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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 2014 20th – 26th March 2014 ● The Hague, the Netherlands

Movies that Matter Festival 2014

20th – 26th March 2014  ● The Hague, the Netherlands



The Movies that Matter Festival is the annual film festival on human rights and social justice in The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice. This film and debate festival is the successor of the Amnesty International Film Festival. It features the best of recent filmmaking related to human rights and human dignity and serves as a platform for debate and discussion.


The next edition of the Movies that Matter Festival takes place 20th - 26th of March, 2014.  We would like to welcome you to submit your film(s) for the two main sections: A Matter of ACT and Camera Justitia. The final submission deadline is 15th of October, 2013.

  • A Matter of ACT presents documentaries about 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 miscarriages of justice.

Therefore, Movies that Matter welcomes documentaries about human rights defenders and fictions or documentaries about international law and justice made after 2012. Activists and directors of the selected films in these competitions will be invited as guests for the festival.



The festivals presents six awards with a total amount of money price of € 20.000 among others:
GOLDEN BUTTERFLY - Human Rights Award                                                                          € 5.000

GOLDEN BUTTERFLY –Best Film 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 is a foundation established in Amsterdam in 2006 - springing from the Film Festival Department of Amnesty International in The Netherlands. Movies that Matter believes that films, by capturing social responsibility, can engage viewers in a dialogue about human rights and the threats to human dignity.

Movies that Matter is the home base for various activities. Besides the Movies that Matter Festival it realises a human rights programme at IDFA, educational programmes and monthly human rights film and debate programmes in 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 for one of those other human rights film programmes, too. Want to be updated about our international developments? Sign up for the newsletter:


How to submit your film

To complete our online entry form and read our rules and regulations go to

See rules and regulations.
Then, please, send an online link via the online submission form or 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 is going to be announced early February 2014. We are going to inform you about the outcome of our decision then.


We are looking forward to seeing your film!

About Movies that Matter Festival

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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