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, we will 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”.

We will see nominated 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, 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.


- 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 migration, refugees, IDPs, stateless persons, the context surrounding those population, and/or films made by former/current migrants, refugees, IDPs, and stateless persons.

Date and venues

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 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 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
  • 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