Cinema without Borders



Are you into screening films on human rights in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America or the Middle East, and would you love to learn more about programming films and debates, organisational matters and attracting new audiences? Then Movies that Matter invites you to apply for Cinema without Borders, a workshop programme on how to organise a human rights film festival and mobile cinema projects. The annual five-day programme, during the Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague, brings together starting and more experienced film festival professionals from all over the world.

Participants usually have a background in activism, cultural events or the film industry. During the workshop programme participants get practical knowledge on event organisation, gain inspiration for films and programmes, new insights and ideas for income and audience, and strengthen their network. Through this programme, participants are inspired and assisted to further develop their own festival.

For more info, see the Call for Applications.

Would you like to participate? Please fill out the application form, and upload this form, which includes your motivation, project proposal and CV, at the bottom of our online personal data form. Please note the deadline is January 1st, 2019.

If you encounter problems while submitting the application, please send your application to

Scroll down this page for more information and footage of previous editions.

2006-2017: Previous editions Cinema without Borders

Between 2006 and 2017, eight editions of Cinema without Borders were held. Most workshop programme took place during the Movies that Matter Festival. Other editions were held in Burkina Faso, Jordan and during the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). These earlier editions were attended by over 90 participants from more than 50 different countries, from Burma, Bahrain and Bangladesh to the Pakistan, the Philippines and Peru. Read more about the previous editions here.