Palestinian Refugees Film Festival

  • Palestinian Refugees Film Festival

Palestinian Refugees Film Festival

About the Palestinian Refugees Film Festival for Short Films

Shoruq’s Palestinian Refugees Film Festival is considered the first international film festival in Palestine specialized in short films that tackle issues of refugees in general and Palestinian refugees in the Occupied Territories and the diaspora. Accordingly, this festival joins other international festivals in concentrating on refugees, their fundamental human rights, which include liberty and freedom of expression, and their active participation in demanding these fundamental rights.

The festival will screen a diverse range of films from June 1 to June 20, 2021. Films will be carefully selected from among the films submitted for this important event. Approximately 15 hours of films of various lengths and genres will be screened during the festival, which will comprise documentary, narrative, experimental, and artistic films.

The festival will also host a group of international professionals to hold workshops and open discussions on several topics of interest to Filmmaking students. This initiative constitutes a coherent cinematic event that aims to enhance the culture of cinema in Palestine and elevate Palestinian Filmmaking students to the international standards for their profession in this domain.

Terms and Conditions for Submission

For a film to be admitted to the festival, it has to abide by the following submission guidelines:

  1. The film must have been completed after January 2018. Films must be available for screening during the Festival, June 1 – 20, 2021.
  2. Commercial, theatrical, or paid T.V. releases will NOT be accepted for this festival.
  3. The online entry form must be completed to be eligible.
  4. The applicant must provide a URL link to the submitted movie.
  5. The film resolution must be at least 1080p.
  6. The film must be translated to either Arabic or English.
  7. The duration of the film must not exceed 30 minutes (including credits).
  8. In the case that several films are submitted by the same applicant, a separate entry form must be submitted for each film.

International and Local Awards

International Competition

  1. Best fiction short film.
  2. Best documentary short film.
  3. Best experimental short film.

Local Competition

  1. Best fiction short film.
  2. Best documentary short film.
  3. Best experimental short film.


Shoruq Organization

Years Running

This festival has been running for two years in a row.

Names of the Previous Winning Films

My Uncle Nasser,’ a film directed by Ahmad Hamash that explores the case of Nasser Subuh, a person with Down Syndrome, who lives in Dheisheh Refugee Camp.

Abandoned,’ a short film directed by Musab Mahmoud that reflects the struggles of the family and is influenced by the challenges associated with political conflicts. The film mainly focuses on the inevitable impact of these political conflicts, shedding light on individuals, who tend to be considerably affected in the vast majority of cases and are, in fact, the actual victims of these conflicts.

Ala Ajal,’ a documentary short film directed by Tansim Abu Al-Sukkar that deals with boxing in Baqa’a camp. The film explores the inspiring story of a boxing player who descends from a family deeply associated with this sport. Despite encountering many difficulties in his life to pursue this sport, especially from his work as it limits his free time, the protagonist was still able to several championships. The film specifically sheds light on Baqa’a camp’s club, which was founded by Captain Mohamed Ashish, as the sole outlet and safe haven for the children of this champ, who practice boxing, from delinquency, ultimately leaving some to be world champions.

Contact Information


Phone number: 22769576


Shoruq’s Location: Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, Palestine.