Thanks for Watching!

Over five months in 2020 IOM’s Global Migration Film Festival enjoyed sharing with you some of the finest works in documentary, short films and drama brought to our attention by emerging filmmakers worldwide.

During the first few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic IOM colleagues and artists everywhere came together to make available for free screening works central to the migration theme. Even better: nearly 2,000 of you tuned in to watch!

This remarkable effort now has finished its run so, for now, we wish to say: “Thanks.”

Thanks for watching. Thanks for sharing your comments. Thanks for showing us your support.

IOM’s Lockdown Film Club began as an initiative to keep us all entertained, educated and connected to the issue we care so much about: migration.

Especially now, with COVID-19 forcing such hardship on migrants and other vulnerable peoples worldwide – while forcing ourselves to remain at home, away from opportunities to collaborate with our colleagues in person. 

With so many of us remaining isolated at home, away from the workplace and the migrants we serve, individual filmmakers have generously allowed us to stream their films without charge.

More than ever, we all need to concentrate on countering the stigma afflicting the vulnerable, the displaced and the bereft in these trying times, especially those living far from their own homes and families. Our films for offer celebrate social cohesion and cooperation despite differences between cultures and nationalities. 

Although our virtual theater now has gone dark, we look forward to informing you of new projects to come.

So please continue to watch this space for updates, and please continue to support the migration-movies partnership we so much have enjoyed sharing with you in 2020.