To promote the screenings of human rights cinema worldwide, Movies that Matter offers grants to human rights film events in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, especially in countries with limited resources and freedom of press. These events can take various forms, such as human rights film festivals, LGBT film festivals, mobile cinema projects, school screenings and grassroots distribution.
Each year the grant programme has two selection rounds. Deadlines vary, but are usually around mid-April and mid-September. Please note that in order to provide support that best matches the needs of our partners, in 2016 Movies that Matter introduced a new grant structure, with some adjusted regulations and criteria. Instead of providing one general type of grant, we launched two types of grants:
a) Start-up Grants - with tailored advice and a grant of up to EUR 7,500, for new, innovative projects and starting festivals, and;
b) Impact Grants - for more established festivals that aim to increase their effectiveness and impact, with a grant amount of up to EUR 10,000.
Follow this link for more information about the selection criteria and general regulations, and a link to download the entry form, and access the online personal data form.
Movies that Matter judges every project on its individual merits. If you're not sure your project fits within the criteria, please contact our office.
We value the importance of planning ahead and we recommend that you apply for funding for your project well in advance! Please keep in mind that our selection procedure takes about 50 to 60 days. Your intended project should not start within 80 days after the deadline. Projects starting before July 2017 can therefore not be considered.
Please note that Movies that Matter does not support film production. Find an overview of possible resources for film production through this link.
From 2007-2016 the Movies that Matter Support Programme allocated grants to 196 projects from more than 100 applicants in 60 countries, representing a total of more than EUR 1 million. In total, these screenings reached close to 2 million visitors and hundreds of thousands of viewers of online and TV broadcasts. Film festivals and events serve as a dialogue platform for experts, the public, artists, policy makers, journalists and civil society organisations. Read more about all projects that have been granted financial support.
Burma - Human Rights Human Dignity Film Festival