From 20-26 March 2014 the annual Movies that Matter Festival took place in The Hague. This year the international City of Peace and Justice also hosted the Nuclear Security Summit: an international gathering where world leaders discussed the issue of nuclear safety.
The summit was visited by 58 government officials, 5000 delegates and 3000 journalists. In the light of the NSS the festival offered a theme based programme about nuclear safety, titled ATOMIC.
The 276 screenings at the main locations Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het Spui, as well as the other locations in The Hague en Amsterdam, were visited by about 20.000 film enthusiasts. The educational programme, Young Amnesty Film Days was visited by more schoolchildren and students than ever before.
The greater part of the screenings offered an in-depth programme like Q&A’s, talk shows, debates and interviews with international guests. Go here to see the Talk shows & Debates of the 2014 festival.
For the first time in 2014 Movies that Matter organized large free talk shows in the foyer of Theater aan het Spui. Also new were the Eat & Greet meetings with human rights activists – like Belarussian Andrei Sannikov and Ukrainian Inna Sjevtsjenko. Festivalgoers could meet face to face with the inspiring activists and listen to their stories while dining.
Dutch Minister Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation opened this year’s festival, stating the importance of the work of the filmmakers and the festival in her speech.
Besides the main programmes as A Matter of ACT and Camera Justitia, various ‘best of’ programmes and the Young Amnesty Film Days, the festival offered an extended programme of five themes: ATOMIC, COLOURS, GREED, LOVE en MEXICO. Go here to view the total film selection of the Movies that Matter Festival 2014.
Three inspired filmmakers presented a special master class about the story behind the making of their film. Every day there were live music performances and there was the photo exposition ‘Mapping Malala’ about Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yousafzai. For the second time, human rights enthusiasts had the opportunity to get a free human rights tattoo during the festival, on display of a festival ticket.
For those who couldn’t make it to the festival, Movies that Matter screened documentaries and fiction films online and on TV. Media partners VARA and NPO Doc broadcasted various films in the weeks before and during the festival.
Movies that Matter On Tour took festival favorites on a tour throughout The Netherlands, visiting film theatres in fifteen cities.
Go here to check out the Award Winners of the Movies that Matter Festival 2014.