Take on Film & Impact 2023

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 26, 27 and 28 March 2023. 

Submit your project

Call for Projects – Deadline 22 December 

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 24 March – 1 April 2023 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 2023 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

The Take on Film & Impact programme will take place during the Movies that Matter Industry Days in The Hague.  

There is no application or participation fee. However, all teams are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs and arrangements. Movies that Matter will provide all participants with a complimentary accreditation. 

The workshop programme takes up three full days so if you are not based in the Netherlands we suggest you arrive on the 25th and depart on the 29th. Of course arriving earlier or departing later is encouraged as you’ll be able to experience even more of the festival and industry days.


  • 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 their own travels and accommodation. 

Key Dates 

  • 22 December 2022 23:59 CET: Deadline for submission  
  • 13 January 2023: Projects will be informed regarding selection 
  • 20 January 2023: Webinar by our partner FIFDH for selected projects 
  • 2 March 2023*: Preparation workshop for selected projects 
  • 26, 27, 28 March 2023: Take on Film & Impact three-day programme
    – Day 1: Closed training session
    – Day 2: Plenary impact sessions and closed training session
    – Day 3: Pitching and meetings  
*Date subject to change

Submit your project

For questions, please contact Emma Romeijn via e.romeijn@moviesthatmatter.nl

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