FiSahara is an annual human rights film festival held in the camps in Algeria for Sahrawi refugees from Western Sahara. The festival is scheduled for April 2020 and will reach 5000 visitors, including youth, women and children. Every year the festival has a human rights theme and film screening are followed by discussions aiming to transform the passive audience into active participants. The impact grant is aimed at strengthening organisational skills and local capacities to carry out the festival activities. The overall objective of FiSahara is to use film as a tool for social transformation for the refugees from the Western Sahara.
Catapulta Festival Nacional de Artes Audiovisuales y Derechos Humanos
Catapulta Festival is a new festival in Tucumán, in the north of Argentina. It is organised by Andhes, a non-profit working on social change based on human rights and democracy. The first edition was an intensive four day programme in November 2019 mainly focused on gender equality and rights of the LGBTI population. Eleven long and short films, mainly Argentinean productions, were screened at the Museum of the National University of Tucuman, the municipal theatre and cultural centres. Screenings were followed by Q&A’s and panel discussions, in cooperation with many public institutions and local groups. The festival attracted more than 1700 visitors and a lot of media attention.
Taturana Film Festival
In September 2019 the first edition of the Taturana Film Festival took place in six different venues of São Paulo. Screenings of fiction and documentary films took place in many different neighbourhoods. These screenings were followed by debates. After the festival in São Paulo, the festival travelled all over the country, with 38 screenings in 12 different states. Taturana created a very useful toolkit to help educators, mediators and others to discuss the themes approached by the films. The festival helped to inform and engaged students, teachers, experts, activists and social organisations around topics related to human rights and democracy.
My Movie is to be in Peace 2020
July - December 2020
How to integrate peace as an everyday attitude into the lives of Colombian people? Between July and December 2020, the organisation Cine Vagabundo will screen 22 films about peace in 12 towns across Colombia. In each town, screenings take place in jails, universities, churches, public squares and parks. Moreover, innovative approaches are being developed to discuss peace among bus passengers. An estimated number of 100.000 Colombians will be reached. Most important goal of the project is to accept differences and create reconciliation in Colombia.
January - December 2020
Platforms for dialogue are essential in a new democracy like in the Gambia. Following the film screenings named Sofa Cinema, in 2020 the same team is now organising similar community screenings throughout the Gambia. With their screenings about migration, climate change, gender inequality and female genital mutilation, the project expects to reach more than 6000 people.
Sama-Bhav Travelling Film Festival
November 2019 - April 2020
Between November 2019 and April 2020 the Indian non-profit Men Against Violence and Abuse organises this 2-day travelling festival at universities and colleges throughout India, in 12 cities and 4 district towns. The main aim of the project is to engage at least 4.500 Indian youth on a wide range of gender and related human rights issues and advocate for a gender-equal, healthy society. Screenings of the 17 films are preceded and followed by conversations with filmmakers, protagonists, activists and experts.
Qara Film Festival
In Kazakhstan a new film festival will start. The first edition of Qara Film Festival was scheduled to take place for four days in April. However, with cinemas being closed due to Covid-19, the festival will now take place in an online format, from 6 to 9 August 2020. Eight beautiful films about human rights, gender equality, environmental rights and freedom of expression will be screened for free at an online platform. The organisers aim to reach both Kazakh- and Russian-speaking audiences. Another goal is to stimulate the creative, human rights documentary culture. At least 1.200 visitors are expected in this first - online - festival edition.
Malawi Film Festival
In September 2019 the third edition of the Malawi Film Festival took place in Nsanje, in southern Malawi. Two films were screened in 8 communities, reaching a total of 11.500 visitors. The NGO Positivo Malawi uses arts to boost discussion around important social issues. Screenings and debates, about women’s rights and environmental challenges, took place indoors in schools and churches. In the end, many visitors committed themselves to end the use of plastic bags, to carry out clean-ups in and around the market and to advocate against the polluting sugar industry.
Chesnok - special TV screenings
September - October 2020
Chesnok, the first human rights documentary film festival in Transnistria, will have its 5th edition in 2020. The festival travels to several cities in Transnistria and in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. The main goal of the festival is engaging a large audience of Transnistrian region with relevant films about human rights, as well as creating local discussion platforms for raising contemporary global problems. The latest element in the 5th edition of Chesnok is the screening of 2 or 3 festival films at the Moldovan national television channel TV8, in order to make documentaries about human rights available for a larger audience.
One Step Film Forum
The first edition of the new One Step Film Forum in Myanmar took place mid-October 2019 at the Goethe Institut in Yangon. Following this, screenings were organised in other cities in Myanmar. The programme included films about human rights, justice, peace and harmony made by independent filmmakers from Myanmar and other South East Asian countries. Almost 1500 people were reached in this first edition. The audience consisted of human rights activists, film enthusiasts, grassroots communities and university students.
Aks International Minorities Festival
15 - 30 November 2019
The 5th Aks International Minorities Festival will be organised in two parts. From 15-30 November 2019 in Lahore and Karachi screenings will be organised at universities and public venues followed by panel discussions. Early 2020 in 5 cities the main festival will take place focusing on creating safe platforms to organize film, art and dialogue events for minorities and marginalized communities in Pakistan. For the first time the festival will open up more to non-minorities audiences to create more awareness about minority issues. The screenings of the 70 films (including 50 shorts) aim to attract 3000 visitors.
