On Wednesday March 31st, during the Award Ceremony at Theater aan het Spui in The Hague, the winners of the Movies that Matter Festival 2012 were announced. Six films were awarded on this night, including the touching documentary Give Up Tommorrow and IDFA favorite 5 Broken Cameras.
More than 17.000 people visited the Movies that Matter Festival this year. They chose their favorite film from over seventy feature films and documentaries concerned with human rights, peace and freedom. The VARA Audience Award (€ 5.000) went to the documentary Give Up Tommorrow.
The festival welcomed many (international) guests, among them Margaret Sekkagya, UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders and Gina Belafonte, documnetray filmmaker and daughter of singer and human rights activist Harry Belafonte.
This years award winners are:
Special Mention from A Matter of ACT competition Putin’s Kiss by Lise Birk Pedersen.
Silver Butterfly: Camera Justitia Award (€ 3.000) Love Crimes of Kabul by director Tanaz Eshaghian.
MovieSquad AllRights Award (€ 2.000 for educational promotion) the film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry by Alison Klayman.
Students’ Choice Award (€ 1.000) Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi from 5 Broken Cameras.