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7th SIETAR Europa Film Festival

“Films create Awareness”?


The 7thSIETAR Film Festival 2019, to be held in Belgium, welcomes filmmakers whose work puts them at the interface of cultures.

The SIETAR Europa Film Festival is proud to be part of the SIETAR Europa Congresses since 2006. The theme of the 2019 congress is “Building Dialogues on Diversity – towards a future of hope”. The congress offers a meeting place for interculturalists, filmmakers and other professional artists and artisans from different cultural backgrounds.

The SIETAR Europa Film Festival continues to screen selected documentaries as part of its major congresses. The Film Festival wants to screen documentaries matching the congress theme and tracks, with every track we are looking for two documentaries. Underneath you find a short overview of the tracks.


Track 1: Business & Organizational Challenges – Leadership practices in turbulent times

Track 2:  Socio-political Concerns – Promoting dialogue in diverse societies

Track 3: Migration – Building strength out of opportunities and challenges

Track 4: Education and Intercultural Professions – Recent research and developments


Click here to read more about the Congress Tracks.

At the Film Festival 2019 in Belgium,

we would like to offer the congress attendees:


  • valuable, hopefully prize-winning documentaries
  • Q&A with the directors and/or producers of the films screened
  • panel discussions and/or a master class
  • opportunity to market selected films through the SIETAR Europa online presence

Each documentary screened is followed by an interactive programme that may consist of Q&A’s with film makers, discussions with the audience, panel discussions, and/or debates with experts, politicians, journalists or representatives from stakeholder organizations where intercultural themes are clearly embedded.

The added value of films


The  added value  of  documentaries is  that  they reach  people  in a  different  way, films  have  an emotional  appeal. What cannot  be  accomplished through  spoken and written texts is often  achieved  through the  visual  elements characteristic  of  the film  screen.  We aim  to  screen documentaries  that  incite compassion,  reflection,  discussion and  action.  Documentaries can  be  very useful  as  teaching and  learning  tools in  education.  Myriad social media  and  virtual communities  create opportunities  for  discussing and  sharing  views. During  this  2019 congress, SIETAR,  again,  offers opportunities  on how  to use  films  or film  fragments  for intercultural,  virtual  teaching, training  and  coaching.

During  the Film Festival  we screen  films  matching the  congress  theme and  tracks. We look for films that  fascinate,  stimulate, inspire and raise awareness.

Call for documentaries : OPEN NOW!


Film submission is open to filmmakers and producers from any part of the world. We encourage documentary makers to submit for SEUCongress 2019 Film Festival. To apply, please provide us with the following details and send it to


To open the ENTRY FORM 2019 click here:


To open the ENTRY REGULATIONS 2019 click here:


Looking very much forward to seeing you in Belgium!

– Marianne van Eldik Thieme, Coordinator SIETAR Europa Film and Media Festival 2019


Dates and deadlines:

  • The Film Festival takes place on the 30th and 31st of May 2019.
  • Entries are welcome until the 6th of December 2018.
  • All the material, including the DVD screener, must arrive in the Film Festival office by the 6th of December 2018.
  • Submitting filmmakers will be notified of the final selections by the 15th of February 2019.


You would like to get a glimpse into previous Film Festivals?


More details can be found on the 2015 and 2017

dedicated Film Festival congress pages!


Here a short summary:

2006: Our first film festival in 2006 was a huge success. The theme of the SIETAR Sofia Film Festival was ‘Love across Cultures’. We screened: Divorce Iranian Style (Kim Longinotto), The Internet Bride (Simon Chambers), Fatal Reaction, Singapore, Mumbai, Moskow and New York (Marijke Jongbloed), Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgystan (Petr Lom) and Georgy and the Butterflies (Andrej Paonov).

2008: At the Global Congress in Granada (2008) we screened: All White in Barking (Marc Isaac), A Way Out of the War on Terror (Chai Locher), Jerusalem Is Proud To Present (Nitzan Giladi), Mimoune (Gonzalo Balister), Satellite Queens: Behind the Scenes of a Prime Time Arab Talk Show (Brechtje van der Haak), The Headmaster and the Headscarves (Elizabeth Jones).

2011: In Krakow in 2011, we screened: Pizza to Auschwitz (Moshe Zimerman), Sarabah (Maria Luisa Gambale and Gloria Bremer), Talhotblond (Barbara Schroeder),When China Met Africa(Marc Francis and Nick Francis), The Design of Fear (Zygmunt Bauman).

2013: In Tallinn 2013, we screened: Special Flight (Fernand Melgar), Sisters in Law (Kim Longinotto), My Thai Bride (David Tucker). Also we organized webinar on using documentary film interactively in intercultural communication training by John Twitchin and we offered a Master class on Storytelling by Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster, as well as a pre-congress day-long workshop on video editing basics.

2015: In Valencia 2015 we screened Matteo, A professor among the dunes (Giuseppe Carrieri), Bintou (Simone Catharina Gaul), Syria -Faces of War (Vesa Toijonen & Ari Lehikoinen), My World (Sergio Garcia Locatelli), An Engineers Odyssey.The life and work of Geert Hofstede (Iekje Smit & Marcel Siegmund), Tales from a Multicultural Classroom (Steve Crawford), The Shelter (Fernand Melgar), Terra di Transito (Paolo Martino).

2017: In Dublin 2017 we screened Holi-days (Randi Malkin Steinberger), Ni Hao Holland – The Chinese are coming and Framing the Other (Willem Timmer), Will you have a cup of tea with Father Ted? (presented by David Walsh), The Vikings, what business can learn from them (presented by Joseph Kearns), Diverse Cinema Film Clips used to Illustrate Intercultural and Diversity Learning (presented by Matthew Hill), Go back to where you came from (Ivan O’Mahoney), The Mayor, mobility is a human right (Bregtje van der Haak), Crossing Borders (Arnd Wächter), Stranger in Paradise (Guido Hendrikx).