Chalta Phirta Documentary Festival
August 2019 - August 2020
The Chalta Phirta Documentary Festival is expanding from 3 to 10 cities in Pakistan screening 11 documentaries. It is organised by the Documentary Association Pakistan (DAP), promoting the art of documentary films in Pakistan and the Interactive Recourse Centre, a media organization striving for empowerment of marginalized members of Pakistani society. Film screenings take place between August 2019 and August 2020 reaching 2800 visitors including students, aspiring filmmakers and cultural workers. Film screenings are organised in academic institutions and community and cultural spaces followed by discussions with local experts and human rights defenders.
AcceCine: Segundo Festival de Cine Accesible
In Peru there are more than 2 million people with visual disabilities and more than 800 thousand with hearing disabilities, adding up to almost 10% of the total population. The main goal of the second edition of AcceCine is to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in cultural activities in Peru. In November 2020 AcceCine will be taking place in the capital Lima as well as seven other Peruvian cities. In total, 40 films will be screened in cinemas, schools as well as outdoor locations, followed by debates and discussions. Organisers aim to reach 10.000 visitors.
April - June 2020
To make visible and take action against human trafficking, the Peruvian film festivals Al Este Film Festival and Censurados Film Festival join forces to organise Las Tratan: a series of film screenings with films mainly from Latin America and Eastern and Central Europe. From April to June 2020, a total of 30 films will be screened during both festivals in Lima and in the regions which are part of the three main trafficking routes in Peru. All will be followed by debates with experts, activists and artistic representatives. Trying to attract 9.000 visitors, screening locations include not only cultural centres but also open air parks and squares.
Nation in Visions Film Festival
September - December 2019
Nation in Visions Film Festival is a multi-island festival on 12 locations in the Philippines. Its first edition, from 4 to 15 December 2019, consisted of about 40 screenings and debates about the issues at stake in the country. The festival reached more than 1500 visitors. The project also involved a three-day conference aiming to create a national alliance for small-scale alternative cinema distribution in the Philippines. The project was organised by Cinema Is Incomplete, an organisation of cultural workers and artists to bring socially relevant films to marginalized communities.
Side by Side Festival
14-21 November 2020
By screening films about LGBTI topics, Side by Side aims to promote tolerance and non-discrimination towards LGBTI persons, and empowerment of members of the LGBTI community. In the spring of 2020 the next Moscow edition of Side by Side Festival was supposed to take place. However, this four-day festival with more than 20 LGBTI films, was postponed due to Covid-19. The next festival edition in St Petersburg is scheduled for November 2020. Screenings are followed by debates, discussions and Q&As with activists, directors and actors. Besides these festival, Side by Side also organises regional outreach and online film screenings throughout the year.
Sunbox Ambassador screenings
January - May 2020
Sunshine Cinema is a South African solar powered cinema network. They use relevant documentary and feature films to spark dialogue, educate, and inspire social change on issues of land, gender equality and active citizenship. The Sunbox Ambassadorship Programme empowers young entrepreneurs from resource scarce communities, by giving them mobile mini cinema kits (Sunbox) to hold screenings in their own and surrounding communities. In the first six months of 2020, with screenings in South Africa and Zambia, the Sunbox ‘ambassadors’ aim to reach about 2200 people in their communities.
Pink Life QueerFest
In January 2020, the 9th edition of Pink Life QueerFest takes place in Ankara and Istanbul. In March and April the festival will also travel to Denizli and Diyarbakır. The festival screens 57 LGBTI films in total and includes short films, documentaries and fiction films. Screenings are followed by panels and discussions aiming to attract the attention of the broader society and authorities to the issue of LGBTI rights. Besides the screenings, also events on for instance sex workers rights are organised and an online LGBTI films platform makes sure the films also reach people in other parts of Turkey that cannot attend the festival.
Which Human Rights? Film Festival
In December 2019 the 10th edition of Which Human Rights? Film Festival takes place in Istanbul, Turkey. During the five day event around 35 films will be screened in three cultural venues in (European and Asian) parts of Istanbul. The main theme this year is forced disappearances, while other topics include women’s rights, refugees rights, LGBTI+ rights. The festival aims to reach 4.000 visitors and also includes several side events such as round table discussions, forums and talks on humanitarian issues featuring prominent human rights activists in Turkey.
Sürdürülebilir Yasam Film Günleri
January - February 2020
Sürdürülebilir Yasam Film Günleri (Sustainable Living Film Days) will organise the first edition of a touring programme through 10 Turkish cities. They will screen 12 films that were part of earlier editions of the affiliated Sustainable Living Film Festival. The festivals in each city consists of two days of screenings in universities and cultural centres followed by talks and panels aiming for 3.000 visitors. In each town local (human rights) NGO’s are involved to create awareness about human rights and common ground for collaboration.
5 - 9 August 2020
A recent study by the UN showed that almost half of Ukrainian citizens claim that the rights of LGBTI individuals should be restricted. Meanwhile the LGBTI community faces many threats and attacks by far-right groups. By presenting 25 films related to sexuality, queerness and gender, the Kyiv International Short Film Festival (KISFF) tries to counter this situation and create a space for discussion about these topics. This programme is called Sexuality Matters. The 9th edition of the KISFF takes place mostly in an online form, from 5-9 August 2020.
In 2019 the selection committee of the Movies that Matter Grant Programme consisted of Jannie Langbroek (documentary film consultant), Sophie Leferink (senior advisor Freedom of Expression at Hivos), Raúl Nino Zambrano (senior programmer IDFA), Leon Willems (director Free Press Unlimited), Dirk van der Straaten (artistic director Movies that Matter until July 2019) and Margje de Koning (artistic director Movies that Matter from September onwards).