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Learn how to set up a film festival

Are you into screening films about human rights in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe or the Middle East?

Gain inspiration and meet like-minded film professionals at Cinema without Borders. This five-day workshop programme brings together film professionals from all over the world. Cinema without Borders takes place during the Movies that Matter Festival 2017. Interested? Apply now! 

Submit your film to our Festival

The Movies that Matter Festival 2017 welcomes film submissions! During nine days the festival presents around seventy fiction and documentary films, followed by Q&A's, talkshows and other side programmes. The Movies that Matter Festival screens films about human rights topics and (social) justice. The festival presents six awards, offering prize money of € 17.500. 

To submit your film(s), please complete the online entry form. The deadline for submissions is December 1st 2016 and the selection will be announced in the beginning of February. The next edition of the Movies that Matter Festival takes place between 24 March – 1 April 2017.


In Morocco, India, Colombia, Peru and Uganda film events about human rights supported by Movies that Matter took place during the summer. Bato Ko Cinema in Nepal is currently screening in five villages in Nepal. In November you can attend the festival Sine Karbengan in the Philippines. Read more about our supported projects 2016.  

Other important dates to already note in your calender: the Movies that Matter Festival, 24 March - 1 April 2017 in The Hague. And the next deadline for the Grant Programme: 17 April 2017.

To be kept up to date about future supported projects, dates and deadlines check our Industry & Press Facebook!
MtM goes international

Movies that Matter colleague Eric van de Giessen, coordinator of the International Support Programme, is part of the Civil DOC Competition jury at the CinéDOC-Tbilisi Film Festival (21-25 October).  Eric will also moderate the Civil pitch, matching Georgian civil society organizations with documentary filmmakers.

Maarten Stoltz, programmer of the Movies that Matter Festival, joins the jury of the Civil Society Pitch of One World Romania (14-16 October). It serves as a follow-up to a Pitch in March 2016, bringing together three teams of NGOs, Romanian human rights activists and passionate filmmakers.

Meet the MtM team in Georgia and Romania!

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