Cinema without Borders 2023

We are pleased to announce a new edition of Cinema without Borders taking place at the Movies that Matter Festival 2023 in The Hague, the Netherlands. The five-day workshop and networking programme on how to organise a human rights film festival or mobile cinema project will take place from 25 – 29 March 2023. We will bring together twelve starting and more experienced film festival professionals from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Participants will gain practical knowledge and get fresh ideas and possibilities to strengthen their network. By exchanging experiences and best practices, participants are inspired and assisted to further develop their own festival. The interactive workshops will address various aspects of organising a human rights film festival, such as programming films and organising debates, fundraising, impact strategies, promotion and reaching new audiences.


The following people will participate in the programme:

  • Florence Mkinga (Tanzania)
  • Omeed Khalid (Iraq)
  • Bright Wonder O Obasi (Nigeria)
  • Fiorella Barahona Carmona (Costa Rica)
  • Lucy Abera (Ethiopia)
  • Ruhul Robin Khan (Bangladesh)
  • Estefania Arregui (Ecuador)
  • Hein Maung (Myanmar / Thailand)
  • Nika Gurini (Georgia)
  • Henry Samson Mafulul (Nigeria)
  • Mohamad Sabbah (Lebanon)
  • Aygun Rashidova (Azerbaijan)

Pitch & Networking Event

On Wednesday 29 March from 14.30 – 16.30, participants will present their plans for their human rights film festival, followed by speed dates.

Accredited guests can attend the event. If you are interested in attending the event and do not have accreditation, please email stating ‘Cinema without Borders: Pitch & Networking Event’.

To get an impression of the programme, watch the aftermovies of Cinema Without Borders 2022 and 2019 below.

Previous editions

Since 2006 seventeen editions of Cinema without Borders were held. Most workshop programmes took place during the Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague. Other editions were held in Burkina Faso (2012), Jordan (2014), Argentina (2018), Philippines (online, 2021), Kenya (2022) and during the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA, 2013). 200+ participants from more than 60 different countries – from Myanmar, Bahrain and Bangladesh to Pakistan, the Philippines and Peru – attended the programmes.