Slovenian Festival of Migrant Film Seeks Submissions

Deadline: 15 January 2014
Open to: international filmmakers, video artists and activists
Award: recognition and promotion of the winning movie


Since 2010, Slovene Philanthropy and Zavod Voluntariat have been celebrating the World Refugee Day (20 June) in Slovenia with the Festival of Migrant Film (FMF). The organizers strive to offer the local audiences a selection of insightful and provocative films focused on topics related to migrations, asylum and refugees.

Within the festival they wish to further expand the traditional concept of a refugee, as defined in the Geneva Convention on the status of refugees (1951), and put the spotlight on contemporary causes and shapes of refugeeism and migration. The causes that force refugees and other groups of migrants to leave their home are diverse and stem from unbearable living conditions and intolerance or even persecution of individuals or groups based on their personal beliefs or characteristics. Personal characteristics and circumstances, such as political and religious convictions, ethnic and cultural background or sexual orientation, on one hand and the inability to live a decent life related to uneven social and economic development of countries and regions, on the other, remain central reasons for (forced) migration. Still, the new century brings along new factors, for instance climatic and other environmental changes, which produce new waves and directions in the global migration flows.

These tales, told through films, and the insight, provided by the invited guest speakers, do not only highlight the struggles and the hardships that migrants face in their quest to find and fully settle in their new home. They remind us, that the intercultural transfer of knowledge and the vivid circulation of creative energies bring some of the fundamental impulses to the social development in the contemporary world. The multicultural environments represent the testing grounds for the exploration of relations between different traditions and for the search for new forms of coexistence.

For the 5th edition of the Festival of Migrant Film, which will be held in Ljubljana from 12 – 20 June 2014, Slovene Philanthropy and Zavod Voluntariat have opened a call for entries for submitting the film or video for consideration to the programming team of the FMF.


International filmmakers, video artists and activists are invited to submit their films and video works of any genre, length or year of production for consideration to the Festival programming team.


Recognition and promotion of the winning movie at an international festival.


If you want to submit your film/video work, you can do it by using the online application system available on the Festival web page. Click HERE to find the online application for this year’s edition of the festival. After completing the application successfully, you will receive a confirmation to the email provided in the application.

Online application is open until 15 January 2014.

Send any questions or inquiries to the organizers at

For further information, please visit the official website HERE.

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