Competitions

The Movies that Matter Festival 2024 competitions will be announced soon.

In our festival archive you can find all films, activists and award winners of the past festival editions.

Award Winners 2023

Award Winners 2023

Take a look at the eight award winners of the Movies that Matter Festival 2023.

Grand Jury Documentary

Grand Jury Documentary

Eight documentaries will be selected from the festival’s full film programme. These are films where cinematography and content go hand in hand. An international jury will declare the winner of €5,000.

 

Grand Jury Fiction

Grand Jury Fiction

Eight fiction films will be selected from the festival’s full film programme. These are films where cinematography and content go hand in hand. An international jury will declare the winner of €5,000.

Activist

Activist

Eight inspiring documentaries about the work of human rights activists from all over the world. Meet the activists during our festival, where they engage with the public and participate in an impact and networking programme to raise awareness of the film, expand their work and network.

Camera Justitia

Camera Justitia

Justice has many faces. Sometimes it may arrive quickly. Sometimes it requires years of struggle. One thing our Camera Justitia competition makes more than clear: justice cannot happen without courage.

Dutch Movies Matter

Dutch Movies Matter

The Dutch Movies Matter competition showcases Dutch documentaries by makers with gripping stories and urgent narratives, both inside and outside the Netherlands.

SHORTS

SHORTS

All films from the SHORTS programme have a chance to win the SHORTS Award and a prize money of €1,500.

Education Award

Education Award

For this new competition, a jury consisting of an mbo student, a high school teacher and a nominee for Film Teacher of the Year will watch eight films (six features and two shorts) that are part of the Movies that Matter Education Festival. Together, they will choose the best educational film of the festival, which will walk away with the Education Award.

Students' Choice

Students' Choice

Students’ Choice is a competition of three films with a wide variety of themes and genres. Each year, a student jury from Leiden University delves into the festival programme for the selection of the nominated films. The winner of the Students’ Choice Award will be announced during the Award Night.

Audience Award

Audience Award

We are curious to know what you think of the films we screen, which is why we award the Movies that Matter Audience Award every festival. By rating a film on a scale of 1 to 5 on a tablet when you leave the screening, you as a festival visitor will help us decide who the winner will be.