How to apply for funding

Project proposals were accepted until Wednesday 15 September 2021 (extended deadline). This deadline has now passed. We will announce the deadline for the first selection round of 2022 here and in the Industry Newsletter

Submitting your proposal

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In these uncertain times, in which film releases are rescheduled, venues are closed and emergency measures rule public life, we understand it is difficult to plan ahead. We realise that the changing context affects your plans and that your proposed project may be subject to changes. Movies that Matter will deal with this situation with flexibility and understanding.

To apply, you should read the selection criteria and general regulations in the drop-down menu to see if your project meets the basic criteria and fill out the two forms below.

Fill out the entry form Fill out the online personal data form

If you have any questions concerning the application, please contact us at
Please use your own budget style and format. If, however, you would like to see an example of how a budget could look like, see this file.

  • Difference between our Start-up Grant and Impact Grant
    • Movies that Matter supports film events in their initial phase. Only the 1st and 2nd edition can be supported through a start-up grant.
    • The maximum support of a start-up grant is €7,500 per project.
    • Movies that Matter is prepared to offer a start-up grant according to the following rules:
      • 1st time: up to 100% of total project costs
      • 2nd time: up to 75% of total project costs.
    • The impact grant is intended for more established film festivals, and can be used for further developing the festival and increasing its impact.
    • The maximum support of an impact grant is €10,000 per project.
    • The Impact Grant can never cover more than 50% of total costs.
  • General regulations
    • Movies that Matter does not support film production. We support film festivals, mobile cinema and other types of film screenings to promote public debate on human rights.
    • Movies that Matter does not support filmmakers and producers distributing or screening their own film(s).
    • The project takes place in one of the countries mentioned on the DAC List of ODA recipients. Projects in EU countries are never eligible for support.
    • Total costs of the project can never exceed €100,000,-.
    • Organisations can be supported for a maximum of five times.
    • As the selection process takes around two months, projects should not start within 80 days after the deadline. Therefore, with respect to the current selection round – extended deadline on 15 September –  projects starting before 25 November 2021 cannot be considered.
    • See the entry form for all required information.
    • Entry forms must be filled out in English. Additional material should be in English as well.
    • Documents and additional material should be clearly marked with the project title.
    • Movies that Matter does not impose a specific budget format. Applicants are encouraged to use their own budget style and format.
    • Entry forms must be filled out completely.
    • This entry form should be attached to the filled out online personal data form. If you have problems uploading the entry form online, please send it by e-mail to international (at)
    • Applications must be received ultimately on the deadline.
    • If the organisation has received support from Movies that Matter before, the final report of this project should be received before the organisation can apply for a new project.
    • For every project the applicant needs to submit a new application.
    • The results of the selection will be announced around two months after the application deadline, i.e. early November 2021.
  • Selection criteria
    • Film screenings will contribute to awareness and discussion about human rights in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East or Eastern Europe.
    • The project takes place in one of the countries mentioned on the DAC List of ODA recipients, where human rights and press freedom are at stake. Priority is given to projects in low-income countries, e.g. in Africa.
    • For this second selection round of 2021, organisations in South East Asia are especially invited to apply (Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam).
    • In light of the COVID-19 crisis we welcome innovative and creative proposals for alternative ways of screenings human rights cinema, followed by (interactive) discussions.
    • Movies that Matter values films with high cinematic quality.
    • Movies that Matter prefers films that are independently produced. Screenings of educational films, campaign films or NGO outreach films are not supported.
    • Film and discussion programmes should also appeal and involve less privileged or less educated audiences.
    • Movies that Matter values projects targeting youths or new audiences that do not regularly attend film screenings and discussion programmes, for instance in peripheral areas.
    • Applications for an impact grant should explain how the grant will contribute to new developments or to increasing the impact of a project.
    • Movies that Matter gives priority to small and medium-scale projects (with a total budget below €50,000).
    • Projects should be submitted and executed by a local organisation that is well-connected with the target audience.
    • Projects are organised and executed by, or in close cooperation with, human rights organisations.
    • We encourage applicants to also actively involve other organisations, including parties that are not already connected with human rights, in the planning and execution of the project.
    • The application consists of a well-wrought and complete plan and budget
    • A reasonable degree of professionalism of the organisation is required, both financially and organisationally.