Refugees Welcome
Film Festival
25.October.2018 - 31.October.2018
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, 10178 BERLIN

Der Scwarze Nazi

Director - Karl-Friedrich König, Tilman König between...

Director - Nikos Katsos, Christos Stefanou

beyond borders – stories of freedom & friendship

Director - Sandra Dajani, Nazgol Emami, Johanna Bentz, Madeleine Dallmeyer, Camilo Colmenares, Diana Menestrey, Khaled Nawa


Director - Farid Zarrinbal, Harald Sandø


Director - Jan Wittkopp, Simon Schneckenburger

The Alien Trail

Director - Nicolas Iordanou, Sylvia Nicolaides

Broken Borders

Director - Jannis Hollmann & Nikita Menkov

Same Drum

Director - Poppy van Oorde-Grainger

Flüchtlinge Willkommen Film Festival (FWFF) or Refugees Welcome Film Festival (in English) borns due to the necessity to put into highlight the enormous drama of the crisis of the refugees in the XXI century. Through a selection of dramas and documentaries from across the globe, the FWFF aims to raise awareness on refugees, internally displaced persons, and stateless people. Ranging from blockbusters to independent films, the program aspires to shed light on their situation and contexts, their fears, losses, hopes, successes, and their despair, courage, and resilience.

Let us face the harsh realities through documentaries and fiction films that depict circumstances in a desperate bid for freedom or only to survive.

The lineup also includes stories of resilience and hope, refugees for war, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV). Also, the film festival includes productions made by refugees about their new lives in the cities or places of temporary settlement.

The Film Festival will also be featuring special guests from the films, including the filmmakers, actors, and protagonists. Diverse specialists from the civil society, academia, and relevant prominent figures will also be sharing their experiences with us.

This first year, thanks to our partners and supporters, the 1st Flüchtlinge Willkommen Film Festival will expand - in addition with the permanent base in Berlin, Germany – to Aleppo, Syria, in the hopes that even more people can join the festival.

We hope that the main location in Berlin Germany will help to break the stereotypes that some Germans – and other Europeans as well - has about refugees, in the country that more refugees has received in the last years in the Western Hemisphere.


- Be advised that some films may contain scenes which some viewers may find disturbing.

- The views and opinions expressed in these films do not necessarily represent those of the sponsors, partners, supporters or other involved in organizing the Refugees Welcome FIlm Festival.

- Images, texts, copyrights and trademarks for all films mentioned herein are held by their respective owners and are solely for promotional, non-commercial and educational purposes.
Fiction or documentary films with a length of 45 minutes or more.
  • Dates & Deadlines
  • September 1, 2017Opening Date
  • September 30, 2017Earlybird Deadline
  • December 31, 2017Regular Deadline
  • February 28, 2018Late Deadline
  • July 31, 2018Extended Deadline
  • August 31, 2018Notification Date
  • October 25 – 31, 2018Event Date

  • Click to submit your film in one of the platforms that you choose.

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