The World is My Home
13th International Exile Film Festival 2017



  • 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

- Assyrians/Syriacs, a Minority under Pressure
In the current situation, Assyrians in Syria face persecution and terror by Islamist groups, mainly because of their Christian religious faith. They are forced to flee their homeland and many seek refuge in Sweden, not least in Gothenburg.
The festival program take a closer view on their restrained situation through films and seminars.

- Somalis – Image
The Somalis is an oppressed people who due to conflicts, colonialism and globalization flee their home country to obtain protection and the opportunity to live in peace and tranquility.
This program focuses on the Somalis situation, both in their homeland and on the run with a series of documentaries and feature films.

- War – Unaccompanied refugee children
Violence against children has never been so brutal and inhuman in modern human history as it is now. Thousands of children have lost their parents or have lost their lives in the classroom. They are exposed to abuse, to torture, sold as slaves, and even used as soldiers! In the current situation, millions of children escape from wars and military conflicts. Some of these children have been successful in getting to the West and Sweden to seek shelter. How are these lonely refugee children received ?
In the program, the festival address this issue through films and seminars.

- Suburbs
An open scene for films about life in those neighborhoods where the composition of communities is polarized, and problems arise from alienation, segregation, religious phobia and racism. The scene is specifically aimed at young immigrants who are in a vulnerable situation and their marginalization poses a double challenge.

The program screen films about young people who live in the suburbs.


- 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.


- 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 10 August 2017.

- 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 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 10 August 2017.
  2. (Air) mail – preview screener on a DVD should reach the festival’s office or its postal address before 10 August 2017. Send your DVD to the following postal address.

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

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

Office address:
Internationella Exilfilmfestivalen
Linnégatan 21
Viktoriahuset, uppg. A, 1 tr.


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


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 1 September 2017. 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

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