The World is My Home
15th International Exile Film Festival 2021



  • The Exile Film Festival is an international non-competition festival.
  • The festival accepts both feature films and short films.
  • The festival accepts all kinds of films: fiction, documentary, animation, experimental and more.
  • Films by non-exile filmmakers are welcome to participate in the festival’s special programs and side programs, in accordance with the focused themes of the various programs.

The festival accepts films in the following program sections:

Main Program

  • Exile, a Global Experience
    The festival’s main program will screen films made by filmmakers living in exile and other film­makers who live outside their country. Theme is free.

Special Programs

  • Panorama Corona
    In this special program, we will showcase the unstable situation of today’s human being in a world, infected with Corona, and the impact of this infernal disease on human life both from personal, and global perspectives through presenting a series of documentary and fictional films. The program will include the following sections
  • OFF: The suburb will Speak Out Speak Out
    This program is about people, generally refugees, especially the young ones, living in suburban areas of major cities referred as “critical” and “vulnerable” neighborhoods by mass media.
    The panoramic media image of these neighborhoods is based on a series of stereotypes focusing on violence, wide-open presence of criminal organizations, rampant shootings, and drug dealing. But is it possible to project a different view than this common public view – an impartial view?
    This is an attempt to create a free and open forum, so that the suburban people are given the opportunity to be heard.
  • Jam Cut: Film and Fascism
    Film is an important artistic and communication tool with the utmost potential to influence public minds, which has been always exploited by those in power to gain, stabilize, and maintain their control.
    The history of cinema from the past to the present bears witness to how dominators have been using the power of the film for propagandistic purposes and to even try to “brainwash” people and force them to remain under their political dominance.
    Today’s situation in the world is not distant from this historical trend of film misuse – from Nazism to religious fascism in the form of ISIS.
    The question is which expressive element of film leads to its instrumentation by fascism?
    A cineastic analysis is done via the selected films in this program.
  • Close Up: Dream of My Palestine
    A special feature program about Palestinians dreams and nightmares confused with widespread scent of green olive tree branches.
    This program will be held in collaboration with the Palestine Film Institute


  • Odyssey of Cinema – Freedom Odyssey
    This is an open program for films that advocate efforts towards solidarity for human rights, democracy, justice and freedom.
  • Focal Points
    Finally, we have an open program for films that focus on the areas of the world affected by war, conflict, occupation or civil war.
  • Another View
    In this section we will present films made by non-exiled filmmakers about immigrants and people who live in exile, in an attempt to see another point-of-view: a look from the outside.


  • The festival reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any film for any festival submission program.
  • There is no entry fee. Online entry forms are available on the official festival website: Submission deadline is 10 October 2021.
  • The festival does not pay screening fees for the screening of the selected films in its programs.


– For each film the applicant is required to fill out a separate online entry form and submit a preview screener of the film.

– The submitted works must be the final edited version.

– Films with dialogues or narration in languages other than English must have English subtitles.

– A preview screener can be submitted:

  1. Online – including the URL for the download of the preview screener within the entry form. Preview screener must be available for download at the latest 10 October 2021.
  2. (Air) mail – preview screener on a DVD should reach the festival’s office or its postal address before 10 October 2021. DVDs need to be sent to the following address.

Postal address:

The International Exile Film Festival
P.O. Box 7308
402 36 Gothenburg

Office address:

The International Exile Film Festival
Linnégatan 21,
Viktoriahuset, uppg. A, 1 tr.
413 04 Gothenburg

NOTE Please mark: ‘For cultural purposes only, no commercial value’.


  1. Preview screener of the film: DVD or file with technical specifications. Format: MPEG4.
  2. Screening copy: 35 mm, DCP – no KDM encryption key. The festival reserves the right to refuse a screening copy of dubious technical condition that may cause problems during the screening.


Film selection is carried out by the festivals committee of program. The list of films selected for the programs will be announced on the festival’s official web site not later than 25 October 2021. All applicants will be notified regarding the selection results. Each director whose film is chosen for the official festival program will be contacted by the festival management for hospitality arrangements.


The sender bears the cost of sending the screening copies of selected films for programs, while the festival covers the cost of the return. The sender must inform the festival on the manner and date for sending the screening copies. Parcels arriving from abroad should be marked: ‘For cultural purposes only, no commercial value’. Materials sent by express courier (DHL, FedEx, UPS etc.) must be accompanied by a pro-forma invoice amounting to a maximum of 20 EUR or 20 USD. The screening copy will be returned within two weeks after the festival on the address stated in the entry form.


-Each applicant declares to be the author or rights owner of the submitted film(s) and to own all literary, dramatic and musical rights.

-Preview screeners of the films will not be returned, but will be included in the festival’s library. The festival reserves the right to use the films for strictly non-commercial, educational purposes.

-The festival has the right to use all materials related to the submission as well as a film excerpt up to 10 per cent of the total length of the film that will not exceed more than 3 minutes for promotional purposes.

-The festival takes responsibility for the screening copy of the film from the arrival at the festival office to its returning. In case of damage during the festival period, the festival will reimburse only the material value of physical copies (after a presentation of the original invoice). The festival is not responsible for copies lost in transport, unless the loss has been caused by the festival’s doings.


The festival gratefully accepts donations of screening copies to its film library.


Participation in the festival, and its film submission process, implies acceptance, without reservation, to the terms of the present regulations. An entry form is valid without a signature and a seal.


The International Exile Film Festival
P.O. Box 7308
402 36 Gothenburg