Film Festival

FilmAid Film Festival 2014 - Call for Entries is Now Open!

Theme: Untold Stories.

This year’s festival celebrates the numerous untold stories from the refugees and marginalized others from around the world. Showcasing the films of young refugee filmmakers from Kakuma and Dadaab Refugee Camps, the festival also provides an opportunity for filmmakers from across the globe to share the untold stories of the vulnerable and voiceless.

Over 45 million people across the globe are displaced and millions more are marginalized and stigmatized, film is a powerful tool for these communities to tell their own stories and break down the negative and false stereotypes that surround them. Through the power of film, this year’s festival provides the platform for these stories to be told through cinematic screenings and online.

The 2014 festival also coincides with FilmAid’s fifteenth anniversary of informing, entertaining and projecting hope for vulnerable communities, providing an opportunity to revisit stories told past and present. Across countries, languages and classes, film has the power to provide us with a release, an escape, a window into new worlds and new possibilities. Last year, we presented 20 films, including 16 short films from the student filmmakers of FilmAid's Filmmaker Training Program in Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps, along with 4 feature-length award winning international films.

Film can transcend culture, language and class, providing a window into new worlds and new possibilities. Show us something new; share your stories with us.

Deadline for submission is June 2, 2014.
Festival Contact: Risper Njoki   |   ph: +254 (0) 722 540 543

FilmFestival Awards

Dadaab Refugee Camp

Award for best feature film - Mohamedi Abdi Rage "Ibramina"

Award for best director- Mohamed Bashir Sheikh "Lacag"

Award for best actor/actress - Ahmed Shaffie "Ibramina"

Award for best camera work - Fu`ad Abdi Affey "Lacag"

Award for best script writer - Hussein Maalim "Lacag"

Award for most discipline student - Hasdi Adow

Award for most improved student - Farah Diss

Kakuma Refugee Camp

Award for best drama - Fredrick Akolom "love worthy suicide"

Award for best director - John Thomas "Larme"

Award for best cinematography  - Ebenyo William "The Edge"

Award for best actor/actress - Mugisha Akubaru (Moke) and Nyamuch Chuol (Asekon) "Larme'-Moke" and "Bitter tears-Asekon" respectively

Award for best supporting actor/actress - Peter Taban (Eddy), Alida Justine "Love online-Eddy"  and "Larme'-Esta" respectively

Award for best script/story - Majok Mabil "Ayang'"

Award for best documentary - Duc Mallard "Kakuma Can Dance"

International Entries

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Director: Benh Zeitlin
Duration: 93 minutes
Drama | USA

Synopsis: Teeming with magic, beauty and pure joy, this crowd-pleasing winner at the Sundance Film Festival has emerged as one of the year’s most acclaimed films. Newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis delivers an “Oscar-worthy performance” (Philadelphia Daily News) as Hushpuppy, the tenacious six-year-old force of nature in an isolated bayou community. When her tough but loving father Wink (Dwight Henry) succumbs to a mysterious malady, the fierce and determined girl bravely sets out on a journey to save him. But Hushpuppy’s quest is hindered by a “busted” universe that melts the ice caps and unleashes an army of prehistoric beasts.

Rain is Beautiful (2012)
Director: Marc Silver & Nick Francis
Duration: 8 minutes
Documentary | Sweden

Synopsis: Omar, a Somali refugee, fled the war in Libya last year to live in a camp on the country’s border with Tunisia. This episode of his story, Rain is Beautiful, begins with emotional farewells at the camp as Omar leaves his friends behind to begin a new life in Sandviken in northern Sweden. He is met at Stockholm Airport by the Swedish Migration Board, visits a doctor, gets his “Right to Remain” signed and discovers margarine.

Finding Hillywood (2013)

Director: Leah Warshawski & Chris Towey
Duration: 58 minutes
Documentary | USA/Rwanda

Synopsis: Finding Hillywood is a unique and endearing film about the very beginning of Rwanda’s film industry, and the pioneers who bring trust, truth, and pride to their country through cinema. This film explores the power of film to heal a man and a nation.

Nickel City Smiler (2012)
Director: Scott Murchie & Brett Williams
Duration: 99 minutes
Documentary | USA

SynopsisNickel City Smiler chronicles a refugee’s fight for survival and hope in the American rustbelt. In Burma, Smiler Greely fought against the brutal military government, who attacked, tortured, raped and murdered thousands of the country’s ethnic minorities. After spending more than twenty years in the confinement of a refugee camp, Smiler and his family were selected for resettlement in the United States and assigned to live in Buffalo, New York.Nickel City Smiler documents the struggles Smiler’s family and the refugee community encounter on the streets of one of America’s poorest cities. Forced to fight against poverty, violence and bureaucracy, Smiler battles for the hope and hearts of his people.


A Testimony (2013)
Director: Marta Lefler
Duration: 10 minutes
Documentary | UK

Synopsis: The film is a testimony of a twenty-six year old female refugee from Afghanistan currently living in the UK. The interviewee talks about the important life events from childhood, child marriage, running away from her violent husband, to the horrific journey to the UK and her life worries now.


The Last Day (2013)
Director: Siddhartha Gigoo
Duration: 12 minutes
Drama | India

Synopsis: Set in 1994 in a camp for Kashmiri Pandit exiles, the film portrays four frayed lives in a scrawny 8 x 10 tent. Gossamer memories of a glorious past taunt their tawdry and uncertain present. An old patriarch is battling dementia on his deathbed. His wife has lost the will to live. His son and daughter-in-law struggle for personal space. Will they ever find deliverance? Will they rediscover love? Will tomorrow be any different from today or yesterday? The river has all the answers, yet flows, eternally silent.