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Movies that Matter Festival



Movies that Matter wants to open eyes by offering a stage for poignant fiction films and revealing documentairies that stir debate about human rights, sustainability and the fight against injustice.

Movies that Matter screens these films at schools, at the annual Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague and in the On Tour film theatres throughout The Netherlands. The organization also supports human rights film screenings in non-western countries.

The Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague is the international film and debate festival about peace and justice in the International City of Peace and Justice.

In Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het Spui around 70 films will be screened, in combination with daily talk shows, music performances and expositions. Besides various theme-based & 'the best of' programmes, the festival presents three main programmes: (1) Amnesty International's Activist, a tribute to human rights advocates, (2) Camera Justitia - made possible by vfonds - features films dealing with law and justice and (3) Dutch Movies Matter, a programma that highlights human rights films made by Dutch filmmakers. The festival is a meeting place for the public and inspirational guests, including politicians, filmmakers and journalists.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES Movies that Matter Festival 2018 - 23-31 March 2018 - The Hague, the Netherlands



Movies that Matter Festival 2018

23rd – 31st March 2018  ● The Hague, the Netherlands

The Movies that Matter Festival is the annual film and debate festival on human rights and social justice in The Hague, the International city of Peace and Justice.

It takes place each year in March and features a general film programme of over seventy feature films and documentaries, seminars and debates and a youth programme.
The Movies that Matter Festival presents two main programmes. In cooperation with Amnesty International A Matter of ACT pays attention to human rights defenders and their crucial role in the worldwide protection of human rights. Camera Justitia is a film and debate programme on international law and justice.

  1. The next edition of the Movies that Matter Festival takes place between the 23rd and the 31st of March, 2018.  We welcome you to submit your film(s), for the three main competitions: Activist, Camera Justitia and Dutch Movies Matter. The deadline for film submissions is December 1st 2017. Please follow this link to submit your film.


Movies that Matter Foundation

Movies that Matter believes that film is a powerful weapon against social indifference. Film has an unprecedented capacity to open eyes. Movies that Matter, an Amnesty International initiative, offers a platform for engaged cinema. Poignant fiction films and revealing documentaries that stir debate about human rights, sustainability and the fight against injustice. These films are screened at schools, at the Movies that Matter Festival in the Hague and at the On Tour film theatres located throughout The Netherlands. Movies that Matter is also the home base for various activities. Besides the Movies that Matter Festival, the organisation realises a human rights programme at IDFA, educational programmes and monthly human rights film and debate programmes across a network of 15 Dutch theatres. Committed to the support and promotion of human rights film screenings worldwide, Movies that Matter offers an extra stimulus to the wider circulation of human rights films in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Movies that Matter gladly considers your entry for the Movies that Matter Festival or for one of its other human rights themed programmes, too.

We look forward to seeing your film!