Cinema without Borders

We are pleased to announce a new edition of Cinema without Borders, our five-day workshop programme on how to organise a human rights film festival or mobile cinema project. In 2021 the programme brings together starting and more experienced European film festival professionals.

Cinema without Borders takes place during the Movies that Matter Festival, our annual film festival on human rights and social justice in The Hague, the Netherlands. The festival presents about 60 documentaries and fiction films by inspired film makers, as well as various side-programmes and debates.

About 15 people can participate in this workshop programme. Participants will gain practical knowledge and get fresh ideas and ample possibilities to strengthen their network. Through this exchange programme, participants are inspired and assisted to further develop their own festival and build their professional networks. During the festival you also have the opportunity to meet with international activist, film directors/ producers and other experts. The workshops are led by international festival directors, addressing various aspects of organising a human rights film festival.

The application deadline for Cinema without Borders has passed. Please check our website regularly for announcements about future events.

Previous editions Cinema without Borders

Between 2006 and 2019, nine editions of Cinema without Borders were held. Most workshop programmes took place during the Movies that Matter Festival. Other editions were held in Burkina Faso, Jordan and during the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). These earlier editions were attended by over 90 participants from more than 50 different countries, from Burma, Bahrain and Bangladesh to the Pakistan, the Philippines and Peru. You can watch the Cinema Without Borders 2019 aftermovie by clicking on the play button to the left.