The Global Migration Film Festival is an opportunity for the world to celebrate the diversity and unique contributions of migrants to the communities and countries in which they live. It is also a tribute to the many films that capture the beauty and challenges of migration and bring these realities to audiences around the world. The Film Festival is part of the UN's ‘Together’ campaign, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. 

Cinema and Migration. This is a bond that began over 120 years ago, when ‘movies’ first appeared in the world's cities—and not simply because many of the filmmakers who first entertained us with images flickering on screens worldwide were immigrants themselves.

Much more than that, their films often told the stories of migrants. Cinema helped explain this new world to diverse audiences. Movies brought the drama and comedy of human mobility, illustrating the infinite narration of a world on the move—through a language of images and emotions that translated to every culture, and made every culture one.

It was in that spirit that IOM, the UN Migration Agency, launched the Global Migration Film Festival in 2016