Dutch Movies Matter

The Dutch Movies Matter programme focuses on Dutch feature films and documentaries. As different as they are, they have one thing in common: they focus their lens on social wrongs and human dignity. The films tell stories that take place here, or extend far beyond our national borders. A total of eight films have a chance of winning the Dutch Movies Matter Award, including € 5,000 prize money. Dutch Movies Matter is made possible by VEVAM, copyright organisation for directors.


Sofia Tocar (chair)

Sofia Tocar is a graduate of Charles University in Prague, where she completed a Master of History of Art and Architecture. She joined the Institute of Documentary Film in March 2019 and now works as part of the East Silver team.

Alex Poblete

Alex Poblete is an independent film and video producer who is a graduate of the Film Institute of the University of the Philippines.

Dawood Hilmandi

Director Dawood Hilmandi started his film career with Bekhawy (2009), which was screened at the IFFR. His shorts Arvaksca and 2087 were screened in Cannes. This year he is the main guest at the Movies that Matter Festival.

Eefje Blankevoort

Eefje is co-founder of Prospektor journalism agency in Amsterdam. In addition to her work as a journalist and documentary maker, she is a creative producer helping others find their stories, from podcast series to films, exhibitions and transmedia projects.

Hans Bosscher

Hans Bosscher works as an advisor, editor and director for various Dutch broadcasters and government institutions. He is, among others, a board member of the Beyond Innocence Foundation and the copyright organisation VEVAM.