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Setting Up a Human Rights Film Festival

Setting Up a Human Rights Film Festival is an inspiring guide for film festival organisers all over the world, edited together with One World in Czech Republic and FiSahara in the Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria. Written by festival organisers from around the world, this handbook focuses on the needs and challenges of festivals that are sprouting all over the developing world and those in countries where democratic systems are still emergent or non-existent. 

While drawing on some common experiences to all human rights film festivals, the manual does not have a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, its pages offer a varied tapestry of stories about festivals that face vastly different realities around the world: from rural communities in Sierra Leone and Bolivia to urban settings in Jordan and Malaysia. The book offers first-hand experiences and lessons learned on the many tasks needed for a successful festival including fundraising, overcoming logistical problems, approaching new audiences that are unfamiliar with film, dealing with censorship and security threats.

In 2015, we released the first edition of the manual in English. You can read or download the free full version of the second English edition here. Moreover, a Spanish translation has been launched and can be downloaded here.

To provide organisers of existing and emerging human rights film festivals in the Arab world with the necessary know-how, we have also released an Arabic translation of the manual in December 2017 that can be downloaded here.


Film database

Find a wide selection of high quality human rights films in our online film database. Movies that Matter continually adds new features, documentaries and short films to this selection.