what to expect

The goal of London Migration Film Festival is to portray the diversity, nuance and subjective experience within migration - including and beyond the refugee experience - in order to restore the dignity and humanity inherent within it. We hope to challenge the rhetoric that reduces migrants to simplistic categories: active enemies or passive victims.

LMFF 2017 will took place over the course of six days from 30 November - 5 December, and has been hosted in five venues across London: Somerset House, Genesis Cinema, Migration Museum Project, Upstairs at the Ritzy and Deptford Cinema.

As during its first edition in 2016, LMFF 2017 included a diverse range of activities, such as films, live music, panel discussions, workshops, roundtables with NGOs and activists, as well as networking opportunities.

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To see the programme of LMFF 2017 in detail, please click here.


our films

LMFF 2017 included a great number of fiction, short and documentary films focusing on the intersection of migration with themes such as integration, race, labour, gender, activism, war, return and displacement, among others. Our aim is to portray the diversity and humanity of migration, and our film selection reflects the many forms in which migration takes place.  

We have intentionally chosen films focusing on diverse parts of the world and migratory routes, in order to challenge the expectation that most people move from the Global South to the Global North.

Our selection includes both films by well known artists and directors, such as Human Flow by Ai Weiwei, as well as films by less known filmmakers who have used new perspectives to analyse migration and refugee issues, such as The Art of Moving by Liliana Dulce Marinha de Sousa and The Dog by Canzhao Lan.  

In order to raise the profile and voices of migrant-filmmakers, a number of films within LMFF 2017 have been directed, produced and starred in by migrants, such as Ambaradan, Per un Figlio and The Parable of the Return. 

Finally, the films presented in our programme come from a wide range of diverse countries, spanning from Mexico to China, South Africa, Argentina and the UK among others.

To see a full list of the films presented, please click here


beyond films

LMFF 2017 included a number of activities that went beyond film, such as dance performances and flash-mobs, workshops on the relation between migration and imperialism, theatre, storytelling events, roundtable discussions with NGOs and activists, and a live music gig.

To see the programme of LMFF 2017 in detail, please click here.


we couldn't do it without them

LMFF 2017 has been organised by Migration Collective but it counted on the incredible support of a number of fantastic partners across various sectors, such as Counterpoints Arts, Deptford Cinema, the UN Migration Agency - IOM UK, The Migration Museum ProjectMUBI, Cinema Italia UKConsented, Speaker Box Street Party, Ben and Jerry's and Dartmouth Films, among others.

We would also like to extend a special thanks to this year's film judges: Valentina Costa, Julia Gay, and Amos Levin.




not the first time around! 

To know more about the first edition of London Migration Film Festival click here