The World is My Home
The 16th International Exile Film Festival
10 – 16 November 2023



  • 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 films and more.

This festival edition accepts films in the following program sections:

Main Program

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

Special Programs

  • Woman-Life-Freedom
    A film program about modern woman’s revolutionary fight for freedom, with Jina Aminis death as an ignition spark. On September 26, 2022 was Jina Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, arrested by the mullah moral police and was beaten to death because of her veil was improper. Her fate resulted in Iranian woman’s uprising against the hierarchy and the fundamental dictatorship and patriarchate in Iran. The slogan for the movement is Woman – Life – Freedom. The scope of this slogan went across national, religious, and ideological borders. The slogan became ironical for all woman’s fight against systematical oppression, and for equality, freedom and class struggle all over the world. The film program will include a variety of visual expressions as documentary film, feature film, and animation film, including social media. The program will be supplemented by music, poetry, and debate.
  • 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.
  • Women and War
    An open film program about the position of women in war.
    They are forgotten victims, and also victims of the silence of shame society.
  • In Kobane, equality is born out of war
    In Kobane is equality born out of war In October 2014 overtook the Jihadist group the Islamic State (IS) the Kurdish city of Kobane in the Northern part of Syria. This led to that women became organized as soldiers in the Kurdish battalion YPJ. It was these women who first took up arms, and after extensive fighting liberated the city in February 2015. Meanwhile these women were fighting against the Jihadists and defeated IS, they also challenged ancient sex roles in the area. The Kurdish city of Kobane has both become a symbol for the resistance against the Islamic State a unique revolutionist female struggles to form a popular and pluralistic free autonomy in the Middle East. A film about Kobane and its citizens, the Kurds.
  • Yes, to Peace
    A film program how to obtain a lasting peace!
  • Words and Images, the human existential soul
    A film program about how the freedom of speech is controlled by the global market, and how it transforms the human soul. In connection with the censorship of political, ideological and religious power, and the accompanied persecution, jails and death penalty, it limits people’s possibility for free expression.
  • 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
    An open program for films that advocate efforts towards solidarity, human rights, democracy, justice and freedom.
  • Focal Points
    In this section, we have an open program for films that focus on areas of the world affected by war, conflict, occupation or civil war.
  • Another View
    Finally, the festival present films made by non-exiled filmmakers about immigrants and people who live in exile, in an attempt to see from another point-of-view: a look from the outside.
  • Participation
    • 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 web site: Submission deadline is 30 August 2023.
    • The festival does not pay screening fees for the screening of the selected films in its programs.

Submission Procedure

  • 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 in two different ways:
  1. Online – including the URL for the download of the preview screener within the entry form. A preview screener must be available for download at the latest 30 August 2023.
  2. (Air) mail – preview screener on a DVD should reach the festival’s office or its postal address before 30 August 2023. Send your DVD to the following postal address.

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

Postal address:
Exile Film Festival
Linnégatan 21
Viktoriahuset, uppg. A, 1 tr.
413 04 Gothenburg – SWEDEN

Technical Requirements

1- Preview screener of the film: DVD or file with technical specifications. Format: QuickTime or MP4, MPEG4.

2- Screening copy: 35 mm, 16mm, DCP – no KDM encryption key, MKV, MP4. The festival reserves the right to refuse a screening copy of dubious technical condition that may cause problems during the screening.

Film Selection

Selection of films is carried out by the festivals film selection committee. A list of films selected for the programs will be announced on the festival’s official web site not later than 25 September 2023. 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.

Screening Copy Transport

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.

Rights, Obligations and Responsibilities

– 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.

Acceptance of Terms

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.


Exile Film Festival
Linnégatan 21, Viktoriahuset, uppg. A, 1 tr.
413 04 Gothenburg – SWEDEN