Since 2007, we supported over 250 projects in 70 different countries for a grant total of 1,5 million euros. These projects reached an estimated million visitors. 

We offer a start-up grant for new human rights film events and an impact grant for existing events that want to increase their impact or want to add new activities to their programmes. These events can take various forms, such as human rights film festivals, LGBTI film festivals and mobile cinema projects.

Please note that we don’t finance film productions. You can find an overview of possible resources for film production here.

Supported projects 2020 Supported projects 2019

The COVID-19 pandemic – including emergency restrictions on freedom of assembly and internal movement – severely constrains the implementation of film festivals and mobile cinema screenings. Yet we hope that this unpredictability will not paralyse civil society. We encourage partners to be courageous and optimistic, creative and flexible. We welcome innovative and creative proposals for alternative ways of screening human rights cinema, followed by (interactive) discussions.

Movies that Matter recognises the crucial importance of a strong and lively civil society that advocates for civil and political rights during, but also after the pandemic. Therefore we continue to support film screenings, and encourage dialogue on the protection of human rights worldwide.


How to apply for funding

Our grant programme has two selection rounds per year with deadlines usually in April and September. Movies that Matter judges every project on its individual quality.

Please check our criteria & regulations for applying.

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The selection committee of the Movies that Matter Support programme consists of five people with various backgrounds and expertise. In 2020, the committee is composed of:

  • Sophie Leferink, Programme Development Manager at Hivos
  • Leon Willems, director of Free Press Unlimited
  • Raúl Niño Zambrano, senior programmer at IDFA
  • Yoon-Shik Boxman, festival director of CinemAsia
  • Margje de Koning, artistic director of Movies that Matter