Director: Florian Heinzen-ZiobYear of production: 2016Country: GermanyCategory: FictionRuntime: 15 min
Jonas works at the hand baggage screening at an airport. He is obsessed by preventing the next terrorist attack. But neither his colleagues, nor his boss appreciate his commitment. His attention is raised by the suspicious behaviour of a Muslim colleague. Is this Jonas chance to finally get the recognition he deserves?
Director: Fisnik MaxhuniYear of production: 2016Country: SwitzerlandCategory: FictionRuntime: 30 min
Emir, a family man, works for the local mafia as people smuggler between Serbia and Hungary. Hana, a young woman from Kosovo wants to flee her country and meets Emir to drive her. On the way, Emir’s unscrupulous colleagues order him to stop at a motel next to the border. They see in Hana the opportunity to gain money by delivering her to a prostitution ring. That night, Emir is faced with a moral dilemma and his own humanity as Hana will test her courage to change her life and make it to Europe.
Director: Arvid KlapperYear of production: 2016Country: France/GermanyCategory: FictionRuntime: 10 min
The Schengen area is closed. MILICA (7) lives with her grandmother ZORA (72) on Serbian countryside. One summer day GORAN (48), Milica’s uncle, who has been living in Germany since 20 years, comes to visit. He is not there for a family reunion: Baka is seriously ill and asks Goran to take Milica to Germany. Milica should dress up as Goran’s son in order to pass the border with his German passport. The plan is jeopardized as Milica does not trust Goran. Zora has not told her about her illness, nor about the plan. Milica is fighting when they cut her hair. While she does not stop protesting on the back seat of the car, the car is moving closer to the boarder. Can Goran manage to win the trust of the deeply hurt Milica?
Director: Victor LindgrenYear of production: 2017Country: SwedenCategory: DocumentaryRuntime: 11 min
Two men are hiding behind a fence at a border checkpoint. They have just started their escape from oppression and persecution of homosexuals in their home country. Only one of them will arrive in Sweden. He is the comet.
Director: Emanuela PonzanoYear of production: 2016Country: ItalyCategory: FictionRuntime: 30 min
A sled brings together two boys from different countries and cultures and carries them through the winter woods of the Italian mountains, far away from their parents' prejudices and isolation. Two children, one sled and a lasting friendship.
Director: Frederik SubeiYear of production: 2015Country: United KingdomCategory: DocumentaryRuntime: 30 min
Transit Zone is an authentic insight into the life of a refugee in the jungle of Calais in Northern France. The filmmaker spent 3 months during the winter in the camp, living with the refugees in makeshift tents.
'Teefa' has fled the regime in Sudan with the dream to start a new life in the UK. But sneaking onto a truck to cross the border is difficult and the harsh conditions of the camp are taking its toll. Teefa begins to question the greatness of Britain and looks for other options instead.
Director: Rana Kazkaz, Anas KhalafYear of production: 2016Country: FranceCategory: FictionRuntime: 14 min
On a Mediterranean shore, a Syrian Father makes a decision that puts his daughter’s life at risk
Director: Marc WilkinsYear of production: 2016Country: Germany/SwitzerlandCategory: FictionRuntime: 23 min
Jonas and Silvia are enjoying a wonderful sailing holiday in the Mediterranean sea. But while sailing through the night, far away from land, they discover an overloaded refugee boat, close to sinking. They are shocked, but too afraid to help. So they call the coast guards but loose the boat out of sight into the darkness of the night. In the early morning they find themselves drifting through an ocean of dead bodies. The refugee boat has sunk. Jonas and Silvia manage to pull a few survivors out of the cold water: Syrians. This rescue marks the beginning of a dramatic conflict between the hopes and dreams of the refugees, and the fears and ideals of the holiday sailors.
Director: Werner FiedlerYear of production: 2017Country: AustriaCategory: FictionRuntime: 30 min
Elias is a shy boy who likes to talk to his bird rather than playing with other kids. When he meets the quirky artist Halim, a tender friendship develops between them but Elias’ mother does not approve. The unusual relationship comes to an abrupt end as Halim suddenly has to flee and it seems as though there is nothing Elias can do to help. But the refugee has left the boy a valuable gift... A film about friendship, escape and captivity in apparent freedom.
Director: Daphne MatziarakiYear of production: 2016Country: GreeceCategory: FictionRuntime: 22 min
In this short documentary, a coast guard captain on a Greek island is charged with saving thousands of refugees from drowning at sea. This film won a Peabody and was nominated for an Academy award.
Director: Stephan Bookas, Tristan DawsYear of production: 2016Country: united KingdomCategory: DocumentaryRuntime: 6 min
Set to the verses of W.H. Auden's 1939 poem, “Refugee Blues” charts a day in 'the jungle', the refugee camp outside Calais. More intimate and unlike much of what has been seen in the mass media, this documentary poem counterpoints the camp’s harsh reality of frequent clashes with the French riot police with its inhabitants’ longing for a better future.
Tomatoes TreeDirector: Armin MobasseriYear of production: 2016Country: France/GermanyCategory: FictionRuntime: 11 min
Malik and Omid are looking for a smuggler to help them cross the border. When they get robbed, they are seperated and Malik finds himself all alone. He starts out looking for his friend.
Director: Žiga VircYear of production: 2016Country: SloveniaCategory: FictionRuntime: 15 min
What is the biggest danger Europe faces: the crisis on its borders, or its own paranoia and fear? Our protagonist drives to work, she passes the refugee tent city in the park. She means them no harm; they mean her no harm. So why, when their paths intersect, do things go catastrophically wrong?