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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 2015 19th – 25th March 2015 ● The Hague, the Netherlands


Movies that Matter Festival 2015

19th – 25th March 2015  ● The Hague, the Netherlands



The Movies that Matter Festival is a film and debate festival on human rights, peace and justice. It is the Netherlands' main platform for engaged cinema, with dozens of documentaries and movies of passionate filmmakers being screened every year. Films that stir debate about human rights, human dignity and which expose situations where these are at stake.


The next edition of the Movies that Matter Festival takes place between 19th - 25th of March, 2015.  We welcome you to submit your film(s), for the two main competitions: A Matter of ACT and Camera Justitia. The submission deadline for films made between October 2013 - May 2014 is 1st of August, 2014. Films made after this date can be submitted until 15th of October, 2014.  About the competitions:

  • A Matter of ACT presents documentaries and debates with human rights defenders in cooperation with the Dutch section of Amnesty International
  • Camera Justitia sheds light on the (international) legal order and the rule of law, legal dilemmas and infractions of justice. Both documentaries and fiction films are welcome for this competition.

Activists and directors of the selected films in these competitions will be invited as guests for the festival.



The festivals presents six awards offering prize money of about € 20.000. Among these awards are:
GOLDEN BUTTERFLY - Human Rights Award                                                                        € 5.000

GOLDEN BUTTERFLY –Best Documentary in the A Matter of ACT competition                           € 4.000

SILVER BUTTERFLY - Camera Justitia Award for best film on law and justice                           € 5.000

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 film programmes, too.

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How to submit your film

  1. Complete the online entry form and read the rules and regulations:
  2. Submit your film via an online screening link (using the above submission form). Alternatively, you may send a DVD Pal version of your film to:

Amnesty International's Movies that Matter
Programme department
PO Box 1968, 1000 BZ Amsterdam        or         Keizersgracht 177, 1016 DR Amsterdam
The Netherlands                                                The Netherlands

The selection will be announced early February, 2015. We will inform you about the outcome of the selection this time.

We look forward to seeing your film!


Taco Ruighaver

Director / programmer Movies that Matter Foundation and Movies that Matter Festival


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The Movies that Matter Festival is an international film- and debate festival which features more than 70 films, documentaries and short films about human rights.


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