Welcome to the 10th year of the Immigration Film Fest (IFF), held in Washington DC in October, 2023.

We have some exciting news. On our 10th Anniversary our partner Kama DC will host the Immigration Film Fest. KAMA DC is a non-profit organization that provides a platform for immigrants to share their skills and stories. KAMA DC volunteers have been judging films and hosting IFF screenings for the past 3 years. In our 10th year, we seek uplifting, inspiring films that tell the stories of ordinary and extraordinary immigrants and refugees.

More than ever, immigration is front-page news and is one of the most critical issues confronting us globally and nationally. We need the artists and filmmakers who are telling these stories to educate and inspire action at all levels of society. We seek innovative films about immigrants that may not be immediately recognized in more traditional venues. We particularly encourage immigrant and student filmmakers to submit your films. We provide exposure for worthy films and talented filmmakers in Washington DC, where policy discussions about immigration are held by decision-makers, international media & thought leaders and where there is an enthusiastic audience for unique, creative films.

The 2023 Immigration Film Fest will be a hybrid festival with live screenings at area venues and hosted online. Selected films will enjoy wide visibility through concerted promotion in national and international media as well as partner social media. Discussion and Q&A at watch parties and live venues are designed to engage the audience with filmmakers' creative team, policy makers and immigration experts, on the issues raised by the films. We have invitational screenings and partner events at churches, universities, art houses and Capitol Hill to amplify our Mission and showcase official selections and award winning films.

We are a volunteer organization dedicated to bringing the power of film to spotlight and honor the stories of immigrants in society. Through the power and artistry of film, we seek to spotlight the human, intimate side of the people, to humanize and inform the public debate in a world of people displaced by war, poverty, violence, lack of opportunity, social injustice, arbitrary political boundaries and often dysfunctional or abusive political systems. We appreciate your interest and encourage you to be part of the Immigration Film Fest in 2023.

We welcome you. Submit your film now!

For the 2023 festival, we will be awarding Laurels for all selected films.

The Immigration Film Fest (IFF) is delighted to have you submit your film for consideration to be shown in private live hosted online events and at various theater venues in the greater Washington DC area. Here are the rules and terms you agree to with your submission:

All films must be submitted on FilmFreeway. The rules and terms of the FilmFreeway web site are incorporated into the Terms and Conditions.

Films must deal with the topics of immigrants and refugees living or working in a new country, legally or undocumented, or their host communities. We seek works that recognize how deeply immigrants affect the lives of those around them. These films are ultimately creative works about people's lives, as such, comedy and imagination are greatly encouraged.

Films must be respectful and sensitive to the human needs and issues that arise. They may provide different points of view and show entrenched prejudice but films that have a hate motivation will not be selected and should not be submitted. The IFF is under no obligation to screen any of the films submitted and may reject any entry at its sole discretion.

Films must be available for screening in MP4 format in English or with English language subtitles. Official selections will be screened at venues and at live hosted online events on dates set by IFF organizers in October 2022 and at educational events during the year.

By submitting your film to IFF, you grant the Immigration Film Fest, at no charge, the right to view, show, advertise, and make internal copies, if necessary, for the evaluation, showing and other functions of the Festival's mission and for promotion of the Festival and its educational purposes.

IFF may charge or accept donations for the viewing of the films at the Festival. All proceeds related to IFF’s promotion and showing of the films will be the property of IFF.

IFF will issue laurels, letters or other forms of recognition to selected films, if requested, including acknowledgement of awards and prizes that may have been won, so the filmmaker may use them for further promotion and advertisement of the film.

In 2023, the Immigration Film Fest seeks inspiring and uplifting films of human endeavour and accomplishment - ordinary and extraordinary- in the communities in which they live. The IFF also seeks a cross section of nationalities, issues and other criteria in making a final selection. Thus, a very worthwhile film may not be selected. We may consider a film that is not selected for future years. We encourage you to take the IFF into account on any new or on-going projects. If your film is selected for the festival, we may show a preview of your upcoming work, if it meets with the general objectives of the IFF. Pre and post film discussions and workshops are an integral part of our programming, the availability of filmmakers and persons associated with a film during the Festival may also be a selection factor.

Overall Rating
  • Ross Taylor

    Wonderful communication and engagement, thanks for the inclusion!

    October 2022
  • Poppy van Oorde-Grainger

    Excellent festival with some fantastic panel discussions. We were honoured to have Two Sands included in the 2021 programme.

    May 2022
  • IFF was a great experience, communication was great and they really made us feel welcome

    February 2022
  • Serena Ryen

    This was a wonderful festival! Beautiful, well-made, thought-provoking films and very helpful communication from the team. Great experience all around.

    November 2021
  • Sandeep Ravindranath

    Very well organized and excellent communication! Thank you for screening our short documentary Sub Brothers and for the Best New Voice award for our film Diary of an Outsider.

    October 2021