Cinema without Borders

Cinema without Borders is a multi-day interactive workshop programme for film festival organisers to strengthen new human rights film festivals and enhance the sustainability of existing festivals. Through these workshops participants are connected with likeminded festivals, ideas are shared, networks are build and festival organisers are inspired and assisted.

The workshops focus on goals of festivals, film programming, communication and marketing. Also topics like partnerships, fundraising, the impact of film festival, censorship and security are discussed. The sessions are led by international festival directors and other experts on human rights and film. To get an impression of the programme, please see the Cinema Without Borders 2019 after movie by clicking on the play button to the left.

Currently, we are planning a new edition. When the dates are known, and a new deadline to submit your application is available, we will announce it here and in the Industry Newsletter.

Previous editions Cinema without Borders

Between 2006 and 2021, sixteen 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) and during the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA, 2013). The programmes were attended by over 100 participants from more than 60 different countries, from Myanmar, Bahrain and Bangladesh to the Pakistan, the Philippines and Peru.