Last days for the Open Call at the 3rd Refugees Film Festival!
We will have our major venue in the traditional Babylon Theater in Mitte - Berlin.
Submissions are preferred via

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

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


- 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.

COVID-19 Measures
To protect the health of all festival guests and enable everybody to have a pleasant stay at the 3rd RFF, we have worked out a strict concept for hygiene and social distancing based on the latest Covid-19 protection provisions. The following rules will therefore apply:
In order to guarantee the traceability of audience members, we will collect personal data of all audience members during ticket purchase. Beyond that, every audience member will have a designated seat so that an exact seating plan can be generated if needed. This is the data that will be collected:
_Name of ticket buyer as well as of all other audience members
_Title, date and time of the attended screening as well as row and seat number
_Address as well as phone number or e-mail address
This data will be collected in the online shop immediately at ticket purchase. When buying tickets in person a form has to be filled out. After the event, the data will be stored for four weeks and can be forwarded to the appropriate authorities if requested. After this period of storage, the data will be completely deleted.
To ensure a ticket purchase procedure that is as contact-free as possible, we request all visitors to safely purchase their tickets ahead of time online. This also reduces queueing time. In addition, there’s the possibility of contact-free purchase using your EC or credit card or your smartphone at the ticket counters. At both the ticket and the service counters visitors and staff will also be separated by plexiglass barriers.
It’s mandatory for all audience members to wear a face mask during their festival attendance. Masks must be worn when entering the premises until reaching the designated seat and during restroom breaks or when leaving the premises. Masks may only be removed when in the designated seat.
In order to avoid accumulated crowds of people where social distancing is no longer possible, you are advised not to linger in the foyer areas, hallways, etc. but to move straight towards the cinemas, the service counters, or the restrooms. Furthermore, ticket counters and accreditation counters will be separated and one-way walking lanes will be marked to prevent crossing streams of visitors. The starting times will also be adjusted so that no two screenings start at the same time.
A social distance of five feet, as it is marked, is to be maintained in the waiting areas. Staff will control that this rule is observed. We will make sure that in the Babylon Theater audience members are generally to ensure a minimum distance of five feet at all times.
All cinemas will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after each screening. All other public areas at the locations like the foyer, the hallways, and the restrooms will also regularly be cleaned and disinfected. Additionally, hand disinfectant dispensers will be provided at all times at all event locations.
If you experience short-term symptoms such as cough, fever, headaches, general weakness, odor, or taste disorders, please stay away from the event. We ask for your understanding that in case of suspicion, access to the event may be denied.

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.

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

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


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
  • Excellent festival. Great communication and professional projections. The festival programme was very well presented in their web page. Thank you so much!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks to you for your great Kettling. We hope to have more of your films for the 4th RFF!

  • Ken Sagoes

    I'm deeply honored that “The McHenry Trial - Don't Judge a Kid by Their Hoodie" was selected to be a part of your remarkable festival! The festival is well-organized with great communication. May the festival continue to provide filmmakers a platform that fosters creativity and self expression.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks to you Ken! You are a remarkable fighter in the search for the truth. We hope to watch more of your films in the 4th RFF.

  • A great communication between the festival team and the selected filmmaker. Would surely recommend it!

    December 2020
  • 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
    Response from festival:

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