Call for entries, International Exile Film Festival


The 14th edition of the International Exile Film Festival will run from November 8–14, 2019, at Gothenburg – Sweden. If you are a filmmaker living in exile, or an immigrant filmmaker or you have film related to immigrants and refugees problems, it’s now the time for submitting your film to the festival.

The Exile Film Festival invites filmmakers and producers to participate in the 2019 edition of the festival.

The Exile Film Festival is a free forum to screen films. The Exile Film Festival is a unique arena to support solidarity, justice, freedom, democracy and human rights across all borders through the medium of the film art.

Support the presentation of the works of exiled and immigrant filmmakers.

Exile Film Festival shows in its side and special programs also films of non-exile filmmakers, who address issues such as migration, moral courage and human rights as well as the factors underlying people’s exile.

We welcome all filmmakers and producers to screen their films in the various program sections of the Exile Film Festival.

2019 Program
– Exile, a Global Experience
The festival’s main program screen films made by filmmakers in
exile and other film¬makers living outside their countries. Theme is free.
Special Programs
– Walls
Every day, walls are erected at different national borders to stop
people forced to flee, to save their lives and seek protection
from hunger, oppression and misery. Dreaming of a boundless
human dignified world.

– Tolerance
This year’s film festival’s main theme is “Tolerance”. The program
focuses on films that deal with hardship against ethnic, racial, and
skin color backgrounds or ethnic groups with different religious, or with
different beliefs and the affiliation of different sexualities.
The program promotes equality and secular values

– Alone refugee children / Unaccompanied refugee children
Violence against children has never been so brutal and inhuman
in modern human history as it is now. Thousands of children have
lost their parents or have lost their lives in the classroom. They
are exposed to abuse, to torture, sold as slaves, and even used
as soldiers! In the current situation, millions of children escape
from wars and military conflicts.
Some of these children have been successful in getting to the West
and Sweden to seek shelter. How are these lonely refugees?
children received?
In the program, the festival addresses this issue through films
and seminars.

– Assyrians/Syriacs, a Minority under Pressure
In the current situation, Assyrians in Syria face persecution and terror by Islamist groups, mainly because of their Christian religious faith. They are forced to flee their homeland and many seek refuge in Sweden, not least in Gothenburg.
The festival program take a closer view on their restrained situation through films and seminars.

– Somalis – Image
The Somalis is an oppressed people who due to conflicts, colonialism and globalization flee their home country to obtain protection and the opportunity to live in peace and tranquility.
This program focuses on the Somalis situation, both in their homeland and on the run with a series of documentaries and feature films.
– Odyssey of Cinema – Freedom Odyssey
An open program for films that advocate efforts towards solidarity, human rights, democracy, justice and freedom.

– Focal Points
In this section, we have an open program for films that focus on areas of the world affected by war, conflict, occupation or civil war.

– Another View
Finally, the festival present films made by non-exiled filmmakers about immigrants and people who live in exile, in an attempt to see from another point-of-view: a look from the outside.


About Author

Bijan Tehrani

Bijan Tehrani a film director, film critic and writer, works as editor in chief of Cinema Without Borders while teaching Language of Film and Film History at workshops nationwide. Bijan has won several awards in international film festivals and book fairs for his short films and children's books.

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