Cinema without Borders 2010

The third edition of the international outreach programme Cinema without Borders took place during the Movies that Matter Festival in the Hague (March 2010).

Thirteen guests – among which activists, journalists and film makers coming from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe – participated.

During four intensive yet inspiring days, festival directors from One World Documentary Film Festival in Prague, the Perspektive Festival in Nürnberg and Movies that Matter shared their knowledge and experiences with the participants. Interactively, relevant topics such as programming, publicity, production and fundraising were thoroughly discussed.

Besides the workshop, an informal network meeting was organised to match Cinema without Borders guests with experts representing various NGOs, festivals and media outlets. A video library was installed at the Filmhuis Den Haag to enable international guests to watch and research films individually. At night, participants enjoyed the festival thoroughly – sometimes participating in panel discussions – and closely observed the flows (and flaws) of the festival.

At the end of the week, all participants had turned their plans into concrete proposals, varying from a film festival with a focus on LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) issues to a mobile cinema raising awareness about violence against women in rural areas. Participants gained practical knowledge and new ideas, and are motivated to take their plans further.

Movies that Matter’s international section stays in touch with its Cinema without Borders guests to provide guidance as their plans evolve. Several participants have already successfully sent in applications to the foundation’s fund and will receive financial support to realise their plans the coming year.

Some of the film festivals that were or are still organised by the participants in this edition of Cinema without Borders are:

Human Rights Film Festival in Malawi

Karama Human Rights Film Festival 2010 in Amman, Jordan

Film Festivals on Gender Based Violence and Reproductive Health in Pakistan

Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival in India

Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan” International festival of documentary films on human rights in Kyrgyzstan