Call for Submissions

MENA Film Festival is the premier cultural festival in Canada celebrating creatives from the MENA/SWANA community and its diaspora through film, fostering meaningful connections and providing a platform to showcase diverse, thought-provoking stories and underrepresented talent from the region and around the world.

Submissions for the sixth edition of MENA are now open.

The 2025 MENA Film Festival seeks films of any genre, with particular emphasis on original and experimental portrayals of the MENA/SWANA region that challenge stereotypes and bend colonial visions of the region and its diaspora. We welcome submissions from emerging as well as established artists from wherever MENA identities are found and forged.

Please refer to our FilmFreeway page for upcoming deadlines and submission guidelines and email for any questions.

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