Migration has tended to be relegated to the corners of the film industry, with films that solely focus on the negative experience of displacement. Through the London Migration Film Festival we aim to reframe the discussion in which migrants are conceived solely in opposite terms, as enemies or as victims, but rather highlight the diversity, nuance and subjective experience within migration and ultimately, the humanity of it.

Dear filmmakers, producers and distributors,

First of all, the good news: London Migration Film Festival is alive and kicking, and we can’t wait to feature your work!

If you want to be considered you will need to submit your film by the deadline. Unfortunately we cannot accept late submissions.

We - and this can’t be stressed enough - can’t wait to put your excellent work on our next programmes. Thank you so much for believing in the festival and for sending us your work!

Onwards and upwards,

LMFF team


All films must examine human migration in some form or contain it as a theme of the film. This can involve forced migration, South-South/North-South/South-North/EU migration, economic migration, discrimination, 2nd generation and integration, trafficking, intersectional experiences of migration (i.e. gender, sexuality, disability, race, etc), refugees, expats, international volunteering, etc.

If you're unsure whether your film may be relevant for the festival, please get in touch with us to ask.

If you're struggling to afford the submission fee, then please contact us directly.


1. You are happy for your film to be previewed by judge(s) for the process of selection.

2. You are happy for your film to be kept on file.

3. All submissions will be notified about whether their film has been chosen for screening.

4. Films chosen for screening may be paid a licensing fee (subject to negotiation).

Overall Rating
  • Sasha Ihnatovich

    Thank you for all the great work you do in challenging the stigma around migration and subverting dominant representations of people seeking refuge.

    December 2022
  • Sonita Gale

    Hostile speaks to this festival and everything it represents. Lovely team that wear many hats and work whilst pushing this festival. Thanks again

    July 2022
  • Oscar Aguerre

    Very interesting festival! They answered all our queries every time we made them, with great kindness.
    They kept us informed of the progress of the festival.

    December 2021
  • Giulio Gobbetti

    Wonderful festival. I've known it for a few years now and it's been an honour to be part of it in this editon! Highly recommended.

    December 2021
  • Nancy Ghertner

    London Migration Film Festival was an opportunity for audiences in Great Britain to view an Indigenous story. It had great panel discussion related to migrating peoples in this complex world of 2021. We appreciated this opportunity.

    September 2021