The Movies that Matter Festival will be postponed for a few weeks and will take place next year in The Hague from 16 to 25 April. The 13th edition of the annual film and debate festival opens on Friday, April 16. For ten days there’ll be film screenings and programmes in locations such as Filmhuis Den Haag and Pathé Buitenhof, as well as in new locations throughout the city and of course online. The festival is also expanding to various satellite cities across the country, where films and debates can be seen.
Artistic director Margje de Koning: “By postponing our festival to April, we have a better chance of experiencing the unique festival feeling. We hope that in April we can welcome our international guests and festival audience back to The Hague, and in this way once again provide room for important encounters. This year, our festival was one of the first festivals to take place online due to the guidelines against the corona virus, so we are well prepared for the coming edition, presenting a hybrid festival with both online and offline programming. ”
About the Movies that Matter Festival
The Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague is the international festival about human rights and a sustainable society in the city of Peace and Justice. For ten days, more than 60 film titles can be seen in over 300 film screenings on location and online. In film theaters, cinemas and other cultural locations in The Hague, the audience will meet filmmakers, experts and activists. There are workshops and masterclasses for filmmakers, and national and international premieres.
The festival has three competition programmes. Activist contains documentaries about the work and life of human rights defenders, and is organised in collaboration with Amnesty International. Camera Justitia zooms in on the importance of the rule of law and the fight against impunity. The third competition programme is Dutch Movies Matter, with Dutch feature films and documentaries that open eyes to human rights. The festival also organises an extensive educational programme for pupils and students in secondary education and mbo in Amsterdam, The Hague and a number of satellite cities. The best festival films go On Tour through 16 cities across the country.
Amnesty International and the National Postcode Lottery are main partners of the Movies that Matter Foundation. Movies that Matter On Tour is also made possible by Fonds21, VSB Fonds, Fonds 1818 and the Municipality of The Hague.