The Refugees Film Festival has been born due to the necessity to highlight the enormous drama of the crisis of millions of people in the XXI century that must leave their homes searching for a better life or only escaping from death.

Through a selection of films from all across the globe, the Film Festival aims to raise awareness of common persons that had changed radically their way and place of living in a desperate bid for freedom or only to survive.

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.

The line-up also includes stories of resilience and hope, population under war, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), racial persecutions against native Americans, genocides against minorities, etc.
Also, the film festival includes productions made with and by women, men, and children in 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.

In one week of programming in the 1st RFF (2018) we have seen have 48 great films from Germany, Austria, USA, Canada, Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Kosovo, Poland, Netherlands, Romania, Iraq, Iran, Argentina, Honduras, Australia, Sweden, Bangladesh, Cyprus, and Egipt. The majority will be a premiere in Berlin and many of them in Germany also, like “Are you volleyball”, “Der Schwarze Nazi”, “Touch of Angel”, “The boys next door”, “Y”, “Tin Can”, “88 Cents”, “A Piece of Germany”, “Strange Guests”.

In the 2nd RFF (2019) we have seen 46 great films from Germany, Austria, USA, Canada, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Poland, Romania, Netherlands, UK, North Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Armenia, Turkey, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, Chile, Australia, Sweden, and Japan. The majority will be a premiere in Berlin and many of them in Germany also, like “The Tank and the Olive Tree”, “Yara”, “Kreuzberg”, “You can’t kill my Dreams”, “The Wanderings of Ivan”, “Intercontinental”, “Doing Money”, “Who is Europe”, “Undeterred”, “They will not trespass”, “Once in Purple Dungarees”, “The Climate Limbo”, “Alara”, and “The Bomb”, among other.

We have selected Oscar Awards films, and great shorts and features, dramas and documentaries with tons of nominations and awards in the most important film festivals all over the Word.

This window to the best of the movies about this interesting and actual issue, that cross not only Europe-Middle East-Africa, but also different regions with migrations (international and internal, Natives of the USA and Canada, etc.), unknows wars like the Honduran – Salvadorian War, persecutions against the Rohingya Nation and beautiful cooperative movies made by and for children, racism in Trinidad and Tobago against Venezuelans, the Armenian Genocide, past, and current migrations because old wars, like in Vietnam and Cambodia, discrimination in between neighbors in Berlin, persecutions in North Korea, and beautiful and poetic movies that go beyond the issue of migration to the condition of the Human Being, upcoming wars (¿?) in Northern Europe, Worker Class Solidarity that cross the Atlantic, etc., will permit here, in Berlin, to empathize with millions and millions of Human Beings that exist, and not only in the queue of Ausländerbehörde (Migration National Office).

We hope that the first edition of the Refugees Film Festival could help to understand, through the cinema, this complex reality that is going on in the entire world.

More info in http://www.refugeesfilmfest.com https://babylonberlin.eu/programm/festivals/rff

All the films have English subtitles
(if the language spoken in the movie is not English)

ATTENTION

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

- The views and opinions expressed in these films do not necessarily represent those of the sponsors, partners, supporters, or others 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)

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

Dates and venues

1st REFUGEES FILM FESTIVAL: 25 to 31 of October 2018: BABYLON

2nd REFUGEES FILM FESTIVAL: 24 to 30 of October 2019: BABYLON /
UT CONNEWITZ: 4th-8th of May 2020

3rd REFUGEES FILM FESTIVAL: 29th of October to 05 of November 2020: BABYLON /
UT CONNEWITZ: 8th to 12th of May 2021

BABYLON
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

UT Connewitz e.V.
Wolfgang-Heinze-Str. 12a
04277 Leipzig

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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.)

SUBMISSION FORM
All films that use languages other than English need to have 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 FORMAT
Screening film format: DCP in a USB flash drive or hard disk (for Windows, not Mac) with English subtitles (if the language of the film is not English). Other formats like .mov, .mp4 could be converted into a DCP.

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.

Overall Rating
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Hospitality
Networking
  • Jaqueline Rauter

    Nice festival in the heart of Berlin! Great topics again this year!

    March 2020
  • Sean Wirz

    Great team and great effort. Unfortunately I couldn't attend. The team was very friendly and very communicative though.

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Sean, we hope to see you the next year!

  • Sadly I wasn't able to attend the festival but I am so grateful for bieng part of such great effort to make this festival exist.

    December 2018
  • I and some protagonists were at the screening of my documentary, which also won the Audience Award. A sincere thanks to all who joined us & the organizers who made this award and event possible under challenging circumstances in Germany's current political and social situations. Please remember to support and contribute to such projects and endeavors whenever you can.

    November 2018
  • A big thank you to the entire festival staff. Though I was not in attendance, the communication, social media, and attention to detail was well appreciated!

    November 2018