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.

Click here to watch the films presented in this year's festival - including ours!
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'No Monsters in Berlin' has been accepted as an Official Selection for the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival!

Wahoo! We are so excited and honoured to announce that our film will be presented at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California between 20 - 27 April 2017.

Founded in 1999, the Newport Beach Film Festival has evolved into a prestigious multicultural event, attracting over 55,000 attendees to Orange County. Screening over 350 films in 8 days, NBFF prides itself on bringing the best in new, local, international and critically acclaimed cinema to Newport Beach.

The Newport Beach Film Festival has the largest shorts program within a major film festival in the United States. NBFF accepts and screens well over 200 short movies culled from submissions received from all over the world. During the festival up to 40 shorts programs are presented each year. These programs are put together by the shorts programming team showcasing the best of the submitted movies in a symbiotic way. Lively Q & A sessions conclude most programs.

Since its inception, the Festival has presented many acclaimed films such as the U.S. Premiere of Crash and other notable films including (500) Days of Summer, The Cove, Waitress, Son of Rambow, Paprika, Broken English, American Teen, Fugitive Pieces, Death Note: The Last Name, The King of Kong, Layer Cake, The Illusionist, Art School Confidential, Emmanuel’s Gift, Mad Hot Ballroom, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Spellbound, Castle in the Sky, Born into Brothels, and Pieces of April.

Through tributes, special screenings and seminars, the Festival has honoured film industry notables, including Aaron Sorkin, Haskell Wexler, Robert Wise, Henry Bumstead, Elmer Bernstein, John Waters, Alan Arkin, Bruce Brown, Richard Sherman, Penelope Spheeris, and McG.




Cast and Crew Preview Screening of the Film in Berlin.

This month we finished the screener for film festival entries. 

We have now entered NO MONSTERS IN BERLIN into several top tier film festivals including the Berlinale, TriBeCa, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Colorado film festivals. Now we wait with baited breath and crossed fingers!

Last night in Berlin, we had a special private preview of the film for cast and crew. It was super exciting and we got some very positive feedback!

Talia Naomi Barrett strengthens the NO MONSTERS IN BERLIN female-led team


With female co-authors,  director and producer, we are pleased to announce another wonderful woman to our team.
Talia has been working hard the last few weeks in New York as our film's editor. Talia is a film editor specialising in doc-style narrative films as well as documentaries. Her work includes Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, and Jackrabbit which premiered at Tribeca in 2015. She is delighted to be working on No Monsters in Berlin.

Our set photographer had to sell his camera gear so he could flee Syria.

Ayham is a photographer from Damascus. He arrived in Germany in August 2015. To pay for the journey from Syria, he had to sell all of his camera equipment. He met Mala who gave him a camera she had sitting and collecting dust in her cupboard. They became friends and are delighted to be working together on this film. Ayham is now building a healthy career as a portrait, landscape and film set photographer in Berlin.

The story of an infrequent Syrian Trumpeter

Milad Khawam, one of Syria's handful of trumpet players is the composer of NO MONSTERS IN BERLIN.

Milad Khawam is a remarkable young musician. When he plays, the sounds which emanate from his shiny trumpet belie his young 23 years. He started playing the trumpet at the age of 10 when his mother noticed that he had a unique talent when tinkering with a hand harmonica. Coming from a family of carpenters, Milad was different. When he looks around he hears sounds, notes and music in every object, person or environment he observes.

After civil war broke in Syria, he was forced to leave everything he knew and travel alone to Europe. He didn't bring his beloved trumpet in case it got damaged or lost along the way. When he arrived in Berlin, he quickly found some musician friends who lent him a trumpet.

His cheeky smile and calm demeanour are hard to resist. Less than a year after arriving in Berlin, Milad is playing for the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra, Morgenland Festival in Osnabrück and his own project called "Exilistan".

The production team of NO MONSTERS IN BERLIN are thrilled to have such a talent help bring this film to life.



After a hectic, stressful, eventful, weather-beaten, obstacle-run, rewarding, fantastically fun and amazing 10 days - the NMIB team have wrapped on the film shoot!

We are so proud to have come from first draft of the script to canned footage within 7 months!

Now the raw footage (on a hard drive) is on it's way on a jet-plane with director, Kate Holland and producer,  Andrea Wozny to New York City. Post-production will begin pretty much after touch down.

We have a deadline to complete the film for submission into the 2017 Berlinale International Film Festival by mid-November, 2016.

Tick rest for the wicked!