Deadline: 9 August 2019
Open to: professional and emerging filmmakers around the world
Benefits: cash prizes
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) this week issued a call for films for the Global Migration Film Festival. The multi-venue festival which takes place annually in over 100 countries in December is the world’s première cultural event on migration.
The UN organization’s call for submissions includes Full-Length Feature and Short Films, in all genres: fiction, documentary and animation. Filmmakers have long viewed migration as a rich source of storytelling. This unique festival provides an opportunity for filmmakers and viewers the world over to enjoy films about migration that entertain and educate – be the stories dramatic, sad or funny.
It is in this spirit that IOM launched The Global Migration Film Festival in 2016 with just 30 film submissions. Last year there were 784 submissions from independent filmmakers in 98 countries making it a truly global filmmaking phenomenon. The Festival’s Official Selection of 42 films for 2018 led to 558 screenings in 104 countries around the world, drawing a global audience of over 30,000 people and inspiring film makers and film lovers alike.
- All submissions should portray the challenges and promises of migration, and the unique contributions migrants make to their new communities. Films that tackle negative perceptions of migrants, defy stereotypes and portray positive and welcoming actions by and toward migrants are encouraged;
- Films should be in English or subtitled in English. Subtitles are encouraged, even if the dialogue is in English, to ensure maximum comprehension for global audiences;
- Films in other languages are encouraged but must have subtitles in English;
- Films completed on or after 1 January 2016 are eligible for consideration;
- Films may only be submitted by individuals with the legal right to negotiate the use of the work.
- Full-length features (TRT over 41 minutes) – to be part of the official selection of the Global Migration Film Festival. The best film selected by an International Jury receives a 1,000 US cash prize.
- Short Films (films between 15 and 40 minutes) – to be part of the official selection of the Global Migration Film Festival. The best film selected by an International Jury receives 500 US cash prize.
How to apply?
In order to apply, please submit your film here.
For more information, please visit the official web page here.