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More Vital than Ever

All over the world new human rights film festivals are making their appearance every year. Where would we be without them? In these times of polarisation and declining democracy, it's more vital than ever to screen films about human rights. Festivals serve as great places to meet and discuss the topics of these films.

In this newsletter we're happy to share newly supported film events and our call for film submissions for the Movies that Matter Festival 2020. And, finally, we can announce our new artistic director!

Call for films for Movies that Matter 2020

Filmmakers, did you recently finish your latest film? Congrats! Is it about human rights, social justice or sustainability? Please submit your film to the Movies that Matter Festival! The festival, which presents seven awards, takes place from 20-28 March 2020 in The Hague.

Documentaries and feature films with a length of at least 52 minutes finished in 2019 or 2020 can be submitted. The deadline is 1 December 2019. For more information, please check our website.

We support human rights film festivals

Are you organising a human rights film event in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe or the Middle East? We offer financial assistance and advice to festival organisers in the global South and countries where press freedom is at stake. Apply now for a start-up or impact grant!

The deadline is 1 September 2019. (Please note that film events starting before 20 November cannot be considered.) Visit our website for the general regulations, selection criteria and the entry form.

Film events supported worldwide

We are pleased to announce our financial support to 11 film events, with a total amount of € 80,000 divided in 3 impact grants and 8 start-up grants. In Pakistan the second edition of the Chalta Phirta Documentary Festival takes place, while in Malawi the second edition of the Malawi Film Festival will be organised. Meanwhile, in Turkey, films from the Sustainable Living Film Days will now be screened outside of the big cities.

Would you like to visit one of the festivals? Check our website to know when the festivals take place.

Impact grants

Three existing festivals receive an impact grant to open up to new and different audiences and to develop and improve debate and discussion programmes after the film screenings:

- Algeria, FiSahara, boosting human rights awareness through film and debate
- Pakistan, Aks Film, Art and Dialogue Festival for Minorities
- Turkey, 10th Which Human Rights? Film Festival

New film festivals

Five new film festivals are starting with our support:

- Argentina, Catapulta - Festival Nacional de Artes Audiovisuales y Derechos Humanos
- Brazil, Taturana Human Rights Film Festival
- Myanmar, One Step Human Rights Film Festival
- Philippines, Mapping the Road for People’s Cinema in the Philippines
- Venezuela, Muestra de Cine de Derechos Humanos

Read more about all supported festivals

New artistic director

We are excited to announce that Margje de Koning will be our new artistic director. She previously worked as Head of Documentaries at Dutch broadcasting association EO. Together with managing director Ali Remmelts, Margje de Koning will be responsible for the annual Movies that Matter Festival and for our different programmes (On Tour, Events, Education and International Support).

De Koning: "At the present juncture, in which human rights, freedom of expression and the environment are at the top of the political and social agenda, I hope to make a significant contribution to the dialogue about these topics".

Save the Date

In the next few months all over the world human rights film festivals will take place. In August the 15th edition of the Bolivian Festival Internacional de Cine de los Derechos Humanos starts. In September the International Human Rights Film Festival Albania kicks off and if you happen to be in Malaysia, make sure to visit the Freedom Film Festival. So, go out, watch some films and join the discussion!

Make sure to check out the full festival agenda on our website and the website of the Human Rights Film Network and check our Facebook page for updates.

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