Since 2010, the World Refugee Day (20 June) has been celebrated also with the Festival of Migrant Film, dedicated to all refugees and migrants worldwide. The festival is organised by the organisation Slovene Philanthropy, Association for Promotion of Volunteering. The applications for eligible films are usually open till January.
A selection of insightful and provocative films on topics related to migrations, asylum and refugees is followed by thematic round tables to provide relevant information and contribute to fostering of a tolerant, inclusive and equitable society.
The 2020 festival is postponed to September with the Festival of Bread intro event on 17 June 2020.
A broad collection of films of diverse genres, ranging from documentaries to animations, is divided into three sections. The first is called “Potraits” and includes works that present individual migrants and their life experiences. The second, “Closing Borders” screens films about the difficulties and tragedies migrants have to face on the road and about the policies that affect them. The third focuses on the especially vulnerable “LGBTIQA+” minority among migrants.
The festival is organised at several different locations. In Ljubljana, mainly at Kinodvor Cinema and Slovenian Cinematheque, while the previous festival locations also included Škuc Gallery and City Museum of Ljubljana, among others. The events and pre-events of the festival travels also to several other Slovenian cities: in Novo mesto, the films are screened at the Museum Gardens of LokalPatriot Institute; in Maribor, the screenings are hosted at the Intimate Cinema, GT22 and the workpshops at MISC Infopeka – Youth Information and Counselling Centre, Pekarna. Films and accompanying events are also held at: Cerknica Culture House, Bar Brlog in Vipava and Intergenerational Centers in Velenje, Črnomelj, Murska Sobota, Žalec, Metlika, Logatec and Ljutomer.
The round tables and discussions accompanying the screenings usually focus on the following central themes: economic migration, undocumented migrants and Europe’s role in the protection of refugees fleeing from the war-torn regions. Professionals, international filmmakers and activists are invited to share their insight on current migration trends, their opinions on the causes and consequences of migration, and their personal experiences related to the discussed topics. Accompanied by several side events with storytelling and tasting traditional cuisines, the festival also offers a glimpse of the cultural diversity of our society.