE, which continued our two decades long celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, emphasizing the fight for justice and exploring possible paths emanating from it into the future. The 23rd UNAFF will be held from October 15-25, 2020 in Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto and San Francisco.

For more information visit: http://www.unaff.org

Call for Interns/Volunteers!

If you have an interest in filmmaking and/or human rights issues this is the perfect chance to get involved in a community-based nonprofit organization. It is an opportunity to not only gain experience in film festival planning and behind the scenes action, but also to see many documentaries that are rarely seen elsewhere in the US. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to meet and talk with filmmakers!


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by Emily C. (May 11, 2017)
Depending on my experience, I may want my friends to also experience something like this. My friends are also interested in film, which may compel me to share this.