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Logo Movies that Matter - Educatief April 2019
We Love Cinema

“Why does Movies that Matter not support film production?” Filmmakers often ask us this question. The short - and paradoxical - answer is: “Because we love films!” We believe that while there are so many beautiful and relevant films being made, many of these productions do not get the audience they deserve. We promote screenings of movies that matter where they matter. Through training, grants and advice, we promote human rights film events in low-income countries and countries where press freedom is at stake.

Submit your proposal

Are you organising film festivals, mobile cinema projects or other film screenings to stimulate the discussion on human rights or social justice? And are you still looking for funding? Apply for a grant! 

We support film screenings in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The deadline of this year's first selection round is 1 May. See our website for more information about our two types of grants, selection criteria and how to apply.

Aftermovie that matters

We look back at a successful Movies that Matter Festival 2019. In nine days we screened 70 documentary and fiction films, and put together 132 introductions, Q&As, masterclasses, workshops and debates. Check out our Aftermovie!

Awards went to Sacha Polak for her fiction film Dirty God; Mads Brügger for his documentary Cold Case Hammarskjöld; and Shannon Service and Jeffrey Waldron for their documentary Ghost Fleet. Congrats! We are already looking forward to the next festival edition, in March 2020. Please submit your film!


Last week our workshop and networking programme Cinema without Borders brought together 11 starting and more experienced film event organisers from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. The workshops addressed diverse aspects of organising socially engaged film events, such as programming, publicity, education, fundraising and planning. In addition, attending the Movies that Matter Festival gave participants the opportunity to watch many films, attend side programmes and meet several interesting festival guests.

Festivals this week

This week, several other human rights film festivals will be taking place all over the world. On Thursday the Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival will roll out the red carpet for the audience in Kathmandu. On Friday the ACT Human Rights Film Festival will start off in Colorado, USA, on that same day the Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos Donostia opens its doors San Sebastián, Spain. Are you going there? Enjoy!

Dutch Postcode Lottery

We are very happy to announce that from 2019 onwards the Dutch Postcode Lottery, together with Amnesty International, will be the main partner of Movies that Matter. The Dutch Postcode Lottery raises funds to support courageous, pioneering initiatives by organisations working for a fairer, greener world. Since its founding in 1989, the lottery has dispensed over €5.8 billion to its beneficiaries.

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