Film warmly received at Global Migration Film Festival

Some of the cast and crew of our film were invited to a special screening and panel discussion at the Global Migration Film Festival run by the United Nations, IOM.

The discussion afterwards highlighted how the integration of newcomers can be advantageous for all sides of the immigration perspective. Although there are many problems to face, the main message that empathy and compassion lead to integration was shared.

Thank you to the IOM and the Global Migration Film Festival for this elegant evening.

Special Screening at the Global Migration Film Festival

In honour of International Migrants Day on 18th December 2017, our film will have an exclusive screening in Berlin.


The Global Migrant Film Festival is run by the IOM (International Organization of Migrants) and our film has been chosen to screen on the closing night of the festival.

The film will screen at Kino Babylon Mitte with an exclusive Q&A with cast and crew.

After the screening, a special panel discussion will take place with the German Minister of Integration, Ms Aydan Özoğuz, Dr. Jan Schneider, Head of Research at the German Council of Integration and Migration (SVR) and Mala Ghedia, actress, executive producer and co-author of NO MONSTERS IN BERLIN.

Our film has been hailed as a prime example of integration and collaboration with migrants and newcomers in a host country.

We are honoured and delighted to be involved in this very special event.


New York Short Film Festival - official selection. 5th November 2017 @ 6:30pm


The New York Short Film Festival will be the fifteenth film festival for our little film with a big heart!

On Sunday, 5th November at 6:30 pm New Yorkers can watch our film at Cinema Village in Greenwich Village (and the behind-the-scenes-interviews with our Syrian cast and crew documentary which accompanies our film).

The NEW YORK CITY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (NYC SHORTS) is an international short film festival dedicated to the short form. In 2017, NYC SHORTS will celebrate its 13th annual edition.

NYC SHORTS is a juried festival with winners in each of seven categories:  including Best Drama Short for which we qualify. The audience votes for its favorite film in each screening for the audience awards.  In their 13 year history, they have screened shorts from all over the world and had filmmakers in attendance from the US, UK, Australia, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, Israel, Canada, Italy and more.  

Luckily our director, Kate Holland and producer, Andrea Wozny are both New Yorkers and will be in attendance to give a special Q&A after the screening.

New Yorkers, hope to see you there!

Official Selection: Orlando Film Festival (Florida, USA)

Our film will be presented in the southern state of Florida in the USA at the Orlando Film Festival.

The festival runs from October 19th - 26th, 2017 and will screen over 400 films attracting many industry professionals from all over the USA and the world. 

We are honoured for our film to be included in the short film section.

Screening: 24 October 2017,  8:30pm in Theatre 9


Official Selection - European Short Film Festival. Sunday 1st October at 6pm in Berlin


NO MONSTERS IN BERLIN has been selected for the European Short Film Festival on October 1st at 6pm at Kino Babylon Mitte.

The European Short Film Festival’s mission to bring international, independent film to the widest possible audience in Berlin and beyond.

The Festival aims to provide a cultural alternative to the commercial film experience, to support independent filmmakers, and promote the art of filmmaking and its related disciplines. It aims to utilise the power of film to further the goal of inter-cultural understanding among nations and to assist in the building of a shared artistic experience.

ESFF is an international film festival premiering short films at Kino Babylon, the unique historical art house and rep cinema in the central district of Berlin-Mitte.

"No Monsters In Berlin" screens at the Down Under Berlin Film Festival

Our film will be screening at Kino Moviemento as part of the shorts program of the Down Under Berlin Film Festival. This festival showcases films that have a connection to Australia or New Zealand. Our co-author, executive producer and lead actress, Mala Ghedia is an Australian national and we are honoured to have our film presented once again in Berlin.

* Members of cast & crew will be present at the screening for a Q&A.

WHEN: September 17, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
WHERE: Moviemento Kino
Kottbusser Damm 22, 10967 Berlin, Deutschland
COST: 8,00€

"No Monsters" to be screened in Berlin antipodean film festival this September.

This September, our film will be screen at the Down Under Berlin film festival. The festival show cases films connected to Australia and New Zealand.

Since our lead actress, co-author and executive producer, Mala Ghedia is a native Aussie, we are delighted to be chosen for this very special film festival.

Stay tuned for the exact screening time in Berlin's Kino Moviemento.

Our film shines at the UN Global Compact on Migration and Integration

What an honour and delight it was for our lead actress and executive producer, Mala Ghedia to present our "little film with a big heart" as part of the Global Compact for Migration and Integration at the United Nations.

The film was watched by UN delegates, migration experts and guests.
The discussion panel afterwards was inspiring and enlightening.

We were able to share our film's vision of trying to telling TRUTHFUL stories that depict various experiences of refugees and newcomers, so that a worldwide audience sees that there are millions of INDIVIDUALS, each one with their own unique story and viewpoint, behind the faceless masses that have been displaced by war, violence and famine.

This helps to demystify and humanise the refugee crisis. Personal relationships lead to compassion which leads to integration - an antidote to terror.

Thank you UN Geneva.


Our little film with a big heart has won the GRAND JURY PRIZE of the 2017 DIVERSITY IN CANNES SHORT FILM SHOWCASE.

Speak Up Film Festival, Australia official selection

Our film has been accepted into the Australian "Speak Up Film Festival". 

This is a festival focusing on films that want to speak about a cause or an issue - social, political or just a personal view.

All selected films are screened through a digital television channel streaming in over 60 countries. Top 10 films are also screened at a special event in Sydney, Australia.

We are delighted to be accepted into our first festival Down Under!

Monsters on the red carpet!

NO MONSTERS IN BERLIN had its premier at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival in LA.

The screening took place on 25th April 2017 to a very responsive audience as part of the "Starting Over Shortly" showcase. Afterwards there was an in depth Q&A with the filmmakers where audience members asked insightful questions about the filmmaking process, the inspiration behind the film and the political situation of the global refugee crisis. We are very proud to have our film open conversations about important global issues on US soil.

We'd like to thank the organisers of the Newport Beach Film Festival for a wonderful festival experience.

In New York City, the team spent time networking at the Tribeca Film Festival talking to industry professionals promoting the film.

Pune, India Short Film Festival - Official Selection

Our film has been selected to compete in the 7th Pune Short Film Festival in India at the end of May.
We are especially delighted to bring our film to India with our protagonist coming from the country.

Official selection for the 11th River Film Festival, Padova Italy!

NO MONSTERS IN BERLIN has been accepted into the River International Film Festival. A beloved open air festival on the steps leading down to the river in Padova, Italy. This festival showcases a selection of short films from around the world.

We are delighted to be accepted and look forward to sharing our film in June in beautiful Padova with a glass of Prosecco under the stars!

Screenings at Human Rights Watch headquarters planned.

NO MONSTERS IN BERLIN will have special screenings in the headquarters of HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH in April and May in New York City, Washington DC and Berlin.

The organisation which runs research and advocacy on human rights has been connected to our film since the pre-production stage. Our vision of giving a "voice" to new-comers in Berlin and Germany was of great interest for the non-governmental organisation.

We are very honoured and excited to be invited to present our film to the various headquarters of HRW.

Official selection for the 2017 Manchester Lift Off Film Festival (Online)

NO MONSTERS IN BERLIN has been selected for the 2017 Manchester Lift Off Film Festival (Online) which goes live online on Monday, 27 March 2017.

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