About Us

One World Films is a 501c3 non-profit organization that was formed in 1998 to establish an annual film festival in Lexington, Kentucky.

One World Films believes film can present issues of culture, society, ethnicity, gender and the politics that surrounds them in ways that increase understanding and encourage creative thinking about complex social situations. We therefore challenge the increasingly-diverse population of Lexington and Central Kentucky on these issues through our annual One World Film Festival: a festival with speakers worth hearing, discussions worth having and — most importantly — current films worth seeing.

Since its inception, the One World Film Festival has shown over 100 films to almost 15,000 festival attendees. Our films are shown at a variety of venues that have included the historic Kentucky Theater, the Lexington Public Library Theater, the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University. We follow some screenings with discussions about the issues brought up in the films. Festival highlights have included film participants and directors discussing their work with audiences and panelists who are expert on the issues raised in the films. All festival screenings are free and open to the public. If you would like flyers for distribution to your employees, customers or friends, feel free to contact us.

Our board members are all volunteers, and the film festival relies on the generosity of local businesses, community groups, and individuals. The names of all sponsors appear in our annual mailing, on posters, and in the programs handed out at each film.

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Annette Mayer (Chairman), Mary Crone, Philis Alvic, Diana Rast, Dominic Eardley, Cynthia Higgs (seated on floor), Gary Schroeder, Mim King (seated on floor), Elizabeth Strom, John Robinson

(photo by John Robinson)