In 2016, Movies that Matter granted financial support to a total of 15 film festivals.
During the 10-day ShanghaiPRIDE various film screenings and discussions on LGBTQ rights take place. With its thematic focus on ‘gender’, this year’s festival serves to give voice to transsexuals and those whose gender identity does not fit within the binary of male or female (non-binary gender). The festival includes a short film competition for Chinese filmmakers focusing on queer narratives. The second edition of this ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival takes place from 17 to 26 June 2016. About 1500 visitors are expected, mainly from gender minorities and the LGBT & queer communities. Through the Asia Pacific Queer Film Festivals Alliance, the organisers cooperate with other queer & LGBT film festivals in the region.
Fundacion Ambulante Colombia organises a mobile documentary traveling film festival.. Between 23 August and 25 September 2016, about 45 high quality documentaries with a strong focus on human rights and social issues will be presented in five Colombian cities: Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla and Cartagena. Venues include outdoor spaces, museums, galleries, universities, schools, neighbourhood centres, rural communities and commercial theatres. Almost 200 film screenings and 40 debates are scheduled. With the help of local coordinators and many volunteers, this mobile film festival aims to reach around 24,000 people throughout the country. Read more
Peace:the main themeof the fourth edition of the International Human Rights Film Festival might be even more relevant than ever considering the recent referendum. The passionate organisers of the festival are determined to use the power of cinema to address issues related to peace and human rights. In a time span of six days, 80 films from around the world will be screened in Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena and Barranquilla. The festival, which will be held from 22 – 27 April 2017, is expecting a record number of 6500 visitors. Read more
From August 2016 to July 2017 the Mumbai-based KASHISH International Queer Film Festival will travel to 15 university campuses in different Indian cities. These film events consist of film screenings and interactive discussions about gender, sexuality, identity, coming-out, family pressure and homophobia. Homosexuality is a social taboo in India, where the LGBT community has largely been underground and higher courts have recriminalized homosexuality. The organizers of KASHISH Forward aim to attract more than 2,000 visitors, mainly students and university staff, aiming to contribute to queer-friendlier campuses in India. Read more
Introducing human rights through arts. That is the main goal of the organisers of Documentary Film Festival Chesnok. The title of the festival means ‘garlic’ in Russian, but it sounds like ‘chestno’, meaning ‘honesty’. From 6-9 April 2017 the second edition of the festival will travel through Transnistria, the eastern part of Moldova. Here, in one of Europe's poorest regions, where access to free press and cultural engagement is very limited, the organisers want to offer an alternative view on society through cinema and debate. The traveling festival is expected to welcome 800 to 1000 visitors. Read more
The fifth edition of Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night) an outdoor human rights film event in Rabat, took place on 24 and 25 June 2016. From dusk to dawn, films were screened and a round table with 6 experts was held at the square in front of the National Library. This year Ramadan gave the Nuit Blanche an extra dimension. With films like Tuk Tuk (Romany Saad) and Pomegranate is the Fruit of Paradise (Teymour Ghaderi) the festival focused on children’s rights this year. The organisers welcomed more than 1,000 visitors. Read more
Social stigma and discrimination against the LGBT population are common in Myanmar. To stimulate discussion around LGBT rights, the NGO Colours Rainbow organises the &PROUD Film festival. The festival also includes a photo exhibition and film making workshop for LGBT film makers. With their focus on Asian cinema, the organisers hope to reflect the diversity of LGBT lives in South East Asian countries. &PROUD expects to welcome 4000 people. This LGBT+ film festival in Myanmar will celebrate its 3rd edition from 26 - 29 January of 2017. Read more
From August 2016 – January 2017 the 4th edition of Bato Ko Cinema takes place. The Sattya Media Arts Collective will organise screenings of short films in five towns and villages throughout Nepal (Kathmandu, Banepa, Pokhara, Bharatpur and Birgunj). All screenings take place in the open air, in public spaces: Bato Ko Cinema means ‘Street Cinema’ in Nepali. The festival aims to raise awareness about women’s rights and gender equality, especially with regards to rural women of Nepal. Discussion will be organised after the film screenings. Besides the screenings, an artist will make mural paintings as a lasting memory and positive reminder about gender equality. Through a total of 26 screenings the organisers expect to reach between 2000 and 4000 visitors. Read more
