In the first round of 2016, Movies that Matter granted financial support to a total of 8 film festivals. 

China – Shanghai PRIDE Film Festival

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 and queer communities. Through the Asia Pacific Queer Film Festivals Alliance, the organisers cooperate with other queer and LGBT film festivals in the region.

Colombia – Ambulante Colombia Documentary Tour

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.

India – KASHISH Forward Travelling Campus Queer Film Festival

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.

Morocco – Nuit Blanche of Cinema and Children’s Rights

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.

Nepal – Bato Ko Cinema

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.

Peru – Censurados Film Festival

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.

Philippines – Sine Karbengan

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, which takes place from 25 November to 10 December 2016.

Uganda – Voice of Karamoja Festival

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.

Selection committee

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.

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China - ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival

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Colombia - Ambulante Colombia Documentary Tour

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India - KASHISH Forward Travelling Campus Queer Film Festival

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Morocco - Nuit Blanche

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Nepal - Bato Ko Cinema

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Peru - Censurados Film Festival

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Philippines - Sine Karbengan

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Uganda - Voice of Karamoja Festival

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