Take on Film & Impact

Do you want to (further) develop the impact goals and strategies for your documentary? We are currently looking for documentary film projects on human rights and/or social or environmental issues to participate in our Take on Film & Impact programme on 24, 25 and 26 March 2024. 

Call for Projects – Applications are now closed

Movies that Matter broadens perspectives by offering a stage for poignant fiction films and revealing documentaries that stir debates about human rights, sustainability and the fight against injustice. Our upcoming festival takes place 22 – 30 March 2024 in The Hague, The Netherlands 

For our Industry programme, we are calling filmmakers from around the world producing or directing documentaries about human rights and/or social or environmental issues that need to be urgently addressed, to submit their projects for the 2024 edition of the Movies that Matter Take on Film & Impact days.  

A selection of documentary film projects will be chosen to take part in the programme. The teams behind the projects will attend both group and individual coaching sessions led by experienced impact producers and filmmakers in order to (further) develop their impact goals and strategies for their films. The focus will be on improving the projects’ impact pitches which will then be presented in front of a panel of impact producers, distributors, sales agents, NGOs and other organisations outside the film field related to the outreach goals of the projects.  

Fees and Travels

Submission is free. The selected teams must pay a participation fee of 100 euros for each member attending the event.* Participation includes: 

  • The Take on Film & Impact programme with personal training, pitching and networking sessions; 
  • Festival accreditation with access to all screenings, Industry talks and guests meet guests meetings; 
  • Lunch on 24, 25 and 26 March. 

The Take on Film & Impact programme will take place during the Movies that Matter Industry Days in The Hague.  All teams are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs and arrangements. 

The workshop programme takes up three full days so if you are not based in the Netherlands, we suggest you arrive on the 23th and depart on the 27th. Of course, arriving earlier or departing later is encouraged as you’ll be able to experience even more of the festival and industry days.  

*Selected participants based in countries mentioned on the DAC List of ODA recipients can apply for exemption from participation fees and other funding to cover their costs. 

Eligibility 

  • Non-fiction projects of 52 min+ or multi-part series are eligible to apply.   
  • We are mainly looking for projects in production, late-production and post-production.   
  • Projects in development will be considered if the filmmakers have clear impact goals to be developed and the story carries urgency. Same goes for projects already released.   
  • Projects must be a “Movie that Matters” in the making and address human rights and/or social or environmental issues.    
  • In particular, we encourage projects that use creative storytelling and non-traditional methodologies to apply.    
  • Filmmakers must be able to carry out a certain level of preparation before the commencement of the programme.   
  • Participants must be available to travel to The Hague to attend the programme in person and must be able to arrange and fund their own participation fee, travels and accommodation.* Selected participants based in countries mentioned on the DAC List of ODA recipients can apply for exemption from participation fees and other funding to cover their costs. 

Key Dates 

  • 22 December 2023 23:59 CET: Deadline for submission   
  • 15 January 2024: Projects will be informed regarding selection  
  • 18 January 2024: Webinar by our partner FIFDH for selected projects  
  • 2 March 2024: Online welcome and preparation workshop for selected projects  
  • 24, 25 and 26 March 2024: Take on Film & Impact three-day programme
    – Day 1 (Sun 24 March): Closed training session
    – Day 2 (Mon 25 March): Plenary impact sessions and closed training session
    – Day 3 (Tues 26 March): Pitching and meetings 

For questions, please contact our Industry Coordinator Laura Quarto.

Movies that Matter Take on Film & Impact is organised in collaboration with: