The focus of PIFF includes...

  • Addressing the various aspects of the billion dollar industry known as filmmaking

  • Understanding filmmaking from "in front of the camera to behind the camera" through workshops and seminars

  • Assisting independent filmmakers with opportunities to expose and monetize their creative art works

  • Celebrating filmmaking in its various forms


PIFF highlights the following 6 Categories:

  • Feature Films.....90 to 120-Minutes Maximum
  • Short Films.....30-Minutes Maximum
  • Documentaries.....90-Minutes Maximum
  • Web Series.....Minimum 2 Episodes / 20-Minute Maximum per Episode
  • Music Video.....10-Minute Maximum
  • cell phones ..... 15 Minute Maximum


PIFF is a family-friendly event that encourages unity within families.  PIFF creative art works gives the family an opportunity to watch, discuss, learn, and enjoy the films together.

Participants of PIFF are expected to meet the following criteria in order to be considered for participation in the 12-month initiative and culminating film festival:

  • Submit Family-Friendly Creative Art Works

               We define family-friendly as creative art works that can be watched by families with individuals ranging in age.

  • Sensitive topics done in a tasteful manner

​            Sensitive topics include topics such as intimacy, domestic violence, pornography, etc.

  • Submit creative art works that are 1 or more of the following


​          *Overcoming Obstacles





Those who attend the film festival in person will:

  • Receive 12-months of international exposure through our Radio, Internet, and Television Networks
  • Be able to discuss your Creative Art Works with the general public and others in the film industry
  • Be able to participate on a filmmakers panel discussion
  • Conduct interviews with UCCN TV and various media
  • Have the opportunity to monetize their create art works on UCCN TV
  • Receive discounted Ad and Show Rates on UCCN TV for 12 months

Those unable to attend the film festival in person will:

  • Have their creative art work showcased on UCCN at least once during the 12-month calendar year of the festival for which you submitted your work
  • Receive international exposure through our Radio, Internet, and/or Television Network
  • Receive discounted Ad and Show Rates on UCCN TV for 6 months


The Piton International Film Festival (PIFF) will consist of several events throughout the year culminating with the celebratory film festival during the first weekend in September.  Events include:

  • Workshops, Seminars, & Webinars
  • Radio & Television Interviews on Dr. Walls & Friends; Harambee Table, Lights, Camera, Harmony; UCCN TV; etc.
  • Meet, Greet, & Networking Events
  • Filmmakers Luncheon
  • Opening Event: The Grandmaster Kham International Poetry & Arts Jam
  • Red Carpet Event
  • Movie Screenings
  • P.P.E. concert
  • Awards Ceremony & After Party

​​For More Information contact Brother Umoja at PIFFumoja@gmail.com

Ed "Umoja" Herman, Founder

The Piton International Film Festival (PIFF), is the brain child of the founder of Umoja Communications, Edmund Herman known to many as "Brother Umoja."  Brother Umoja was born on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Coming to the United States in the late 60's, Brother Umoja received all his formal education in the U.S. Inspired by the words of the late Sir John Compton, who challenged Lucians overseas to help build their homeland into a better place, Brother Umoja has been building business relationships with the people of his homeland since 1998.  With a love for his homeland and the belief that St. Lucia is more than capable of increasing the filmmaking opportunities on it's shores, Brother Umoja created the Piton International Film Festival.