The fifth Festival of Romani Film will take place in Berlin in 2021:

Festival of Romani Film
2nd – 6th December 2021

We are looking for films that critically reflect upon the lives of Romani people or productions that include Romani professionals. Romani people and organizations can make recommendations for films and Roma and non-Roma filmmakers are invited to submit their films.


Film registration methods:



For film recommendations:


Deadline for submission of proposals:
Tuesday, 31st August 2021



Background information:

AKE DIKHEA?  translated means “YOU SEE?”. It is a self-organized, international festival of Romani film that will take place in Berlin in December 2021. The festival presents Berlin, Germany and the whole world from the perspective of Romani people and asks the questions which films represent us? Which themes are important to us? How do we see ourselves and how do we want to be seen? We don’t want to wait until someone gives us a voice. We want to shape the social space ourselves and decide on the themes and structure of the festival events.

The festival is organized by the Berlin Roma self-organization RomaTrial in cooperation with Germany’s oldest cinema, Moviemento.

Further information can be found on the website.


Selection process

The AKE DIKHEA? Festival of Romani Film stands for a unique, participatory selection process: Thanks to our worldwide network of (Romani) filmmakers, we are able to discover topics, people and perspectives that would otherwise remain hidden or only have a local or national impact. The whole process is transparent and inclusive:

Between 16th July and 31st August 2021 we will collect proposals and applications for films from various Romani communities, stakeholders and individuals.

The artistic director Hamze Bytyçi and the festival programmer Lisa Smith will together select around 10-20 short and feature-length films to be presented at the film festival.

For the duration of the festival 2nd – 6th December 2021, an international jury – of  Roma and non-Roma film professionals – will meet to make a selection for the best short, best feature and attendees of the festival will determine the audience choice award.

We accept all film genres and lengths. We accept films by Roma and non-Roma filmmakers with the highest degree of reflection on prejudices against Romani people.


Proposal guidelines

  • We accept films by Roma and non-Roma filmmakers with the highest degree of reflection on prejudices against Romani people.
  • The registration form must be completed for each film – we are happy to offer our support.
  • The submission of films is free of charge.
  • It is possible to register short films as well as feature-length films, we accept all film genres.
  • We accept films regardless of the year of production.
  • Each individual or organization may propose a maximum of five full-length films and ten short films.
  • If the film is not in English, it must have English subtitles.
  • We do not accept unfinished films. We ask that you only propose and register completed films that are ready for public screening. It will not be possible to submit a new film version after the application deadline.