Cinema without Borders

Upcoming edition

We are pleased to announce a new 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 will take place from 23 – 27 March 2024. We will bring together starting and more experienced film festival professionals from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. 

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:

  • 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 (India)
  • Lebogang Veronica Pilane (Botswana)
  • Farhan Fachrezzy (Indonesia)
  • Marouan Omara (Egypt)
  • Mahmood Hasan (Iraq)
  • Bethlehem Tesfu (Ethiopia)
  • Bright Wonder Obasi (Nigeria)

Pitch & Networking Event

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

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.