The Refugees Welcome Film Festival borns due to the necessity to put in to highlight the enormous drama of the crisis of the refugees in the XXI century. Through a selection of dramas and documentaries from across the globe, the FWFF aims to raise awareness of refugees, internally displaced persons, and stateless people. Ranging from blockbusters to independent films, the program aspires to shed light on their situation and contexts, their fears, losses, hopes, successes, and their despair, courage, and resilience.
Let us face the harsh realities through documentaries and fiction films that depict circumstances in a desperate bid for freedom or only to survive.

The lineup also includes stories of resilience and hope, refugees for war, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV). Also, the film festival includes productions made by refugees about their new lives in the cities or places of temporary settlement.
The Film Festival will also be featuring special guests from the films, including the filmmakers, actors, and protagonists. Diverse specialists from the civil society, academia, and relevant prominent figures will also be sharing their experiences with us.

In one week of programming we have more than 40 great films from all over the world, the majority will be a premiere in Germany, like “Are you volleyball”, “The boys next door”, “Y”, “Tin Can”, “88 Cents”, “A Piece of Germany”, “Strange Guests” and others that had a local premiere in Germany but not in Berlin, like “Der Schwarze Nazi”, “Arrival”, “Games”, “The Rainbow machine” and “Hänsel & Gretel - Don´t let fear eat you”, among others.

For the second year, thanks to our partners and supporters, the 2nd Refugees Film Festival will expand to other countries.
We hope that the main location in Berlin Germany will help to break the stereotypes that some Germans – and other Europeans as well - have about refugees, in the country that more refugees have received in the last years in the Western Hemisphere.


- Be advised that some films may contain scenes which some viewers may find disturbing.

- The views and opinions expressed in these films do not necessarily represent those of the sponsors, partners, supporters or other involved in organizing the Refugees Welcome Film Festival.

- Images, texts, copyrights and trademarks for all films mentioned herein are held by their respective owners and are solely for promotional, non-commercial and educational purposes.

The RFF Award for Best Feature Film (fiction or documentary)

The RFF Award for Best short (fiction or documentary)

The Audience Award (fiction or documentary)

The Refugees Film Festival is open to all film genres (drama, documentary, animated, short, etc.) on the issues of refugees, IDPs, stateless persons, the context surrounding those population, and/or films made by former/current refugees, IDPs, and stateless persons.

Date and venues

CURRENT 1ST REFUGEES FILM FESTIVAL: 25 to 31 of October 2018.

2nd REFUGEES FILM FESTIVAL: 24 to 30 of October 2019.


Neue Babylon Berlin GmbH

Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, 10178 BERLIN

U-Bahn: U2: Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

S-Bahn: Alexanderplatz

Bus: 100, 200, 340, 348 - Alexanderplatz

Kinokasse: Karten/ Informationen ab 17 Uhr bzw. ab 30 Minuten vor der ersten Vorstellung: Fon: +49 - (0)30 - 24 25 969
Please send a preview screener (the format must be a DVD or a link in Vimeo) together with the submission form to the address stated below.
(The submitted screener DVD will not be returned.)

All films that use languages other than English need to have English subtitles. (Please enclose the English dialogue list file on DVD, together with the DVD screener or the online screener in Vimeo with English subtitles).
Please enclose the publicity material (trailer, press kit, posters, stills etc.) together with the DVD screener or online screener. Make sure that the Festival has the right to use the material to promote the film and the festival.
Screening film format: DCP / HDCAM / HDD / Blu-ray (+ another format negotiable) with English subtitles (if the language of the film is not English).

All shipping costs and insurance to and from the festival office are the sender’s responsibility. Original film material must be accompanied by return instructions. International carrier account number, or authorization for charges to be paid by the addressee, or a stamped, self-addressed envelope must be included.