IOM Celebrates International Migrants Day 18 December 2017

On 18 December 2017 IOM Celebrated the International Migrants Day. In Georgia the date also marked the 66th Anniversary of the International Organization for Migration and the closing of the Global Migration Film Festival (5 - 18 December 2017).

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) launched The Global Migration Film Festival in 2016. The Festival features films and documentaries that capture the promise and challenges of migration for those who leave their homes in search of a better life and the unique contributions migrants make to their new communities. It paves the way for greater discussion around one of the greatest phenomenon of our time. The Global Migration Film Festival is a partner of Plural+ and the UN campaign, TOGETHER, which aim to change negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants.

Last year, the film festival took place in 89 countries. This year 100 countries participated in the Festival.

In Georgia, the Festival mainly took place in Tbilisi, in close cooperation with the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University. Seven films were screened under the Global Migration Film Festival in Tbilisi.

Among them were the winning films (second place winners) in the Emerging and Professional Filmmakers and categories - "the Deporation of Innocence", directed by Francisco Alarcon and "the Cambridge Squatter", directed by Eliane Caffe. The best film of the Festival, "the Journey", directed by Matthew Cassel, was selected by the international jury for its originality, quality and focus on migration emergency. 

The final event, marking the International Migrants Day, IOM's 66th Anniversary and the closing of the Global Migration Film Festival took place on 18 December in the Drama Faculty Building of the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University and was attended by the partner agencies of the organization active in the field of migration management in Georgia, as well as by persons assisted by IOM through its diverse programmes, young people, representatives of academia and media. Hopefully, filmmakers from Georgia will be among the participants and the winners in the Global Migration Film Festival next year. 

Find out more about the Global Migration Film Festival