The #MigrantHeroes Smartphone Film Competition i

Deadline: 17 August 2015
Open to: Anyone can film a migrant story with a smartphone and compete for a prize.
Prizes:  US$2,000.


The #MigrantHeroes Smartphone Film Competition is a new IOM initiative to collect films shot on smartphones that tell migrant stories from around the  world. Selected films will  compete for the 5th Olleh International Smartphone Film Festival (OISFF)’s  special “Migrant Heroes Prize.” IOM is officially sponsoring the OISFF in 2015.

The competition will go public through social media platforms under the tag #MigrantHeroes and #OISFF. It will nominate submitted films as candidates for the festival’s special Migrant Heroes Prize of USD2000, and for the festival’s official USD10,000 grand prize. The winning films will be screened at a movie theatre in Seoul throughout September and October this year.

A 2-minute film compilation of a selection of the films submitted will be screened at IOM’s 65th Anniversary in Geneva, and possibly at the opening ceremony of the OISFF. Participation within IOM offices worldwide is strongly encouraged to capture the different perspectives towards migrants in their respective regions.


Anyone can film a migrant story with a smartphone and compete for a prize.


Selected films will compete for the fifth Olleh International Smartphone Film Festival (OISFF)’s special “Migrant Heroes Prize.” The winner will receive US$2,000.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 17 August 2015. To apply, simply:

Smartphone films, shot by IOM staff worldwide or the general public, can range in length: extreme-shorts (from 1 second to 1 minute), shorts (from 1 to 10minutes) or feature films of over 50 minutes; and should be submitted in H.264/ .MOV, .MP4, or .WMV digital files smaller than 500MB.

Films should be uploaded onto IOM Facebook, Twitter & YouTube accounts with the hashtag #MigrantHeroes #OISFF, and onto the OlSFF website at

In order to apply, register HERE.

For more information please visit the official website

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