SUBMISSION GUIDELINES AND REGULATIONS
DEADLINE FOR ENTRY
Films of all genres (feature, documentary, animation, etc.) and lengths will be accepted from July 9 - August 9, 2019.
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.
Please submit your entry information and your film using Filmfreeway (click here).
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 January 1, 2016 are eligible for consideration.
Films may only be submitted by individuals with the legal right to negotiate the use of the work.
The festival will inform applicants by mid-October if their film is selected.
For each selected film, either the filmmaker or the individual responsible for the submission should be prepared to provide relevant still images, a trailer, the filmmaker's biography, a photo of the film’s director and the transcripts for subtitling.
There is no fee to submit films.
*Films produced with any financial support from IOM are eligible for the competition, but not eligible for grants*
The Global Migration Film Festival has an itinerant and unique format. The films that make up the Official Selection are included in a list which is then shared with about 100 IOM offices and partners worldwide. Each participating country office will then select the films to be screened locally during the Festival, which runs from 28 November – 18 December 2019, worldwide.
Filmmakers will receive a final list of countries where their films will be screened by mid-November. Films can be screened in impromptu scenarios, from traditional cinemas and universities worldwide, to open-air theatres in the desert in Niger and detention centers in Libya. All screenings are entrance free. This means that IOM needs the authorization from the films' rightsholder(s) to host screenings without territory and frequency limitations for the duration of the Festival.