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Logo Movies that Matter - Educatief March 2017

In many places of the world, film festivals are more than a platform for artistic expression; they also serve as a meeting point where the public, policy makers, artists and civil society share ideas and opinions. Such platforms are particularly valuable in developing countries and places where freedom of expression is, well, complicated.

We are pleased to inform you about our grant programme, where applications are now welcome! Last but not least, we are proud to announce a new partnership! Continue reading and join us in celebrating cinema... and more!

Grants for Film Festivals: Submit your Proposals!

Through grants, training and advice, Movies that Matter supports human rights film screenings in developing countries and places where press freedom is at stake. So, are you organising film festivals, mobile cinema projects or other innovative cinema projects to stimulate the discussion on human rights, social justice and freedom of expression? And are you still looking for funding? Apply for a grant!  

This year's first application deadline will be 17 April. See our new website for more information about our two types of grants, selection criteria and about how to apply. Please check out our facebook page for inspiration and more information about our international activities.

Movies that Matter Festival 2017

From 24 March until 1 April the Movies that Matter Festival takes place in The Hague. The yearly international film and debate festival on human rights and social justice is the perfect place to meet the world. People from many countries come together, stories from all continents are told. We invite you to see some of the 70 films on the programme, both fiction and documentaries. You can attend debates and talk shows and meet actors, directors, and some of the biggest heroes of our times: the human rights defenders. On Friday 24 March, the festival opens with The Other Side of Hope by renowned director Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre, Man Without a Past). 

Let’s meet at the Movies that Matter Festival!

New Partnership

Movies that Matter is proud to announce that Oak Foundation has committed its support to our international activities for the period 2017-2019. Supporting organisations in about 40 countries worldwide, Oak Foundation is dedicated to address issues of global, social and environmental concern.

Other partners of the International Support programme are the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Foundation for Democracy and Media, Dioraphte Foundation and Amnesty International. Through their trust and support Movies that Matter can strengthen human rights cinema worldwide, encouraging people to stand up for human rights. 

See all our partners here
101 films on women's rights

Eleven years ago the Movies that Matter Foundation was established on 8 March, International Women’s Day. A coincidence? We don't think so! Every year we screen some fabulous films about women's rights at the Movies that Matter Festival. One of the films presented this year is the documentary What Tomorrow Brings by Beth Murphy, about Razia Jan's struggle to provide girl education in a remote and conservative part of Afghanistan. 

We also invite you to organise your own film screening about women’s rights: have a look at the 101 films about women & gender in our online film database, and find all relevant (contact) information. Please contact the right holders if you are interested in organising a screening of one of these films. 

Red Carpet festival in Gaza joins the Network

We are pleased to announce that as of 2017 the Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival in Gaza City is now member of the Human Rights Film Network. Since 2015, the festival presents short and long feature films, documentaries and animation films, that shed the light on local and global humanitarian issues. Amid the rubble of one of Gaza City's heavily bombarded districts, the organisers roll out a 60 meters long red carpet. We welcome the organisers to the Human Rights Film Network and hope that network membership contributes to the success of their 3rd edition in May 2017. 

Read more about the Human Rights Film Network
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