Cinema Without Borders 2024

We are pleased to have organised another edition of Cinema without Borders taking place in The Hague, The Netherlands during the Movies that Matter Festival 2024. The five-day workshop and networking programme on how to organise a human rights film festival or mobile cinema project took place from 23 – 27 March 2024. We brought together starting and more experienced film festival professionals from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. 

Participants gained 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 addressed 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 participated in the programme:

  • Alan Lobo (Brazil)
  • Sithen Sum (Cambodia)
  • Henry Samson Mafulul (Nigeria)
  • Caleb Muchungu (Malawi)
  • Rogers Mateija Mugabirwe (Uganda)
  • Bassem Ben Brahim (Tunesia)
  • Jessica Valdez Vanegas (Mexico, Germany)
  • Syed Jazib Ali (Indian Administered Kashmir)
  • Lebogang Veronica Pilane (Botswana)
  • Farhan Fachrezzy (Indonesia)
  • Marouan Omara (Egypt)
  • Mahmood Hasan (Kurdistan)
  • Bethlehem Tesfu (Ethiopia)
  • Bright Wonder Obasi (Nigeria)

Pitch & Networking Event

On Wednesday 27 March, participants presented their plans for their human rights film festival, followed by speed dates.

To get an impression of the programme, watch the daily report of Cinema without Borders:

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.