Refugees Welcome Film Fest

Refugees Welcome
Date October 2018
Location Berlin, Germany
Call for entries 1º October 2017- 31 March 2018
Contact details

Flüchtlinge Willkommen Film Festival (FWFF) or Refugees Welcome Film Festival (in English) borns due to the necessity to put into 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 on 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.

This first year, thanks to our partners and supporters, the 1st Flüchtlinge Willkommen Film Festival will expand - in addition with the permanent base in Berlin, Germany – to Aleppo, Syria, in the hope that even more people can join the festival.
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.

Awards & Prizes
The FWFF Award for Best Feature Film (fiction or documentary)

The FWFF Award for Best short (fiction or documentary)

The Audience Award (fiction or documentary)

Rules & Terms
The Refugees Welcome 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: 25 to 31 October 2018).
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.)

Address for mailing the DVD:
Flüchtlinge Willkommen Film Festival
Osloer Str. 89
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 (+ other format negotiable). Please note that the Festival may produce a German + English subtitled version for its own screenings.

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.


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair