Award Winners


Award Winners MtMF18

The festival has come to an end. We look back on a very successful festival that attracted a record number of 27,000 visitors! During nine days the audience saw more than seventy films, experienced VR cinema and met special guests from home and abroad.

The festival audience awarded the documentary City of Joy with the BNNVARA Audience Award. This inspiring film tells the story of Congolese women and girls who were victims of rape during the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Director Madeleine Gavin receives the prize of €5,000.

Dutch Movies Matter
No less than four Dutch films had their world premiere at the festival this week: the BNNVARA documentaries De verloren kinderen van het kalifaat by Sinan Can and Het Schoonmakersparlement by Leon Verdonschot; The Bastard by Floris-Jan van Luyn and Onderkomen. These films were shown in the new Dutch Movies Matter competition programme, with films by Dutch makers. The films competed for the Golden Butterfly and €5,000. The award was presented to filmmaker Floris-Jan van Luyn for his documentary The Bastard.

Golden Butterflies
Earlier in the week, the Golden Butterflies were awarded in the two competition programs Activist and Camera Justitia. The Golden Butterfly Activist Award and € 5,000 went to activist Jaha Dukureh from the film Jaha's Promise. In this film we see how she bravely battles to put an end to female genital mutilation in the Gambia. The Activist Documentary Award and € 5,000 went to filmmaker Joe Piscatella for his film Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower. The documentary follows a group of teenagers from Hong Kong who compete against China during the 'Umbrella Revolution'. Piscatella also received the MovieZone MtM Award from the Youth Jury for this film.

Camera Justitia
The Camera Justitia Award, consisting of the Golden Butterfly and €5,000 for the best film from the Camera Justitia competition, went to filmmaker Alberto Arnaut for his documentary Armed to the Teeth: a chilling and heartbreaking reconstruction of the murder of two students by the Mexican army in 2010. When Jorge and Javier are about to go out one night, they are shot dead by soldiers who are chasing after criminals. Family members look for the truth and justice, but the cover-up reaches to the highest levels.

Students' Choice

The student jury of the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague awarded the film I Am Not a Witch with the Students' Choice Award. The film is about the nine-year-old Shula from Zambia. One day she is accused of witchcraft and ends up in a special camp for witches.

The next edition of the Movies that Matter Festival will take place from Friday 22 to Saturday 30 March 2019.