Sep 16, 2010

CfA: Movies that Matter Festival 2011, The Hague, 24-30.3.2011

Movies that
Matter Festival 2011
24th - 30th March 2011, The Hague, the Netherlands

Dear film professional,

Movies that Matter Festival

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 24th-30th of March, 2011. We would like to welcome you to submit your film(s). The final deadline is 15th of October, 2010.

There are no restrictions on genre or length; long or short fiction, documentary, music video, animation are equally welcome provided that the film was made after 2008 and has clear human
rights relevance. No resubmissions and no submission fee. Should you be aware of anyone else who would like to submit their film, please, feel free to forward this mail. More information;

Main Sections
The Movies that
Matter Festival has two main sections:
A Matter of ACT presents documentaries on and debates with human rights defenders

Camera Justitia focuses on films and debates on international law, transitional justice and the fight against impunity.

Therefore, Movies that Matter especially welcomes films about human rights defenders and international law and justice. Activists and directors of the selected films in these competitions will be invited as guest for the festival.

The festivals presents six awards with a total amount of money price of £ 20.000:
GOLDEN BUTTERFLY - Amnesty International's A Matter of ACT award £ 5.000
GOLDEN BUTTERFLY - Amnesty International's A Matter of ACT documentary award £ 4.000
SILVER BUTTERFLY - Camera Justitia Award for best film on law and justice £ 3.000

MovieSquad All Rights Award of the young people's jury £ 2.000
Students' Choice Award £ 1.000
VARAgids Audience Award £ 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. Using such a lens, Movies that Matter aspires to raise awareness and fight human rights violations, both national and international.

Movies that Matter is the home base for various activities. Besides the Movies that Matter Festival it realises a human rights programme at International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), educational programmes and monthly human rights film and debate programmes in a network of ten 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 and Eastern Europe.

Movies that Matter gladly considers your entry for the Movies that Matter Festival for one of those other human rights film programmes, too.

How to submit your film
To complete our online entry form and read our rules and regulations go to

Then, please, 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 selection is going to be announced early February 2010. We are going to inform you about the outcome of our decision then.

We are looking forward to seeing your film!

Taco Ruighaver
Movies that Matter Foundation and Movies that Matter Festival

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