The Vermont International Film Foundation (VIFF) was founded in 1985 by two longtime peace and social justice activists, George and Sonia Cullinen of Wilmington. The inspiration for the Foundation came from the success of the Cullinens'' 1981 film, "From Washington to Moscow", which documented a Walk for Peace between the two rural Vermont towns. The film won the UNESCO prize at the 1983 Hiroshima International Film Festival in Japan and taught the Cullinens that film and video could motivate people to become involved in their own communities and elsewhere in the world. The Vermont International Film Festival grew out of this vision - the challenge to work for peace, justice, and human rights, and to become involved in a global effort to preserve and to enrich life on the planet. The Festival continues to carry this mission.