Deadline: 8th November


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

-Learn how to organise a human rights film festival.

-Gain inspiration to make a strong film selection and setting up a good side programme.

-Discover new ideas for attracting an audience – and funding partners.

-And meet like-minded film professionals to share ideas and information.

“Cinema without Borders is an exemplary initiative that has helped many fledging film festivals kick start and develop. (…) I benefited immensely in understanding how to organize a film festival not only successfully, but also effectively.” 
(Sridhar Rangayan, Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, India)



Movies that Matter organises annual multi-day workshop programmes on how to develop and optimise a human rights film festival. This programme is called Cinema without Borders. It brings together starting and more experienced participants.

Participants usually have a background in activism, cultural events or the film industry. During the workshop programme participants get practical knowledge on event organisation, gain inspiration for films and programmes, new insights and ideas for income and audience, and strengthen their network. Through this programme, participants are inspired and assisted to further develop their own festival.

In March 2017, Cinema without Borders will be held in The Hague, during the Movies that Matter Festival.



Movies that Matter will select 10-15 qualified participants from the field of cinema and human rights. Participants should have already organised at least one film event and should have realistic plans to organise human rights film events in the future.

Further requirements for participation include a workable level of English and a relationship to a reliable non-profit organisation. Participants are selected on the basis of their motivation, experience and background. Gender and regional balance are also taken into account.

To apply, please fill out the application form and upload it to the online data form

Please submit your application no later than 8 November 2016.



Dates:       24 -29 March 2017
Location:  The Hague, The Netherlands

Costs:       Scholarships are available for 10 participants and include travel, meals, accommodation and participation fee. Not included are other costs like visa, insurances and per diems. Without scholarship the participation fee is € 500.



The workshops are led by international festival directors, experts on film education and members of the Human Rights Film Network addressing various aspects of organising a human rights film festival, such as:

-Content: Film selection / Programming / Debates

-Building: New audiences / Publicity

-Management: Festival organization / Fundraising / Service & Network


-Mobile Cinema

-Strategic partnerships / Connections & Coalitions

-Impact strategies & Evaluation

Guest lectures are combined with individual or group assignments in which the participants share their experience and knowledge and apply the topics to their own festival plans. As such participants help each other overcome challenges in organisational matters and to maximise the impact of their festivals. Attending the Movies that Matter Festival gives participants the opportunity to watch human rights films and attend side programmes to get inspiration for their own events.



Participants also get to meet other interesting international festival guests. To actively encourage participants to expand their international network and pursue international alliances, the programme includes one or two special network meetings. These can take the form of a ‘speed dating’ session or an informal drink with relevant people. In addition, participants get the chance to discuss their own festival’s problems and opportunities with professionals in one-on-one sessions.



Source: moviesthatmatter.nl


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