Competitions

All the competition programmes of the festival

The Movies that Matter Festival has several competitions in which international juries hand out awards to the winning film or director: Activist, Camera Justitia, Dutch Movies Matter, Grand Jury Documentary, Grand Jury Fiction, Shorts and Students' Choice. Read more about them and see the competing films.

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Specials and highlights

Themes

The themes will be announced and added in the run-up to the Movies that Matter Festival 2022.

Chosen by

Chosen by

From 12 to 14 April, every evening at 21:00, Dutch celebrities choose their favourite film from the festival programme. With Romana Vrede, Victoria Koblenko and Nicolaas Veul.

Chosen by YOU

Chosen by YOU

In Chosen by YOU you decided which four cinema highlights of this year, which have not been shown by us before, can be seen in April during the Movies that Matter Festival 2022.

Festival Favourites

Festival Favourites

Festival Favourites are audience favourites that have proven their quality at international festivals.

Take on Afghanistan

Take on Afghanistan

Urgent films from and about Afghanistan, showing the far-reaching consequences of the latest developments on film makers and human rights. 

Take on Love

Take on Love

Colourful, diverse, and sparkling theme programme about the right to be yourself and to love whoever you want. 

Take on Future

Take on Future

The transition into a sustainable future is a slow one. What is needed to speed it up? And what dilemmas does this entail? 

Take on Voices

Take on Voices

A crucial programme about freedom of speech. Journalists, festival organisers, film makers, activists and artist make their voices heard.

Take on Power

Take on Power

Films about uneven power relations. And about people taking on forces and structures that seem bigger than themselves 

Opening Night

Two full houses watched the Dutch premiere of the impressive documentary Navalny. After the film, the audience welcomed director Daniel Roher, the film team and Bellingcat investigator Christo Grozev to the stage with a standing ovation.

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