The Aks Film, Art and Dialogue Festival promotes the visibility and empowerment of transgender and LGB communities. Members of sexual minorities are discriminated and marginalized in the Islamic republic Pakistan, even though transwomen (also called Hijra in Pakistan) always used to have a special and respected role in society. Screenings take place in liberal art houses, educational institutes and embassies. In addition, the festival organises debates, educational workshops and art exhibitions in the period of 30 March – 9 April 2017 aiming to reach at least 2000 visitors. Read more
The 3rd edition of the Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival will take place in Gaza from 12-17 May 2017. The ambition of the festival this year is to organise film events at the West Bank as well. Around 45 international films will be screened in the open air and cinema halls, aiming at a total of 12.000 visitors. Debates and art performances are also part of the festival, whose main goal is to spark cultural events and to give back confidence in human rights to Palestinian people. Read more
The Censurados Film Festival is an annual film festival in Peru screening films about freedom of expression and human rights in Peru. In 2016 the traveling part of the festival visited Madre de Dios, an indigenous Amazon region in the southeast of the country, where human rights are being violated due to illegal gold mining and deforestation. Screenings of the festival, which took place from 1 to 15 August 2016 in public squares and community areas, were followed by discussions. The organisation, La Combi-Arte Rodante, reached almost 3,500 visitors in twelve different villages in Madre de Dios. Read more
Screening films about human rights and freedom of expression that are censored in other countries: that is what the Censurados Film Festival is all about. The 4th edition takes place in Lima and will also travel with mobile screenings and debates to six peripherical areas. During six days from 21- 26 March 2017 a total of 35 films will be presented. Besides the film screenings the festival organisation La Combi-Arte Rodante also hosts lectures, debates, masterclasses and performances, expecting around 9000 visitors. Read more
The 4th edition of Sine Karbengan (Human Rights Cinema) will be held as a two-week event in 15 places and communities in three regions in the north part of Luzon, the country’s largest and most populous island. The festival is a statement of the people’s continuing resistance against human rights violations in the Philippines. A total of 60 screenings of 15 short documentaries will be organised, followed by discussions and debates dealing with the current human rights situation, insights by filmmakers and testimonies from local community members. The number of expected visitors is between 10,000 and 15,000. Students and communities affected by militarisation are the main target group. Also, poetry reading and other cultural events will be part of the festival. It was scheduled for November 2016, but due to the typhoon that devastated this part of the country, the festival has been postponed to April 2017. Read more
The first LGBTQ film festival in Uganda will be held from 9 – 11 December 2016 in the capital Kampala to celebrate the diversity of LGBTQ individuals. The organisers plan to screen 35 films about sexual diversity from different countries in two film theaters. Debates about LGBT, migration and employment are also part of the festival, with the main goal to inform Ugandan people about sexual identity and to promote the dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. Festival organisers have taken various measures to mitigate the security risks associated with this topic. Around 2000 visitors are expected. Read more
In the isolated and volatile Karamoja region in the North-East of Uganda, a travelling human rights film festival takes place in 12 villages in Kotido and Moroto districts. The festival presents films made by Karamojong filmmakers as well as international films with topics relevant to the region. Screenings are followed by community debates and discussions on the issues raised in the films. It serves to inspire and show people the art of cinema and the importance of telling their stories.,Relating to human rights issues in other parts of the world can also help them putting their own issues in a larger context. Screenings take place at the Karamoja Cultural Festival in July 2016, and on International Peace Day, 21 September, when people from many neighbouring tribes are gathering. A total of 10,000 visitors is expected. Read more
In 2016 the selection committee of the Movies that Matter Support Programme consisted of Isabel Arrate (coordinator IDFA Bertha Fund), Leon Willems (director Free Press Unlimited), Jannie Langbroek (consultant at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), Dorien Marres (former coordinator Growth & Mobilisation Fund, Amnesty International Netherlands) and Taco Ruighaver (former director Movies that Matter). From July 2016 onwards, the position of Taco Ruighaver is taken over by Dirk van der Straaten, artistic director of Movies that Matter.